Meet Jude Cocaigne, Rituals & Runes Author
Next in my lineup of Meet the Authors of Rituals & Runes is Jude Cocaigne. Authors of the Rituals and Runes Anthology would love for you to fall under the spell of our very special author interviews about the magical books included in our box set coming out in October 2022.
Please join us for our talk with, Jude Cocaigne, who will talk about her upcoming book, Faeted Magic!
Author: Jude Cocaigne
Book: Faeted Magic
R&R: Hello Jude. Thanks for agreeing to the interview. Tell the readers, why are you excited about them reading Faeted Magic?
Jude: This story has been a wild ride from the beginning, and I can't wait for people to meet my protagonists because they're awesome, fun, and completely wacko! Seriously, I got stuck for weeks at the end of chapter five because I intended to go one way with them, and then Sarah did what she did, and that was it.
They refused to talk to me or each other for weeks after that, and I had to come up with characters' therapy to get them to play nice again! Also, Dublin. I mean, my inspiration for this story comes from my time living there, so the city is ever-present in all its magic and beauty, it's a character in its own rights, and I hope I give it justice. So yeah, Faeted Magic is a story close to my heart and I'm really excited to share it with the world!
R&R: Wow. Sounds like they threw you for a loop! A very exciting one I can’t wait to read.
And why did you pick to write about Fae?
Jude: Believe it or not, but I met a faun while living in Dublin! And a leprechaun! But that's another story (literally, it's going to be the sequel!). I love the Fae world and all its creatures, and I love Celtic folklore, so it was a no-brainer. My story would be about this Earth Witch going to Dublin to reconnect with her roots and meet Fae—well, she never intended to meet them really, let's say they happened upon her, because that's the way Fate works, right?
R&R: Magical and romantic! Which fits right in with the anthology theme. Explain a bit about your main characters.
What are their worst fears?
Jude: Sarah's got some serious abandonment issues. She's lost everything and everyone she ever loved, so she's not one to rush into emotional commitment, especially when the recipient of such commitment are creatures known to be players and serial lovers. But she also fears being alone, which prompts her to jump into promiscuous situations without a second thought. (I love paradoxes!)
Liam's worst fear is to fall in love for real. He's afraid of what it could do to him to really love someone because he's never known a day of love in his life. If he exposes himself to the feeling, he might just die for all he knows. In truth, he doesn't think he's worth being loved, so he hides behind his tough killer act and refuses to let feelings take the lead for fear they will not be reciprocated and his heart would shrivel from the rejection. It could happen, fauns' hearts are very sensitive...
R&R: You really hit it with making those characters face very tough but engaging situations. Paradoxes are fun and make me want to read your story!
That was awesome to get to know their “dark” side, now tell us, what is special about your main characters?
Jude: Sarah's an Earth Witch freshly out of the Academy where she's learned to control her powers, but she still has the potential to better them. Yet I don't think that's what makes her special. I believe that what truly sets her apart from your average witch is her resilience.
She's lost almost all her family (her great aunt's her only remaining living relative...), she's separated from her closest friends, and she's alone in a foreign country even though she was born in it, yet she never gives up, she never quits, she lives to make her family proud, she's strong and she believes in the beauty of life despite what life has thrown in her face from a very young age.
But she's not tough either, she's still very much smiling and appreciating the beauties of the world around her, she trusts people despite having been burnt countless times. Her resilience will help her do great things in the end.
Liam is a special soul. I mean come on, he's hired to kill Sarah in the prologue, but all he can think of is to have fun with her first, which leads to, you know, feelings... How special is that?? I love how sweet his heart turns out to be because of what he is. His faunness makes him intrinsically horny (pun intended) and that's what leads to all the adventure and fun and mess happening in the story. It's a superpower on its own!
R&R: Now you really have me wanting to read this story! On that, if you met your characters, what would you say to them?
Jude: BEHAVE NOW! No, really. I've been meeting with them regularly and I always have to keep them in line! But when this is all over, I'll tell them I'm proud of them for how far they've come, and to keep up the good work for the next books!
R&R: But it’s so much more fun when the characters misbehave and it fits right into our theme of breaking the rules! LOL! Tell us a bit about yourself, what do you do when you are not writing?
Jude: A lot, too much, I don't know where to begin! I'm the mom of one adorable and lively little girl of 4 that I keep at home part-time (she goes to daycare the rest of the time and will start school in August), I also work part-time as a specialist administrator in a renowned university and as an editor and translator.
I play video games to unwind, I read, of course, I take care of my hubby when he's sick, I draw, play the guitar, sing, and last but not least, I dream up the next stories I'm going to write!
R&R: You do sound busy but also like those are rewarding activities. What books do you have coming out that are not involved in the anthology?