Instead of my usual Friday Reflections blog today, I’m participating in a blog hop from an author group I belong to, known as ASMSG. For that, I am interviewing and featuring my friend, Maer Wilson, who writes in the paranormal, urban fantasy, and sci-fi genres. At the bottom of this post you’ll be able to view all the other great authors participating in this blog hop and, if you check them out, you’ll discover some great writers there. My focus, however, is on Maer Wilson.

Maer AuthorHi Maer, and welcome to The Dracula Chronicles blog. Please introduce yourself to my readers.

Maer: Thanks for having me on your blog, Shane. I’m an author and former stage actor. I play online video games, teach college part-time and of course, read. I produce and co-host the literary podcast, MythBehaving. I live in the high desert of Southern Nevada with my two dogs, a chihuahua and a poodle.

And tell us something of your writing.

Maer: I currently have an Urban Fantasy/Sci Fi series out: The Thulukan Chronicles. There are two books (Relics and Portals) and three novelettes out so far, with the third book, Magics, coming out Summer, 2014. The series is set present day, and covers what happens when magic returns to Earth. The novelettes are Paranormal Mystery prequels to the main events in the books.

I am reading the novelettes at the moment, and enjoying them immensely. Reviews will follow soon. Can you say anything about where your passion and flair for writing began?

Maer: I’ve been telling stories all my life, but I only began writing novels about four years ago. Prior to that, almost all of my writing was centered around the Theatre – character studies for my stage roles and such. I tried my hand at a play back in 2000, a Musical Fantasy, but it was awful. I did rewrite it as a screenplay, which turned out much closer to what I wanted and maybe one day I’ll do something with it.

What made you write specifically in the Urban Fantasy genre? Is that the genre you normally read? Were there any other influences involved?

Maer: It’s definitely one of the ones I read. I basically wrote what I like to read. The series is genre-bending: Urban Fantasy, with strong Sci Fi elements and a splash of Paranormal. The novelettes are Paranormal Mystery since they take place prior to the main events in Relics. The Urban Fantasy elements come into play in Book 1, Relics, with the return of the elves, goblins, unicorns and other creatures of myth and magic to Earth.

On that same note, what do you like to read? What writers do you read the most?

Maer: I read lot of different genres, but Fantasy and Sci Fi are my favorites. I also read Horror, Mystery, Thriller, and mainstream fiction. The same goes for my fave writers – the list is super long, but some of my top picks are George R.R. Martin, J.K. Rowling, Robin Hobb, Isaac Asimov, Stephen King and Dean Koontz.

Some great names there, and some of my favourites among them. Do you watch movies with an Urban Fantasy / Sci Fi theme too?

Maer: Absolutely! I love both genres. My watch list is often made up of one or the other.

You write a lot about ghosts. Do you have any experiences with ghosts that you would be willing to share?

Maer: I’ve never experienced anything like what I write about. While La Fi sees the dead, I have a much more mundane existence. ☺

Your two main characters, La Fi and Thulu. Are they based on anyone you know? How did they materialise?

Maer: They grew from their names. I used to play World of Warcraft and this couple had similar names, so I was going to give them nicknames to make it easier to tell them apart. As I started to give type in the nicknames, I realized that these were characters. I erased the message and never told them. Instead, I kept the names for myself and began telling their story.

World of Warcraft? I’m glad I never got involved with that one. I often visualise known movie stars when I am writing my characters. If La Fi and Thulu were ever featured in a movie, who would you like to see playing the roles?

Maer: Jennifer Lawrence for La Fi and Chris Hemsworth for Thulu.

Lol okay, that is NOT how I imagined them. You never described Thulu as being 6’6 with muscles everywhere. Anyway, as you know, this is a vampire/horror blog… allegedly. Do these interest you as well? Do you have a favourite vampire book or movie?

Maer: I love vampires! In fact, in college I played Lucy in a stage version of Dracula. I loved that I had real dental caps for my fangs (and not just the plastic ones). They were indistinguishable from real fangs. When I first wore them I lisped when I talked, so I had to wear them a lot to get used to speaking. One day, I forgot I had them in and went to the store and the cashier was giving me very odd looks. I couldn’t figure out why until I got home and happened to glance in the mirror and saw them that I had left my fangs in. As to books, I’ve read a ton of vampire books. I devoured everything Anne Rice wrote and Lestat is probably still my favorite.

LOL that is so funny! And what is next for Maer Wilson?

Maer: I’m in revisions on the third book in my series, Magics. I’m also working on a Biography/Memoir based on the author Philip K Dick, who was a friend of mine the last ten years of his life. I have a Historical Fantasy I’m also writing and a new Sci Fi series waiting in the wings.

Thanks for joining us today, Maer, do you have anything else to add?

Maer: Thanks for letting me stop by and share my series with you and your readers.

Ghost Dancer smAbout Ghost Dancer

Ten-year-old Danika Samms was going to be a dancer. She was even going to be on TV for a big national contest. Until a serial killer put an end to her dreams. Now her ghost has come to Thulu and La Fi to save her dog from the killer. La Fi is a medium and Thulu is a finder and together they find justice for the dead.

The detectives take the case, but they find more than a lost pup. They discover a heartbreaking secret and a seasoned killer already on the prowl for his next victim. And this time their walk on the darker side of the paranormal puts their own lives at risk.

“Ghost Dancer” is the third novelette from The Thulukan Chronicles.

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. 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.

Blog Hop Dates

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