Ask the Author: Cait Marie
What would you like readers to know about you?
I am a reader myself. I did not grow up wanting to write, but I have loved books and stories for as long as I can remember. Books are my true passion, and I hope to one day create a story people connect to as much as I do with others.
What is your book about for those who haven’t read it?
The Lost Legends is ultimately about a princess and prince–sister and brother–trying to save their kingdom from their own father. There is a legend of these immortal warriors, the Nihryst, who were cursed a century earlier by the royal family’s ancestors and abandoned on a hidden island. Most children moved on past the story as they grew up, but Princess Adalina never let it go. When she overhears her father’s plot to set a war in motion with a mass assassination, she sets out to find the lost island and the Nihryst in hopes that if she promises to break their curse, they’ll help save her kingdom. She doesn’t know that the people she hired to take her on this search are pirates, so it turns into an adventure like the ones in her storybooks. While she’s off on her quest, Prince Shane discovers a plague killing his people. He starts working with a group of underground rebels to find the cause and cure. They don’t know who he is, but as the heir to the throne, it’s dangerous working with a group who openly admits to wanting to take down the king.
What has been your inspiration for writing it?
As cliche as it sounds, the inspiration came from a dream. As I said, writing hasn’t been a lifelong goal. It started a few years ago out of boredom and wanting a book to include everything I wanted. I love stories, so my inspiration for writing is other books and movies that fully immerse you in another world and life.
What was your favorite scene or part of your book to write?
My favorite line is actually a huge spoiler, so I will go with my second favorite part. Ada and Lee (the pirate captain she’s traveling with) are trying to get back to the ship after she rescued him, and by rescued I mean she broke him out of jail. They’re cornered in the street and the guy tells Lee they’ll let her go if he returns the stolen goods. Ada and Lee start arguing because she gave him money specifically not to steal. So, here they are, surrounded by like four or five armed men in the middle of the street at night, and they’re arguing with each other. Then the man calls him a pirate as he tells him to stop, and she’s just like “Pirate?!” Their nonstop bantering, even in these moments was fun to write.
What books or authors inspired you to become a writer?
I don’t know about specific authors or books who inspired me to write, but there a few authors who really inspired me to publish. A couple of them are M. Lynn/Michelle MacQueen and Melissa A. Craven/Ann Maree Craven. They are a huge reason I am self-publishing.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book?
I would tell them to remember they’re not alone. There are countless communities online for writers through social media to encourage and support each other. Things will be difficult, and there will be times you second guess everything, but do not give up. Everyone has those moments. Never be afraid of reaching out for guidance or encouragement. If writing is what you love, make it happen. Follow your dreams.
The Lost Legends releases March 18, 2020. Pre-order here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B083VT99FT/
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