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Today I’m on the ‘The Reckoning’ blogtour, organized by Zooloo’s Book Tours.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.
About the Author :
Marisa Noelle is the writer of middle grade & young adult novels in the genres of science-fiction, fantasy & mental health including The Shadow Keepers, The Unadjusteds Trilogy (The Unadjusteds, The Rise of the Altereds, & The Reckoning), and The Mermaid Chronicles – Secrets of the Deep.
She is a mentor for the Write Mentor program that helps aspiring MG & YA authors. With dual citizenship, Marisa has lived on both sides of the Atlantic and uses settings in both the USA and UK as inspiration for her novels.
When she’s not writing or reading or watching movies, she enjoys swimming. In the pool she likes to imagine she could be a mermaid and become part of some of her make-believe words.
Despite being an avid bookworm from the time she could hold a book, being an author came as a bit of a surprise to her as she was a bit of a science geek at school. She lives in Woking, UK with her husband and three children.
THE FIGHT IS NOT OVER.
A NEW NEMESIS HAS AWOKEN.
Sinister visions of an evil entity with looming yellow eyes haunt Silver’s dreams, threatening to destroy the new world she and her friends have created. The terrifying omens push Silver to experiment with her abilities, but awaken a burgeoning thirst for more power.
As Silver walks a fine line between good and evil, her friends become wary of her intimidating abilities. She finds understanding in a sympathetic newcomer, but their deepening friendship drives an even deeper wedge between Silver and her suspicious friends.
Tragedy strikes during preparations for the final stand, bringing a terrible choice. Grief drives Silver toward reckless actions that may doom the final battle. Can she repair the relationships with her friends and control her powers before her vision becomes reality?
First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂
Yay! A pleasure!
Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I became an author by accident. I’ve always been a book worm and would read well into the early hours of the night as a teenager and beyond, but for some reason it never occured to me to try and get a career in that world. I was always very sciencey at school and tended to lean in that direction. But when I lost 2 friends to Meningitis in my first term of uni I developed an anxiety disorder. Writing poetry helped me deal with it and I became passionate about writing. I went away and did a few courses and found the more I learned and wrote, the more I loved it. So it’s part therpay, part passion and part obssession!
Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
When I was a child I quickly dived into the horror realm, I was about 10 when I started inhaling the Point Horror books and Christopher Pike. Living in California at the time, I also discovered an adult horror writer, Dean Koontz, who remains my favourite author today. I’ve learned so much about tension and pace from reading his books. Before that I adored all the Dr Suess books and love reading them to my kids today.
Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
Again, Dean Koontz. It marvels me how I get get halfway through one of his books and nothing concrete has actually happened, and yet I’m on the edge of my seat. I’d love to sit by a fire with him and sip on a glass of wine and discuss books!
I also love a bit of Shakespeare. I do wonder if he intended people to be stufying his work 600 years after his death!
If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
From my book I would love to have Silver over. I’d want to see a demonstration of her amazing powers, but I’d also love to give her a hug and tell her everything is going to be ok.
For a character in another book, I’d love to interview Hannibal Lecter. I studied psychology at uni and I’ve always been fascinated by the criminal mind. Obvioulsy, I’d like to keep him behind the bars for that conversation!
Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
Not really. I have a SAD light on my desk for the winter months and usually something nice-smelling in the diffuser to keep me focussed. I tend to work during the school day when the kids are out, but can find it hard to get going in the morning as I’m more of a night owl at heart. There will always be tea! Usually getting cold! And I swim at least three times a week. It really helps clear my head.
Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
Ha! All sorts of places, but most of the time I get hit by the central plot idea in dreams, or when I’m just musing. For The Unadjusteds trilogy, the idea came from my love and experience of science, the introduction of the first cloned sheep, and the idea of designer babies. Often ideas come to me in my dreams. My dreams are always running/chasing/fleeing type dreams so it feels good to put them to use, rather then them jsut scaring the crap out of me!
Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
I am 85% plotter. I like to really pick apart the plot, understand who my characters are (as much as possible) before I start writing. I tend to use a spreadsheet and will have a chapter by chapter plan and scene by scene outline within those chapters before I start. That outline will keep me on track and allows me to write high word counts per day. I allow room for things to change. As I get to know my characteers, sometimes they can veer off the outline and come up with their own ideas. I love it when that happens! And always give them a chance to take the reins.
Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
Persevere! If you give up it will never happen! Find other authors in your genre and commiserate those rejections together. It makes it a hell of a lot less lonely. Also, understand the rules and how to break them. They change over time and can be confusing, so just be able to go with the flow!
What are your futureplans as an author?
Take over the world! Ha! I’ve got a lot more books to get out there. I’m currently on sub wiht a road trip MG with my agent and about to send out a YA cli-fi that I like to think of as Jaws meets the environment. I’ve also been getting together with authors from Question Mark Press where we plan to release a YA horror series in the style of Point horror. Exciting!
Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
Sure! In book 3 we see a second POV in Eli, a character Silver rescued at the end of book 2…
Eli stares out the square cabin window while he waits for Silver. He taps an unusual rhythm against his tin coffee mug, which is complemented by an edgy wriggling of his toes. He goes through the events of yesterday, trying to keep all the lies straight in his head.
Okay, okay, maybe they aren’t all lies. He does have horrible headaches and he is experiencing crazy dreams and he does feel a level of urgency in them. It’s like one of those computer games where he has to complete each level in a certain time, those games he used to spend his pocket money on in the arcade strips when his mother allowed it. Well, he’s running out of time and he isn’t anywhere near the end of the level. He has Earl’s powers. And then some. He’s pretty sure he knows what most of them are, but a few remain a mystery.
He drinks coffee from the mug, not caring that it’s cold or that the caffeine will agitate his burgeoning anxiety. Yesterday he had the opportunity to tell Silver everything. But he didn’t. She said she’d be supportive if he possessed abilities, but Eli suspects if she was confronted with the truth she’d feel differently. He’s seen it happen before. Like the way people looked at Earl. Even Carmen, who could get any animal to do her bidding and was Earl’s oldest friend, was scared of him. Only too happy to run off to that town in Utah and get as far from the mountain as she could. Much to her detriment. Erica killed her, and Silver let it happen. Carmen was nice to him.
Putting the coffee cup and toothbrush down, he dips his head. He will never admit he carries all the powers of their defeated nemesis. People would exclude him. They would look at him in fear. They might drag him to the oak tree and hang him there for all to see. That will not be his future.
Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Marisa Noelle.
The Magic of Wor(l)ds
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