Why, hello there, nice to see you and welcome to Day 10 of the 18 Days of Christmas Giveaways. First off I have a special note to sure in regards to Day 9. There was a glitch with Mr. Raffecopter, so please remember to go back and enter yesterdays giveaway!
Now, I've been lucky enough to interview Maer Wilson! She's with us today not only for the Christmas Giveaways, but to introduce her latest release, Portals, as part of the Portals Virtual Tour from December 14- December 22!
The Giveaway Today is:
An Ecopy of Portals
The Rafflecopter Task of the Day is:
Subscribe to Maer Wilson's Website
Welcome to the Blog Maer!
Can you tell us a bit about yourself? How about in five words or less.
Author, actor, gamer, teacher, friend. How’s that?
Now why don’t you tell us a bit about (recent book)? In five words or less, of course JMagic returns to Earth.
What is your least favourite Holiday Tradition?What an interesting question! As a kid I hated going to public Easter Egg Hunts. The big kids got everything and the little kids were left with empty little baskets. I was a little kid – maybe 4 or 5 years old - with my empty little basket. I think we only went to that once, though. That or I blanked out other years. I was really excited about getting to play treasure hunt, but it was useless. There were no eggs for the little kids. I think I got a giant chocolate bunny from my parents to make up for it, but it wasn’t about the prize. I was interested in the game itself.
You've decided to give everyone you know your two favourite books for Christmas, what are they and why?Hmm, the least I can do is give them boxed sets of A Song of ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin and the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Martin’s because he’s a brilliant writer and Rowling’s because she’s a brilliant storyteller.
What is the book that you are most looking forward to in 2014?I doubt it will be 2014, but I’m very curious to read the next book in Martin’s ASoIF series.
How did you get your start in writing, was it always your dream?No, it wasn’t a dream at all until recently. I started and completed my first novel in 2010. It was more of a lark than anything: sort of a let’s see if I can do this. I just decided to try it one day and wrote like a whirlwind until it was done. Of course, writing that fast means I edit slowly and I had a lot of work to do on that first book before it was ready to be published. Still it was published three years later and that’s not too bad in the scheme of things.
What was the hardest scene to write in Portals?Portals expands on what happens when magic returns to Earth, with a lot of different things going on. It’s a transitional book, and was a lot of fun to write. I did have to make sure the rationale for the magic system worked on several levels. It was a lot of fun putting together, but I did run some things by some outside sources I don’t usually use.
What is one lesson you would tell aspiring writers that you've learned.Keep the fire burning. If you really want to write, you need to be your own cheerleading section at times and keep yourself in the game. Don’t let negativity or your own lack of confidence get in the way. Believe in yourself and just do it. That is probably a lot easier to say than do for some folks, but they just need to stay positive.
Thanks, again for letting me chat with your readers, Avery. J
Thanks so much for letting me interview you! Now, let's check out the Portals cover and blurb!!
For supernatural detectives Thulu and La Fi, “normal” is a relative term. La Fi is a medium, Thulu is a finder, and their usual clients are already dead.
But when their friend Reo is shot, and a group of stranded angels show up at their house for help to find a missing child, things are striking too close to home.
And now the portals that let the magical races return to Earth have started opening on their own.
With trips off-world, a kidnapped psychic and changes to their own abilities, Thulu and La Fi are hit with a lot more than they usually handle. Of course, their magical friends are there to help, but even they may not be enough to save an increasingly unstable Earth.
Portals is the sequel to Relics and is Book 2 in The Thulukan Chronicles.
Portals is the sequel to Relic, so if you haven't picked up a copy of Relics yet, here are the buy links!
Now let's find out a bit about the author behind Portals and Relic and if you want to stalk her, click the links below!
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 and writes for two gaming fansites. Maer lives in the high desert of Southern Nevada with her two dogs, a chihuahua and a poodle. Portals is Book 2 in The Thulukan Chronicles. You can find all books and novelettes in The Thulukan Chronicles at Amazon.
Don't forget to come back tomorrow. Avery Olive (that's me!) will take over the 18 Days of Christmas Giveaways with the Cover, Blurb and exclusive excerpt reveal of her latest novel, Won't Let Go!
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