Guest Author Interview – M. Pax

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Title: FreeFall (The Backworlds Book 7)

Genre: Sci-Fi/Space Exploration

Synopsis: The first shot of a new war echoes through the galaxy. Craze has high hopes for what the alliance with an old enemy, the Foreworlds, will do to defeat a worse enemy, the Quassers.

The test of a highly-advanced weapon, created by the efforts of the alliance, pushes tensions over the brink and kills thousands. To make it worse, the Foreworld ambassador is keeping secrets.

Conventional warfare against the Quassers isn’t working, and if the alliance ends, Craze has become the most hated man in the galaxy for no reason.

With nothing left to lose, Craze sets in motion one last chance for survival.

M. Pax, Author

CH:  Today’s Guest Author is M. Pax.  She has been fascinated by space and what’s out there, since her childhood. Welcome to my blog, M. Pax.

CH: Please tell us in one sentence, why we should read your book about the far future?

MP: Humans constantly struggle against each other, but can we ever come together to fight a common foe?

CH: Was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from current real life and elaborate?

MP: My characters face real problems on made up worlds in an imagined future. As the series goes on, the problems become larger and how each character must decide how they want to survive, or if they do.

CH: With space exploration and colonization writing in mind, can you describe your writing style? What is different and exciting that you bring to your readers through your writing style?

MP: Terraforming takes a lot of resources and time. Instead, I genetically altered people to survive on different worlds. We haven’t moved too far from home; yet, still in the same spur of the Milky Way. My characters are regular people doing their best to cope with the aftermath of a war with another faction of humans. Now, a new threat comes along.

CH: Where do your ideas come from? Do you have a standard formula for plots or do stories come to you as a whole concept?

MP: My ideas come from everywhere. I was inspired by Firefly, one of my favorite shows.  Then, I heard a song on the radio. One of the lines said, “What if the good guys lost?” I used that as a premise. I usually start with the character arcs and where I want to take my characters. I add the big plot points and then, how I move from point-to-point isn’t always clear, until I’m writing.

CH: Why did you decide to write this book?

MP: The idea of The Backworlds was a short story at first. I submitted it to a big science fiction magazine, which rejected the story. The editor, however, sent me a page of feedback. There was a lot she liked about the story, and she pointed out where I could improve it. That was when ebooks were starting to take off. So, I expanded the idea and took the suggestions she made. So, here we are seven books into the series.

CH: Did you have to do any special research to write this book?

MP: I did research on physics and space travel. I’ve done research on mechanics and biology. I did research on making alcoholic beverages, too. My main character is a bartender.

CH: Who was your favorite character to write?

MP: The main character, Craze, is very comfortable for me to write. He came to me fully formed, and I can see and hear him very clearly when I write for him.

CH: Which character was hardest to write?

MP: The hardest is a character from Earth, Barnabus Manalo. His goals put him at odds with the other characters more often than not.

CH: When you wrote the first book in the series, did you realize it would be a series then?

MP: It began as a short story, which was actually the beginning of book 2. I wrote book 2 first, then the first book. Then, I realized it would be a series.

CH: Which book in the series was hardest to write?

MP: The sixth, Precipice. When I was halfway through, I received the worst phone call of my life. My baby brother had been found dead. It was so unexpected, so devastating. It broke my heart, and I didn’t know what to feel other than sad. A month later, my cat became ill. I nursed her for a month, but finally had to let her go. She was my constant companion, and my brother was one of my best friends. It’s probably the darkest book in the series, just because I was in a dark place. I poured a lot of my emotions into that story.

CH: Wow. That was a dark place and I can definitely understand why that book was hard to write. Your readers are on edge waiting on Book 8 in the series, when will it be released?

MP: I started a new job, which slowed me up a little. But I’ll be getting book 8 out in 2018. I can’t wait to start on it. The title is Endpoint.

CH: Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp?

MP: My stories are about regular people, who are dealt a bad hand, doing the best they can to survive. They find ways to be courageous and go on with life.

CH: Who are some of your sci-fi/fantasy writing influences?

MP: Arthur C. Clarke is one of my favorites. So are Ray Bradbury, Kurt Vonnegut, and Frank Herbert. John Scalzi writes a fantastic story, and I really enjoyed Lois McMaster Bujold’s series. The Valor series by Tanya Huff is a great favorite of mine, too.

CH: What has been the most exciting thing to happen on your publishing journey?

MP: The most exciting thing is fan mail and having devoted fans. It’s been a joy to connect with them and to continue writing for them.

CH: How to Find M. Pax:

CH: For my audience, where is your book sold?

MP: I sell wide: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, iTunes, Nook, Kobo, iBook, Googleplay, Bookcessories, and more.

CH: Any closing remarks?

MP: It’s been a pleasure meeting you, Cheryl. Wish we lived closer, so we could get together regularly and chat over a coffee. I love to write and will keep writing. Work life may slow me up, now and then, but I’ll keep writing. I have to. If I don’t write enough in a week, I get rather cranky.

CH: Thank you so much, M. Pax, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers.  It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience.  And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book.  I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience. 

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12 thoughts on “Guest Author Interview – M. Pax

  1. Great interview and I’m amazed that even though I’ve known Mary for ages I learned something new! I didn’t know that the Backworlds was originally a short story. Wow, so amazing what it has become!

    Nice to meet you, Cheryl!

    • Julie, it is surprising what you learn from an inquisitive interview. I try to ask questions that are off the beaten path. It was nice meeting you, too. Thanks for reading the interview.

  2. Hi Cheryl and Mary – great to read how Mary got her series going and where she’s taking it to. Losing a brother so young must be desperate – and the sadness never fades. Good luck with all your future writings – cheers Hilary

    • Hilary, it was a fantastic interview with so much insight into the author. A writer’s life can be especially difficult with the loss of loved ones and just like everyone else they have to grieve over time.

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  4. Thanks Cheryl for interviewing my most favorite author. The Backworlds series is fabulous. If you love sci-fi with great alien worlds and humans who are so different they are like aliens, you will love the Backworlds. Her other series The Rifters is pretty awesome as well. She also writes a mean short story and has dozens of little gems out there to read. I highly recommend M.Pax to anyone looking for a great author to read.

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