My Interview with P.C. Cast
By Christine Zika, Editor-in-Chief of The Literary Guild
I have known P.C. Cast for almost ten years. I was her editor for her romance novels and have been her friend ever since. She is a delightful, hard-working and generous woman and one of my favorite storytellers. Here are some little known facts about this very talented author: She was once in the Air Force and lived overseas in Japan, where her daughter Kristin was born. She worked as a high school English teacher for fifteen years. She is from Oklahoma. Besides the House of Night series, she has written romance and fantasy novels that involve the retelling of classic myths. She has won numerous writing awards and has become a permanent fixture on the New York Times list with her House of Night series that she writes with her lovely daughter, Kristin, currently a full-time college student.
CZ: PC, before you were a published author, you were a teacher and prior to that you were in the Air Force. Tell us how your various career paths influenced your storytelling.
PC: That’s a great question because, as you know from being my longtime editor, I weave a lot of my life into my books. What my unusual and varied past has done is provide lots of fodder for fiction. You mentioned that I was stationed in Japan. The three years I spent there afforded me the opportunity to understand what if feels like to be an outlander, an image I’ve used freely in my writing. The Air Force also instilled in me a love of travel, and the different countries to which I’ve traveled have definitely influenced my writing.
At first teaching influenced my writing mostly through the richness of the myths and legends I taught to my students. Then I got the idea for the young adult House of Night series and suddenly the school, teachers, students, issues, even the class scheduling all influenced my writing. The truth is my experience as a high school teacher makes House of Night real, and that is one of the key reasons this series stands out in a genre flooded by vampire books.
CZ: How did you manage to write and stay so focused and so on-deadline when you were juggling a full-time teaching job and raising your daughter as a single mom?
PC: I had to pay my bills and my public school teacher’s salary definitely didn’t do that! Okay, seriously: early on I had to find a way to multi-task. When I started writing I used to have to sequester myself in a quiet room Ð door closed Ð no interruptions. It took me a good half an hour or so to fall back into the world I was creating and to begin being productive for that day’s writing. Well, after I signed my first contract with you for the original three Goddess Summoning Books, and I had real deadlines, I realized that I didn’t have the luxury of easing into my writing. So I taught myself to concentrate. It really was just a matter of training myself to focus quickly and clearly, and to fall easily into the manuscript world. Eventually I could do it in the ten minutes per class I had after I’d lectured and given my sophomores their assignment for the day. Once an author has the ability to focus and write in a classroom of thirty teenagers, what can’t she do?
PC: I think the books are fun! Yes, they deal with serious and sometimes difficult issues, but they do so with a sense of humor and a realism that clicks with all different age groups. My characters are likeable Ð readers pull for them and want them to save the world, or at the very least learn how to parallel park and figure out boyfriend issues. I’ve always believed a good story is simply a good story.
Get ready for nonstop action and suspense in the new addition to P.C. and Kristin Cast’s addictive House of Night series. Tempted opens with vampyre High Priestess-in-training Zoey Redbird in search of some down time after doing everything from banishing an immortal being to saving Stark’s life. Does anyone care that she almost died in the process? Apparently not…. While juggling three guys, one of them a very sexy warrior, and keeping an eye on the dark force lurking in tunnels under the Tulsa Depot, Zoey realizes it’s up to her to stop Kalona, the evil immortal. If she doesn’t, he will exact a fiery vengeance on those closest to her. But if Zoey can’t find the courage to resist his allure, she risks losing her heart and her soul.
Hardcover Book : 336 pages
Publisher: St. Martins Press, LLC ( October 27, 2009 )
Item #: 12-837079
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.76inches
Product Weight: 13.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
nicci you are worng
I absolutely loved the first 5 books. I cannot wait to read the next one. I agree that you must keep in mind that these books are targeted for late teens. Trust me, they have heard worse words than that plenty of times.
I of course havent read this book yet as it is not available until October but I have read the first four and could not put them down!!I found them very addicting and wanted to see what would happen next!!
When I wrote the previous review, I was referring to the other books in the House of Night series. As far as I know, Tempted will not be available until the end of October.
If a reader keeps in mind that this book's target audience is 15 years old and up, NOT pre-teens, it is a pretty good read. Teenagers will definitely be intrigued and entertained by the vampyre tale. Avid readers may deem the plot predictable and the writing slightly immature, but the average reader will thoroughly enjoy the novel.