“You, Catwin, no longer exist. You no longer have a fate of your own, a will of your own, or indeed a soul of your own. You will go where Miriel goes, you will watch instead of being watched, you will hear instead of being heard.”
Catwin has always been good at being unseen…that is, until one fateful mistake brings her to the attention of the Duke of Voltur: the commander of the bloodiest battle in living memory, a man of legendary ruthlessness who is determined to be the power behind the throne. To this end, he has chosen Catwin to be a Shadow—spy, shield, and blade—to his niece Miriel as she works to catch the eye of the King.
But the Duke’s carefully laid plans are only a piece of the intrigue swirling within the royal court. Shadows gather: legacies of the centuries-long rivalries for power, old betrayals, the endless plots of the courtiers, and the murmur of rebellion in the southern provinces.
Greater forces than Catwin can imagine are massed against her, determined to eliminate Miriel and impose a new order of their own. If Catwin and Miriel are to survive, they must learn quickly who to trust, and when to turn their skills against the very people who have trained them…
Thanks Moira for being with us!!!!
Lori: Take us through your writing process, what is that like?
It’s a balancing act between planning and letting inspiration take me wherever. I like to think of it as a trellis: there’s a top, a definitive “end goal,” but sometimes I get into a scene and realize that the action or words I’ve planned just will not work, so occasionally the whole thing detours a bit and I have to go back and plan my new path!
Lori: Where do you get your inspiration from?
I think inspiration is a bit like dreaming, it’s everything you see, from news to books to videogames to sunrises, all muddled together and sent back in a different arrangement. The problem is, there’s no way to know when your subconscious will spit something back! I’m lucky – right now, it feels like inspiration is everywhere! (Sometimes, of course, it feels like I cannot think of a thing to write.)
Lori: What is your favorite writing snack?
Probably fruit snacks. Or chocolate. Tea is a big one! The problem with snacks is that you keep having to take your hands off the keyboard.
Lori: Do you write to music? If you do can you give us an idea
Oh, yes! Usually it’s soundtrack music, either my favorites from movies I’ve watched, or one of the trailer music CDs. I’m very fond of Epic Score (it’s a thing, really!), Audiomachine, Two Steps From Hell, and Epic North.
Lori: Anything you don’t like about writing?
Well, I would say the hours spent staring at the screen and coming to the inescapable conclusion that I am a complete fraud and should never write anything again, even an email… But the fact is, the feeling of finding that perfect sentence somehow makes up for all the agonizing! Really, though, the feelings of paralyzing inadequacy can be unpleasant, and everyone I’ve met (including me) starts out feeling like they’re the only one who feels so awful.
Lori: Chocolate or Vanilla?
Lori: Coffee or Tea?
I don’t think I could choose! Both are an essential part of my writing routine.
Lori: Can you tell us what you are working on now, or what is up next for you?
Oh, it is so exciting! Honestly. I am working on a trilogy that will be Science Fiction, but often reads much more like Fantasy. I wouldn’t describe it as exactly post-apocalyptic, but it does begin with the destruction of nearly everything our characters hold dear, and the story follows them across a few centuries as they come to understand why that attack happened and what else is out there. I have set a pretty ambitious schedule, to have it out (all of it) by next June, but I am also hoping to have readers involved and finding out about the world before the books come out!