Hailing from Deadwood, Kate Pentecost released her second book on Tuesday and it’s a book she’s dreamed of writing since she was a child.
Pentecost wrote the first version of the story, “That Dark Infinity,” when she was 12 years old.
“I spent a lot of time trying to perfect this story,” she said. “This is the one who taught me to write a book. So I worked on this one all through college and high school, trying to make it perfect. Well, try to make it be what I wanted it to be. So this is really an important book for me because it grew with me. So for that reason I’m really glad it got published, because a lot of early author’s books go unpublished. They’re considered training or that sort of thing.
The book, aimed at a young adult audience, is about an immortal mercenary called Ankou who is cursed to die and be resurrected every day.
“As the years go by and he doesn’t get old and can’t die, he gets pretty depressed; he is looking for a way to die definitively, ”declared Pentecost. “So he and Flora, a maid of a princess from a nation that has been sacked, are on their way to the Temple of Fates, where one of them can make their deepest wish come true. So Flora, that would be to recover his country, his people, and for the Ankou, that would finally be seeing his curse broken.
Pentecost grew up in Deadwood and graduated from Carthage High School in 2006 before attending Panola College and moving in 2008. His mother taught at Carthage ISD for many years and his grandmother worked at Panola College during the years. of its creation. Pentecost currently lives in Houston.
Growing up, she was inspired to start writing by her mother and her English teachers at Carthage ISD.
“She (the Pentecostal Mother) was a first grade teacher who did a lot of reading and literacy, so every time I came to her class, every time I walked to her class after school , I would just sit in her little reading section. and just read, ”Pentecost said.“ I read all the picture books she had, and so I went to the library with all the paintings on the walls, like ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ and ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and stuff, and that was just the world I grew up in. I decided from an early age that I specifically wanted to write children’s books.
Pentecost published its first book, “Elysium Girls”, last year in April. It’s a historical fantasy novel for young adults set in Dust Bowl, Oklahoma.
“I released the first book during the pandemic so sales were kind of affected by the fact that I couldn’t do any events in person… so this one I really don’t know what to do with it. expect me because I have never published a book under normal conditions, and I don’t know if I will debut this book under normal conditions, “she said.” In Houston , I have an event scheduled for October 30 at the Blue Willow Bookstore, and then I have another one. I’m going to be in Washington, DC, and I’m going to the Imaginarium Book Festival, and I have a lot of events Zoom.
The book, published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, is available in bookstores and online.