Author Interview: C.S. Pacat (Captive Prince) ❤


 I did an interview with one of my favorite authors of all time. Therefore, my life is complete.

The Books

Captive Prince Volume One (various covers)

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“This was Vere, voluptuous and decadent, country of honeyed poison”

Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the truthful heir to the throne of Akielos, but when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave.

Beautiful, manipulative and deadly, his new master Prince Laurent epitomizes the worst of the court at Vere. But in the lethal political web of the Veretian court, nothing is as it seems, and when Damen finds himself caught up in a play for the throne, he must work together with Laurent to survive and save his country.

For Damen, there is just one rule: never, ever reveal his true identity. Because the one man Damen needs is the one man who has more reason to hate him than anyone else…

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Captive Prince Volume Two (various covers)

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“This was Vere’s most powerful lords unfurling their banners for war.”

With their countries on the brink of war, Damen and his new master Prince Laurent must exchange the intrigues of the palace for the sweeping might of the battlefield as they travel to the border to avert a lethal plot.

Forced to hide his identity, Damen finds himself drawn to the dangerous, charismatic Laurent. But as the fledgeling trust between the two men deepens, the truth of secrets from both their pasts is poised to deal them the crowning death blow…

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Captive Prince Volume Three (various covers)

Publication date unknown.

The Author

C.S. Pacat is a Melbourne writer. Her first series the Captive Prince trilogy began its life as an original web serial. Self-published in 2013 to critical and commercial success and acclaim, the Captive Prince trilogy was acquired by Penguin, and will be published worldwide in 2015.

The Interview

Tell us a little about yourself… Who can you relate to most, Damen or Laurent?

I share some things in common with Damen, I’m reasonably extroverted and I enjoy spending time with people, and I’m very loyal to my friends.

But I relate more to Laurent. My father passed away when I was five years old, so I relate to the experience of losing someone, and it changing your whole world. I tend to be analytical and bookish. Vulnerability and intimacy can be difficult for me. I’m also a compulsive planner. Probably when you read the books you can tell that they’re written by a Laurent and not a Damen.

Could it be that you possess any… remarkably puzzling or peculiar talent?

My background is as a scientist. I’m a geologist by training, and as a result I know quite a lot about rocks, which I suspect makes for a peculiar knowledge bank.

During your teenage years, were you a fanatic of M/M romance, LGBT, Yaoi or… fan fiction? If yes, what triggered it?

I read fan fiction and yaoi throughout my teens and into my early twenties, and wrote fanfiction as well. I have an enormous respect for the fanfiction community as an artistic space.

I think what drives the fanfiction writer is a desire to reclaim a text, to explore its themes, in a sense to make it your own. This can be powerful and important, particularly when those reclamations involve queering a heteronormative text, or the insertion of fantasies that until recently have not been given much expression in mainstream works, such as the power fantasies of teen girls. It’s a way of offering alternate narratives and diversifying what can sometimes feel like a narrative monoculture.

If you had the choice to have either Damen or Laurent as close friend, who would you pick and for what reason?

I’d pick Damen, because I think I’d learn from his easy good nature. Laurent could be his fascinating boyfriend who comes over sometimes for dinner.

If Captive Prince were to become a movie (I hope it will!), what actors would you personally choose to incarnate Damen and Laurent?

I haven’t yet come across an actor that I’ve thought, “That’s him!” but I can see Laurent being played by any one of the abundance of young blond actors that England seems to produce effortlessly. Damen some kind of up-and-coming actor of Mediterranean basin region descent. Why do I feel like I’ve just described the plot of a fanfiction AU rather than a film cast? I’ve always thought that Takeshi Kaneshiro would be an amazing Auguste if there were ever an epic c-drama version of the books.

Now we know both princes need each other for a variety of reasons but who, in your opinion, needs the other MOST and why?

Laurent needs Damen in order to learn to trust again – to learn that there are people that he can trust, and that trust and opening himself to the risk of trust is part of happiness. He needs someone in his life who believes in him, and who will stand by his side. His reasons are excruciatingly personal.

Damen by contrast is a very easy-going person born into a position of great privilege. He would have lived a thoughtlessly contented life if he had never met Laurent. So in that sense, arguably Laurent needs Damen more. But without Laurent, Damen is a man who lacks true empathy. He sees the world in black and white and he cannot understand those with a worldview different to his own. His privilege blinds him to the systems of injustice in his society. He needs Laurent to open his eyes to the shades of grey in the world – and he needs Laurent to help navigate them.

Of all the characters in Captive Prince, which is the hardest to write and which the easiest?

