Interviewer: Today, I will be sitting down with Caitlin Cacciatore, poet, novelist, and dreamer. Her latest work is entitled Kingdom Come, and we here at her studio (namely, me, myself, and I) are getting very excited about how it is coming along. You ready, Caitlin?
Caitlin Cacciatore: Ready as I’ll ever be.
I: Let’s start with something easy. What inspired the title?
CC: I needed something new, something original, something that hadn’t been done and overdone. To the best of my knowledge, there are several other works with the same title, but I trust mine will be different enough that those other authors won’t feel I’m infringing upon their work. If so, I am fully prepared to change the title. I also briefly considered ‘To Ruin’ as the title. I wanted something that would describe, in two words, how vast the scope of this story is, how grand the perspectives.
I: How did you name your characters?
CC: When I first began a similar story, years and years ago, my character’s names were based upon letters of the Phoenician Alphabet. I decided to keep the first letter of each and change the rest of the names. Except for Resheph; he didn’t get a name change. He came late enough in Kingdom Come’s predecessor that I felt comfortable leaving his name. In case you were wondering, Zephyr means ‘of the west wind,’ Wren means ‘Ruler,’ and Dareh means ‘Rich.’ Only one of the meaning of their names will prove important to the story-line, but I’m not telling which one!
I: Tell us a little more about this story’s predecessor, We Sing of Shattered Skies.
CC: I believe I said in the last interview that it was epic, and I still hold that view. It was a story about how aliens were forced to abandon their homeworld after an accident, got stranded on Earth, and evolved into the dinosaurs. It was a childish attempt at science fiction, which is rather fitting, as I was but a child myself at the time of its writing.
I: If you could meet a character from your book, who would it be?
CC: You’re a big fan of asking the hard questions, aren’t you? (laughs) I think I would choose to spend a day with Dareh. You just can’t beat the title of “King of the Nine Worlds.”
On a similar note, do you have a secret favorite character?
CC: I have a very soft spot for Resheph, and of course I love all of my characters, but I’d have to say that Zephyr is my favorite so far. It could always change. I am always finding out new things about my character’s motivations, wants, needs, and desires. Sometimes they reveal something sinister.
I: Last question. Why are you driven to write this particular story, of all the stories you could tell?
CC: I wish I could tell you I had noble goals of saving the world with this book, but it’s just a story inside me that needs to come out. It’s the story my fingers and my heart and my soul are demanding me to write.
I: Thanks for coming, Caitlin. Any final words?
CC: You make it seem like we’re at the gallows. (laughs). I do, however, have a piece of advice: Never time travel. I promise you, it only ever breaks your heart in slow-motion and reverse-time and across the ages.