The Next Big Thing – Mari Collier

Mari is one of my friends at the Writers of Mass Distraction. It’s a group of writers who encourage each other in their writing endeavors– so here is Mari.

My writer friend, Cynthia Bagley, recently tagged me for a new adventure. At least it is new for me. It’s a Blog Hop entitled The Next Big Thing. The deal is: I answer a few questions about my current work-in-progress, and then I invite another author to do the same, and that author etc. A bit like a chain letter, except it is only focused on an author’s work-in-progress. Cynthia Bagley, was tagged previously by Zteve T Evans. He was tagged by Diane Jackson. I’ve included details of their blogs so you can explore their answers to the same questions.

The author I’ve chosen, Victoria Adams,  has been tagged. Below are my answers. So here goes:

1. What is the working title of your next book? Return Of The Maca.

2. Where did the idea come from for the book? This is the fourth book in a series. Llewellyn, Maca of Don, was condemned and tossed out of his home planet and stranded on Earth.

3. What genre does your book fall under? You would ask that. It’s a Sci-Fi, an Adventure, and Family Saga all in one. There isn’t a Family Saga without a dash of Romance, and this one is no different.

4. What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition? I haven’t watched that many current movies. Thalians are large, muscular people. Think of weight lifters on steroids. The Earth-Justine mutants are normal-sized humans and the Krepyons are a shorter, greenish-skinned race with scales on their cheeks.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? A Thalian-Justine mutant stranded on Earth returns with his Earth son to destroy the Justines, reclaim his heritage, and both will find danger, romance, and a Thalian counselor.

If the word counselor is puzzling, it is because that is the Thalian term for spouse. They are more gender neutral.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? I haven’t decided, nor have I tried to market it.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript? It seems like forever. I would write bits and pieces of it while I wrote my other novels about the mixed planetary races. I also added extensively to the notes I have on Thalia during that time. Once I started on it, probably about six months.

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? The Dune series by Frank Herbert and James Clavell’s novels are filled with adventure and families that stretch across the centuries.

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book? As I said, this is the fourth book of a series. It’s a story that just kept growing. I thought all the videos and voices of people in action would go away once I had written Gather The Children. That didn’t work. Everyone wanted their story to be told.

10. What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest? The cultures that have developed in another galaxy should interest many. The Thalians have different architectural skyline than ours.

Here are the blog links for my blogs, three novels, Facebook Author’s Page, Website, and short stories.

Mari Collier’s blog
Earthbound: Paperback, Kindle editionBarnes & Noble
Gather The Children: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Before We Leave: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple
Retail Wedding: SmashwordsBarnes & Noble
Once A Frog Always A Frog: SmashwordsBarnes & Noble

Thanks for letting me visit you today, Cynthia Bagley.

Don’t forget, Victoria Adams,  will be visiting Mari Collier’s blog next week.

Here are two more fun blogs to visit if you’ve read Cynthia’s. It is Lorelei Bell’s blog.

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10 thoughts on “The Next Big Thing – Mari Collier

  1. Thanks for the mention Mari. You should link my review of Gather the Children.
    I am one of the rare humans who has actually met this mysterious writer and I will attest she does not have scales on her cheeks but she knows so much about these people it’s scary. Do you think she might be one of them?

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