Thursday, May 09, 2013

Interview- Relics by Maer Wilson



What inspired you to become an author?

Unlike my previous writing, the novel started out about just having fun and telling a story. I thought it might be fun to have a heroine who wasn’t alone in the world. One with a solid support base - a large family and happily married. Once I had the characters’ names - Thulu and La Fi - they were just there and demanding to have their story told. I knew exactly who they were and they drove the story.

How did you come up with the title for your latest book?

My original title was long and unwieldy and the original draft had problems. When I got rid of the second half of the book and rewrote it, I thought I needed a new title. Relics popped into my head rather quickly and seemed the perfect fit.

What is your current “work in progress” or upcoming projects?

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.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

It’s fun writing about all these ancient, wise and magical people, but not being ancient, wise or magical myself, I work to not have them come across as petty or immature.  I find the common ground they have with the human characters, but also bring in elements of what makes them different. We see some of that in Relics, but a lot more as the series goes on.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I have many favorite authors, but George R.R. Martin and J.K. Rowling are probably my top two faves right now. I’ll say Martin and A Song of Ice and Fire, for now, for his style and the fact that you never know where he’s going in the series. That unpredictability and fascinating storytelling keep me reading the new books and rereading the older ones. He has a talent for making me say, “Wait, what?” which is awesome. I can think of scenes I read and reread because I couldn’t believe he had done something. That’s  powerful writing.

Who designed the cover of your latest book?

Ida Jansson. She did a brilliant job of capturing the essence of the book. I’m quite proud of the cover.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Read everything you can and write whenever you can. Don’t worry about being good. Just get the words on the page first. You can go back do your revisions and fix everything late, but I think it’s important to get those words down. Once you have your first draft, that’s the time to really polish your work. I think too often writers will either not finish their work or finish too quickly and not spend enough time editing and revising. As important as it is to finish, it’s equally important to polish.

Do you have a song or playlist (book soundtrack) that you think represents this book?

I love a lot of the pieces by Two Steps From Hell on their Archangel and SkyWorld albums. Their song “Blackheart” from Skyworld reminds me of the book. In the book trailer, I used “Rising Game” by Kevin MacLeod, which works perfectly for that.
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Relics
Book 1 of The Thulukan Chronicles
Maer Wilson

Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Publisher:  Crescent Moon Press
Date of Publication:   5/1/13

Number of pages:  Approx 293
Word Count:   105,000

Book Description: 

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. 

About the Author: 

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.

Website/Blog: http://maerwilson.com/

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Facebook Street Team Page - Team Thulukan - https://www.facebook.com/groups/TeamThulukan/

Google + Series Community - The Thulukan Chronicles - https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/109768648938269805454

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5 comments:

Maer W said...
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Maer W said...

Thanks for having me over, Roxanne!

Sharon Alvarado said...

Awesome giveaway and a great interview!!

Margaret Taylor said...

Great interview. Thanks for sharing yourself with us!

Maer W said...

Thanks for stopping by!