Today I’m welcoming P.C cast as part of her blog tour to promote her new book, The Avenger, first title in Mills and Boon’s new imprint, Nocturne.
Hi, thank you so much for taking the time to answer these questions!
You are very welcome!
Firstly could you tell us all about your new book The Avenger and your inspiration behind it?
THE AVENGER is a wonderful paranormal romance that was a pleasure to write. It’s a time travel/ghost story/love story. I send my heroine, ex Air Force sergeant Alexandra Patton back in time to try to retrieve a piece of an ancient medallion that had been hidden in Boudicca’s torque. Alex has the unique (and often troubling!) ability to communicate with the dead – a handy skill in ancient Briton. She thinks she’s going to go back in time – accomplish her mission – and return to the modern world to go on with her life. What she doesn’t expect is to meet a druid warrior who will change the course of her destiny!
I am an ex Air Force Sergeant, so I patterned Alex, the heroine of THE AVENGER, after a mixture of my military friends and me. Historical research inspired my interpretation of Boudicca; dreams and fantasy brought my hero, Caradoc, alive.
Your phenomenally successful YA series, House Of Night, has gathered many fans way beyond the teen market. Did this surprise you and have any impact on your decision to carry on the connection into an adult novel?
I have been surprised by the incredible success of the HoN! I love that it’s helped a new group of fans find my adult books. Yes, the HoN did kinda bring me to Boudicca and THE AVENGER, as I’d already decided Boudicca’s daughters began the HoN Dark Daughter’s.
I read that you think of Scotland as your spiritual home. What is that draws you to this area and how much of an influence does it have on your writing?
I have Welsh ancestors (Bowman Cast left Wales for American in 1748); I think my DNA recognizes that part of the world. And my life partner is a Chieftain of Clan Wallace, so that’s even more of a connection for me. Yes, it definitely influences my writing! All of my Partholon novels have Celtic influences, as well as GODDESS OF THE SEA (a Goddess Summoning book that will be released in the UK this coming spring), and of course I brought the HoN to the Isle of Skye in the last book, BURNED.
You wrote The House Of Night series along with your daughter Kristen. Does she still influence your writing even when not directly involved? How different do you find writing adult fiction alone? Does she still influence your writing even when not directly involved? What did she think about The Avenger?
Actually, I don’t really co-author with Kristin. She serves as my teen voice editor. I do all the writing, and when I’ve finished she goes through the manuscripts and comments on voice and pop references. So, no, she doesn’t influence any other writing. The truth is she doesn’t read my adult books. She says, “No, Mom. The sex is just too gross.”
The premise behind The Time Raiders series (for which The Avenger is the first book) is that military heroines have to go back in time to retrieve pieces of a medallion. If you could go back to any time and place in history would it be to ancient Briton and the time of Boudicca? Or somewhere/time else?
Can I take penicillin and a gun?
I know it’s not ancient history, but I’d like very much to have been alive during WWII.
If you could spend just one day as one of your characters, which one would it be?
Shannon Parker from DIVINE BY MISTAKE, DIVINE BY CHOICE, and DIVINE BY BLOOD. She’s embarrassingly like me already, and I adore her hero, ClanFintan.
You’re a prolific writer with many published and well loved novels under your belt. If you had any advice for aspiring writers, what would it be?
Treat writing like a JOB. Research the publishing process. Be professional about the career of being an author and don’t romanticize it.
Finally, do you have any plans for signings and touring in the UK in the future as I’m sure many of us would love the chance to catch up with you!
I’m going to be back in the Highlands the end of August through the first of September, and I would LOVE to do a few signing events. The problem is I’m also under tight deadline, so I have to see where I am with writing AWAKENED before I can commit to anything. Send me good writing vibes!
Thanks very much to both P.C Cast for taking the time to answer my questions and to Nocturne for inviting me to be part of the tour. Look out for my review of The Avenger coming later this week!
*Thanks also to my non blogging internet chums Eilidh and ChuggleBunny who are both huge House Of Night fans and inspired some of the questions!*