This week's Five features the author of SHADOWS CAST BY STARS (published by Athaneum last month). Catherine Knutsson lives in what sounds like an idyllic setting in Vancouver, British Columbia. She rides horses and trains for marathons (yikes!) as well as writing novels.
1. What would your super power be?
Since I have a terrible fear of flying, I’d say the power to fly would be pretty fantastic.
2. What is your guiltiest pleasure?
It’s pretty hard to beat a soak in the bath in the middle of the afternoon, especially if I’ve got a good book that I can’t put down. Ah, the life of a writer!
3. What one word do you think describes you best?
4. If you knew you would be stranded on a desert island, which book, piece of music, and snack food would you take with you?
Book: AN EQUAL MUSIC, by Vikram Seth. Piece of music: Bach violin sonatas/partitas, played by Gidon Kremer. Ah, bliss! Snack food: Hawkins Cheezies, which you can only get in Canada....mmmmm....
5. What intrigues you?
Life intrigues me. Nature, and fear, and danger, and risk, and love, and the sky, and stars, and bugs, and birds - I could go on for a while! Even the smallest things, like a dandelion seed, are so amazing, don’t you think?
ABOUT SHADOWS CAST BY STARS:
Old ways are pitted against new horrors in this compellingly crafted dystopian tale about a girl who is both healer and seer.
Two hundred years from now, blood has become the most valuable commodity on the planet—especially the blood of aboriginal peoples, for it contains antibodies that protect them from the Plague ravaging the rest of the world.
Sixteen-year-old Cassandra Mercredi might be immune to Plague, but that doesn’t mean she’s safe—government forces are searching for those of aboriginal heritage to harvest their blood. When a search threatens Cassandra and her family, they flee to the Island: a mysterious and idyllic territory protected by the Band, a group of guerilla warriors—and by an enigmatic energy barrier that keeps outsiders out and the spirit world in. And though the village healer has taken her under her wing, and the tribal leader’s son into his heart, the creatures of the spirit world are angry, and they have chosen Cassandra to be their voice and instrument…
Having spent time as a freelance travel writer, travel agent, coffee shop barista, bookseller, ship's steward, construction company contracts manager and Montessori preschool teacher, I have finally found my calling. I write historical fiction for young adults. I am represented by Catherine Drayton of InkWell Management.
When poet Thomas Wyatt offers to coach Anne Boleyn on how to shine at court, she accepts. Before long, Anne's popularity has soared, but more than popularity, Anne wants a voice. What began as a game becomes high stakes as Anne finds herself forced to make an impossible choice between her heart's desire and the chance to make history.
When her best friend marries Henry VIII, Kitty Tylney must learn to walk the fine line between secrets and treason, discovering that in the Tudor court, the price of gossip could literally be her head.