- What is Immortal Beloved?
Immortal Beloved is a new trilogy by Cate Tiernan; the release date is set for September 2010 for US/Canada. Immortal Beloved will also be published in the UK January 2011by Hodder & Stoughton.
- What is Immortal Beloved about?
Here is a summary: New name, new town, new life. Nastasya has done it too often to count. And thereís no end in sight. Nothing ever really ends . . . when youíre immortal. But this time is different: Nastasya knows that this new town must hold her salvation-or her death. Itís time to turn towards the light, but itís not going to be easy after centuries of feeding from the lives of the innocents around her, of living with little care for others. With the help of a willing teacher and two other students who may be friends or may be foes, Nastasya struggles to overcome her nature and forge her own legacy and a destiny that leaves darkness behind forever..
- Will it be published outside of US/Canada?
Yes, several countries outside the USA. I have a list of each country with their publishers, but I will add them at a later date. According to Tiernan, a lot of these publishers are planning to release Spring 2011.
What is Balefire?
Balefire is a 4 book series originally published by Razorbill, a division from Penguin Putnam, in 2005.
The books will be released in a 4-in-1 book bound in the US December 2010.
What is Balefire about?
Here is what Cate Tiernan told me:
The new series so far is four books for Penguin, hoping to pub in Spring/Summer of 2005. The editor is Liesa Abrams, at Penguin, who's really nice--she worked on Sweep, if you ever had any dealings with her. Right now the series is called "Balefire," which I think is a fun title. We're actually still hammering out some of the minor details, and I don't want to give too much away, but the series is set in New Orleans, in present day, and involves witch sisters (who are 17), a legacy hundreds of years old, and a whole witch community in New Orleans. It's actually very, very different from Sweep, except it still has witchcraft in it. The witchcraft has origins in Wicca, but is much more French/Spanish/other, rather than Celtic/Gaelic. And of course, there are no Seven Great Clans, etc., though there is a whole other really fun, compelling history and backstory that I think readers will be into. There will be romances, Mardi Gras, danger, magick--all the good stuff.
Since I'm actually from New Orleans, it's like writing about my own backyard....
And we're going to great lengths to make this very different from Sweep in order to avoid copyright infringement lawsuits from Alloy, who co-owns Sweep. I own Balefire all by myself. Yay.
The sisters are identical twins, which ties into their legacy, but are just finding out that they each have a twin--having been raised as only children with separate parents. It's like The Parent Trap! But with Wicca! Sort of.
How many books will there be?
Presently, there are four books:
- A Chalice of Wind
- A Circle of Ashes
- A Feather of Stone
- A Necklace of Water
THERE ARE NO PLANS AT THIS TIME TO CONTINUE AFTER BOOK 4!
Why the name Balefire?
Because the editors chose that name. Balefire is the coven Clio Martin is born into, and her grandmother, Petra, is also a member. However, the Balefire coven has little significance to the plot. In my opinion, it should have been named Tréize, but I guess it just didn't have much of a ring to it as Balefire.
Why witches again?
She wanted to do another supernatural series and witches are still popular. Also, due to contract conflicts, she can't do some other things she would like to try (at this point, but things could change in the future).
Is it like Sweep?
No, because of copyright reasons Cate Tiernan and her editors are trying very hard to make it different from Sweep.
Besides, it's a new series. Why be repetitive?
Will it have Wicca?
Cate Tiernan says very little Wicca. There are some Wiccan things but not that much.
Will Balefire be published outside US/Canada?
Balefire was released in the Netherlands (and Belgium) as Vuurbaken.
No other out of the country release dates have been announced and/or found. Sorry! However, if you do find the English version of the book outside US/Canada it's an import.
Has Balefire won any literary Awards?
The first two books were chosen by the American Library Association as "Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers" in 2006.
Can you translate the Balefire titles from Dutch to English?
Here are some rough translations:
Vuurbaken ...Fire Land-Mark (or Beacon)
- Een schaal van wind ...A Scale of Wind
- Een cirkel van as ...A Circle of Ash
- Een veer van steen ...A Feather of Stone
- Een ketting van water ...A Collar of Water
Thanks Lis for the title confirmations!
Why is Sweep named Sweep?
Sent by Lisa Moore, one of the original Sweep editors:
Ann Brashares (of Traveling Pants fame) was the editor who came up with the
original series concept (and the title too, I'm pretty sure). When I think
of the reasoning behind the title, I think of this quote from book
one--"Witches can fly on their enchanted broomsticks, fabricated not only
for sweeping." At Penguin we liked the title because it seemed connected to
the idea of witches and brooms, and what witches are supposed to be like as
opposed to what they might really be like. "Sweep" was also appealing just
because it sounded intriguing. Also, as Cate said, Morgan was getting swept
up by magick. There is another interesting tie (that I can't reveal, but I
think it is a really excellent link!) to the series title that comes up in
book #11 ORIGINS.
We chose to work with Wicca and witchcraft because we were interested in the
topic and found it fascinating, and we thought that others out there would,
stated March 2002 (via email) by Lisa Moore
How many books are in the series? And in what order?
