Interview: Miss Mae, Author of the SF Tale Through A Glass Darkly

Everyone, please give a warm welcome to Miss Mae. She’s the author of the Ahoy, Mischaps! series, the deliciously suspenseful science fiction tale Through A Glass Darkly, and the wonderful murder mystery Catch Me If You Can. If you’re interested in the audiobook version of Catch Me If You Can, Miss Mae and her publisher is offering up a serious discount. Go to the book’s page on the Pulp Radio’s webiste, add to your cart, and use this code [DABDARK40] to get a 40% discount for the downloadable version of the audiobook.

1) What mystery in your own life could be a plot for a book?

The mystery of my husband’s illness! That’s nothing like the mysteries I write, I know, but whatever is afflicting him, and we -and the doctor- not knowing the answer, is driving us crazy. That’d have to be a medical kind of mystery book -definitely not what I write- but in a fictional plot, one might could weave that an airborne germ from a too-close asteroid from Mars invaded his bloodstream.

2) If you could give any literary villain a happy ending who would you choose?

I’ve thought on this since I read your question and I honestly can’t think of one. To me, if a character is evil enough to be labeled as villain, then he doesn’t deserve a happy ending (unless it’s satire, or humor, of course).

3) The public library of your dreams has arrived! What special collections does it hold?

Oh gosh, this is a tough one. Definitely all of Anne Shirley’s ‘Green Gables’ books, plus the DVD’s of the movies (with Megan Follows and Jonathan Crombie); James Herriot’s books; The Hobbit; Phyllis Whitney; Victoria Holt – wow, I could go on and on, but will stop there.

4) If you had to choose someone to rescue you from the jaws of certain death would it be a superhero, supernatural creature, or a space alien?

A superhero, and his name is Hero Husband to the Rescue! Yes, my hubby is my hero and he wouldn’t hesitate for one iota to risk his own life to save mine.

5) What decade from the last century would you pick to have been a teenager in?

This is funny because I was a teenager in the last century, but I ain’t revealing which decade! LOL

6) What now-dead author would you like to interview? What are some of the things you would chat about?

I’d love to meet James Herriot, along with his partners ‘Siegfried’ and ‘Tristan’. I’d chat with him about his love of animals, and how veterinary medicine has changed since he first joined Siegfried’s practice.

7) What future invention would you like to see not only created during your life time, but readily available to the public?

One that makes hacking computers a complete impossibility!

8) What has been your worst or most difficult job? How does it compare to writing?

There is a job that stands out, though it wasn’t exactly my ‘worst’ or ‘most difficult’ (though I won’t say ‘challenging’, either, because I know something is shady when I hear someone try to explain a situation as ‘challenging’.) I held a job in an all male maximum- security prison and I managed their inmate accounts. What always, even to this day, struck me as ironic was when we employees parked our cars in the morning and walked up the sidewalk to go inside. We had to pass a guard in the tower and they always called down, “Any weapons?”

If I had a weapon on my person and meant to carry out a criminal intent, am I really going to answer, “Yes.”??????

9) Cover art can be so important for a book, making or breaking sales. How did you get into creating and designing cover art?

As a young girl, art was my first love. You could always catch me with a pencil in hand, trying hard to sketch what my fevered mind imagined. In 9th grade art class, one of my still-life’s was exhibited at a tri-county showing. However, in my later teens, the more books that I read the more I was drawn toward writing my own stories and that rivaled my love of art. With the invention of computers, though, and programs that manipulate stock photos, I can still create and design to my heart’s content – so I now enjoy the best of both passions.

Thank you for having me at your blog, Susan. I’m thrilled to be here! I’ve enjoyed meeting your readers. I’d be happy if anyone is interested in signing up for my monthly newsletter. When they do so, they can download a PDF of my SF novella, “Through a Glass Darkly” given as a gift. Also Dove Island and Fated Destiny…Oh, Yeah? are available as perma-free stories on Amazon!

Miss Mae’s question to my readers: Everybody is health conscious these days, but do you know where your chocolate was grown?

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Book Blurb for Catch Me If You Can

Are all rules broken when it comes to playing a game? Washed ashore a South Carolina beach, Lois Steinberg learns her shelter, an old plantation house, was scheduled to host a “Catch Me” game convention. When the cook is the first one found murdered, the game environment instantly morphs into a terrifying evening reminiscent of And Then There Were None. This audio book has won the Platinum Award in the 2017 Hermes Creative International Competition.

