Author Interview with Margaret Fieland

Hey gang, in honor of our current 99 cent book sale, I’d like to share an interview with Margaret Fieland, whose novel Relocated is included in the great MuseItUp YA bundle of ebooks along with Wakefield. Without further ado:

brokenbonds_200X300(1) 1. From reading the descriptions for your sci-fi books, it seems like they’re set in the same world but not necessarily a series in the classic sense. If that’s accurate, why the unique take?

Troy, you’re right, I appear to be writing a sequence rather than a classic series. Why? In September of 2010, I decided to write a sci fi novel for NaNo (National Novel Writing Month, which is in November). I did so in order to overcome my phobia about writing science fiction — I was and am a long-time fan — I selected Robert A. Heinlein’s Farmer in the Sky for my tenth birthday — but had never, up til that point, written any.

Along about December, after I’d written the novel, I came across an editing workshop and signed up for it. I eventually ended up submitting the novel, Relocated, to MuseItUp Publishing, and it was published in 2011.

I never planned to write a series, but my characters refused to leave me alone. I wrote Geek Games to answer some questions for myself about what happened to Martin Samuels, one of the secondary characters from Relocated, and Broken Bonds to continue the story of two others, Major Brad Reynolds and Ardaval Namar.

2. The science fiction genre is usually seen as a boy’s club. What have been your experiences as a woman writing sci-fi?

Sci fi is largely a boy’s club, but there were women writing (and very successfully) in the genre even when I was growing up — Andre Norton and CL Moore, to name a couple. Now, of course, there are lots more. Though women tend to write more fantasy than sci fi, there are still a lot of very fine women sci fi writers.

3. If you could have dinner with one author, living or dead, who would it be?

Lewis Carroll. I love the Alice books and really enjoy Carroll’s poetry, When I was in college, I’d reread Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass every exam time. I would forego trips to the library, and then, suffering from book withdrawal, I’d reread Alice. I also taught myself to write backwards and wiggle my ears for the same reason. I taught one of my sons to wiggle his ears when he was in middle school. He and I thought it was a riot — his teacher was less enchanted.

4. How did you get into writing? Was it always a passion or something that came later in life?

I had absolutely no plans to become a writer. I wrote tons of bad poetry as a teen, and continued on into my twenties and beyond. Along about 2005, I wrote a poem I wanted to keep, and this led me a couple of online communities, where I heard about the Muse Online Writers Conference. I ‘met’ Linda Barnett Johnson and joined her writing forums. Linda required everyone to write both poetry and fiction, so, thus prodded, I started to write fiction as well. I started out writing fiction for children, under the mistaken impression it was easier than writing for adults. I ended up getting hooked.

5. Any upcoming projects you’d like to share with us?

I just completed the fourth Aleyne novel, which takes place after Broken Bonds. I’ve started work on a prequel, about the first encounter of Terrans (us) with the Aleyni, and as well I’m working on a fantasy that takes place in a future ice age.

meBio: Born and raised in New York City, Margaret Fieland has been around art and music all her life. Her poems and stories have appeared in journals such as Turbulence Magazine, Front Range Review, and All Rights Reserved. She is one of the Poetic Muselings. Their poetry anthology, Lifelines, was published by Inkspotter Publishing in November, 2011. She is the author of Relocated, Geek Games, and Broken Bonds, published by MuseItUp Publishing , and of Sand in the Desert, a collection of science fiction persona poems. A chapter book is due out later this year.

Blurb for Broken Bonds: Sex with aliens? How about romance with aliens? A treason accusation? Brad Reynolds has his hands full. When Major Brad Reynolds is assigned to head the Terran Federation base on planet Aleyne, the last thing he expects to find is love, and certainly not with one of the alien Aleyni. How can he keep his lover, in the face of political maneuvering and of Ardaval’s feelings for his former partners — and theirs for him?

Buy the Book: Publisher’s Website, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bookstrand

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Super book sale

The Prodigies of YA II coverHey all, excited to share a fantastic sale iTunes is offering for the next month. It’s practically a bundleapooza because the iTunes bookstore is bundling hundreds of books together and selling them dirt cheap.

