Can you tell readers a little bit about yourself and what inspired to write in this particular genre?
First of all, thank you for letting me stop by today. I live in the high desert of Southern Nevada and love it here! I have two dogs, who are my kids. They insist upon it. I co-host a literary podcast, MythBehaving, which is loads of fun and has been an awesome experience so far. Also I feature other writers on my blog and try to keep folks up to date on my own work. I used to be a professional stage actor in Southern California, but I retired out years ago. Now I teach Theatre at a local college.
I’ve read fantasy and sci fi for years as my main reading genres, so this was a natural genre for me to write in.
What inspired you to write this book?
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!” So, I sat down and 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.
Please tell us about your latest release.
Relics is an Urban Fantasy set in San Francisco. It’s the first book in the series, "The Thulukan Chronicles", which follows detectives Thulu and La Fi as they navigate an Earth forever changed by the return of myth and magic. Their detective agency deals with supernatural clients, the dead, undead and anything else that comes their way. They’re hired by an ancient daemon to find the missing relics he needs to close a dangerous portal.
Do you have a special formula for creating characters' names? Do you try to match a name with a certain meaning to attributes of the character or do you search for names popular in certain time periods or regions?
It depends on the name. Thulu and La Fi grew out of a game, yet I then had to choose names that they could be nicknames for. Fiona was an easy one and I played around with last names until I came up with Thulukan to get Thulu. For many of the other characters, like Reo, I knew his stage name but not the rest. I wanted his initials to be BAM and his onstage persona to be completely different from his real life. I wanted what everyone called him to be a cool name, too. I did research until I came up with Brandon Arreo Malone. Some of the other characters required research to get the right flavor for what I wanted their names to sound like or mean.
Was one of your characters more challenging to write than another?
Hands down that has to be Jones, although all of the magical characters can be tough since they are so old. Jones though, is well over eight thousand years old and a daemon besides. I try to make him enigmatic and charming and wise. Hopefully that comes across, but I don’t think of myself as those things, so I have to work at creating that illusion. He has so many facets and layers that it really isn’t work though. He is a joy to write.
Is there a character that you enjoyed writing more than any of the others?
That would have to be La Fi, although I really enjoy creating characters and love all my characters. La Fi, though, is the one who is in my head the most, demanding I tell her story. I’m enjoying how she is evolving as the series goes on.
Do you have a formula for developing characters? Like do you create a character sketch or list of attributes before you start writing or do you just let the character develop as you write?
I let them develop, but I also have them pretty solidly in my head. I spent years in theatre and creating characters onstage is pretty much second nature to me. I think that helps with creating them for the book. Some simply spring from my head to the book. Other times, I work on getting exactly the right tone and feel. As far as lists go, I keep a timeline with notes on appearance, but not personalities. I know who they are so well that it’s almost like describing real people when I write them.
What is your favorite scene from the book? Could you share a little bit of it, without spoilers of course?
That would be the shower scene. I’ll include it at the end. J
With the book being part of a series, are there any character or story arcs, that readers jumping in somewhere other than the first book, need to be aware of? Can these books be read as stand alones?
I’m hoping they can be. I explain enough in Book 2 that it stands on its own, but will want the reader to go back and pick up the first book. I imagine that Book 3 won’t be quite as easy, but who knows, since I have not finished writing that one. The overall story is gaining complexity as it goes, especially with the changes to Earth.
Do you have any weird writing quirks or rituals?
I have to be comfortable. I’m envious of those who can write anywhere. I need to be at home and in my study, at my desk and kicked back, with my feet up on a small ottoman. I don’t really keep to a schedule for the novels, although I’m writing something every day. I also write for my website, podcast site and two gaming fansites. I like to listen to music when I write and usually have a film or gaming or epic soundtrack on. Nothing with words usually, though, because that would be distracting. Soundtracks, though, are awesome.
What can readers expect next from you?
Portals, Book 2 of The Thulukan Chronicles, is complete and going through the last round with my beta readers before I submit it to my publisher. I’ve begun Book 3, Crossroads, which I’m very excited to fully get into. Two prequel short stories have been completed and gone through my beta readers. I also have a historical fantasy, The Journal, sitting on a back burner, teasing me now and then.
Where can readers find you on the web?
Maer’s Website - maerwilson.com
Maer’s Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Maer-Wilson-Author/149085628472833
Maer’s Twitter - https://twitter.com/MaerWilson
Maer on Goodread’s - http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7040319.Maer_Wilson
Maer at MythBehaving - http://mythbehaving.com/
Would you like to leave readers with a little teaser or excerpt from the book?
Sure and thank you for asking. From the above-mentioned shower scene:
The door opened. A cool draft of air wafted my way, swirling the steam in the shower. I peeked out to see Thulu shutting the door behind him. It was a great view.
“So, have I ever mentioned that I'm a soul reader?”
I moved forward to clear the small waterfall and gave him a suspicious look. One never knew with Thulu.
“No, I don't think you've shared that bit of information.”
“I'm quite good at it, actually.” He sat on one of the side seats and motioned to the one across from him. I moved to the other seat.
Nodding, he continued, “I'm quite surprised you didn't know this. In some circles, I'm known as the Great and Wonderful Reader of Souls.”
“Oh, really? I'm shocked that this could have escaped my attention all these years.”
“Well, this is the perfect time for me to read yours. Being that you're all pruney.”
I looked at my hands. They were pretty pruney. I shrugged and held out my hand palm up.
Thanks again for letting me visit today!
Yes! Relics will be available in the very near future on Kindle and Nook! We're offering Super Secret Surprise Giveaway for one winner!
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Book 1 of The Thulukan Chronicles
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
Date of Publication: 5/1/13
Number of pages: Approx 293
Word Count: 105,000
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.
Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/un2PHs5oGwg
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.
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