P. C. Cast
|P. C. Cast|
|Born||April 1960 (age 54)
Watseka, Illinois, U.S.
|Notable works||House of Night series (co-author)|
Phyllis Christine Cast (born 1960) is an American romance/fantasy author, known for the House of Night series she writes with her daughter Kristin Cast, as well as her own Goddess Summoning and Partholon book series.
On her own, P.C. Cast is known for her Goddess Summoning and Partholon book series. Her first book, Goddess by Mistake, was originally published in 2001, won the Prism, Holt Medallion, and Laurel Wreath awards, and was a finalist for the National Readers' Choice Award; her subsequent books have won a variety of prizes.
In 2005, she and her daughter began co-writing the House of Night series. In the wake of the current popularity of vampire fiction led by Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series, the Casts' books have enjoyed substantial and increasing critical and commercial success, and in March 2009, the fifth book in their series, Hunted, opened at number one on the best-seller lists of USA Today and The Wall Street Journal.
According to P.C. Cast, the concept for the House of Night novels came from her agent, who suggested the theme "vampire finishing school." The books take place in an alternative universe version of Tulsa, Oklahoma inhabited by both humans and "vampyres" (Cast uses this alternative spelling in the books, explaining it as a choice she made "just 'cause I like the way it looks"). The protagonist, Zoey Redbird, age 16, is "marked" as a "fledgling" and moves to the "House of Night" school to undergo her transformation.
In November 2008, Variety reported that producers Michael Birnbaum and Jeremiah S. Chechik had obtained an option to acquire the motion picture rights in the House of Night series. No film resulted from this, and in November 2011, it was announced that the film rights had been acquired by producer Samuel Hadida's company, Davis Films.
Cast has been married and divorced three times. In June 2010, Cast wrote about her marriages and her current personal relationship with Seoras Wallace, a Scottish historian and chieftain of Clan Wallace, whom she met while researching her novel The Avenger.
- Goddess of the Sea, Berkley, 2003 (ISBN 0-425-19279-2)
- Goddess of Spring, Berkley, 2004 (ISBN 0-425-19749-2)
- Goddess of Light, Berkley, 2005 (ISBN 0-425-20196-1)
- Goddess of the Rose, Berkley, 2006 (ISBN 0-425-20891-5)
- Goddess of Love, Berkley, 2007 (ISBN 0-425-21528-8)
- Warrior Rising, Berkley, 2008 (ISBN 0-425-22137-2)
- Goddess of Legend, Berkeley, 2010 (ISBN 0-425-22816-9)
- Goddess of Troy, 2011 (ISBN 0-749-95361-6) (reissue of Warrior Rising)
The Divine Series (also known as the Partholon Series) was first published in UK. Written by P.C. Cast, this series is about the life of Shannon Parker - a high-school English teacher in Oklahoma - after she is transported to a new, completely different world. The third part (Divine by Blood) of the series goes on to span the life of her "mirror image" Rhiannon's daughter Morrigan. It transports Shannon Parker into a parallel world known as Partholon, a place rich in passion, magic and centaurs.
- Divine by Mistake or Goddess by Mistake, 21 April 2001
- Divine by Choice, 1 December 2006
- Divine by Blood, 2007
- Divine Beginnings, 2009
House of Night
- Marked, St. Martin's (ISBN 9780312360269) May 28, 2007
- Betrayed, St. Martin's ISBN 978-0-312-36028-3) October 2, 2007
- Chosen, St. Martin's (ISBN 9780312360306) March 4, 2008
- Untamed, St. Martin's (ISBN 9780312379834) September 23, 2008
- Hunted, St. Martin's (ISBN 9780312379827) March 10, 2009
- Tempted, St. Martin's (ISBN 9780312567484) October 27, 2009
- Burned, St. Martin's (ISBN 9780312606169) April 27, 2010
- Awakened, St. Martin's (ISBN 9780312650247) January 4, 2011
- Destined, St. Martin's (ISBN 9780312650254) October 25, 2011
- Hidden, St. Martin's (ISBN 9780312594428) October 16, 2012
- Revealed, St. Martin's October, 2013
- Redeemed, On sale October 14, 2014
- Dragon's Oath, St. Martin's (ISBN 9781250000231) July 12, 2011
- Lenobia's Vow, St. Martin's (ISBN 9781250000248) January 31, 2012
- Neferet's Curse, St. Martin's (ISBN 9781250000255) February 19, 2013
- Kalona's Fall, St. Martin's, 2014 (Before book 12 in the original House of Night)
- The Fledgling Handbook, St. Martin's (ISBN 9780312595128) October 26, 2010
- Nyx In The House Of Night, BenBella Books (ISBN 9781935618553) June 7, 2011
- The Avenger, October 1, 2009 (ISBN 0373285965)
Edited by P.C. Cast
- Immortal: Love Stories With Bite, BenBella Books (announced release date October 2009) (ISBN 9781933771922)
- Eternal: Love Stories With Bite, BenBella Books (ISBN 1935618016, Smart Pop, October 2010)
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- Vit Wagner, "Fame's at stake for Cast of two: Mother and daughter team's vampire formula", Toronto Star, March 29, 2009.
- Constance Drogranes,"Vampire love spikes in new book 'Hunted'", CTV News, March 26, 2009.
- P.C. Cast at eHarlequin.com (retrieved July 14, 2009)
- Alexandra Alter, "Young Blood: Vampires go to finishing school in a mother-daughter team's best seller", Wall Street Journal, March 21, 2009.
- Fiona Purdon, "Teens Find New Dark Tales to Satisfy their Twilight Craving", The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Australia), March 21, 2009.
- Carol Memmott, "'Twilight' Brings Supernatural Fiction to Life, Boosts Genre", USA Today, March 10, 2009.
- "Book buzz: What's new on the list and in publishing", USA Today, March 18, 2009.
- Ryan Dahlgren, "Oklahoma author: P.C. Cast", at Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers website (retrieved July 6, 2009).
- "An Interview with P.C. Cast" at Amazon.com listing for Hunted (retrieved July 15, 2009).
- Michael Fleming, "Producers building 'House of Night': Vampire novels acquired by Birnbaum, Chechik", Variety, November 17, 2008.
- "PC Cast's Blog". MOVIE NEWS! (Finally!). Retrieved 5 November 2011.
- Andrew Stewart, "Davis Films bites for 'Night': Vampire book series eyed for bigscreen franchise", Variety, November 2, 2011.
- Jason Ashley Wright, "Spell 'Casting': Author P.C. Cast Weaves a Fantastical Incantation over Readers", Tulsa World, September 24, 2006.
- James D. Watts, Jr.,"The Break of 'Night'", Tulsa World, September 21, 2008.
- Phyllis Cast, "She was the Mills & Boon author researching a novel. He was the clan chief assigned as her guide. Then he blew his bagpipes... and the plot took a magical twist." Daily Mail, June 23, 2010.
- Official website
- P. C. Cast at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Dahlgren, Ryan. "Oklahoma author: P.C. Cast". Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers. Retrieved July 6, 2009.