I’m happy to announce that Wakefield (Mad World, Book 1) was selected by our wonderful publisher, MuseItUp, to be included in a bundle of Young Adult e-books. So, for the next month, you can buy four full length YA novels for only .99 cents.

The bundle with Wakefield is Prodigies of YA II (because we’re in Muse’s second YA bundle). The four titles are:

Joshua’s Tree by N.W. Harris. Chased by flesh-eating mutants and aided by an overbearing warrior princess, brainy Joshua must save the future—from himself.

Relocated by Margaret Fieland. On planet Aleyne, a teenage boy discovers a terrorist plot and learns more than his own life is at risk.

Palace of the Twelve Pillars by Christina Weigand. When Prince Joachim is kidnapped and twin Brandan attempts a rescue, both will search their faith and familial loyalty.

Wakefield (Mad World, Book One) by Erin Callahan & Troy H. Gardner. Troubled teens Max and Astrid bond while questioning the true nature of the psychiatric treatment facility where they are forced to live.

As you can tell, there’s a variety of sub-genres here. Magic, fantasy, paranormal. You check it out here at the iStore.

Great book reviews

Perfection 333x500Hey everyone, I just wanted to share a couple of great reviews for Perfection (Mad World, Book Three). In this entry of the unique YA urban fantasy, Team Orphan finds an almost too idyllic new home. Nothing could go wrong from there, right?

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ “Perfection – great name for a great series. I said it once (or twice) and I’ll say it again – This series is FANTASTIC!” – Wall-to-Wall Books.

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ “The Mad World series has reached is third installment, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised to see it grow and get richer and more layered with each book.” – Offbeat YA

These are only a few snippets so click on the links to read the rest of the reviews.

As a new release special, Perfection is currently only $1.99 over at Amazon! Check it out.

And if you’re new to the whole Mad World series, the book that started it all, Wakefield, is also at Amazon.

Halloween book sale

DamagedTeensAd1Happy Halloween everyone! Just a quick reminder that Wakefield (Mad World, Book 1), an 80,000 word paranormal Young Adult novel about teens in a facility handling people with behavioral problems, is on sale for only 99 cents this week. Now’s the perfect time to check out the Mad World series (we’ve had favorable comparisons to Kelley Armstrong’s popular YA novel The Summoning).

For more, check out our official website or head on over to Wakefield’s Amazon page.

Wakefield now on sale

Feel like reading an 80,000 word Young Adult novel but you don’t want to pay $5.95 for it? Then good news. From now until November 3, Wakefield (Mad World, Book 1) from MuseItUp Publishing is on sale for only $0.99.

Wakefield Book CoverBlurb: Orphans Astrid Chalke and Max Fisher meet when they’re sent to live at Wakefield, a residential and educational facility for teens with psychiatric and behavioral problems. Astrid’s roommate cuts herself with anything sharp she can get her hands on and Max’s roommate threatens him upon introduction.

Just as Astrid and Max develop a strong bond and begin to adjust to the constant chaos surrounding them, a charming and mysterious resident of Wakefield named Teddy claims he has unexplainable abilities. Sometimes he can move things without touching them. Sometimes he can see people’s voices flowing out of their mouths. Teddy also thinks that some of the Wakefield staff are on to him.

At first, Astrid and Max think Teddy is paranoid, but Max’s strange recurring dreams and a series of unsettling events force them to reconsider Teddy’s claims. Are they a product of his supposedly disturbed mind or is the truth stranger than insanity?

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “I absolutely loved this book. Loved it. I can’t wait to read the second one” – Goodreads reviewer

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ “The ending of this book blew me away and I’d definitely be interested in reading the next book. It was a pleasantly surprising read with plenty of action and suspense! And a book I would definitely recommend.” – TotalTeenFiction

Wakefield is waiting for you for immediate download at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, the iStore, and other major retailers. Happy reading!