• Carrie Pestritto

In the Shadow of the Sun

Updated: Dec 19, 2021

Tomorrow one of my absolute favorite projects is being launched into the world: EM Castellan's IN THE SHADOW OF THE SUN!

I was immediately swept away by her immersive writing and world-building when I first read the manuscript, so I was thrilled to read the PW review: "Castellan craftily infuses enchantment in every scene alongside romance and intrigue among the royals and their court, while luxurious descriptions and quick-witted dialogue make for a captivating read." I hope you all make sure to buy a copy (and leave reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, please!) so you can enjoy it along with me!

So, why don't you start off by telling us what inspired you to write this story?

I’ve been writing YA Historical Fantasy for seven years, now, and my first books were set in Victorian England, 1920s London, and Ancient Rome. However, I grew up in France, and I’ve always loved both French history and the Palace of Versailles. Three years ago I felt

confident enough in my own writing to decide it was time to set my new story in this time

period, and to give it a magical twist!

All the main characters in the book are actual historical figures—did you use research about what they were like as people and what their personalities were when writing the book?

Definitely! I’m fascinated by the biography of Louis XIV – the Sun King – and researching

the people who lived at his court was part of the fun. When writing this book, I wanted to