I'm delighted to be a part of the amazing blog tour celebrating the release of P. C. Cast's Moon Chosen. Check out the blurb and cover below:
An Epic Fantasy set in a world where humans, their animal allies, and the earth itself has been drastically changed
Chosen to embrace her true identity. Chosen to follow her destiny. Chosen to change her world.
Mari is an Earth Walker, heir to the unique healing powers of her Clan. She has cast her duties aside, but when she is chosen by a special animal ally, her destiny is altered forever.
When a deadly attack tears her world apart, Mari reveals the strength of her powers and the forbidden secret of her dual nature.
Darkness is coming, and with it, a force more terrible and destructive than the world has ever seen. Forming a tumultuous alliance with Nik, the son of a leader from a rival clan, she must fight to save her people.
MOON CHOSEN is the first book in the stunning Tales of the New World trilogy.
Cast kindly took time out of her hectic schedule to answer a few questions for Smash Dragons.
P. C. Cast, welcome to Smash Dragons.
What was your inspiration behind the incredible universe you have built in Moon Chosen?
PC: Thank you for asking! The idea of animal allies and the bonds formed between animals, at first specifically canines and humans, was inspired by my bond with my working dog, Badger. I had something scary happen in my life about four years ago, and I decided to invest in a personal protection canine. I’ve always had a menagerie of dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, guinea pigs, etc., etc., but I had no experience with working dogs or German Shepherds. They delivered Badger, my personal protection canine, and the moment he and I met we had an immediate connection. It was like nothing I’d ever experienced, and was so profound that I knew it must be the foundation for a new adventure – for me and for my readers! I, of course, had to include other fabulous canine familiars, as well as a variety of felines, equines, and many other surprises.
The physical setting was inspired by my move to the northwest. The beauty and wildness of the landscape surrounding me set my imagination on fire, and as usual, I turned to my brilliant father who helped me extrapolate what might happen to our world if it had survived a series of massive solar flares that changed the atmosphere, topography, flora and fauna – as well as humans. Then I added a big dose of goddess magick!
How many books will be in the Tales of a New World series?
PC: Right now I have 5 books planned in the series.
How long was the writing/planning process?
PC: Almost two years! I brainstormed and plotted for almost a year, and it took me another year to write Moon Chosen.
P. C. Cast, thanks for stopping by!
Smash Dragons has a paperback copy of Moon Chosen to giveaway to one lucky reader. In order to be eligible all you have to do is share or retweet this post online. You must also be based in Australia (sorry, but the postage is just too costly to send it overseas). Happy hunting! And stayed tuned for my review of Moon Chosen in a couple of weeks.
Moon Chosen is now available from all good book retailers. Check out Pan Macmillan's website for more information.