Before I hand over the reins to M. Pax, I have a couple of announcements. First, I set a goal to write 25,000 words this month. So far I’m at 5274. Usually I don’t announce my word count, but in an effort to stay on track (mostly) I’ve decided to share the word count each week. Feel free to ask me to help keep me motivated and honest.
Second, I’m releasing my novella, Claudia Must Die, on December 8th. If you would like an advance review copy, please let me know either in the comments or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more details about Claudia, click here.
Now that the boring stuff is out of the way, please welcome my guest. Recently I read The Rifters by M. Pax and I really enjoyed it. In fact I was so excited I emailed Pax and asked her to appear on my blog and she was kind enough to agree.
Hey TB, thanks for asking me to visit. I’m so thrilled you enjoyed reading The Rifters. I loved writing it.
What inspires my series?
A sprinkle of this and pinch of that… I take my ingredients from a variety of sources to create something different, using commonalities found in well-loved movies, television shows, and books. The elements then marinate until I think up the big story by which to frame the smaller stories.
The Backworlds came out of a love for Firefly, Stargate, Star Trek, Babylon 5, Tanya Huff’s Confederate Novels, Dune, and my undying curiosity about space. What’s out there?
I can’t board a spaceship and explore the galaxy, but I can write stories about characters who live out there. I like narratives about ordinary people conquering impossible odds in their lives. I love humor, discovery, and adventure. I love twists in the story where a book becomes a roller coaster ride. I don’t want to know how a book is going to end or where an author is taking me at the start of a story. I want to see the story and world unfold as the characters interact and move around. That’s what I love, so that’s what I write.
The Backworlds series takes place far in our future. Humans are bioengineered to survive on planets instead of terraforming planets to suit humans. To me, it makes more sense. Backworlders are farther from original humans than Foreworlders (Fo’wo’s). I like the underdog, so the story is told from a down-on-his-luck young man forging a new life for himself on the edge of colonized space.
There is a bigger story arc to the series, so the books build on one another. Currently, I’m working on Precipice, Backworlds Book 6. There are at least six more books in the series. However, if I find a new and exciting big arc before then, the series will go on.
The Rifters came about from a number of sources. First, is where I live. I live in a town plunked in the middle of wilderness in Oregon surrounded by fantastic landscapes forged by volcanoes, old dried up seas, and other cool things. My backyard is carved out of lava from an eruption 6,000 years ago. How could I not be inspired?
The second source is, I love campy sci-fi movies, especially ones with ridiculous creatures (any other Sharknado or Gamera fans?). I have a secret desire to write those bad movies for the SyFy Channel. The Rifters series allows me to use the creatures I’ve invented and make them less cheesy, because they come through a rift in a volcano. That makes way more sense than just existing or science gone wrong, right? (Feel free to laugh.) For instance, in the first two books I have a possessed ghost and volcanic killer ash bees.
The Backworlds has a lot of male fans, and I wanted to bring in elements to appeal to my fan base. Thus, the addition of Earl Blacke as one of the main characters of the series, an actual real life outlaw from the 1880’s. I’ll let you read the book and discover which one. I wouldn’t want to spoil your fun.
The western frontier and galactic frontier have a lot in common: raw, gritty, people living by rules that promote their survival. The Earl character and placing the town of Settler near where I live let me bring those elements into The Rifters.
There will be a total of approximately 8 Rifters books. If I come up with great material, it’ll go longer.
You can expect new books in both series in 2015.
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Pax is author of the space adventure series The Backworlds, the urban fantasy series The Rifters, plus other novels and short stories. Fantasy, science fiction, and the weird beckons to her, and she blames Oregon, a source of endless inspiration. She docents at Pine Mountain Observatory in the summers as a star guide, has a cat with a crush on Mr. Spock, and is slightly obsessed with Jane Austen. Learn more at mpaxauthor.com.
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