Hi, Groovy Lee.
Your book “A body resurrected” combines the literary genres of suspense, sci-fi, romance and has a bit of time travel element to it, e.g. one of your characters pops in the first chapter with knowledge and technology of the modern times, yet it’s still a cohesive story. How did you manage to pull that off (without losing your mind, lol)?
Writing keeps me sane, Alexis. If I couldn’t write, then I would lose my mind. And, you know how it is with characters, you just write what they tell you to.
If you had to pitch your book to a group of readers or potential buyers (Say the buyers for the biggest book retailers in the country), what aspects of it would you highlight? The plot? The dialogue? The time period in which it is set? Or something else?
I would say the plot. A serial killer from space; two bounty-hunters sent from the planet Aut to capture him; and the strong women of the same family line who become their allies. Then you throw in the love element, of course.
When we first meet one of your main protagonists, Mira, she’s located in Egypt. What type of research did you do in order to do the country and the culture of Egypt in the year 3303 B.C. justice? Did you run into any difficulties?
I can only hope I did it justice. I read a lot about Egypt from books and on the internet. And I watched movies like, ‘The Scorpion King’, (don’t laugh), The Ten Commandments, Gods of Egypt, etc. It wasn’t difficult, I love the history of Egypt, and it’s easy to write about the things you love.
Let’s talk about the cover of your book. Why did you decide to go with that particular image and what did you mean for it to convey to readers?
I found the closest image I could that looked like the museum Tina works in. And the blue ball of lightning above it is the entity that clawed through the top of it and gave Demen life again. I’m hoping that when readers get to that point in the book, they will instantly get the meaning of the cover.
Tell me more about your main characters. I’d love if you’d include some personality traits of each one.
MIRA is a sweet Egyptian girl who’s a wonderful big sister and daughter; and probably never would have had any idea how strong and courageous she could be as a woman if Weir had not come into her life. TINA continues that strong female trait as she comes up against DEMEN. She’s the type that would be content with settling for a nice boyfriend, and remaining single her entire life; she’s also funny at times, and is very protective of her grandmother, BITSY. Q, the very handsome visitor from the planet Aut, with hair to die for, has to be admired for his strength in standing face to face with evil when the moment calls for it. But he has a soft side that’s kind and respectful toward women.
I read “A body resurrected” and my favorite scenes were those between Tina and Rihanna. I took the liberty of copying one exchange.
“He likes you,” Tina bumped against Rihanna as they strolled down the hallway. “Who? Texas?” “No, the other guy with the two horns standing in the corner. Of course, Texas. I’m sure you’ve noticed the way he looks at you.” “Honey, all men look at me that way.”
Rihanna has the baddest lines, lol. Was the dialogue between the two of them easy to write? And did the same goes for the rest of the dialogue in the book?
Their interaction between one another made it very easy to write and a lot of fun. All I did was mentally watch them interact, and wrote down what I heard. I love writing about the relationship of two best friends. And I like to think the dialogue between all my characters elicit such thought provoking words as “baddest”, or heartwarming throughout the book, and sometimes causes laughter to break out.
You’ve written a lot of books. Do you have a favorite?
Just like any good mother would say, No, I don’t. They are all different in their own way, I love every last one of my characters, and my books make me proud. I get excited each time I have to let go of their hands, hit that publish button and hope they shine. I know, you can tell I’m a mother—right?
Have you started thinking about your next book or are you still in recovery-mode?
I have one more book to release this year. It’s in draft stage; a romantic/suspense about a family heirloom that gives the holder of it complete power over a billion-dollar dynasty. Family members are killing one another to get it. The protagonist has no idea it’s in her possession, but someone does. After this, I think I’ll go into recovery mode, clean the house, see if my daughter remembers me.
Groovy, thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions for me. I have just one question left for you. You’ve been at this for a while and have managed to publish an impressive body of work. As a bit of a veteran, do you have any advice you can offer to indie authors just starting out?
Alexis, you are too kind. Okay, I’m going to get long-winded here: Be prepared. Writing is the easy part. It’s what follows that’s the hardest—marketing, promoting, selling your talent. Learn your craft by reading reference books and/or taking classes. What’s in our heads don’t always come out the same on paper, and it’s so important to know how to sharpen that skill. Join Goodreads where you’ll meet so many wonderful authors and readers whose advice and support is priceless. Not everyone is going to like what you write; that’s okay. Just be happy about the ones that can’t wait for your next book. Keep writing. And last but not least—HAVE FUN!
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Sixteen year-old Mira is an Egyptian girl who lives a quiet life in her small village in Lower Egypt 3303 B.C.E. But two visitors from the planet Aut are about to change that. The first “flying metal” that whips across the sky carries a murderous plague by the name of Demen. The second one that follows, brings a bounty-hunter named Weir. Against her father’s wishes, Mira becomes Weir’s accomplice in his mission to apprehend Demen before another woman dies by his hands.
But there’s a problem: Demen is now a powerful Pharaoh in the city of Sharkura. Will apprehending him cost Weir and Mira their lives?
Almay, California, USA, twenty-first century:
Tina Leggs oversees the artifacts and exhibits of the Graham-Arlee museum. She has no idea that the mummy exhibit that’s drawing huge crowds, is the same Demen that her ancestor, Mira, bravely faced centuries ago.
Demen is no longer a powerful Pharaoh. Now, he’s nothing more than a museum exhibit since he was discovered in the Valley of the Kings. But a rare occurrence will give him life once more. And his desire to kill the misery known as woman is as strong as ever.
Enter Q, a second bounty-hunter sent from Aut to capture him. Like Mira, Tina has been cast into the role of ally to this handsome visitor. Amid the destruction Demen is causing, and the risk to their lives to stop him, they realize their deep love for one another.
But, will she leave her family on Earth for the sake of that love?3