LOUISE CUSACK

Destiny: the journey of a trilogy

On 15th February, (in two short weeks) my “Shadow Through Time” trilogy will be released as eBooks by Momentum Books, a division of Pan Macmillan, a full decade after the first book was released in print form by Simon & Schuster Australia.  It’s taken time and patience, but I never gave up hope that these characters and their stories would one day find an International readership.

I’ve written a lot in the last decade, fallen in love with new characters and new settings, but my first love will always be the sepia kingdom of Ennae with its Forest of Desire where every fantasy is fulfilled, the royal Volcastle that sits atop an active volcano and the misty plains where the enigmatic plainsmen navigate using dolphin-like sonar.

As a writer who doesn’t plot, my process for creating these books was an act of faith, each day sitting in front of the computer ‘transcribing’ what the characters shared with me, seeing the world through their eyes, learning about it as they walked through it, meeting new characters as they did.  I’ve never forgotten the thrill of discovering that world, of waking up at 4am each day and rolling out of bed, excited by the idea of what would happen next.

Alice in Wonderland had always been my favourite book (my dog-eared copy looks like this), and to me the Shadow Through Time series recreated the dark thrill of stepping into an otherworld, a very strange world as it turned out.  I was greatly influenced by Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series and the epic love story she’d created that transcended time.  I wanted to create a love story that would not only transcend time but place, taking my heroine Catherine/Khatrene into another world and thrusting responsibility, and then destiny onto her young shoulders.  I’m thrilled with the characters who stepped forward to inhabit the story, and more in love with her champion Talis than I can say!

I hope you enjoy these books, and when you read them I’d like you to imagine the hopelessly romantic four year old girl who first dreamed she was a princess cut off from her royal family and trapped in suburban Australia.  That little girl ached to go home, and her longing for excitement and adventure was the catalyst that set this story on its path to publication…