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Today I’m on the ‘Quest for Atlantis’ 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.
MERMAIDS ARE BEING HUNTED…
They are no longer safe in the human world…
When one of her closest mermaid friends is imprisoned in a science lab for investigation, Cordelia insists on taking up the quest to find the lost island of Atlantis, a sanctuary for all the water species. But the island is guarded by the dragon kings, an ancient and formidable race who are determined to keep it for themselves.
Together with her best friends and her boyfriend, Wade, they must travel to distant pockets of the earth to collect the three magical jewels that open the portal to Atlantis.
But no one remembers how the jewels work, instructions are non-existent, and tensions are rife as Wade’s ex-girlfriend, Stephanie, appears on the scene. Plus, Cordelia must learn to harness her own emerging powers and discover if she really is the fire mermaid.
With the support of Wade’s parents, Stephanie is determined to win him back and Cordelia’s heart breaks as she watches the love of her life waver. They must be united in their quest, or the jewels will refuse to reveal themselves.
If they can’t repair their broken relationship and defeat the dragon kings, the mermaids will be captured by the humans and face the threat of extinction.
First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂
Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I’ve always been a book worm, but it didn’t occur to me to write until much later. When I struggled with an anxiety disorder during univeristy, I turned to poetry to help me express my feelings and found that when I was writing, I was finally not worrying! After trying my hand at a novel, I realzed I needed tuition and went away and learned how to write. Got bitten by the bug, and have never looked back!
Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
My love for books started with Dr Seuss and Richard Scary books my parents read to me as a child. I think Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm was my first independent read. I moved very quickly onto Nancy Drew and devoured all things Victoria Holt. I fell in love with horror when I was around 11 and started reading Dean Koontz and Stephen King. I love anything dark!
Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
Dean koontz. He’s my favourite author and I find the way he builds tension phenomenal. He writes very short chapters and often has many character POVS, and yet I get invested and care for each character very quickly. I want to know how he does that!!!!
If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
I’d love to have Silver from my trilogy The Unadjusteds and Katniss from The Hunger Games at the same time. I think they’d get on and I’d love to hear them talk about their experienes together. They’ve both been through hell, so a group therapy session might be called for!
Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
Nothing particulary different. I need silence – can’t write with music. I like to plot on a a spreadsheet before I start writing. I drink a lot of tea. I like to ensure I have a few blank weeks ahead of me to get down an entire first draft as I hate the flow to be interupted by a holiday or something.
Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
Ha! My ideas come from a combination of places. Often I’ll dream about something I think can work. But as I’m drawn to the darker side of things there is plenty of inspiration out there in terms of books, TV, and personal experiences. My inspiration for Quest for Atlantis comes from my love of the ocean. It’s my happy place. And I love mermaids, any paranormal/supernatural creature. The myth of the lost island of Atlantis has always fascinated me and I wanted to explore where it might be!
Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
Very much a plotter. I like to mull an idea over for a few months and make notes on a spreadsheet. Then I get to organizing my spreadsheet, making sure I have my character motivations and a scene break down. This can often change as I start writing and the characters take over, but I like to have an idea of where I’m going and what their arcs are. Although my current book, a YA Dracula retelling, is a little looser than usual! I think becuase I’ve been plotting it in my head for most of this year!
Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
Don’t DM agents on social media and do make sure you follow their submission rules carefully. You dont want to waste your opportunity. Perseverance is key. If writing is what you want, youc an’t give up, but there are different roads to getting here, so be open to different opportunities. Find your tribe. It’s lonely out there. Rejections sting. If you can band together with a group at a similar step in the journey, it’s so much easier.
What are your futureplans as an author?
World Domination. Ha! I am a bit of a hybrind author. So so far most of my books are self-published or through small indie presses. I do have an agent too. I’m currently on sub with my YA cli-fi novel Plastic, that I like to think of as Jaws meets the environment. I have a ton more books planned and written so will continue to go the hybrid way until something gives in the traditional path (fingers crossed). I’m also learnign to screen write and have written the first episode in The Unadjusteds trilogy, which has interest from a producer.
Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
Absolutely. Quest for Atlantis has a Romeo and Juliety story with complicated love triangles and love squares…this is one of my favourite scenes…
“Who can that be?” Dad said, going for the door.
Wade set his jaw into a tight line. He knew exactly who it was.
“I’m sorry it’s early, but I figured they’d be back by now, and I couldn’t wait to see what was happening. My son’s cell phone seems to be switched off.” Christina Waters, Wade’s mother, barged into the house, shooting her son a reproving look. She removed her dark sunglasses and fussed with a silk scarf coiled at her neck. The pattern was of different types of sharks. “Please forgive me.”
Two other people entered behind her. Wade’s sister Marina, who I’d taken an immediate liking to when I met her last Christmas, and a much taller girl I’d never seen before. Woman, not girl. She was simply beautiful, and I hated her instantly. With flowing blonde hair, stylish bangs, legs that seemed to reach all the way to China, and a smile so wide that dimples caused her cheeks to crinkle adoringly, Stephanie Bowers entered my life. Her tan was deep and golden, something I could never hope to achieve with my red hair and translucent skin. She smiled at Wade and held her arms open.
“Wade-y,” she cried.
Wade-y? I narrowed my eyes at this blonde bombshell of charm exploding in my front room.
Wade reluctantly removed himself from my side and went to meet her.
“Stephanie,” he said.
“It’s so good to see you, and my haven’t you grown.” She fingered one of his biceps and then threw her arms around his neck.
Maya’s jaw dropped open and then closed again when I frowned at her. Wade tried to disentangle himself from Stephanie, but she kept her arms firmly wrapped around his neck and let a kiss linger on his cheek. The gall of her.
“Stephanie,” Wade said curtly, a reprimand in his voice, and removed himself from her grasp.
“Sorry, old habits…” she smiled that irritating smile again.
Her eyes came to rest on me, and she offered a hand. I took a few seconds to mark my territory with the wariest look I was capable of, then shook her hand, noting smugly that the smile had slipped from her lips.
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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