Don’t Forget: Miss Mae and her publisher is offering up a serious discount. Go to the book’s page on the Pulp Radio’s webiste, add to your cart, and use this code [DABDARK40] to get a 40% discount for the downloadable version of the audiobook.

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Author Bio: 

Miss Mae is all about romantic mysteries. With her writing style compared to the likes of Agatha Christie, her books “Said the Spider to the Fly”, “When the Bough Breaks”, “Dove Island”, “It’s Elementary, My Dear Winifred” and “See No Evil, My Pretty Lady” are award winning best sellers. The novellas “Miss Penelope’s Letters”, and “Through a Glass Darkly” have received top rated five-star reviews. Her latest murder mystery, “Catch Me If You Can”, in audio format, has won the platinum award in the 2017 Hermes Creative International Competition. Tantalizing trailers, and more information, is readily available at her website.

She’s also penned three tales in the ‘Ahoy, Mischaps!’ children’s/humor series. Book #1 is “Ahoy, Gum Drop!” followed by Book #2 “Ahoy, Out There!” with Book #3, “Ahoy, Mummy Mia!” In these slightly cracked stories, readers are introduced to a cast of intriguing, extraordinary and downright bizarre characters, accompanied by the one and only I.B. Nosey, the ‘official unofficial’ reporter. To learn more about the ‘Mischaps’ and cyberspace’s only Pukelitzer Award winning interviewer, visit ‘Feeling Nosey?’

Through A Glass Darkly by Miss Mae

MaeThroughAGlassDarklyWhere I Got It: Review Copy

Narrator: Owen McCuen

Publisher: Miss Mae (2015)

Length: 1 hour 7 minutes

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Vexen Rheinhart and Remard are aboard a medical transport ship that is about to suffer some major mishaps. Computer viruses are a thing of the past and one has just wreaked chaos on Vexen’s ship. Unfortunately, there is also a homicidal alien that stowed away, lying in wait for the perfect moment. Several other things will go wrong before anything goes right.

There was plenty of action, a little humor, a touch of romance in this fast-paced space opera. Vexen, our main character, is quick-witted, dedicated, and not afraid to follow through on a good punch if it means saving her friends, ship, or herself. Remard, a blue fingered alien, makes a worthy sidekick. When the computer virus strikes Della, the ship’s computer, the ship drifts off course. This makes it impossible for Vexen’s husband Leland to transport over. So he sends a hologram instead. This hologram, unfortunately, has an identify crisis. This leads to both humor and tragedy.

I liked all the various tech involved in the tale. There’s a handful of weapons, especially once an alien ship demands to board the medical supply ship. Then there’s all the references to the computer virus. Next, at least one person will need doctoring before the tale is through. I definitely felt like we were in some far flung future aboard a snazzy medical space ship.

The stow-away alien was both scary and fascinating. It was a kind of blobby spider and it was unclear if it was sentient or not. Other than acting on it’s homicidal urges, there was no direct communication with it. Remard, who is also an alien, is obviously of a more rational and congenial sort. It’s obvious from the beginning that he and Vexen have a true friendship and have been in tough places together before. Then there is the evil alien commander Delphan, a reptilian race, that demands to board the drifting medical supply ship. I really liked that we had more than one alien variety.

The ending leaves a little up to the reader to decide and I was OK with that. Usually, I like it when the author has chosen a definite ending but in this case, it was well done. Over all, there was plenty here for scifi fans to enjoy. I am hoping the author revisits this little universe she has created, granting us more Vexen stories.

I received a copy of this audiobook at no cost from the narrator (via Theater of the Mind FB group) in exchange for an honest review.

The Narration: Owen McCuen was a good fit for this tale. At first, I was a little concerned because our main character is female, so why not a female narrator? But then I heard his voice for Vexen, which is very well done, and my concerns were laid to rest. He had a most excellent voice for Remard which consisted of this odd alien accent – very well done! Later on, he comes up with another, distinct, well done alien accent for the reptilian Delphan. There’s a handful of sound effects thrown in, mostly connected with Della the ship computer. The first loud beep startled me and the cats, but then the rest were well integrated into the narration. 

What I Liked: Interesting main character Vexen; so much going wrong in such a short amount of time; Remard is a great side kick; variety of aliens; the ending was sound; great narration.

What I Disliked: Honestly, the only thing I didn’t like about this book was the cover, and that is such a minor thing.

What Others Think:

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