Court by Cat Patrick
October 23rd 2014
For more than 300 years, a secret monarchy has survived and thrived within the borders of the US, hiding in plain sight as the state known as Wyoming. But when the king is shot and his seventeen-year-old son, Haakon McHale, is told he will take the throne, becoming the eleventh ruler of the Kingdom of Eurus, the community that’s survived for centuries is pushed to the limit. Told through four perspectives, Court transplants us to a world that looks like ours, but isn’t. Gwendolyn Rose, daughter of the Duke of Coal, is grudgingly betrothed to Haakon — and just wants a way out. Alexander Oxendine, son of the Duke of Wind and Haakon’s lifelong best friend, already grapples with internal struggles when he’s assigned to guard Haakon after the king dies. And commoner Mary Doyle finds whispers in the woods that may solve — or destroy — everything, depending on your bloodline.
Money. Love. Power. Community. What’s your motivation?
Q & A with Cat Patrick
Q-Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I feel like the red thread in all of my books is that people should be who they are and not who someone else wants them to be. Life is much more interesting that way.
I find inspiration from every good book I read. I’d recently finished Justin Cronin’s The Passage as I was getting going on Court, and it inspired me to be more thoughtful about description of landscapes, for example.
Q-Advice for aspiring authors
From one of my six-year-old daughters: “Think of something that happened to you. Touch and tell across
pages. Write a quick sketch so you don’t forget. Then write the words.”
I’m not kidding. She just said that.
For me, I think the most important thing is to just do it. I hear from people all the time: “I want to publish a book.” And they haven’t written the book yet. Also, unlike my kiddo, I purposely don’t write down book ideas—or sketch them. If I forget them before it’s time to write then you’ll forget them before it’s time to read.
Q-What inspires you to write?
My daughters. I want them to pursue what makes them tick, just like I do with writing.
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