Catherine Dale’s Book Lives

Ah, Catherine, you problem-child, you. Why can’t you write between the lines? Why can’t you focus on romance and help build readership in an expected genre?

Oh. Because you’re stubborn. Which makes sense, since you’re part of me. So, okay…

As Catherine Dale, I write Dystopic YA, I write contemporary monster-hunters living bleak lives with only the hint of romance, I write… I writes what I wants! And I will share at least some of it with readers…

The stories say The Old Ones built wonderful cities, flew through the air and could send messages across the globe in the time it takes for an arrow to find its target. Caylen’s seen enough relics to believe at least some of that, but she doesn’t regret living in her world instead of theirs. She’s a nomad, making her home in the Wildlands between the “islands of civilization” in the fortified cities. Her world can be dangerous, but she can’t imagine living any other way.

When her band of nomads rescues a young nobleman from Yorkton, Caylen’s mother wants to deliver him to the nearest waypost, collect her reward, and move on. But Caylen is intrigued by Logan, and worried that his predictions of trouble for the nomads may be accurate. In order to protect the Wildlands she loves, Caylen has to leave them behind. In the city, she’s not sure if she can trust anyone, not even Logan. And the more she learns, the more she realizes that she’s far from the only one in danger. Her enemy is powerful and ruthless, and the cruelty she sees makes Caylen dream of the simplicity of the Wildlands. But she can’t walk away from the suffering, so she’ll have to stay and fight. It’s the nomad way.