Building Character with Queen Cataleen from The Outlanders

It’s Friday! Time for my blog feature, Building Character in which you get to meet characters from a book. Talking to a character outside of their book is fun! Huge. Amounts. Of fun. 

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This week Strands of Thought plays host to Queen Cataleen from The Outlanders. Great of you to join us, your majesty. Can you tell our readers a little about yourself, please?

I am Cataleen, Queen of the Outlands, born of the queen’s blood and chosen to rule by Luna, former queen of the Outlands. I consider myself a private person, so be honored I graced you with my presence.

Of course we are honored. There is so much responsibility in being a queen. As well as a lot of expectation. Is there anything about you that people are always giving you a hard time about? How do you feel about it?

No one understands the role of a queen. It is my job to protect and defend my country. If there are a few collateral losses along the way, I honestly don’t see the problem with it. I am the queen. Because of my queen’s blood, I have been chosen by the First Ones to rule. I alone make the choices. I will not sit in judgment from my people or those squabbling “rulers” of Etherea and Vanguard. They’ve been fighting for centuries. Maybe the time has come for me to step in and put an end to their miserable existences. Judge that, everyone. <snicker>

What have you learned about yourself or friend or family while trying to…you know…rule?

I have learned that friends and family are worthless. As soon as I became queen, everyone shunned me. It’s fine. I’m a solitary person and don’t mind being alone. I plan to place a king by my side, one I’ve selected for a specific purpose, but I don’t even really need him. I don’t need anyone and never have.

Being independent is a valuable trait in a leader. What are some of the biggest stumbling blocks you’ve encountered trying to resolve your conflict?

Layla Givens, “the Fulfillment.” But don’t worry…I have plans for her.

Thank you for joining us today, your highness. Readers, read on for more about Queen Cataleen’s story, The Outlanders:

With King Jesper dead and Prince Wilhelm mortally wounded, Halfling prince, Nash, and the Fulfilment, Layla, assume the throne of Etherea. They must contend with a new Prophecy Candidate who asserts her position, and Layla is surprised to find her fate intertwined with this challenger. Facing a myriad of choices, Nash and Layla’s decisions affect not only their own futures but that of two kingdoms.

Unbeknownst to the Ethereals or the Vanguards, a slumbering menace stirs in the south, awakened after centuries of slumber. The mysterious Outlanders, a force shadowed in mystery, sit poised to tip the balance of power, sending ripples of fear throughout both warring kingdoms.

Elder Werrick proved a formidable foe, but Layla may yet meet her match in the monstrous Outlander queen. This mistress of the dark’s plans, rooted in revenge and ancient lore, now threaten the livelihood of all three kingdoms.

Racing against time, Layla travels to the Borderlands—home of the Voltons and Ecclesiastics—to discover as much as she can about the war, the First Ones, and the prophecy itself. Lives teeter in the balance, kingdoms sit on the cusp of ruin, and a beast, greater than any she’s ever faced before, plots a catastrophic attack. 

And read about Queen Cataleen’s author:

Erin Rhew is an editor, a running coach, and the author of The Fulfillment Series. Since she picked up Morris the Moose Goes to School at age four, she has been infatuated with the written word. She went on to work as a grammar and writing tutor in college and is still teased by her family and friends for being a member of the "Grammar Police." A Southern girl by blood and birth, Erin now lives in a rainy pocket of the Pacific Northwest with the amazingly talented (and totally handsome) writer Deek Rhew and their “overly fluffy,” patient-as-a-saint writing assistant, a tabby cat named Trinity. She and Deek enjoy reading aloud to one another, running, lifting, boxing, eating chocolate, and writing side-by-side.  

Twitter: @ErinRhewBooks

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