Today's Darklight On is ... Marie Dry
How did you come to write speculative fiction? What attracted you to the genre?
I loved movies about aliens and strange worlds and creatures ever since I was a child. When speculative fiction became popular in the romance genre I was in heaven. I actually wrote a vampire romance long before editors would even look at it.
Are you a plotter? Pantser? Or somewhere in-between?
I’m a pantser through and through. Plotting a story just doesn’t work for me. I do a lot of work on my characters but that’s about it. I go in blind and see what jumps out at me. Afterward I go back and do a kind of plotting, ensuring everything on the page is as clear as it is in my mind.
Do you have a favourite of your characters?
No, though my aliens will always be special to me because they were published first. Normally the character I work on is my favourite.
What are you currently working on?
I’m editing my story about a very arrogant dragon, it is titled I am dragon. I am also editing Sabrina and the Gargoyle. A gargoyle story set in Cape Town.
What is your favourite part of the process of writing?
I love every part. That first spark of an idea. The rough draft. The struggle during edits to make the story work. The editing with the publisher. Though if I HAD to choose I would say the editing. I love when I start to add nuances and I see the story come alive with every bit of improvement I make.
What can we expect from Marie Dry in the future?
Many stories I can’t wait to share. More Alien books, a dragon book and a cyborg book. After Alien Betrayed I will hand in Sabrina and the Gargoyle. I also have some contemporaries that I enjoyed working on.
Who are your favourite authors?
Jayne Anne Krentz and all her alter egos, G.A. Aiken, Georgette Heyer, Nalini Singh, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Christine Feehan, Cassandra L. Shaw, R. Lee Smith, Douglas Porch, Patrick Leigh Fermor, Kresley Cole, Laurann Dohner, Rachael Thomas.
What are you currently reading?
I am reading Hero with a thousand faces by Joseph Campbell and also The War of Art.
Do you have a favourite spec fiction movie or TV series?
Stargate Atlantis is my all time favourite. If I want to watch something and I’m not sure what I feel like I put Stargate Atlantis on.
Do you have advice for emerging writers?
Write every day and write what you enjoy. Even if it is just a paragraph be consistent and write every day and soon you will have a manuscript.
Thanks, Marie Dry!
In a bleak future where government systems are breaking down and lawless bands of men terrorize the country, botanist Natalie Hanson fears for her life and hides in a cave in the Rocky Mountains. When she is captured by human raiders, a fierce alien appears and slays her attackers. Natalie is now held captive in her own cave by the sexy and striking alien commander, Zacar, who informs her that she will be his breeder. Natalie soon realizes that these aliens worship strength. So what will happen when Zacar finds out she has severe asthma?