Long and Short Reviews welcomes Miss Mae, whose latest book Through a Glass Darkly is her debut into the SFF-Romance realm. I asked her to share the blurb with us.
"Computer viruses no longer exist, yet Vexen’s medical transport is held hostage by one. The hologram engineered to combat the deadly program develops an identity crisis. An alien intruder is discovered stowed away in the cargo bay. And the evil reptilian Delphan demands immediate surrender of her ship. Can anything else possibly go wrong?"
Miss Mae was requested to make It's Extraordinary, My Dear Winifred into a series. However, in the original version she used the names Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty. She contacted Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's estate to see if she had permission to do so. They told her that would be fine, however she would have to buy a license, so she reconsidered the names, masking them as "Mr. X" and "Mr. M."
"Currently, I think the story has a fitting ending as is. But if I should decide to again write of Miss Winifred Merryweather and Remington Hawthorne, I can tell you where the locale would be set -- the pyramids of Egypt! Ah, so many false rooms and trap doors in one of those to get lost in!" she explained.
The hardest part of writing for Miss Mae is the actual doing. To be able to find a quiet place and be left alone so the thoughts are allowed to flow.
"Doesn’t happen. If it’s not hubby’s interruptions, then it’s the three dogs who either want in, want out, want to eat, want in my lap, want me to nap so they can nap too, bark at imaginary things, bark at real things -- you know, all the happenings of joyful dog ownership," she said with a smile. "I always write better when I’m simply not bothered!"
Her husband is now retired and is at home 98% of the time, so Miss Mae doesn't really have a schedule to write. She wishes she did.
"Don’t get me wrong. I love him being retired, and love that I can count on him to be close by," she told me. "However, with all the constant, daily interruptions, it’s extremely difficult to find blocks of minutes to concentrate, let alone type out pages and pages of plot. I usually have to grab the time when he’s either napping or out bicycling."
Miss Mae can't listen to music while she's writing. She's hard of hearing, so would have to have the music turned up very loud. What makes it bad is that the words of the song fill her mind, distract her, and instead of dialog or plot, she winds up typing the lyrics of the song!
"What is your most embarrassing moment?" I wondered.
"Ooh, that has to be when I was 13, and in eighth grade. You know, that awful awkward stage when you’ve reached puberty and REALLY notice the boys, and pray that maybe, just maybe they might notice you too. Well, one day they noticed me all right. Yep. Math class was held in an outside building called the TDY room. When a friend and I arrived, the door was shut. Stuck fast. Arms loaded with books, I didn’t have a free hand to turn the knob. I bumped against the door with my hindy, and why in the world my friend didn’t warn me of her impending action, I’ll never know. But at the same time I gave a second, harder bump, she raised her leg and thumped it against the wood. That door popped open, I fell flat on my tush, and the room erupted with deafening guffaws. My moment of fame, folks, that I’ve made certain has never been repeated!"
If Miss Mae were stranded on a desert island and were only allowed to have five modern conveniences with her, she would choose a flush toilet, unlimited quantity of toilet paper, a ladder to climb up coconut trees, a hammer to crack open those coconuts, and bug spray.
"Can I also say that I’d never be stranded ANYWHERE, desert or otherwise, without my hubby? I mean, come on. You didn’t think I was going to climb those coconut trees, did you??? "
"If we looked, what would we find under your bed?"
"Do I have to be honest?" she asked with a laugh. "Well, last time I checked was a plastic container where I’d stashed breakable knick-knacks. When they set in the open on the knick-knack shelf they collected way too much dust. So…under the bed they went. The knick-knacks themselves are now free from dust, but that container lives under about a foot of it!"
Miss Mae's favorite food is chocolate. She loves chocolate fudge, chocolate pudding, chocolate chip cookies, cake, ice cream…you name it. Least favorite -- anything that is considered seafood.
"Well, not everything I guess as I do eat tuna fish sandwiches," she qualified. "But forget about oysters, squid, catfish, shrimp…yuck! All that stuff is just too 'fishy'!"
When she's not writing, she enjoys spending time with family (which includes her dogs).
"When my husband’s mother was ill last year, we were under a lot of stress, as anyone who’s tended to an aging parent knows. Since he’s the first-born and only son, he carried the bulk of responsibility for her welfare (though his sisters were exceptional in their care and attention). Yet, this meant more and more time away from me so he could be at his mother’s side. In all the years we’d been married, we’d never been separated, and both of us knew this was something we don’t want to be repeated. His mother passed away in May, so now he and I enjoy visiting, traveling, sight-seeing -- all the things we hadn’t done before."
Finally, I asked, "Do you have a favorite quote or saying?"
"Yes, taken from the book of Proverbs: Prov. 30:18, 19. It reads: ‘There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not: The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a man with a maid.’
"The last sentence, ‘the way of a man with a maid’ always thrills me because just the thought of it --the way a man flirts with a woman that he’s set his cap for-- is incredibly romantic. King Solomon knew exactly how to pen that. Remember, this man kept over 1000 women!"
About the Author: www.MissMaeSite.com
Miss Mae also enjoys writing humor and non-fiction articles. Besides her monthly contributions to the ezine American Chronicle, some of her publications can be found in The Front Porch Magazine, Good Old Days, and WritersWeekly.
She co-mod’s The Sweetest Romance Authors Yahoo Group, a group of romance authors who guarantee their stories adhere to a G-rating. Visit our blog at http://thesweetestromanceauthors.blogspot.com.
Her alter ego, M.M. also has her first children’s/humor book, The Mishaps of Gum Drop Island available in digital download at Smashwords and Kindle, and now in print at Amazon.
She also designs eBook covers. View some samples at her site: www.MissMaeSite.com/designingbookcovers.htm
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