I am very excited to have Catherine Knutsson by the blog today for another Fantasy Five Friday! Welcome Catherine.
Could you give us the one sentence pitch of your book?
SHADOWS CAST BY STARS is a story of a girl who doesn’t see the world as others do trying to learn to walk her own path as the world falls apart around her. Eeek, that was hard!
Since you have a fantasy novel coming out, the next question I obviously have to ask is: If you were a fantastical creature, which would you be?
Absolutely, without a doubt, I’d be Pegasus. When I was a kid, I wanted to be a horse, and I’m not sure that ever really left me. Couple that with my fear of flying, and well, how could a winged horse be anything but awesome?
Do you have a favorite fantasy read?
I have a couple! LORD OF THE RINGS will always have a special place in my heart, and THE MISTS OF AVALON is a book I regularly re-read. Through it, Marion Zimmer Bradley showed me how an author can take a story that everyone knows and find a new, amazing way to explore an old, familiar tale. And, in terms of a more recent fantasy book, I just can’t say enough good things about Erin Bow’s PLAIN KATE. Love that book!
Generally speaking, which comes first: the world, the characters, or the plot?
Oh, hard question! For me, voice and atmosphere come first. Often, when a story is brewing, I’ll get snippets in my head. I don’t know who is saying them, or why, but whoever it is has a story to tell, and wants me to tell it. And, because of that, I also get a sense of the mood of the story, of whether it’s brooding or exciting or melancholy or cheery. Then, the hard work of figuring out plot and character and world begins!
They are always coming out with new editions of board games. If your book could be a special edition of any board game, which would you choose?
Hungry Hippos? *big grin* Ahah, just kidding! I think it would have to be Game of Life, dystopian-style!
Thanks so much for stopping by Catherine!
About Shadows Cast By Stars:
Two hundred years from now, blood has become the most valuable commodity on the planet – especially the blood of aboriginal peoples, for it contains antibodies that protect them from the plague that is ravaging the rest of the world.
Sixteen-year-old Cassandra Mercredi might be immune to the plague, but that doesn’t mean she’s safe. Government forces are searching for those of aboriginal heritage to harvest their blood. When a search threatens Cass and her family, they flee to the Island, a mysterious and idyllic territory protected by the Band, a group of guerilla warriors, and by an enigmatic energy barrier that keeps outsiders out and the spirit world in. And though the village healer has taken Cass under her wing, and the tribal leader’s son into his heart, the spirit world is angry, and it has chosen Cass to be its voice and instrument…