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What inspired you to write The Cat’s Eye Chronicles?
What time period are the books set in?
How many books will be in the series?
Who designs your book covers?
When is the next release date?
When was The Cat’s Eye Chronicles first published?
How can I order print copies of the books?
Fun and random facts about the series!

What inspired you to write The Cat’s Eye Chronicles?

I get this question often, and honestly, it’s the hardest to answer. I love the idea of assassins and exotic races. I felt bogged down by the usual fantasy stories featuring elves and fairies, and wanted to write something different. I was highly inspired by stories like The Princess Bride, Howl’s Moving Castle and several anime series that feature unfamiliar magic and imaginative worlds. By the time I put pen to paper, the story started to write itself, but there were many, many revisions.

What time period are the books set in?

Photo by Steve Jurvetson

The “human world” in the books is based primarily off of 18th century France, but a lot of medieval details and Eastern influence worked their way in. In the books, country-life is more medieval than in the city. The City of Crowns and the lifestyle of the First Tier is inspired by the French Regency (Rococo) period. That being said, it’s still a fantasy book and not meant to reference actual history. Gun powder has just been introduced, yet “guns” and “cannons” have not yet been invented, so olden weaponry is still used.

How many books will be in the series?

There will be five or six books depending on how the story plays out, much of it is plotted but there is always room to expand. Several short stories will also be released that feature various characters from the main series (Caprion and Dorian, to name a few.) The books are entitled Sora’s Quest (Book 1), Viper’s Creed (Book 2), Volcrian’s Hunt (Book 3), Ferran’s Map (Book 4) and Cerastes’ Curse (Book 5), which might be split into 2 books depending on its length. I am also working on a short story entitled Caprion’s Wings, which will delve into Caprion’s past (a character first introduced in Book 3.)

Who designs your book covers?
I do! I’m actually a professional graphic designer. You can see more of my portfolio here: www.facebook.com/runawaybooks

When is the next release date?

Volcrian’s Hunt was most recently released on September 30th, 2013. Caprion’s Wings will be released on February 28th, 2014. At the very latest, the next release date (Ferran’s Map) should be in Summer 2014, but I am pushing for an earlier release, hopefully May. More updates to come! Subscribe to my mailing list or follow me on Facebook for immediate news.

When was The Cat’s Eye Chronicles first published?

The story was first released as a stand-alone book entitled Cat’s Eye back in 2006. It was a more compressed version of books 1-3. Only 200 copies were printed. Although the old story is much different in the new version, I still sell collector editions of the original Cat’s Eye. There are about 75 print copies left for sale, then the book will be officially out of print. To purchase one of the signed, limited-edition books, you can email me here: therunawaypen@gmail.com.

I began the new Cat’s Eye Chronicles in Spring 2012, with the release of Sora’s Quest. The world and characters are re-imagined and the story lengthened considerably. So far, I am very much in love with the new version and can’t wait to continue into Books 4 and 5.

How can I order print copies of the books?

Currently, print copies are available through Amazon. I am working with a book distributor to place the novels in Barnes and Noble and other international book retailers. Some readers have asked about signed copies. Because of the POD system, I don’t have any currently available, but I am looking into it. Stay tuned for updates!


A lot of thought went into The Cat’s Eye Chronicles. Here are some fun, random facts about the series that you might find interesting.

originalcatseyencklace-274x3001) In real life, I found the first “Cat’s Eye” necklace in a quarter-machine at Alphy’s Pizza in Marysville, WA when I was nine years old. It later inspired the necklace in the book. On the left you’ll see a picture of the actual original necklace.

2) I chose the main characters’ names intentionally: Sora, Crash and Burn. Sora means “sky” in Japanese. So Sora is sky, Crash and Burn–sort of a triad. In the first draft of the story, her name translated into “fly” in the Old Tongue, and the original working title of the book was Fly, Crash and Burn.

3) The names of the Grandmasters are based off of the genus names of poisonous snakes (except for Natrix, the grass snake.) Grandmaster Cerastes is named after Cerastes Cerastes, the genus name for the desert horned viper. Ironically, it is also the name of a creature in Greek mythology: “A serpent that is incredibly flexible—so much so that it is said to have no spine. The cerastes hides its head in the sand with only the horns protruding out of the surface; this is meant to deceive other animals into thinking it is food. When the animal approaches the cerastes, the cerastes promptly kills it.” ~Wikipedia

4) I named Jacques after Brian Jacques, author of The Redwall Series. He was my favorite author growing up. I used to draw pictures of his characters in 5th grade.

5) The little seaside town of Pismo (where Lori finally meets Ferran in Book 2) was actually named after Pismo Beach, CA, where I met my fiance.

Interiors-of-the-Winter-Palace-The-Drawing-Room-in-Rococo-II-Style-with-Cupids-300x2426) The architecture and interior design of the nobility was inspired by the Rococo Art Period, also known as Late Boroque. “Rococo art and architecture made strong usage of creamy, pastel-like colours, asymmetrical designs, curves and gold…. With regards to interior decoration, Rococo rooms were designed as total works of art with elegant and ornate furniture, small sculptures, ornamental mirrors, and tapestry complementing architecture, reliefs, and wall paintings.” ~Wikipedia

7) Since Lori is a Healer who uses holistic medicine, I research traditional herbs and remedies when writing her “healing” scenes. Almost all of the treatments she uses are based on real holistic medicinal roots and herbs, used to cure specific symptoms of illness.

8) The ideology of the Sixth Race is inspired by Buddhism: impermanence (all things are impermanent and ultimately meant to die), detachment, immateriality, meditation and mental discipline. Like a Buddhist practitioner, the assassins learn to suppress their “ego” (ie. desires) and live in a state of detachment. Obviously real Buddhism is a very compassionate and peace-loving religion that strives towards Enlightenment, but I didn’t use that bit in the books. You could say the Sixth Race practices “Buddhism gone wrong.” That being said, I am a big fan of real Buddhism and I have studied the religion extensively, even meeting with some Tibetan Monks. Very peaceful and wonderful people!

8 Comments

  1. I just read Sora’s Quest and loved it, the only problem I have is that I finished it in about 5 hours! I was really into the book! I’m dying to read the next two books, when I decide it purchase them :3

    • Hi Tay! Wow 5 hours, you must read at lightning speed, that’s a record so far. I’m glad you enjoyed the book, and thanks for stopping by!

  2. wow, that is so neat that you were inspired by a quarter machine marble necklace :) you never know what’s going to spark your imagination, right? lol

  3. Hi,
    I love your series, and have all but the one you are working on on my kindle!
    I was wondering if you have hard copies, or printed copies of the books as i would love to add them to my collection.
    Thank you.
    P.S. I absolutely love this series, you have me riveted and waiting quite impatiently for the next one :) I can’t wait to be able to read it. Thank you for the opportunity to read such a great series!

  4. I just read that Jacques’ name was inspired by Brian Jacques!! Amazing! I too grew up reading the Redwall series AND used to draw the characters!!! I knew you were cool. :p

  5. When will the fifth book be released and will it be the final in the series?

  6. Any news on when Book 5 will be available? I really enjoy this serious and was quite disappointed when book 4 ended… Cannot wait for the next book.

  7. I’ve read all of your books and I LOVE The cat’s eye chronicles series. I’ve read all the books multiple times and have even got my friends to read the series too. I can’t wait for the next book! Is there an update on book 5?

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