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YA Fiction, YA Action/Adventure
As the daughter of the Pirate King, Tilia Swanson has an unusual upbringing learning skills that aren’t often available for women. As the heir apparent for the Kingdom of Crilan, her skills set her apart as she is trained by the best in the land and taught to harness her magic. However, piracy is in her blood, and draws danger to her in the way that treasure draws pirates. Some treasures are more valuable than others. Will this lesson be learned in time or will the betrayal of those around her be her undoing?
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“You aren’t going to force me into an arranged marriage, are you?” I asked them.
Esmeralda looked like I had smacked her. “Of course not!”
“We haven’t done arranged marriages in a century,” Jared said.
I exhaled. “Well, my dad wasn’t sure and told me to be prepared just in case.”
“Does your dad do arranged marriages?” Esmeralda asked.
I shook my head. “No.”
“Well you don’t have to worry about that,” Jared said, “We aren’t going to force you to do anything.”
“Except not be a pirate,” I fake pouted.
Esmeralda laughed. “Except that.”
“Well, I guess I’m okay with that. Most pirates don’t have very long careers anyways,” I said.
“Speaking of marriage,” Esmeralda said, moving her horse closer to mine. “Technically we are supposed to have a ball for your seventeenth birthday so that all of the available men can come so you can start looking for a suitor.”
“WHAT?” I asked in an almost scream.
“You don’t want a boyfriend?” Faxon asked.
I blushed and said, “I just didn’t know it was a formal thing and, uh, hadn’t really thought about it yet.” That was a lie. I thought about boys like every teenage girl did, but my options were slim at the Capitol.
“Well, it’s a tradition and I thought I would let you know now that we’ll be having it while we are in Markleville,” Esmeralda said.
“I don’t have a dress,” I said, hoping that would cancel the plans until we returned home, “I didn’t bring one.”
“That’s fine. I will have one made for you,” Jared offered.
How generous. Ugh. “But if I find a guy I like in Markleville, I won’t even be able to see him when we return to the Capitol,” I said.
“That is where the true romance is supposed to begin,” Esmeralda said with a smile. “They have to try to keep you interested with letters and poems and gifts.”
“It’s very tedious,” Jared said.
“Only because you had to find others to write poems for you,” Faxon said.
“I knew you didn’t write that poem!” Esmeralda said with a triumphant shout.
“I’m going to skin you, Faxon,” Jared growled.
“It’s time she learned the truth,” Faxon said.
“I already knew,” Esmeralda said, “I just never had confirmation.”
“How did you know?” Jared asked.
“You haven’t written me a poem once since then. Every other guy who wrote me a poem continued to write them, not just one,” she said honestly.
“Who else wrote you poems?” Jared asked with crossed arms jealously.
“Yes, I’m really looking forward to this,” I muttered.
“Not every man is like him,” Faxon said defensively.
“I can’t believe you helped him,” Esmeralda said.
“I’m a good friend,” he said with a shrug, “it’s a curse.”
About the Author:
Catherine Banks is the author of the Artemis Lupine Series, Little Death Bringer Series, Ciara Steele Novella Series, and the novel Daughter of Lions. She began writing fiction stories when she was only four years old and finished her first full length novel at the age of fifteen. Catherine is a Northern California native and has lived within a twenty mile radius her entire life. She plans to travel to as many places as possible in her thirties to make up for her lack of traveling experience. She is married to her soulmate and best friend, Avery, who blessed her with two amazing children. After her full time job she reads books, plays video games and watches a lot of anime shows and movies with her family to relax.
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Interview with Catherine Banks:
When did you start to have a love for books? I’ve had a deep passion for books since I was a child. Both of my parents are avid readers and allowed me to stay up half an hour past my bedtime only if I was reading.
What was your favorite book as a child? As a teenager? As a child, Misty of Chincoteague. As a teenager, The Hobbit.
What was that turning point that changed you from a reader to a writer? In high school Anne Rice was very popular, but I wasn’t a huge vampire fan and instead had a deep love of werewolves. Since there were hardly any werewolf novels at the time, I decided to write my own.
Inspiration can often be found in the oddest people, places, and even situations. In the past, what has inspired you? Lyrics from songs, a vineyard, and even scenery have all inspired me and given me something to write about.
What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why? Pirate Princess has been my favorite book to write so far because it is so much fun and there is so much action that I didn’t want to stop writing it.
What about your favorite character or characters? Which characters from your books do you think readers will really feel a connection to? One of my favorites is Marin from my Little Death Bringer Series. She’s tough, kind, and a person that I would love to hang out with if she were real. Faxon is a character I think many of my readers will like because he is dark, mysterious, and yet funny, loyal, and protective.
So far, what has been your greatest moment in your writing career? My greatest moment has been seeing my name/book listed under a complete stranger’s top 5. It’s unreal and so amazing to see.
What can readers expect from you next? I’m working on book two of the Pirate Princess Series as well as book three of the Little Death Bringer Series. There are a few other projects that are new and not part of any other series, but those won’t be available until next year at least.
Nobody knows your books better than you! In your opinion, readers of what genres will enjoy your books the most? Readers of fantasy, young adult, action/adventure, and romance will love my books.
Now that we’ve talked about the books, let’s get to know you as the author! What are your favorite books now as an adult? Television shows? Movies? I can’t list a couple favorite books, but I can tell you that my favorite adult book series is the Kate Daniels Series by Ilona Andrews and my favorite young adult book series currently is the Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas. My favorite television shows list would take up a lot of time, but my current favorites are: Firefly, One Punch Man, One Piece, Game of Thrones, and Phineas & Ferb. My favorite movies are: Princess Bride, Army of Darkness, Godzilla, Tales from Earthsea, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and Rustler’s Rhapsody.
If you could meet one author–from any time era–who would it be and what would you talk about? Can I meet a team and meet the couple who makes up Ilona Andrews? I would talk about their knowledge of mythology and religions. They are so knowledgeable and it’s amazing.
How would you describe your life in ten words or under? Video Games, reading, writing, working, children, video games, anime, Netflix.
What is your favorite place to visit? Pismo Beach, CA.
What words do you live by? “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.”
Anything else you’d like to share with readers? Thank you for reading and giving my books a chance! I am eternally grateful and if you ever want to talk to me, please feel free to send me a message!
Thanks for letting us interview you, Catherine!