Damen is the hardest. He’s an instinct and emotion-driven person, and he acts on his emotions very openly. But in terms of his instincts, he couldn’t be less like me. Because the books are written from his point of view, I am constantly having to recalibrate from my own interests, to think about what Damen would feel, and where his attention would “go” in a scene. “Oh, Damen doesn’t care about the wall tapestry, he’s focused on the quality of the armed guard and the room’s defensible positions.” Damen is also a character who is very stoic and often unaware of his own internal state. He certainly doesn’t narrate his emotions to himself. He’d never even think, “I am sad”. So writing him can be a challenge, in that I often have to find ways to show the reader what he is feeling without being able to state it directly in the text.

Laurent is the easiest. I can write him very instinctively, his dialogue and actions tend to just come, usually in their final-draft form.

Can you share with us some information on your planned future YA series? Will it be of the fantasy genre, too?

I’m incredibly excited by it! It will be fantasy, and it will include magic. The inclusion of LGBTQI characters and a diverse cast is also important to me. I like high-octane escapism, and characters with intense relationships, so what it will have in common with Captive Prince is the powerful tensions and intensities between characters.

Captive Prince in three words?

Princes in love!

Thank you so much, Miss Pacat!!

Interview by Hit or Miss Books.

Extra: Captive Prince Fan Art (click on art for source)

Well, that was it! I strongly hope that you enjoyed this post and please feel free to tell me what you think of this series, this interview.

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22 thoughts on “Author Interview: C.S. Pacat (Captive Prince) ❤

  1. I only skimmed because I haven’t read the book yet, but that’s so cool! I know how much you love C.S. Pacat. 🙂 I’ll be back whenever I’ve actually read the book…

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  2. This was a great interview! Those are really good questions, and I love all the new insights into the story contained in the responses. And the fan art is terrific!

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  3. GOSH DARN IT LOLA. I already want to read this book so bloody much. I don’t read much LGBTQ but I am so wanting to read something with that with a fantasy setting. Plus, the fanart made me drool. HOT GUYS LOVING AND FIGHTING ALONGSIDE EACH OTHER. I am so putting this on my TBR!

    Faye at The Social Potato

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  4. Woha girl! This is so amazing. I’m so happy you got to interview one of your favorite authors. I have tried to read Captive Prince but well let’s say that I’m not ready for something like that yet. Needless to say I love fan art!! Is that yours? 😀

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  5. Ahahaha I am so happy you were able to interview your favourite author. When things like that happen I always get a little bit fangirly inside. And due to your recommendation, this one is on my TBR, even though I don’t usually read m/m romances. I’ll try this one!

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  6. Excellent interview questions! I especially loved the first one, how you asked about her in relation to Damen and Laurent. You jumped right in! LOL

    Great post. 🙂

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  7. This trilogy looks awesome! I can’t wait to read it and meet Damen and Laurent myself. I’m so happy you got to interview your favorite author, Lola. I wouldn’t have been able to produce any coherent questions if it were me. Haha!

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  8. Thanks to a fellow fan on Goodreads I’ve come to your blog & THANKS YOU SO MUCH for this little gem of an interview!! Pacat writes so well BTW (& moreover 1 thing that I love of her style is that is “simply elegant”, not boring/heavy as too many other snobbish authors…) & I’m just ADORING this trilogy, I think that it’s really in a league of its own: I’m actually already sad to see it coming to an end, even if *never say never* right?! (We might have a little extra in the future, who knows? or maybe at least some inspiring fanfics… <3)

    Laurent is my fav character thus I'm glad to hear that mirrors something dear & personal for Cat, 2 thumbs up!
    Plus I guess that the last book will be bigger than the other 2, so it'll make for a well told rich storyline so to speak ;-))

    PS-Congrats to the awesome art here, Always the best the fan pics I've seen around for CP! ^_^ Ciao*

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  9. Oh, wow. Now I am even more excited to start CAPTIVE PRINCE today. Although I hope they release the books ASAP in Australia because I have a feeling that I will be very impatient in my need of the second book XD

    Thanks for linking this to me! I’m happy to know a little bit more about what I’m diving into 😀

    And those fanart pieces are GORGEOUS. *.*

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  10. Having just read and reviewed books 1 & 2, I very much enjoyed this interview and the wonderful character insights from the author (great questions!) – thank you. And, should the author happen to be following comments on this post, I’ll say that I thought she did a fabulous job of conveying Damen’s emotions without stating them. That aspect actually stood out for me. Am now desperate for book 3. 🙂

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