A spellbinding writing partnership

Fans
of the mother/ daughter writing duo PC and Kristin Cast can meet them during
the Cayman Islands launch of Burned, the latest book in their House of Night series at Books & Books at 4pm on
Saturday, 15 May.

New
York Times bestselling author, PC Cast will sign books and meet her readers.

In
an interview with the Weekender, the pair spoke about the creative process, why
vampires are such a fascinating subject, the nature of their literary collaboration
and the likelihood that a film adaptation of one of PC’s books will be filmed
in Grand Cayman.

Q: How did you start your writing
partnership?

PCC: Although I’d had about a dozen books published
when I came up with the idea for the House of Night. I’d never written young
adult [books], so my agent asked me to write the first three chapters and an
outline for the rest of the book so that she could sell the series.  

 Kristin
was in the first semester of her freshman year at college and she was still
living at home, so I’d yell down the hall from my office at her and ask her
questions about vernacular.  After a few times of doing that, I thought it’d be so much easier if she just
co-authored this with me.  So I asked her if she would.  

 
Q: Do you each have roles you play
within the writing process?

PCC: [I]t’s a writing partnership.  I write
the manuscripts and then Kristin goes over them serving as my teen editor for
voice and pop references, but it’s definitely a partnership.  I know Kristin
has my back and I can just relax and tell the story.


Q: How did you come up with the idea for
this exciting series?

PCC: In the summer of 2004, my agent, Meredith
Bernstein and I were at a romance writers’ convention and she said she’d like
me to write a series set at a “vampire finishing school”.   I
knew from the beginning that I wanted my vampires to be different than any
other, and in staying true to the themes of my other books, I made the House of
Night vampire world matriarchal.  

Then
I sat down with my dad, who is a biologist, and came up with a physiological
basis for my vampirism, and added in a touch of goddess and earth magic.


Q: What for each of you are the best and
worst aspects of the creative process?

PCC: The first 250 pages of a manuscript are the
hardest for me.  The best part is when the book comes together and the
action starts unfolding so fast that I can hardly type fast enough to keep up.
KC: Right now I’m working on my own
series independent of my mom.  And I can tell you the whole thing is hard!
 The best part is creating my own world and my own voice.  That’s
cool.


Q: What particular challenges do writing
Young Adult fiction present?

PCC: The author has to know teenagers and not
patronise them because they’re young.  And an author can’t be afraid to
tackle difficult subjects (sex, violence, peer pressure, drugs, and family
issues) just because it’ll make some people, usually adults and not the teenage
audience, uncomfortable.

 Teens
are surrounded by tough issues every day.  I think writing about them and
bringing them out in the open so kids can discuss them and also see how other
kids, even fictional ones, deal with them.


Q: You have recently bought a house on
Grand Cayman. What for you is the appeal of the island?

PCC: I enjoy the beauty of the island, the warmth
of the people, and the sense of escaping brought me to Grand Cayman.  I’ve
been coming since 1996.  I don’t know how many times!  I’ve never
counted.  Lots!

  Actually, I turned in my last two House
of Night books from Cayman.

 
Q: Spending so much time collaborating with a family member, how do you like to
unwind?

PCC: I like to hang out with my friends, too.
 Go to cool little places to eat and relax – Over the Edge,  Driftwood…
 I walk my Scottie dogs – who have recently joined me on Cayman.  And
I go to the gym to balance out the good food and wine.
KC: I go to the gym, too.  And,
believe it or not, I like to fish!

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