Greetings, lovely butterflies!
Today, I'm pleased to introduce to you, Marie Harbon, author of Seven Point Eight. She has a lot of similar spiritual interests as myself. I was absolutely mesmerized by her book and love how she blended metaphysical w/science to weave a stunning tapestry.
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Do you believe in parallel universes and why or why not??
MARIE HARBON INTERVIEW
What inspired you to become a writer?? What medium did you choose to start with?
It seemed a natural choice since I was a child, especially as I lived in my own imagination and had stories in my head, so to speak. I’ve always been drawn to the arts, as I used to draw a lot and particularly at the moment, I channel some of my creativity into textiles.
What character(s) of your book(s) do you most relate to??
I think certain elements of myself have crept into some of the characters. While Tahra is certainly a lot braver than me for exploring these other realities, her idea of doing something wonderful with her life has always been my driving factor. I think this has permeated through most of the main five characters. Her self-focus, need to be in control and rebellion is perhaps drawn from that same driven side of myself. The need to challenge both authority and established ways of thinking is quite the thing for me too. When she connects with someone, she really connects but otherwise, she’s very choosy and I can recognise that as a trait of mine too.
How do you visualize your stories? By dreams? Inner monologue with your characters, dreams, etc.?
Generally, I allow a scene to play out in my head. The characters tend to drive what they will say and do, sometimes they surprise me. Early in the morning and a good lie in offers the perfect opportunity to allow a story to unfold; I find I’m most receptive during these moments. It’s really important to immerse yourself in the feel and the lives of the characters.
What is your writing ritual? Music?? Silence? Meditation?
I find music can really key in a scene and help me visualize what’s going on, but it can be a little distracting at times when I’m writing. For writing, I find late night style radio offers some great background tunes; the more eclectic and leftfield, the better.
What inspired you to write Seven Point Eight?
All the things that I love; the paranormal, mystery, intrigue, fantastical worlds, alternate realities, metaphysics…. I had a vision of the Universe and an understanding of the meaning of everything that I needed to communicate, to set against the backdrop of other people’s lives so that we can unfold life’s greatest mysteries through their eyes. The contexts of human life are so important too, not only because we can relate to them but due to the fact they have significance in the purpose of the universe.
If you could be a book genre? Which one would you choose and why??
Hmmm, I love paranormal yet for sheer scope and epic potential, it has to be science fiction.
What knowledge do you want to share with aspiring authors like myself??
As John Locke says, ‘Write for the people who love your books, not for those who don’t’. You can never please everyone and nor should you try to. I’ve broken a lot of rules with my first novel and I’m not afraid to challenge people’s beliefs. Rock the boat if you need to. Feedback is relevant if there are repeat themes, but otherwise, if someone doesn’t like your style or ideas, there are plenty that do so focus on these readers.
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 5 things would you bring and why??
My laptop (complete with music files too!), an electrical generator, notepad and pens so that I can write and be inspired, plus a boat.
How many books if any do you see in the future for Seven Point Eight??
There are five books in all, so four more to go. The First Chronicle lays much of the groundwork for the whole series and in each chronicle, we learn a little more about the number until we get the whole picture. In The Second Chronicle, we learn of the after effects of the experiment and see the other realities in more detail. The love triangle becomes more complicated and we see a much darker side to some of the characters too. We also see the two story threads converge. Throughout the series we deal with the number, time travel, reincarnation, karma and the purpose of the five main characters lives in connection with The Second Time.
What other books do you have to write or be written in the horizon??
Apart from this series, I have the screenplay for The First Chronicle to complete, the novel of The Second Chronicle plus a number of other screenplay and novel projects. I have a paranormal/psychological screenplay/novella planned for next year called ‘Critical Mass’ and a supernatural road trip titled ‘Eight Days’ scheduled after The Second Chronicle, in both screenplay and novel format. Who knows what else I can fit in!
If you could have dinner with anyone alive or dead? Who would it be and why??
I can’t explain why, but I’d choose the deceased actor, Steve McQueen.
If you could time travel, what time period would you go to and why??
I’d have to plump for the future; we already know a lot about the past so why not go for the unknown? On the other hand, I love fringe history so would love to go back about 12,000 years and look for Atlantis. Maybe I had a past life there ;-)
How do you write your books?? By the seat of your pants? Or is it plotted out in advance??
There is always a plan for my books, as the plots are so complex and I have to keep track of the multiple story threads. However, saying that, sometimes the characters have other ideas! It’s not uncommon that the story will direct itself to some extent and forge its own path. I think in reality you need structure and flexibility; we are, as creative artists, merely conduits for the creative power of the universe.
Here is a twist...5 words or less, what comes to your mind first??
Rainbow – hippies and festivals
Moon – tides of our emotions
Fantasy - our boundless imagination
Sanity – curse of the unimaginative
Panther – my lead character, Tahra
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‘Seven Point Eight: The First Chronicle’ can be found on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle format, Barnes and Noble as a paperback and Nook Book, or also through Smashwords. It goes into a 2nd, more YA friendly edition in the New Year.
Thanks for your review, Heather and for welcoming me to your blog :-D