Fans of P.C. Cast first met fledgling "vampyre” Zoey Redbird six books ago, when she was a normal high school teenager "marked” as a vampire and sent to a vampire finishing school in the first book of the Oklahoma author’s House of Night series. Co-written with her daughter, Kristin Cast, of Tulsa, the best-selling series for young adults has tapped into demand for the paranormal that can be seen with the success of Stephenie Meyer’s "Twilight” series as well as Cast’s friend, Gena Showalter. The seventh House of Night book, "Burned,” was released Tuesday. Throughout the series, the Casts weave vampire lore with mythology and Cherokee spirituality, add their own goddess (Nyx) and mix in the angst and emotions that come with being a teenager. They set the books in Oklahoma: Zoey’s high school in the first book, "Marked,” was South Intermediate High School in Broken Arrow, where P.C. Cast taught for 15 years; the finishing school for vampyres, as the Casts write the word, mirrors Tulsa’s Cascia Hall. Because of her years as a teacher (she retired 1½ years ago, after the series became popular), P.C. Cast knew the issues students faced, but she needed her daughter to help her capture a teen voice. "When we first started writing together, (Kristin would say) ‘Good job, ... you just made Zoey sound like a 40-something-year-old disgruntled schoolteacher,’” said P.C. Cast, who turns 50 on Friday. "I said, ‘Fix it.’” The success of the series, which P.C. Cast said has had more than 10 million books published in 39 countries, has given the mother and daughter a lifestyle they couldn’t afford when Cast was a single parent on a teacher’s salary. They used to take trips to Oklahoma City’s Bricktown, Kansas City, Mo., or Eureka Springs, Ark. Now, P.C. Cast divides her time between between Oklahoma, the Grand Caymans and Scotland, where her significant other, Seoras Wallace, lives. Kristin Cast is a college student in Tulsa, working on a bachelor’s degree in business administration and taking veterinary tech courses with the goal of opening a no-kill animal shelter in Tulsa. P.C. Cast’s first publishing break came in 2001, when her paranormal romance book published by a regional press won several national awards and gained her an agent. Always passionate about writing, she got serious in 1999, when she took a creative writing class. It took 18 published books before she made it on The New York Times best-seller list with the third book in the House of Night series. "I think it’s a great example of tenacity and the power of positive thinking. ... I wanted to be an author, and I wanted to be a successful author, and I worked really hard and managed to make that dream come true,” P.C. Cast said.
SIGNINGP.C. Cast and Kristin Cast will sign "Burned,” the seventh book in their House of Night series, at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Borders, 2740 E 21 St., in Tulsa.
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