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'House of Night' exclusive: P.C. and Kristin Cast talk 'Awakened,' three upcoming 'minibooks,' and standing up to bullies

awakened-authorsWhen Zoey Redbird, the central character of the House of Night YA series, penned by mother-daughter duo P.C. and Kristin Cast, made Entertainment Weekly‘s list of the 20 greatest vampires in pop culture, it was because the Casts’ universe, which includes a vampire finishing school, is female-centric, involves higher-than-Hogwarts hormone levels, and teaches the power of free will, friendship, and the joy of having a gay man in your circle. It’s fitting then that the eighth book in the series, Awakened (on shelves today), is dedicated to LGBT teens. “It’s meant a lot to us to include teenagers of all different kinds of beliefs, and that includes different sexual orientations, from the very beginning of the series. But it just so happened as we were finishing up the book that all the tragedies with the gay kids committing suicide happened,” P.C. tells EW. “A bunch of our fans emailed us about the It Gets Better Project, so I posted on that, and from that, I just thought, ‘Let me go ahead and do this acknowledgment officially.’ Once you read Awakened, you know there’s also some tragedy that has to do with our gay characters, so I thought that was particularly important to add.”

Without spoiling the plot, nefarious High Priestess Neferet has sworn vengeance on Zoey, and will do whatever it takes to get her to come back to Tulsa from the Isle of Skye, where Zoey’s found sanctuary after returning from the Otherworld with the help of her warrior, Stark. “It’s happening a little bit different than it happened for J.K. Rowling and her fans, because [the Harry Potter characters] started so much younger, and [the books] covered longer periods of time. But the same phenomenon happens in the House of Night,” P.C. says. “Our kids are maturing, and because they’re maturing, they’re able to deal with more serious and darker events. They’re having a lot of hard things happen to them back-to-back.”

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: The House of Night books are getting more twisted and increasingly bloody. Do you ever have to hold back writing for teens?
I don’t think about that. I just sit down and write the story, and Kristin serves as my teen editor, even though Kristin’s not a teen anymore.
There was a lot of stuff in this one that got cut.
Yes. [Laughs]
It’s way toned down from what it was before. If she had her way, she’d just write it for adults.
I don’t see them as teens; I see them as characters. There’s a plot, and bad things happen. It’s kind of like when you watch Buffy — Buffy was a teenager, but when you look over the series, Buffy dealt with all this adult stuff. I think it’s the same way with my series. I don’t just look at them as 16, 17, 18, 19-year-olds. I look at them as real human beings who are dealing with very hard issues. I don’t use a gauge. I send it to Kristin, and then she writes stuff in the columns like, “No, Phyllis. Just, no.” [Laughs] There was lots of that in this book, especially when you get to the scenes with the White Bull [Darkness personified] and Neferet. You wouldn’t believe all the stuff that was cut out of there. READ FULL STORY

'The Lost Symbol' and 'Going Rogue' top 2009 best-seller list

Though it didn’t sell as strongly as The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol moved more than 5.5 million copies to dominate Publishers Weekly‘s just-unveiled list of the best-selling hardcover books of 2009. A few other expected author names populate the Top 15, including John Grisham (No. 2 and No. 6), James Patterson (No. 5), and Patricia Cornwell (No. 12 and No. 14). Stephenie Meyer landed in the ninth spot with her 2008 sci-fi novel The Host, but the lack of a Twilight book was evident, particularly in the ascendancy of two entries from P.C. Cast’s Twi-lite House of Night series, which rose up to fill a vampire-shaped hole. The real surprise, though, is Kathryn Stockett’s The Help, which itself was helped by tremendous word of mouth to become the fourth best-selling fiction book of the year with 1.1 million copies sold. On the nonfiction side, it was politics, mainly conservative, that got the cash register ringing. Sarah Palin’s Going Rogue capped the list, but books by Glenn Beck, conservative radio host Mark Levin, and the late Edward Kennedy all made it into the top five.

Whereas sales of albums and movie tickets are tallied virtually in real-time, the figures for the publishing industry are often as closely guarded as the Colonel’s secret recipe, so PW’s yearly ranking offers one of the best snapshots of the literary marketplace. And while the top contenders on both the fiction and nonfiction lists sold millions of copies, the overall list reveals a far less rosy picture of book sales. The number of titles that sold at least 100,000 copies is down by significant double-digit percentages from 2008 in both fiction and nonfiction.

E-book sales figures weren’t included this year (they will be for 2010), but since digital editions rarely exceed 5 percent of a book’s total sales it’s unlikely that the 2009 sales list would have received a big boost from their inclusion. Here are the top selling books of 2009 (since some publishers did not provide PW exact sales figures, several titles’ rankings are based on estimates or sales figures provided in confidence for the purposes of ranking):

Hardcover Fiction

1. The Lost Symbol: A Novel, Dan Brown (5,543,643 copies)
2. The Associate: A Novel, John Grisham
3. Tempted, P.C. Cast (1,141,818)
4. The Help, Kathryn Stockett (1,104,617)
5. I, Alex Cross, James Patterson (1,040,976)
6. Ford County, John Grisham
7. Finger Lickin’ Fifteen, Janet Evanovich (977,178)
8. Hunted, P.C. Cast (931,219)
9. The Host: A Novel, Stephenie Meyer (912,165)
10. Under the Dome, Stephen King
11. Pirate Latitudes, Michael Crichton (855,638)
12. Scarpetta, Patricia Cornwell (800,00)
13. U Is for Undertow, Sue Grafton (706,154)
14. The Scarpetta Factor, Patricia Cornwell (705,000)
15. Shadowland, Alyson Noel (609,355)

Hardcover Nonfiction

1. Going Rogue: An American Life, Sarah Palin (2,674,684 copies)
2. Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man: What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy, and Commitment, Steve Harvey (1,735,219)
3. Arguing With Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government, Glenn Beck
4. Liberty & Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto, Mark R. Levin
5. True Compass: A Memoir, Edward M. Kennedy (870,402)
6. Have a Little Faith: A True Story, Mitch Albom (855,843)
7. It’s Your Time: Activate Your Faith, Achieve Your Dreams, and Increase in God’s Favor, Joel Osteen
8. The Last Lecture, Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow (610,033)
9. Stones Into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books Not Bombs, Greg Mortenson (515,566)
10. Superfreakonomics, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (487,977).
11. Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Julia Child (487,228)
12. Master Your Metabolism: The 3 Diet Secrets to Naturally Balancing Your Hormones for a Hot and Healthy Body! Jillian Michaels (486,154)
13. The Yankee Years, Joe Torre and Tom Verducci (397,954)
14. Open, Andre Agassi (383,722)
15. Time of My Life, Patrick Swayze and Lisa Niem

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