Monday 8 February 2016

Author Interview: Catherine Doyle talks all things INFERNO!

Inferno by Catherine Doyle || Release date: January 7th 2106

Romeo and Juliet meets The Godfather in the second installment of Catherine Doyle's Blood for Blood series.

Sophie's life has been turned upside-down, and she's determined to set things right. But Nic, the Falcone brother who represents everything she's trying to forget, won't give up on their love - and it's Luca's knife she clutches for comfort. Soon another mafia clan spoils the fragile peace - and with her heart drawn in one direction and her blood in another, Sophie's in deeper than ever.


Q&A: Catherine Doyle talks all things INFERNO

1. Could you describe INFERNO in ten seconds? 

Inferno is the story of one girl, two warring mafia families, and a dangerous decision between heart and blood. Vendetta was Sophie's beginning; Inferno is her transformation.

2. Did you have the series planned out from page one, or did INFERNO develop organically as you wrote it?

I had very loose ideas for Inferno, but when I sat down to write it, certain twists and turns emerged organically and I just ran with them. All I knew at the beginning of the story was where I wanted Sophie to end up, what would happen to Luca and Nic, and who would die along the way. 

3. Sophie and Millie's relationship is so authentic. Was it important to you that Sophie have a female best mate to counteract all those brooding mafia types?

Yes. As I always say, romantic love is not the most important kind of love, and there is more than one kind of soul mate. I love female friendship – I think it's the most nourishing, important and supportive kind of relationship you can have. It was important to me that the series would not only be about love but about friendship as well. I wanted to show that the two themes are not mutually exclusive, that one doesn't have to suffer for the other to thrive. 

4. There seems to be one Falcone that is everyone's fave. Do we see more of Luca in INFERNO?

Oh, yes. Luca really comes into his own in Inferno. We learn more about him, and we see his relationship with Sophie develop, too. 

5. How many books will there be in the Blood for Blood series?

Three is the magic number!

6. Without giving too much away, do you have a favourite scene?

The doughnut scene ;)

7. Hogwarts houses: Sophie, Millie, Luca, Nic and yourself!

Sophie - Gryffindor
Nic - Gryffindor
Luca - Ravenclaw
Me - Ravenclaw
Millie – Hufflepuff

8. What other YA reads would you recommend for fans of INFERNO?

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater! That series is everything. Also, The Wrath and the Dawn, not because it necessarily shares the same themes as Inferno, but simply because I recommend it to people as much as I possibly can. 


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