Today I have joined up with some great bloggers to share our favorite heroines. The Blog Tour is hosted by Foxy Blogs, Of Pens & Pages and Collector of Book Boyfriends and Girlfriends. Enter 2 great giveaways at the end of the post.
I chose Catalia Fisa whose story is portrayed in the fantasy romance trilogy, the Kingmaker Chronicles by Amanda Bouchet. Cat is a woman of strength but also of honor. She may have supernatural powers gifted from the Gods but it’s her loyalty, compassion and fierce determination to protect her loved ones at all costs that make her one of my favorite heroines.
I had the honor of interviewing Cat and I’m so happy to share it with you here.
Heather: Thank you Cat for joining us today at Book and a Blanket. Now that all the books have been published, do you think Amanda did a good job of accurately portraying your personality?
Cat: Thank you for inviting me. Yes, I think Amanda was able to capture my essence very well. My story ended up being a journey for both of us, and she was able to show what it’s like to move from being a lonely person who distances herself from everyone to having a heart and life so full of love that it can be overwhelming. My mother always said that love is weakness. She was right, because the vulnerability of having people to love and protect can be staggering and almost incapacitating at times when terrible danger lurks, and the stakes are at their highest. But love is also strength. Fighting for family, for your children, and for people who depend on you brings forth the fiercest warrior you have inside. I’ve always been a mix of vulnerability and determination, ruthlessness and mercy, strength and weakness, ferociousness and empathy. The trick was finally finding a way to balance all that so that no one part of me overtook another, and I could develop enough faith in myself to accept the different parts of my personality, both the good and the bad.
Heather: If the book were made into a movie, which actress would you choose to play your role?
Cat: Gal Gadot, of course. She’s already Wonder Woman, who, like me, is descended from Zeus, so we have that in common. She has long, brown hair and can handle a sword, magic, and some really tough fights. She’s perfect.
Heather: One of the things I admire most about you is your willingness to never give up. While this is an admirable trait in times of war, some might call you stubborn. Do you end up winning all your fights with Griffin?
Cat: Actually, I think Griffin wins most of the fights. My husband is smart, strong, and infinitely more reasonable than I am, which usually means I end up seeing reason in the end. He’s clever like that. Plus, he’s immune to magic, so I can’t toss him around or scare him. That was very frustrating at first, but I would also have had no interest in a man I could intimidate. A strong woman needs a strong man who won’t let himself be pushed around by her. The only pushing we do is to push each other to be better.
Heather: One of my favorite quotes from you is “I am mercy, but I am also death.” You showed us that unlike your mother, you were able to wield power and show empathy. How would you advise women in power not to abuse their authority?
Cat: I don’t think this is a gender question, but universal. Not abusing power when in a position of authority should be the same for men and women. People in power are subject to law, public opinion, and their own moral code. Often, public opinion is more unforgiving and harsher toward women than men, which shows us just how far this world still needs to go. Anyone in authority should show themselves to be intelligent, reasonable, and compassionate. Here’s hoping that one day that dream can turn into a reality. At least in Thalyria, I’ve made a good start.
Heather: You and Griffin appear to be so in love with each other. Now that we are in a time of peace, what are some fun things you guys do as a couple?
Cat: We have sex. Lots of sex. If we have to leave the bedroom, though, I’m fond of exploring. Griffin indulges me, even though we have a lot to do with setting the world to rights and integrating the three realms into one kingdom. We also try to get to the circus at least once a month, both to see my friends and to enjoy the fabulous show. Our presence brings in the patrons, which is a great thing for one of Sinta’s most enduring and exciting entertainments. Plus, I get to give Cerberus a pat.
Heather: Griffin seems like such an amazing husband. Many men would be threatened by a woman with Olympian power from the Gods, but he appears to be supportive and respectful of your strength. Is this a correct assessment or has Griffin ever hinted at insecurity?
Cat: Griffin’s only insecurity is the thought of losing me or someone in his family. He’s not threatened by my strength, he encourages it. Without his steady support and unshakable faith in me, I would never have been able to embrace my power. It scared me too much. Too much power is frightening when you’re not sure you’re up to the task of controlling it. Griffin helped me see that I could control myself and control my power. He is my partner in every way.
Heather: How is your pregnancy going? Little Bean already seems like she is going to be a handful!
Cat: I imagine that when she finally makes her grand appearance, it will be the most wonderful and terrifying day of my life (well, possibly barring that fight with the dragon, and the Hydra, and confronting my mother…). I already have a very sound plan for when she grows up and starts asking difficult questions—“Your father will explain that.” Smart, right?
Heather: Final question, have you spoken to your sister Ianthe or sister-in-law Jocasta recently? Do you know if they are working with Amanda to get their story told?
Ianthe is off on the Ice Plains and very busy with her lover. She deserves some peace, fun, and happiness, and I hope she’s having a grand time fighting off all those Nymphs while her male only has eyes for her. I’m pretty sure they’ll visit when Little Bean comes along. As for Jocasta, she and I had a long talk recently. She is more than ready for her story to be told. We agree that it’s time to whip Flynn into shape, and Amanda will certainly get busy with that as soon as she’s able.
Heather: Thank you so much Catalia for spending time with us! You are an inspiration to women and girls all over the world.
Cat:Thank you. That’s a lovely thing to hear!
A huge thank you to Amanda for facilitating this interview with Cat!
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