By: Mistral Dawn
Genre: Fantasy Romance
While hunting for the murderer of a child who has escaped to Earth Cadeyrn comes across Cassie and realizes that she is the one that the great mother goddess has designated as his soul mate. He kidnaps her and takes her to his fortress in Fairie to protect her from his many enemies. He knows she will be angry and that he'll have to work to earn her trust, but he finds his task to be even more challenging than he had thought it would be due to Cassie's difficulty in opening her heart.
Will Cadeyrn be able to convince Cassie that the bond between them is real and earn her love?
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About the Author
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Q&A with Mistral
Well, The inspiration for my first book, Taken By The Huntsman, came from a dream I had after a rather spirited debate with an online friend about the nature of consent (and some other political issues I won't bore you with). When I woke up I thought about the dream and realized it might make an interesting story (as well as provide me with a soap box ;-) ). I texted a friend and asked her if she thought the idea had merit. She said she did and so I wrote the first couple of chapters and emailed them to her asking her to read them and tell me if she was bored yet. She was kind enough to say that she wasn't bored and that she'd like to read the rest of the story, so I wrote it. The ideas for the next few books and short stories came from characters who came to me and told me that they deserved a story too, and it was my job to write them. So I will! :-)
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I had never really considered writing fiction until the story for Taken By The Huntsman came to me. I seem to be turning into a perpetual student, so I've written many papers for classes over the years and I've had a couple of jobs that required extensive writing, but I had never really thought about writing a novel. I had the debate with my online friend in June 2014 and that's when I realized I had a story to tell.
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
There are two main characters in my story: the Erlking (Caderyn) and Cassie. The Erlking is a hundreds of thousands of years old Fae who has been Fairie's "top cop" for his entire life. Cassie is just an average, working-jane who has been orphaned and feels as though she hasn't found her place in the world. They are both very lonely people, in their own ways, and they both have experiences in their pasts that make it difficult to trust others. When they are brought together by a magical soul-mate bond they both have to learn to open up and allow another person to be close to them; which is especially difficult considering the vast differences in their backgrounds and world-views. It was an interesting dance to write, and I hope readers will find it entertaining. :-)
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
The hardest and easiest part of writing Taken By The Huntsman was writing the sex scenes. OMG! They were so much fun to write! After all, who wouldn't enjoy letting their wildest sexual fantasies run wild through their head? ;-) But sometimes it's hard to rein them back in to the realm of the possible. Also, I'm a woman so I've never made love as a man. What do men think about during sex? How does it feel to them? How, exactly, does one make love to a woman? These are all important questions! And has anyone ever noticed that many men have difficulty expressing feelings in words? I need input people! ;-)
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
I'm very new to writing, so I don't know that I'm the best qualified person to give others advice. Someone told me to read a lot and write what you feel. Maybe that will help others as well. :-)
What can we expect from you in the future?
I hope to have my next book out by the beginning of 2015 (no promises). It's the second book in the series that begins with Taken By the Huntsman and will be the story of Uaine, Fairie's Summer Court prince, and Veronica (Roni), a human petty thief and con artist, who are united by a magical soul-mate bond created by Fairie's great mother goddess. I've only just started writing it, but you can read the first chapter on my Facebook page and I'll try to post updates as I write it.
I have a short story planned for after my second novel that I intend to invite readers to help develop characters for. At some point (in the next few months, hopefully) I will post an invitation on my Facebook page for readers to contribute ideas for characters to be included in that story. At this point I don't know how many of these characters I'll be able to incorporate, but if I get enough suggestions I'll ask readers to vote on each other's ideas and use the characters with the most votes. Details about the story and the parameters I'll need for the suggestions will be forth coming, so stay tuned! ;-)
After that, I have at least two more short-stories and two more full-length novels planned in this series. Once those are done, I don't know but I'm sure it will be fun! :-)
Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
It's not very unique, but I guess you could say I have a "hobby" (more like a passion) rescuing cats. I take in stray cats and/or kittens, make sure they are (or help them become) healthy and well-socialized, and find them their forever-homes. Please spay or neuter your pets! :-)
If you didn't like writing books, what would you do for a living?
Unfortunately, I'm not able to make my living writing books at this time. Hopefully that will be something I can do in the future, so tell everyone you know to buy my book! ;-) Currently, I work full-time as a hospital drudge and attend graduate school part-time.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
I think my greatest accomplishment (other than publishing a novel, of course ;-) ) is helping unwanted cats and kittens find families who love them. The number of unwanted, mistreated, and neglected animals in our society is appalling. One person can only make the tiniest bit of difference, but I've never viewed that as an excuse to do nothing and I still consider the little help I've been able to offer to the few animals I've had the privilege to foster to be my greatest accomplishment.
What books have most influenced your life most?
I'm dyslexic and I had a really hard time learning how to read when I was a kid. Timothy Zahn's continuation of the Star Wars series is probably the reason I'm literate today. If my imagination hadn't been captured when I was eight years old by the characters and universe that George Lucas created and Timothy Zahn expanded on it's possible I wouldn't have had the motivation to expend the effort it took for me to learn to read. So thank you very much to both of those gentlemen! :-)