Author Interviews

Caitlin Ricci talks about Joshua, the first volume in the Faeted series on 24-January-2017

Author's Interview

The idea for the Faeted series came about because I wanted to write about a world without humans where fate was thought to be the general way of the world, but also where fate was commercialised and turned into a matchmaking agency. The first character that I built in this new world was Dyslander. He plays a sort of fairy godfather roll in the series where everyone comes to see him and he's generally regarded as the best in the business when it comes to helping the fae find their true loves. Everyone believes that Faeted is always right and every match the agency makes is going to last forever, and they're generally right. But true love is never that easy and there are always a few bumps along the way.

In a world without humans of course there's no sudden shock of finding out your lover is a dragon shifter, but the thing that was more fun than that, for me at least, was getting to play around with a world where all types of fae work peacefully together. There are banks that are guarded by dragons, forests tended by dryads, and brownies who can't stand clutter and who only want to please. I had fun building this series and creating this world for the characters to live in and I hope you enjoy reading about their adventures. Every book in the Faeted series ties together but they can be read as standalones as well. Faeted is my short, sexy, fun romp into the world of fae matchmaking and a wide open space where all fae come together.

I love fairy tales, especially dark ones, and I wanted to write a series where I could use my favorite elements from these old tales and myths to create a world that I would want to live in. It's similar to our own in many ways, but in others it's far different. The fae still have grocery stores, banks, and taxis. Only their taxies happen to be gryphons and dragons. They live in neighborhoods and family groups and they go to work just like humans.

The idea of fate is something I enjoy playing with. This concept of everything being planned out or is it all just random and we're blinding bumping into each other and making it up as we go along. For Faeted it's a bit of both. Dyslander is great at getting the fae matched up, but only if they come to him first. That's usually not a problem though since nearly everyone is in his system and everyone knows someone who has met their match through Faeted.

There's a price to pay for happily ever after though, and it's different for everyone. A first born child here, a pile of gold there, or a rare treasure that no one has thought about for centuries. Each matchmaker will ask something different of their clients, and as one of the best Dyslander asks the most. For fae tired of being alone, the cost is often worth it in the end.

There’s only one place to go for a guaranteed happily ever after…

Joshua, a dragon shifter, hates having to go to the Faeted Matchmaking Agency, but he’s running out of time to find a mate, and he’s failed everywhere else. He only has a few more months before he enters the next stage of his life, and he’s getting desperate. Dragon tradition states that he must have a partner to help him transition into independence from his clan. A long-time friend would be sufficient, but Joshua doesn’t have any of those, either. Faeted is his last hope.

Rex expected Faeted to set him up with someone fun and sexy, but he was never expecting a dragon. As Rex is an eagle shifter, a dragon would be a good match for him, since they’re both born to fly. Joshua is far more cautious than Rex expects a dragon to be, but Rex knows he can get Joshua to loosen up with a bit of a push.


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