It’s with great pleasure that I introduce Cate Tiernan, who is practically a goddess among YA fiction writers, today on the blog! Cate is the brains behind such series as Sweep, Balefire and the yet-to-be-completed Immortal Beloved trilogy. I’m thrilled to host her today!
Q: ‘Immortal Beloved‘ was your first new novel in a few years. What was it like getting back into the world of publishing with something new? Had anything changed?
Things haven’t changed much in the last few years, but the first book of ‘Sweep’ (‘Wicca’) came out in 2001, and things have changed a lot since then. Now everything is done electronically, including editing and copyediting. We used to work on actual paper manuscripts that we had to FedEx back and forth. Now everything is done by email–much more convenient. In terms of the market, there’s been a huge explosion of paranormal–there’s hardly anything that isn’t paranormal. Which tells me it’s time to try something new!
Q: There are three books slated for the series. Can you tell us anything about the next one – ‘Darkness Falls‘ – coming out this year?
Well, for those people who felt that ‘Immortal Beloved’ didn’t end with enough of a bang, I think ‘Darkness Falls’ will remedy that for them! In general I think the book is darker, with fewer good moments for Nastasya. And things get very horrible and awful at the end. But Nastasya makes some real breakthroughs, overall. And things with Reyn make progress!
Q: The ‘Sweep/Wicca‘ series has been re-released recently in new bind-up editions. Do you think this has helped introduce your stories to a new (and wider) audience?
Absolutely! I’m so thrilled that Penguin repackaged them with fabulous new covers. Getting them into Wal-Marts (in America) has been huge. Suddenly the books are getting reviewed again and talked about as if they just came out. But they’ve been in print for ten years! It’s been so rewarding to see a new audience finding them. I’m also getting letters from people who read the series a decade ago and are rediscovering it and loving it all over again. It’s been wonderful.
Q: With all your stories pooled together: Who has been your favourite character to write? Which has been your favourite relationship to explore? And which has been your favourite ‘world’ to be a part of?
Ooh, difficult question! I actually don’t know if I can choose! Of course I love Morgan, and love Morgan and Hunter together. But it meant a lot to me to write about New Orleans, in ‘Balefire’, and I loved a bunch of those characters too–Clio, Thais, Richard, Claire. And then Nastasya in Immortal Beloved was based a bit on Claire from ‘Balefire’. I adore ‘Wicca’ and magick, and have loved exploring the worlds of immortals… I don’t know if I can choose. Basically I think I would prefer any of those worlds to reality. I mean, I function well in reality, but I do wish there was magick and blood witches and immortals.
Q: The YA genre has exploded in the last few years. Do you have any plans for another novel or series after you’re finished with Nastasya’s story in ‘Immortal Beloved’?
Oh, yes… I’ve been working on a couple of ideas. One of them would be a sort of sequel to ‘Immortal Beloved’, and another one would be more of a straight historical, without much magick or paranormal elements, because I do think the market is kind of glutted. Once everyone is doing the same thing, it’s time to do something different. But I’m working on a couple of things I think will be really fun.