It’s the last of this year’s author interviews, and I’m ending it with a blast. Mary Davie’s main loves are reading and writing. Another interest, one that is the driving force in her writing, is science. Please give a warm welcome to Mary.
Describe yourself in 150 words or less.
I am probably thinking about this question more than I should have to. It’s just I am a bunch of different things. I’m that person that taught herself to read really early, that climbed the Apple tree (until we had to chop it down) to read books, maybe eat an apple.
Another part of me loves science; all we do know and all the questions that we still have. I also love the question ‘what if’. Put that with the science and I could write forever. And writing really is what makes me most happy; And reading. If I had nothing else in the world to do, I would just sit at a desk, write away; take a break, read, then write some more. Alas, it doesn’t work that way; Shame.
I am that person in the background, taking it all in; later it might show up in my writing.
Name one thing on your bucket list.
I’m not a bucket person per se – that is to when I get to the age where one might consider a bucket list, I hope I am done with everything so I can just stay home. BUT there is one thing which actually later in my life might become a possibility with commercial space travel hopefully opening up – I want to go to Mars.
My first three books make up the Sanacion series. It starts with Sanacion: The Black Hole Mission and that begins with all the calamities that Earth has to offer. Natural disasters and time is running out for Mankind. But Earth has a plan. 3 humongous ships built in the low gravity environment of the Moon: the Sanacion, the Memnoch, & the Clinton. This series follows the Sanacion & its passengers, the 10,000s of civilians on board, the servicemen & women, and their civilian workers. The mission of the Sanacion is to go out to V4648sgr a black hole, through it, into another Universe and find a new home. Whether it all works out that way or they take a detour, it leads to Sanacion II: We Are the Aliens and then the third Sanacion III: Remnants of the Dome. It seems to end there but after much demand, I am writing a fourth that follows the children of Admiral Stene Jensenn when they have grown up. Target Earth: You Only See What You Want To is my fourth book and was meant to be a stand-alone but early on my publisher got requests as did I through my web site for a second. I probably will as I am having so much fun with the question What if & what now?! They say Target Earth answers the question of are we alone in the universe, but it is so much more! It also looks at where the threat comes from … some might say from within!
What’s your favorite comfort food?
Chicken Pot Pie – the one where the top part is mashed potatoes!
Is there anything in particular that you love to write about, such as sex or mannequins?
My favorite thing to write about has more to do with a feeling than with an precise item. Sometimes when I write my mind just goes to the scene, like a movie but more – I am actually living, feeling, seeing what happens. It happens when I read a good book as well. So when ever that occurs (which is about ¾’s of any book I write) at that moment it is my favorite!
What is your preference when it comes to reading, paperback or eBook? Why?
I like an eBook when it is Fiction, if it is Non-Fiction I usually have two copies – one on eBook and one hard cover.
What is the worst comment someone has said to you about being a writer?
I guess I have been horribly lucky. I read someone’s review and felt torn to shreds and crippled. It made me question certain choices before I decided that no, I made the right choice. Then a friend read the review and asked me what was the matter with me – it was a good review that just said they would have liked more details about the characters physical description. Authors – we are kinda sensitive! But regarding that, I try to put in enough to paint a picture in your mind but not too many. I do check with my beta readers sometimes after they read a chapter – tell me what Steve looks like…
In regards to writing, what are you working on now?
One book working title ‘Resurrecting Earth: The Mission the Save the Earth Starts on Mars’, another which takes my Sanacion series (includes three books) and adds a 4th – when Steve’s son & daughter are grown up, and then I recently started a Production Company (Space Geek, llc) and I am doing storyboards at the moment for a NASA piece about the Journey to Mars. I have a book on deck & I am having fun thinking about it but I try not to think too hard and distract me from my current projects!
When you’re not writing, where can people find you hanging out in the virtual world?
If I am hanging in the virtual world I’m usually checking out science articles or maybe a NASA site or checking Instagram out. Some are for fresh ideas, others to check who thinks what and what neat stuff is now out.
What ‘if’s” and Science,