The World of The Cantati
BY MAGGIE MAE GALLAGHER
One of the things I adore about paranormal worlds is the chance to create a new universe often where the normal law of physics may not necessarily apply. When the concept for the Cantati Chronicles first arose, I knew I wanted to develop a new world that hopefully had not been done before. How was I able to come up with my version of a post-apocalyptic world?
I spent an inordinate amount of time conducting research. I have a master’s degree in history, so I actually love research. I conducted a two-fold approach, where first, I studied all manner of religious texts, prophecies from Nostradamus, 2012 Doomsday websites, and all manner of folklore and mythology on the end of the world. My second approach was through popular culture with both films and books like The Hunger Games, The Road, 2012, Jericho, and The Walking Dead.
I admit that I have a fascination with the apocalypse, which is morbid, I realize. However, it is the questions, and situations a person must face in that type of scenario which garners my true interest. When survival matters more than manners, or getting insulted over the latest internet meme, what do we as humans become? Will civility remain or will it be more of a wild West, every man for himself? How will people function, get food, and clean water? Will electricity be available?
This type of world propels my characters to examine their nature, will they play the role of human savior or watch humanity tumble into darkness. And thus, the world of the Cantati was born. Cantati are a new race of humans who were created the night of the apocalypse. The event caused a spontaneous evolution in the DNA sequence of a select group of people with the proper coding. What before had been insignificant mutations in the gene sequence became the gateway for supernatural powers. It is in this world my heroine, Alana, was born into sixty years after the apocalypse. She is one of the Cantati and has quite a few supernatural gifts of her own.
Do you think you would survive an apocalypse? If so, how?
Maggie doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t writing. When she was a kid she acted out her favorite scenes, only better, with her brother and cousin. As a teenager, she wrote reams of poetry, but realized her true love lay with creating characters and stories. A former music and history major, Maggie is a total geek at her core. When she is not writing, she adores attending the latest comic con or spending time with her family. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with her two furry felines.