I am so excited to welcome a friend and fresh new voice in Urban Fantasy to the blog! Thanks for being here, Maer.
Kary, thanks so much for having me on your blog!
Can you tell us about your story and how you came up with the idea?
Relics is a Contemporary Fantasy that takes place in San Francisco and follows the exploits of husband and wife detectives, Thulu and La Fi. The couple’s clients are usually dead, which is fine with them since they work only with the supernatural – dead, undead, whatever. But their simple job to find lost relics for an ancient daemon turns into a grand adventure when the creatures of myth and magic return to Earth, confirming that humans are definitely not alone. Relics is Book 1 of The Thulukan Chronicles.
I got the idea from Thulu and La Fi’s names. The names actually came from nicknames I was going to give two gaming friends, but the characters were there laying claim to the names and telling me their story so I just went with it.
The following questions are general. Feel free to answer, edit, or delete at will.
Looking back over all of the intimate moments you’ve created between characters, which scene would you most like to experience for yourself? What makes it so alluring?
I love Thulu and La Fi’s ritual of sitting in their window seat at night and looking out at the lights of San Francisco. This is their time to review their day or just sit and share the silence.
Which genres do you write in and why?
I write in Urban Fantasy, but it really is an amalgamation of others as well. There’s mystery, adventure and paranormal. There’s even a touch of sci fi once you get into Book 2. I love fantasy and this was just the natural result of what I like to read.
What are you currently working on?
I’m working on Book 3 of The Thulukan Chronicles, but I can’t say much about it without giving away spoilers for Book 2.
Do you have any writing quirks?
I love to listen to film and gaming soundtracks while I write.
What gets you into the mood to write?
Usually I’m ready to dive into my characters’ world whenever I can. Especially if I start chatting with someone I’m ready to stop talking and get to writing.
Any words of advice to aspiring authors?
I would strongly recommend that they get several good beta readers who can give constructive feedback. They should pick someone whose opinions and advice they respect and be willing to listen to that advice. That means they should use caution when choosing their betas. I also recommend that they polish their work. One big issue I see is when writers rush their work. I think a lot potential for a far better book is lost when they do that.
And finally, is there anything you would like to share?
I also have a literary podcast called MythBehaving where we have some pretty great guests. I’d like to invite your readers to stop by and give us a listen. They can find us at http://mythbehaving.com/.
Former actor and Southern Nevada resident Maer Wilson joined the ranks of published authors on May 1, 2013. Wilson’s first book, Relics, is published by Crescent Moon Press. Relics is a Contemporary Fantasy that takes place in San Francisco and follows the exploits of husband and wife detectives, Thulu and La Fi. The couple’s clients are usually dead, which is fine with them since they work only with the supernatural. But their simple job to find lost relics for an ancient daemon turns into a grand adventure when the creatures of myth and magic return to Earth, confirming that humans are definitely not alone. You can find more information about Wilson and Relics at http://maerwilson.com/ and http://crescentmoonpress.com/books/Relics.html.
Most of Thulu and La Fi’s clients are dead. Which is perfect since their detective agency caters to the supernatural. So, a job finding relics for an ancient daemon should be simple.
The daemon needs the relics to keep a dangerous portal closed. His enemy, Gabriel, wants the relics to open the portal and give his people access to a new feeding ground – Earth.
Stunning humanity with their existence, portals to other worlds begin to open and the creatures of magic return to Earth.
When Gabriel threatens their family, Thulu and La Fi’s search becomes personal. The couple will need powerful allies in the race to find the relics before Gabriel does. But maybe that’s what grateful dead, magical allies and daemonic clients are for.
When the creatures of myth and magic return to Earth, they’re nothing like your mother’s fairy tales.
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. She lives in the high desert of Southern Nevada with her two dogs, a chihuahua and a poodle. Relics is her first novel and is published by Crescent Moon Press. It’s currently available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. You can visit her website at maerwilson.com.
Praise for Relics
“‘Relics’ is a powerful read which will challenge long-held perceptions of good vs. evil and Light vs. Dark well after the book is finished.” Diane M. Haynes, author of Rift Healer, YA finalist in the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence.
“In Relics, author Maer Wilson takes everything you think you know about the creatures of the fantasy world and twists it around to create a unique and engaging story.” Constance Philips, author of Resurrecting Harry and Fairyproof.
“The perfect paranormal detective, Wilson’s unique and suspenseful tale pulls you in and doesn’t let go.” Jean Murray, author of Soul Awakened and Soul Reborn.
Maer’s Website: http://maerwilson.com/
Maer’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Maer-Wilson-Author/149085628472833
Maer’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/MaerWilson
Relics at Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17767013-relics
Relics Paperback at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Relics-Maer-Wilson/dp/1939173310/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_t_1_E8ZZ
Relics Kindle at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Relics-ebook/dp/B00CLB6HUI/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_t_1_DARZ
Relics at Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/relics-maer-wilson/1115158495?ean=9781939173317
Relics – The Book Trailer link on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=un2PHs5oGwg
Relics – Excerpt
I must have lost track of time because I heard a voice say, “You’re going to turn into a prune.”
“Mhmm,” I answered.
The door opened. A cool draft of air wafted my way, swirling the steam in the shower. I peeked out to see Thulu shutting the door behind him. It was a great view.
“So, have I ever mentioned that I’m a soul reader?”
I moved forward to clear the small waterfall and gave him a suspicious look. One never knew with Thulu.
“No, I don’t think you’ve shared that bit of information.”
“I’m quite good at it, actually.” He sat on one of the side seats and motioned to the one across from him. I moved to the other seat.
Nodding, he continued, “I’m quite surprised you didn’t know this. In some circles, I’m known as the Great and Wonderful Reader of Souls.”
“Oh, really? I’m shocked that this could have escaped my attention all these years.”
“Well, this is the perfect time for me to read yours. Being that you’re all pruney.”
I looked at my hands. They were pretty pruney. I shrugged and held out my hand palm up.
“Oh, honestly, love. Not your hand. Give me your foot.”
I giggled. “Okay you meant ‘sole’ reader.”
He nodded. “Absolutely. The lines in the sole of the foot can tell a lot about a person’s future,” he added wisely.
“Uh-huh, I’ll bite.” I lifted my foot and rested it on his knee. Thulu peered intently at it for a moment.
“Aha! I see that tomorrow your adoring husband will let you sleep in and then cook a wonderful breakfast.”
“Thulu!” I protested. “You can’t predict things that you can make happen. It doesn’t count.”
He looked at me in mock disbelief. “Do you question the Great and Wonderful Reader of Soles?”
“I’m just saying it doesn’t count to say something is going to happen when you know very well you are the one who can make it happen.”
“Does that mean you don’t want breakfast?”
“I didn’t say that.” I backtracked a bit. “Just that you are making a self-fulfilling prophecy.”
He ignored me and peered at the bottom of my foot once again. “I also see in your future –” He looked in my eyes, then back at my foot. “There’s some fog here. No, wait a moment. I don’t think it’s fog. I think – yes, I’m sure of it. I see shower steam.” He looked up again, dimpling at me. “I foresee, in your very near future, fabulous shower sex.”
I watched him closely. He raised an eyebrow.
“Aren’t you going to make a smart-ass comment about more self-fulfilling prophecies?” he asked innocently.
“No, I think I’ll just let you fulfill that prophecy.”