The Compulsive Reader: Books That Suck Month: Day Four: Chosen by PC Cast and Kristen Cast and An Interview With the Authors

Friday, July 4, 2008

Books That Suck Month: Day Four: Chosen by PC Cast and Kristen Cast and An Interview With the Authors

Happy Fourth of July to my fellow Americans, and to the rest of you readers who won't being attending barbecues and watching fireworks tonight, Happy Friday!

Today is pretyy special, because not only do we have a review of Chosen up, but also an interview with the lovely authors, PC and Kristen Cast! First up, the review.

Everything has changed for Zoey at the House of Night. Her best friend has turned into the stereotypical vampire, and is quickly losing her grasp on her humanity. Her mentor has now become her enemy, and Zoey might be forced to make her worst enemy her ally. Zoey has now acquired three boyfriends, and can't seem to get rid of any of them.

And then the People of Faith decide to strike out against the vampyres in an unprecedented attack against te House of Night, leaving some of their own truly dead. Zoey and her friends will have to struggle to stay together during a time when no one is as they appear, and trust is hard to come by. Zoey especially will get a taste of the responsibility and heartbreak that being a priestess entails.

The third book in the House of Night series is as exciting and heartpounding as the first. If it hasn't been evident before, it is now crystal clear that the Casts have planned out every detail of the House of Night series impeccably, making for a smooth, irresistable story that leaps out of the pages at you. Chosen is a bit darker than its prequels as certain secrets come to light and new mysteries surface, but not without the same wit and great action. Zoey continues to mature and grow as a person, making this just as much as a down to earth coming of age novel as an engrossing supernatural thriller. The Casts leave the reader with an ending that will make them groan in anticipation for the fourth novel.

Why did you choose to team up to write a vampire (rather, vampyre!) novel?

Actually the team up happened not because of the vampyre part, but because of the YA part. I've taught high school since 1993, so I have a pretty good handle on teen-speak, but I realized as I was trying to write first person from a sixteen year olds point of view that I was getting stuck on what should have been pretty simple word usage questions. Well, I kept yelling down the hallway from my office to where Kristin was "innocently" (her word!) watching MTV and asking her questions. After I did this several times I decided it was ridiculous! That I should just see if Kristin wanted to co-author with me. She said yes - my agent loved the idea - and we took off from there.

What makes the House of Night series unique?

Our vampyres have a biological basis that's unusual. It's something I brainstormed with my biologist father, and it deals with a junk DNA strand and hormones. Add to that the fact that we've created a complex vampyre society that is matriarchal, with Nyx, the Goddess of Night, as their deity, and you have a unique take on an old mythos.

How many books do you plan on writing together?

Right now we've agreed to write nine House of Night books. Kristin and I already have an idea for another YA series, which we're looking forward to brainstorming.

If each of you could be any supernatural being, which would you be and why?

PC: I'd definitely be a goddess. I like the idea of being in charge of a world and of having perpetually good hair.

KC: I would be a witch! Not an ugly, mean, poison you witch, but a brewing potions for the locals, long, flowing hair, Practical Magic witch.

So, I have to ask because I am a little nosy...how do you go about writing your novels?

I write the draft and then I send it to Kristin for her rewrite. I often leave her notes in the text as I'm writing, as well as blanks I ask her to fill in. When she gets done I read the manuscript again before sending it off to our editor in New York. It sounds complicated, but it's really not. Plus, we're writing our fifth book together right now, so we pretty much have the system down.

If you had an autobiography, what would the title be?


The Misadventures of the Gorgeous Miss Cast

Thank you, PC and Kristen! And I think I can speak for all of us when I say that we cannot wait until Untamed comes out! Best of luck to you both!


Courtesy of Amazon.com:

Life sucks when your friends are pissed at you. Just ask Zoey Redbird – she’s become an expert on suckiness. In one week she has gone from having three boyfriends to having none, and from having a close group of friends who trusted and supported her, to being an outcast. Speaking of friends, the only two Zoey has left are undead and unMarked. And Neferet has declared war on humans, which Zoey knows in her heart is wrong. But will anyone listen to her? Zoey's adventures at vampyre finishing school take a wild and dangerous turn as loyalties are tested, shocking true intentions come to light, and an ancient evil is awakened in PC and Kristin Cast's spellbinding fourth House of Night novel.

Untamed will be out on September 23rd, 2008!


Shooting Stars Mag said...

Great interview. Loved the last question...very different question to ask. It was also cool to see how they went about writing the book as a duo. Nice!


Mari said...

Wonderful interview. I always wondered how the co-writing worked. :)

Bookie00 said...

Hey, I'm a constant book reader myself and have my own page on books and stuff and i liked the House of Night Novels. Not my favorite because they seemed like a cross between Harry Potter and Twilight but still a good read.

Anonymous said...

Hi! I'm a Swedish "young adult" who ran into Marked a month ago. I just have to say that it is awesome, it's so far from anything I've ever read, even though I've read both Harry Potter and Twilight and love'm both (since the comment before mine said it was a cross between them). Thanks for the interview and pic, loved it!

Anonymous said...

Hey Hi I love Marked and all of the rest of the series!!!!!! BIG FAN OF P.C. and Kristin!!!!