I would like to introduce you to Catherine Stovall, author of Faire Eve, The Requiem of Humanity Series, the short stories, Fearful Day, Bloody Freedom (Broken Mirrors, Fractured Minds Anthology),and Condemned to Die. Upcoming publications for 2013 include Arcana: The Maiden (full length) and Eternity: Requiem of Humanity Series: Book Three (full length).
Stovall is a member of the International Thriller Writers & The Fictioneers. She lives in Southeast Missouri with her husband, three children, and pets. When not writing, she spends her time riding motorcycles, wearing elaborate hats, and genuinely enjoying the oddities in life.
In support of the Teen Reading Week, Stovall completed this interesting interview.
Why do you think Teen Read Week is important?
Anything that encourages young people to open their minds to the educational benefits of reading is very important. The books they read in school are just the tip of the iceberg. I know I learned most of my greater vocabulary from fiction books.
How do you think we could encourage youngsters to read more?
I think the best thing for anyone to do to encourage the younger generation to read would be to set an example. You have to read, if you want kids to read. Parents need to have just as many books in their house as they do movies or video games. Make the material available for the kids to explore it.
When you were a teenager what books did you like to read and did you have an all-time favourite character?
I read everything! I loved books like War and Peace, but just as easily get lost in Nancy Drew. My all time favourite character as a teen was Claudia the child vampire from Interview with a Vampire.
Were you writing as a teenager? If so, what were you writing and what inspired you? Did a person inspire you to write?
I did write as a teen, but not with the intent of sharing. My inspiration was the less than perfect environment that I grew up in, and writing was my way of coping.
Do you think today’s teens are in a better position if they want to be a writer than you were all those years ago (hee hee)?
I think that teens today have a much greater resource than some of us did back in the days before the dinosaurs. The internet has really provided a new way of doing things with self-publishing, small independent presses, and instant research availability thanks to the net.
What advice would you give a youngster who enjoys writing?
Don’t ever give it up. No matter how busy or crazy your life gets, no matter if people don’t understand about your love for the art, do not walk away from talents.
The High Priestess and her consort, the Magician, have stripped away all vestiges of technology and cast the world of Wade into a magical dark age. In order to further their aims of domination, the evil pair murders sixteen-year-old Bianca’s family and captures her, intending to use her ethereal blood to wake a powerful spirit and rule the universe.
Three years later, nineteen-year-old Bianca breaks the sacred circle and allows an outside force to free her from her imprisonment in an evil place that the people of Wade call The Tower. When she wakes in the rebel encampment, Bianca finds herself faced with the boy she had thought dead and the Hierophant, who offers her something no one else has—a choice about her own destiny. On the verge of greatness or failure, Bianca must face down her darkest fears or die.
Are you working on anything new at the moment?
I’m always working on something new. Lol. There are no less than five WIPs open on my desktop at one time.
What do you love about being an author?
The immortality. Now let me explain. No one can live forever, but with books, I know that my words will be around long after I’m gone.
Where can fans follow you?
Fancy winning a copy of Condemned To Die?
Nineteen-year-old Vega Williams is dead by her own hand and her tormentors still walk the streets. In fact, her funeral is nothing more than a social engagement to most of Oakdale’s finer society. With their good intentions painted on their faces, they believe their secrets and hate-filled thoughts are safe behind the veneer of propriety. However, they didn’t count on Zane Allistor’s presence. Using his strange ability to read and manipulate minds, he tracks down those guilty and uses their misdeeds against them. In a bloody twist of fate, two hearts are united when death leads to life.
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