Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Author Spotlight/Giveaway - P.C Cast & Her Goddess Summoning Series

About PC

P.C. Cast was born in the Midwest, and grew up being shuttled back-and-forth between Illinois and Oklahoma, which is where she fell in love with Quarter Horses and mythology (at about the same time). After high school she joined the United States Air Force and began public speaking and writing. After her tour in the USAF, she taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time. Ms. Cast is a New York Times Best-Selling author. Her novels have been awarded the prestigious: Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Prism, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, Booksellers’ Best, and the Laurel Wreath. P.C. Cast is an experienced teacher and talented speaker. If your organization is interested in information about her workshops or presentations, please contact her personal assistant, Camden Clark, at camdenclark.pa@gmail.com. If the request is specific to her young adult series, you may contact her St. Martin’s publicist, Katy Hershberger, at Katy.Hershberger@stmartins.com. Ms. Cast lives in Oklahoma with her fabulous daughter, her spoiled cat, and her adorable Scotties!

I first was introduced to P.C. Cast's writing when I picked up her House of Night series and when I'd finished devouring those, I went in search to see if she'd written anything else. To my absolute delight she did and the two series I found are among my favorite romance series to read. The first was her Divine series (Divine by Mistake, Divine by Choice, Divine by Blood) and second, her Goddess Summoning series. You need to know, she writes an AMAZING adult romance - the emotion, humor, twists and characters totally blew me away and when I'd read everything there was, I was left hungering for more. So, imagine my surprise when I saw she planned on releasing more Goddess Summoning books - Goddess of Legend having just been released early this year. Of course, I bought it, devoured it, loved it and to my giddy astonishment, got to put together an interview with her about the book on behalf of The Romance Reviews that just went public a few days ago. Good news is I'm now able to share it with you all here on my blog *smiles*  So here it is....

Q: When you decided to write another book in your Goddess series, what made you choose the legend of Arthur, Guinevere and Lancelot?

All of the Goddess Summoning books touch on retelling my favorite myths or legends. I've loved stories about Camelot since I was a little girl and saw the Lerner and Loewe musical, so it just seemed like a natural fit to return to King Arthur and his realm.

Q: Isabel was a great character to get to know and one of the things I love most about your series is that you choose your heroines to be somewhat older and more mature than what's generally shown in other books. Was there a particular reason why?

There are a couple of reasons I prefer to create romance heroines who are older:

1) It has been my life experience that women get more interesting and attractive as they get older.

2) I don't like the TSTL heroines (Too Stupid To Live), and those tend to be 20-somethings. In fiction and in real life, they're coming off as wise and experienced, but the opposite is often the truth. I mean, seriously, when I was 20-something, I made the stupidest decisions of my life, even though I thought I was being uber-smart and mature. Ugh, not hardly!

3) I believe it empowers all women when we respect and revere those who are older, instead of discounting them because of a few laugh lines and gray hair.

Q: Well put! The story of Arthur, Guinevere and Lancelot is famous. Was there anything you did to prepare to write your own version of the story? What were some things you did to make sure you included key points?

Nah. I taught the Camelot legends for fifteen years. I'd already done my research.

Q: How would you describe Isabel to your readers? What personality traits did you think were important for her to have and why did you feel she was the perfect woman for Vivianne to send back to save Arthur?

Isabel is smart, experienced, independent, and sexy. That's exactly the kind of woman I've always wanted King Arthur to end up with; a great king deserves a magnificent queen.

Q: When you began to write King Arthur, was there anything that you added or tweaked to make him unique to the story?

I made sure that my king appreciated an older woman and had a sense of humor. But I like to believe the real Arthur was that kind of man, too...

Q: It seemed you had a lot of fun when it came to Vivianne. You wrote a lot of her interactions with Isabel in rhythm. Can you share why?

The rhyme seemed to fit because in most of the other Goddess Summoning Books, the spell woven had rhyme to it, and I wanted to show a playful side of Vivianne because historically she's usually been portrayed as either cardboard or darkly seductive.

Q: Who would you have chosen, Arthur or Lancelot, and why?

Oh, jeesh, that's an easy question! Arthur! It's always been Arthur for me. I could never understand it when Guinevere went running after Lance. To me, Arthur was the legendary hero who had been miscast with a lesser heroine. I was happy to be able to rewrite that mistake.

Q: Every couple deserves a theme song. What would you say Arthur and Isabel's would be and why?

Might as well choose Lerner and Loewe's fabulous theme song from the musical Camelot. I love how it paints Camelot with a beautiful, rose colored brush, leaving out the darker, sadder portions of the legend. I think Isabel and my Arthur would approve!

Q: What's up for you in 2011, especially the Goddess Summoning series?

Actually, I've just started working on a very cool Goddess Summoning Cookbook that was inspired by a fan's request! A reader posted on my blog asking if I could tell her how to find a copy of the cookbook my heroine in GODDESS OF SPRING used, which summoned the goddess, Demeter (and made a tasty flatbread pizza, too!). I posted back that I'd made up the cookbook, but that I wish it was real, too. Which started me thinking...

Kim Doner, the artist who illustrated my FLEDGLING HANDBOOK 101 for the House of Night series, is a good friend of mine. I remembered that years ago she photographed and published a cookbook. I called Kim and she was instantly excited about the prospect of collaborating with me on a Goddess Summoning Cookbook. We've already heard from my UK publisher, Little, Brown, that they love the idea. So in the not too distant future, expect to see a beautiful cookbook filled with yummy food, paired with scrumptious booze, and woven with goddess summoning spells!


As part of the interview, P.C. agreed to giveaway THREE copies
 of her Goddess of Legend book and all you need do is
go to The Romance Reviews and enter there. Good luck!!

Extra Info

Here are the books she's released so far for the series and they are all amazing. My personal favorites are Goddess of Spring and Goddess of the Rose. She really writes a good hot and steamy romance where each of the men are magnificent and all you want to do is trade places with the women. The concept behind the series is where the author takes some ancient myths and retells them, adding in every day women and pairing them with some of the greatest heroes we know. Definitely a series to read!!


BLHmistress said...

OH I need to check these books out if you didn't know already I love anything to do with God's and Goddesses

Belinda said...

BLH - These books are SERIOUSLY to die for. I mean they are HOT!! The men are these incredibly sexy, masculine and knee weakening heroes and the women are feisty and strong. Without a doubt - you need to read Goddess of Spring and Goddess of the Rose. Those were my FAVE FAVE FAVES. Then once you're done devouring... start her Divine series. OMGSH Another great series that has the influence of the Goddess Epona. AMAZING!! Hahaha can you tell I'm excited much by her work?

Alexa said...

I own four of the books in this series because I recently found them for a couple dollars each. I have yet to read them though. :(

Nightly Cafe said...

Fantastic interview :). I haven't read her work yet but keep meaning to lol. Sounds great.

Thanks for sharing,

Redd said...

I ran and nabbed this book when I read your review on Goddess of Legend. Cast's YA series is the *only* series I can tolerate, but then it's set in my hometown which makes it soo much easier. LOL!

It was you're review that made me go nab GoL, that and well the arthurian legend. XD

Amy said...

I really like P.C.'s books. I've read her House of Night series and find it addicting. I really love her Partholon series! Each of the books in the series are so touching and beautiful.


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