A guest blog by yours truly about the CAST novels

Posted in Cast, Elantra, writing.

Mark Timmony, a reader with whom I’ve corre­sponded for a number of years, is also the current manager of Galaxy Books in Sydney. He asked me if I’d like to contribute a guest blog post for the Galaxy Book­shop site, and I said yes.

I meant to write some­thing more serious, I honestly did – but I was thinking about the genesis of the CAST novels. You can head on over and read the post at Galaxy now. I’ll answer ques­tions, either there or here, if you have any.

17 Responses to A guest blog by yours truly about the CAST novels

  1. Estara says:

    Can I just say I think this entry in the series is your strongest so far? I finished it yesterday and the emotional growth of Kaylin and the fact she could finally address the feel­ings between her and Severn and the partic­ular back­ground her persona as Chosen brought to the crisis in this book makes this a major climax on the journey, I’d say.

    I look forward to finding out more of how she’ll deal with the Emperor, the Outcaste, Night­shade and the new Elantra inhab­i­tants.

  2. Estara says:

    Having read the post, I’d like to say thanks for that insight into the devel­op­ment and into your inter­ac­tion with Tanya Huff, another author I read almost every­thing of.

  3. Jacob says:

    I love the new book and I am inter­ested to see how “maker” has an affect on the world and if Kaylin has to learn, or has already learned, how to speak it’s name. I’m also very inter­ested in the new inhab­i­tants and what they can reveal about the chosen, or maybe teach Kaylin how to travel.

    Very much looking forward to cast in ruin. Great job on the series so far.

  4. Kern says:

    I love these books, I get my friends and coworkers to read them every chance I get. I can not wait for the next book. I hate the waiting too!!

    I am not at all surprised to see the many of the female readers think that Night­shade is the right choice for Kaylin. Too many women go for the talk dark myste­rious man that is looking for what he can get out of the woman instead of the steady, predictable man that only wants his woman to be safe and happy. Severn is self­less and only wants whats best for kaylin yet Night­shade wants to use her. Why are my sex so “dumb” when it comes to men and rela­tion­ships??? Its wonderful to see more of Kaylin and Severn’s rela­tion­ship open up and I look fore­ward to more!! and more!! and more!!

    Thanks for the great works.

  5. Katya says:

    I loved Cast in Chaos, and can’t wait for Ruin! I read the Galaxy post, and just have to say that, even though I found the Elantra series first and loved it, I also enjoy the West books. The style and tone are different in many ways, but I think they’re also alike in a lot of ways. As in, the writing is superb :)

  6. Tanja says:

    Really appre­ciate reading about your early steps as a writer! And like everyone else, after devouring another most excel­lent story in the Cast universe, I’m eagerly (impa­tiently) waiting for the next…

    BTW, based on Kern’s comments, Severn sounds rather boring: “wants what’s best for Kaylin” and “safe and happy” — what­ever! LOL But I think both of the men in Kaylin’s life have their inter­esting “bad boy” sides and are intriguing in their very different ways. Still, after re-reading the series over the last few days again, I’m much more inter­ested in discov­ering what Night­shade does next (and why) and want to read more about him rather than Severn. :)

  7. Julia says:

    Michelle, thank you for the insight. I love this series. It’s been inter­esting seeing how Kaylin has grown since the series started. Espe­cially how her rela­tion­ships are devel­oping. Just a couple things I would love to know. Where did Severn get his knives from, who trained him to use them, and what happens to the egg Kaylin took home with her.
    As far as Night­shade verses Severn, I’m more intrigued by Severn. Where did he go and what did he do when he couldn’t find Kaylin? When he thought she was dead? That would be inter­esting to know. I don’t think he’s as boring as some people think.

  8. Loved the book! can you please, please tell us about the item Kaylin took to her room??????

    Where did Severn get his knives from, who trained him to use them, and what happens to the egg Kaylin took home with her.

    There is a very real chance that both of these ques­tions will be answered in the book after Cast in Ruin. Cast in Ruin is, as someone else­where on the site surmised, about Tiamaris and the refugees; it’s also about the Dragons. The tenta­tively titled Cast in Danger is at the moment about a couple of things, and I can give two hints: Shadow Wolves and the West March.

  9. Estara says:

    Team Severn for the win! That — in order — are the two devel­op­ments I’m most inter­ested in right now, the dragons and the Wolves.

  10. tiamat says:

    I just finished Cast in Chaoa, now I have to wait for Cast in Ruin, so very long!!! *sigh* I defi­natly love where all the charaters are going, but what’s up with Night shade?! Not that it’s bad but I think ther might be more emotion words used for him in five pages then in the last five books.

  11. tiamat says:

    I just finished Cast in Chaos, now I have to wait for Cast in Ruin, so very long!!! *sigh* I defi­natly love where all the charaters are going, but what’s up with Night shade?! Not that it’s bad but I think there might be more emotion words used for him in five pages then in the last five books.

    Night­shade and Severn are both inter­esting char­ac­ters, but Night­shade is sort of more inter­sting *because* he doesn’t exactly want the best for Kaylin, it makes him more unpre­dictable. Also I think most women know that he is not a “good” guy, but as a fantasy char­acter, you can think he’s really sexy without being in any danger.

  12. Estara says:

    Also I think most women know that he is not a “good” guy, but as a fantasy char­acter, you can think he’s really sexy without being in any danger.

    I would have agreed with you as a teenager, but being 43 now I firmly root for the guys that are actu­ally supportive of the heroine.

    The thing is that I’m not sure that Severn isn’t simply emotion­ally depen­dent on what he made Kaylin to be for himself (consid­ering he killed chil­dren for her). Maybe he’s a border­line obsessed sociopath? It’s not as if we have ever seen him have a friend­ship outside Kaylin or talk to former Wolf friends except to find out infor­ma­tion…

    As long as she can keep satisfy what he needs from her, he will always be willing to do and die for her.

    For some reason I can stand for that, prob­ably because I had the impres­sion that he realised — in the time when Kaylin was gone — that he actu­ally had done some­thing wrong and has been making up for it ever since and control­ling himself very care­fully, never pres­suring too much (just think of the way she went after him in the first book) but taking what was coming to him.

    I do wish I had the impres­sion he had a life outside Kaylin.

  13. Janet says:

    I would like to know how she got started in working with the midwives and foundling hall. Also would like to know what is happening with baby leon­tine.

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