Friday, May 31, 2013
Relics by Maer Wilson
After a successful career being other people, and later teaching others the many tricks of that trade, Maer Wilson has decided to be herself for a while.
Turns out she's a writer. She's always loved stories, especially fantasy, mystery and sci fi. Maer was born in the Year of the Dragon and has a dragon-themed room in her home, but sadly no dragons in the back yard.
When she's not writing, Maer plays online video games, teaches college and reads. She also co-hosts the literary podcast, “MythBehaving”. She lives in the high desert of Southern Nevada with her two dogs, a chihuahua and a poodle.
Relics is her first novel and will be released by Crescent Moon Press on May 1, 2013. You can visit her website at www.maerwilson.com.
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When the creatures of myth and magic return to Earth, they're nothing like your mother's fairy tales.
Most of Thulu and La Fi's clients are dead. Which is perfect since their detective agency caters to the supernatural. So, a job finding relics for an ancient daemon should be simple.
The daemon needs the relics to keep a dangerous portal closed. His enemy, Gabriel, wants the relics to open the portal and give his people access to a new feeding ground – Earth.
Stunning humanity with their existence, portals to other worlds begin to open and the creatures of magic return to Earth.
When Gabriel threatens their family, Thulu and La Fi's search becomes personal. They'll need powerful allies in the race to find the relics before Gabriel does. But maybe that's what grateful dead, magical allies and daemonic clients are for.
Thank you for having me on your blog today!
Q) What inspired you to write this story?
A) This book actually grew out of the main characters, Thulu and La Fi. I used to play World of Warcraft and there were several people in our guild whose names began with “Moo”. This one couple especially was confusing and I thought I’d give them nicknames based on their in-game names. The result was Thulu and La Fi and when I saw the names, the characters were in my head saying, “No, we don’t belong to them. You need to tell our story!” I also wanted a heroine who wasn’t alone, but one who had a loving family and was happily married.
Q) How long did it take you to write?
A) I wrote the first draft in five weeks. Of course, the subsequent drafts took over a year and included ripping out the entire second half of the book and rewriting it.
Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
A) I love the entire process, but especially creating the characters. A carryover from Theatre.
Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
My lousy typing skills. Seriously, I spend a lot of time fixing words with inverted letters. It makes me appreciate my dictation software even more. Not that I use dictation often, but at least it spells the words correctly.
Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
A) I got this. Let’s see. I saw the answer to this the other day on a meme. Oh yeah, Batman. “Always be yourself unless you can be Batman. Then always be Batman.” Why? Well, obviously he has cool toys and who doesn’t want to play with cool toys? We seriously need a better female superhero, though. I could have picked from those, but most are just not my style. The guys get all the cool ones. So, um, yeah, Batman.
Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
A) I’ve had a bottle of Homemade Kahlua in there for about a year. There’s only a little bit left and I keep forgetting it’s there.
Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
A) I’m almost ready to submit Portals and then I’ll get into book 3, which I’m quite excited about. I’m a pantser and this series is going places I never dreamed it would. I can’t wait to really explore those places in Book 3.
Thanks again for letting me chat with you today.
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