There are 14 books, plus the stand alone Super Edition.
Super Special: Night's Child
- Book of Shadows
- The Coven
- Blood Witch
- Dark Magick
- The Calling
- Full Circle
Why has Sweep ended at book 15?
Low sales--in the eyes of the publishers.
I've heard that Sweep has been republished?
Yes. It's in trade back format with new covers. They are all out now.
Also, a 3-in-1 book edition of Sweep has come out across American at local Walmarts. It will in Septemeber 2010. I suggest you check out the Release Date list I have.
I've heard that after Night's Child, the series will continue
According to Cate Tiernan herself, she doubts the the publishers will continue the series. She states, "I think it's pretty safe to say that there won't be any more Sweep books in the foreseeable future. (Wah.) The publisher seems to feel this is the end--though you can never tell. If the super did really well, they could ask for another super. But I doubt it. I'm working on other things."
--CT, December 29, 2003
Why is Sweep titled Wicca in the UK?
I talked to one of the Sweep editors about this, and she has no clue. She believes that since Wicca is not such a big "controversy" in the UK as it is in the US, the UK publishers thought that the title Wicca was more apt. Also, I've heard that there is a children's series in the UK called Sweep (or was). The publishers didn't want readers to get confused with the two.
Is Moira Hunter's child? Will Morgan have her within the series?
Read Night's Child to find out!
Will Morgan and Hunter ever have sex?
Read Full Circle to find out!
Why is Cal's last name 'Blaire'?
Cate says, "Belltower was Selene's maiden name. Blaire was her father's last name. She gave that name to Cal because she didn't want him to have the last name of Niall, and to name him Belltower would make him vulnerable, if she made enemies. (Which she did.)".
Is Hunter a virgin?
No. Hunter has been in at least 5 relationships.
Where is Hunter's athame?
On his hip.
How you pronounce those Gaelic terms in Sweep?
Even Ms. Tiernan doesn't really know for sure! She says:
In general (in my mind) I think of the words as being quite soft-
sounding, not gutteral, and many letters join to make soft syllables.
For example, the woman's name, Siobhan, is pronounced "Shih-von." S's
are often pronounced "sh.". I think of muirn beatha dan as being
pronounced pretty much the way it's spelled: "moo'-eern bay-ath'-uh
dahn'. Braigh is pronounced "brake". Taibhs is pronounced "teps." But
those are all Gaelic words, not Wiccan ones.
People who have been exposed to the Gaelic language (like fans in the UK), have said Cate Tiernan is incorrect with some of her pronunciations, though.
Are Cal and Selene dead?
You will get the final answer in Full Circle.
Who are the models on the Sweep/Wicca covers?
Nobody knows for sure. There are rumors but no confirmations. I've personally never pursued the matter (and never will).
The models don't look like the characters!
Everybody has different perspectives on how the characters look. Most people do not realize that most cover artists do not read these books. From what I hear, these artist get a sort of "general summary" about the book and go from that. A lot of times the book is not even finished or even written when the cover is done.
Will Sweep be made into a movie/tv show?
I used to say "no," but I'm not sure anymore....
Why was the regular cast cut out from Night's Child?
Cate Tiernan states:
I would have loved to include everyone from the series-in my mind, I know what happened to all of them and where they are, and it would have been fun to show that. But the editors and I had set Night's Child in Ireland, and it was hard to get the rest of the cast there. Also, almost everyone who wasn't a blood witch didn't continue to pursue Wicca after a couple of years, so they would have been "civilians," if you know what I mean. And the book was already running long, as usual. So we had to cut them. But I always wanted to follow them and tell their stories.
I heard about a new book called "Moria's Story"?
"Moira's Story" was a "precursor" title to Night's Child. Night's Child and Moira's Story are the same book.
- Did Sweep win any literary Awards?
The first five books were chosen by the American Library Association as "Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers" in 2002. Sweep has been published in the UK (as Wicca), Netherlands (as Wicca), Italy (as Dark Magick--a sub literary division), France (as Magie Blanche), and Russia.
Note: My editor does not allow me to paste the actual word for Russia's title version. I cannot even find the English definition for it. Check the book cover gallery if you want to look at the actual covers..
Is Cate Tiernan her real name?
No. It's a pen name.
Is Cate Tiernan a lesbian?
No. She is married with two daughters and two stepsons.
Is Cate Tiernan Wiccan?
No. She is not in any organized religion.
Has Cate Tiernan published any other books besides Sweep/Wicca?
Yes, since the early 90s. She has published many works such as book series and single books for children and intermediate readers.
Is Cate Tiernan working on anything new?
Yes, see Immortal Beloved FAQ above.
Did Cate Tiernan edit The Secret Circle by L. J. Smith?
To be more accurate, she edited one of the three books, but Tiernan can't remember which one. She was also K. A. Applegate's editor for her Boyfriend and Girlfriend series (I believe republished as Making Out?).
Does Cate Tiernan have her own site?
Yep, it's http://www.catetiernan.net/ or http://www.catetiernan.org/. Either one works!
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