About P.C. + Kristin
P.C. Cast was born in the Midwest, and grew up being shuttled back-and-forth between Illinois and Oklahoma, which is where she fell in love with Quarter Horses and mythology (at about the same time). After high school she joined the United States Air Force and began public speaking and writing. After her tour in the USAF, she taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time. Ms. Cast is a New York Times Best-Selling author. Her novels have been awarded the prestigious: Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Prism, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, Booksellers’ Best, and the Laurel Wreath. P.C. Cast is an experienced teacher and talented speaker.
If your organization is interested in information about her workshops or presentations, please contact her personal assistant, Camden Clark, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If the request is specific to her young adult series, you may contact her St. Martin’s publicist, Jessica Lawrence at Jessica.Lawrence@stmartins.com.
Ms. Cast lives in Oklahoma with her fabulous daughter, her spoiled cat, and her adorable Scotties!
Kristin Cast is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author who teams with her mother to write the House of Night YA series. She has stand alone stories in several anthologies, as well as editorial credits. Currently Kristin attends college in Oklahoma where she is focusing on attaining her dream of opening a no kill dog rescue shelter in midtown Tulsa.
An Author Interview with P.C. + Kristin
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
PC: Kristin and I love to travel together. We’ve been road tripping since she was little. We also like to watch trash TV and go to the movies. I like to hike with my Scottie dogs! Both of us go to the gym a lot, but that’s not really a hobby. It’s more of a necessity because our other hobby is eating out at cool restaurants.
What is it like to write with your daughter/mother? How do you write with someone else?
PC: I love writing with Kristin! Being an author is usually such a solitary job that it’s nice to have someone else in it with me. Plus, knowing that Kristin is going to go over everything I write (I write the draft of an entire novel before I send it to Kristin for her to rewrite) takes a lot of stress off me. I don’t have to worry about sounding too old or too young – Kristin will fix that. I just write the story.
KC: Writing with Mom is great because for once in my life I get to tell her she’s wrong!
Do you have any advice to give young, aspiring authors?
PC: Definitely! Remember that being an author is a job. That means you need to research the career. Read writers’ resource books and “how to” books written by authors you admire. Join writers’ groups – take creative writing classes. Educate yourself about the basics of publishing. Then write and write and write – and rewrite and rewrite and rewrite. Once you have a completed manuscript, polished to the best of your ability, then you should be ready to begin submitting to editors and agents (and you should know how to do this through your research!).
KC: What should you write? Write the book you’d most love to read.
Are there ever times when you both completely disagree on something and can’t decide which way you want to go?
PC: It was weird at first. I mean, I’m used to editorial input, but writing as a team is different. I had a little experience with it because I’ve teemed up with the fabulous paranormal romance bestseller, Gena Showalter, on a couple anthologies we brainstormed together, and I enjoyed that. Kristin and I do disagree sometimes, but not about anything too big. Plus I’m the most experienced writer (and the mom!), so I tend to overrule her. She loves it when she’s been overruled and then our editor makes the same comment she made so Kristin finds out she was right all along!
Which characters do you relate to the most?