#Interview with Cas Peace #Author of The Kings Envoy #lovingthebook #giveaway
Cas lives in the lovely county of Hampshire, southern UK, where she was born. On leaving school she trained for two years before qualifying as horse-riding instructor. During this time she also learned to carriage-drive. She spent thirteen years in the British Civil Service before moving to Rome, Italy, where she and her husband, Dave, lived for three years. They enjoy returning whenever they can.
Cas supports many animal charities and owns two rescue dogs. She has a large collection of cacti and loves gardening. She is also a folk singer/songwriter and is currently writing and recording nine folk-style songs to accompany each of her fantasy books. You can listen to and download all the songs from her website: www.caspeace.com
See the video of her performing live at the King’s Envoy book launch here: http://www.caspeace.com/cas-
About the Narrator
Born in the eighties, her formative years in the nineties, Rebecca’s taste in music and fashion never really had a chance. Fortunately, you can’t tell these things from her writing or voice over work. Her first novel, Trespasser, is as dark as her neon is bright, and you’d never guess from hearing her that she’s narrating science fiction in nothing but unicorn pants.
Currently residing in London, Rebecca is passionate about travel, and has a good- albeit sometimes dubious- ear for accents. She graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama with a degree in something or other, has a background in musical theatre, a past career in burlesque, and is a classically trained opera singer. Oh, and she likes greyhounds. And wine.
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Taran Elijah’s quest for knowledge uncovers a plot that threatens the world…
In Albia, the fourth
realm, the precious Artesan gift
is dying. Although born to the craft, Taran is struggling to achieve his
potential. Against his friends’ advice, he embarks on a foolhardy plan to
acquire the teaching he craves. Alone, he crosses into Andaryon, the fifth
realm, but instead of finding a mentor, he stumbles upon a treacherous
In the wake of
Taran’s actions, Albia suffers a series of vicious raids, and Major Sullyan of
the High King’s forces is sent to oppose them. But a dark and treacherous force
is moving through the realms, and both Taran and Sullyan will feel its power.
Their craft, the lives of their friends, the very existence of their realm are
under threat unless they expose and oppose the evil.
“Cas Peace’s Artesans of Albia trilogy immediately sweeps you away: the drama starts with King’s Envoy, continues unabated in King’s Champion, and climaxes in King’s Artesan, yet each volume is complete, satisfying. The Artesan series propels you into a world so deftly written that you see, feel, touch, and even smell each twist and turn. These nesting novels are evocative, hauntingly real. Smart. Powerful. Compelling.
Janet E Morris: Bestselling Author of The Sacred Band of Stepsons series; the Dream Dancer series; I, the Sun; Outpassage; The Silistra Quartet;and editor of the Bangsian In Hell series. Famed contributor to the shared universe fantasy series, Thieves World.
Name / Pen name & little about yourself:
My full name is Caroline Peace, but I’ve been known as Cas for many years now. I like the name and decided not to use a different pen name. I live in North Hampshire UK, with my husband and our two rescue Lurchers. I have a large cactus collection, which includes the first ever cactus I was given when I was 14. It’s still gong strong! I also used to work in stained glass. I love gardening and growing vegetables, and I’m also a qualified horse-riding instructor. My husband and I sing in a shanty band, the Shanty Hounds, and we raise money for charities, mainly the RNLI.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I didn’t really, it all came about by accident. I used to write little stories as a kid, but it wasn’t until my husband and I came back from living in Italy in 1994 that I found a flair and interest in writing. I didn’t go back to work and so had time to indulge this new muse that had unexpectedly taken me over. The series of nine fantasy novels that came pouring out of me was as much a surprise to me as anyone else. Suddenly, I was not only a writer, but a published author!
What genre are your books? and what made you write in that genre?
I write mainly fantasy novels, but I have also published a non-fiction book, which relates our struggle to support and care for Daisy, our beautiful Dalmatian dog who became disabled through disc disease. But fantasy is my real love, and I have always been an avid reader of fantasy, so it felt natural to me to write in that genre. I love the freedoms and challenges it represents.
When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I started my first novel in the late 90s after we returned from 3 years living in Italy. That first book eventually became an entire trilogy, because it was so long, and it took me about a year to write the first draft. It took a further two or three years to polish it into the finished trilogy, because I was still learning how to write and what the publishing industry required. So I was 37 when I began writing seriously.
Where do you get your ideas for your books?
The idea that eventually became King’s Envoy stemmed from a 1970s kids’ TV program called ‘Tarot, Ace of Wands’. It was about a magician who used his powers to detect crime. It set me to wondering what you would do if you were someone who was born with a special power that you didn’t know how to use. You would have a good idea of how fantastic and glorious that power could be, but would be terribly frustrated by your inability to use it. What kind of trouble might you get into as you tried to teach yourself? Who could you turn to for help? That is the premise behind my main male character Taran’s search for a mentor, and his recklessness causes him to stumble right into a plot that threatens his entire world.
How long does it typically take you to write a book?
If the muse is strong, it will take me about a year to write a 120,000 word book. But that includes revisions and edits. Now that I’ve also become an editor and proofreader, I can’t help being a perfectionist about my writing. At least, that’s what I strive for. My own editor would beg to differ, judging by the amount of red text on my manuscript when I get it back!
How many books have you written? Which is your favourite?
I’ve written 10 books so far, and I’m currently working on a prequel to my Artesans series. I loved each book the most while I was writing it, simply because I couldn’t believe I was actually doing it! I live my books as I write them and they’re a real wrench to leave when I’m done. I believe my final trilogy, Master of Malice, is the best writing I’ve ever done, mainly because I was still learning the craft for the others. But the hardest book to write was For the Love of Daisy, because our lives were quite traumatic then and the emotions were still raw.
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? How do you overcome it?
This is a hard question because I think ‘writer’s block’ means different things to different writers. I’ve always been able to write if I’ve wanted to, but I have had times when I’ve had to put a piece aside and wait until I can see where it’s going. I’ve also had to wait to do research before finishing a chapter. I believe that writers should often step away from their work and give it time to ‘settle’ if they’re finding that the words don’t flow. I use walking the dogs as a great way to blow off cobwebs and allow new ideas room to breathe.
Have you done any collaborations with other writers?
I haven’t actually written books with other writers, although I do edit and critique, so my views and ideas get incorporated into my clients’ work. But I have written two short stories for anthologies. One was accepted for the British Fantasy Society’s 40th Anniversary anthology, Full Fathom Forty. Another was published in Janet and Chris Morris’ Perseid Press fantasy anthology, Heroika 1: Dragon Eaters. Perseid Press plans another anthology soon and I will have a short story included in that, too. I think it takes a certain type of writer to collaborate with another writer, and I think it would be great fun to do so.
What do you think of reviews?
I love getting reviews, because it means I’m connecting with readers. I still can’t believe that complete strangers are reading and loving something I’ve written! Of course, not all the reviews I’ve had are positive, but you have to accept very early on that you can’t please everyone. I have been fortunate to receive mainly positive reviews, and the more negative ones have been mainly constructive rather than nasty. I use reviews myself when choosing a new book to read, so honest ones are very valuable, even if the reviewer didn’t like the book.
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