Interview with M. E. Eadie

Who are your favorite authors?
Oh, the list changes all the time. But here's my list: J.K. Rowling (impeccable plots), J.R.R. Tolkien (writes like from another time), Robert Jordan, Edgar Rice Burrows, Alan Burt Akers, Michael Moorcock, Roger Zelazny, George R.R. Martins, Bernard Cornwell, Robert. A. Heinlein, Isacc Asimov. All of them have influenced my writing to a great degree.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Writing and developing an interesting story. Oh, another author I failed to mention was Cornelia Funk. In comparison Funk and Rowling use two different styles. Funk likes the characters to tell her where she should go, Rowling likes to plan things out and then follow the plan. I do both. The idea of creating an idea and drawing it out of the page is almost magical. You are taking the most ethereal of things, ideas, and using the mind to form flesh around them. In essence you are dealing with creation and works that will outlive you. This is highly exciting, and in my opinion the most difficult of art forms. I've danced, I've acted, I've painted, but writing is often the isolated act of creation.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on three new books. I'm nearing the editing stage of the fourth book in the RIVERTOWN CYCLE, and have started an Elizabethan murder mystery and a dystopian science fiction.

In the RIVERTOWN CYCLE, the worlds of Faerie and Rivertown are going to come crashing together. This will present some interesting problems for Colin and the gang.

As for the Elizabethan mystery there have been a few problems. One problem I've faced was knowledge based. To acquire knowledge of that time I've had to do a lot of research. This has created a bit of a monster where the history tends to overwhelm the plot. I'm dealing with it by writing a screen play first. A screen play tends to distill everything down into dialogue and description. After that's done, I'll use that as a map to write the book.

For the dystopian science fiction things are a little less clear. The world is a place where sex is mandatory and refusal thereof is an indictable offense. People don't have children in the normal manner anymore. You must apply through the state, then you show up at the hospital and pick the child up. A tidy world that is totally devoid of love and the essence of art. The heroes of this book are on a journey where they indeed do discover where babies do come from.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to run and bike and paddle my canoe. I also began a bee keeping venture. One of the interesting things about writing is that you draw on your own life experiences. Did you know that the bee keeper and the hive have been existing in harmony so long that I believe the hive is not complete without the keeper. The hive recognizes the pheromones of the keeper. I also find myself observing human behavior. We, as a species can be the most amazing and the most disappointing of creatures. We can be sublime with inspiration and then in the next moment descend into the barbarism of insanity. I also teach.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I don't remember the details of the first story I ever wrote, but I remember the desire, the need to write it. It was a fantasy and it was epic in proportion, which was the problem. I had this overwhelming desire to create a world I could control, a world of heroes where all conflicts could be overcome. Of course the story died about several pages in.
What is your writing process?
This depends on the story. Each story will demand a different process. I've explained the problem I've faced with the Elizabethan Murder Mystery, of having to write a screen play to control history and focus on characters and plot.

But I have developed a method of writing, so here it is. I like to write in the morning, as early as possible, because the answers to the questions of the previous day seem to be there. I like to write a certain number of pages each day.

I force myself to stuff each chapter summary into a grid so that I can see where I'm going. If I don't do that the continuity of the story suffers.

When a story takes an unexpected turn I go back and straighten things out. As a result, I rewrite the story about four times and that includes the editing process. When I am sick of the story I start feeling it's ready for someone to read.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, I do. I was in grad 4 and struggling with learning how to read. I had seen, on the television, an episode of "Return to the Planet of The Apes." Through Scholastic Tab my mom bought me the book adaptation. I loved it because I could see the television episode again as I read. You see, that had been my problem, I was struggling with decoding language, and the language I spoke was the language of images. So, now when I write, I have to see the images in my mind and then everything is all right.
How do you approach cover design?
This is a struggle. The design principle is simple you use the 'Z' pattern. The eye generally moves from left to right from top to bottom. The image you are using should be just off centre. That's the easy part the difficult parts comes with the selection of the image that is going to interest the reader. There are some people that are brilliant at this. A good cover design can lead a person to open the book, a bad design and the book remains forever closed. I know, as a reader, what I don't like. I don't like the covers of Romance or Erotic novels that truncate the human form. Form me the subtext is that flesh is for sale, a commodity to be bought and sold. I'm still looking for someone who can come up with a type of cover that will be associated with my books.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. The Harry Potter series:

You can't really look at the Harry Potter story as a collection of books, but one, big book. Why is this 'book' so important? It's magic. Not since Dickens has such interest been aroused on an international scale. The other thing about this 'book' is that it's organic. The writing style and tone of the story changes with age of Harry Potter. It is simplistic and child like in the beginning to evolved into all the emotional confusion of adolescence.

2. Tolkien's Lord of The Rings

The three books submitted as one book. This is epic in form and world. Tolkien developed a world, a language a way thinking before fleshing out the story. This is an example of love and a world as substantial as ours. This is the opus of all Fantasy writers. It wasn't the first fantasy written. Take a look at Beolwulf, at Sir Gwain and the Greene Knight, and Spencer's The Faerie Queen, but it's the first time that as a culture we are able to point at something and say, "Ah, so that's what fantasy is all about."

3.A collection of short stories by Nabokov

I find Nabokov's novels rather disturbing, especially his dalliance with pedophilia, but his short stories...oh my, he is absolutely brilliant. It is said that Nabokov saw language like you would see colours, that he then took those colours and constructed his story. His prose is so tight that every word is important.

4. Another series! Alan Burt Akers' Dray Prescott series.

This series touched my as a young teenager. I was having a difficult time with school, with socialization, with everything and I consumed this series like oxygen. Why, I asked myself, why was this so important to me. And the answer was, the hero, no matter what happened to him, no matter what conflict he had to endure, no matter what someone did to him, he was able to overcome it. He had the qualities I wanted....and of course, he got the girl.

5. Last but not least and the most recent Hermann Hesse's "Siddartha." The story of a man in search of enlightenment is an internal psychological thriller. Hesse was a German writer who could peel off the layers of humanity and look at the cause of things, the experience of being human. I find this so very important to me, because in Hesse's characters I see myself and sometimes it's very humbling to look into that mirror like pool and see ourselves, our true selves staring back.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'll deal with the Elizabethan murder mystery. The plot runs something like this: A young Chinese woman, Miao, with albinism has a special ability to hear the voices of some people who get murdered. She is hearing the voices of young women being strangled. She can accurately find the locations of the bodies. Other than them being strangled the other thing that these women have in common is that they all have red hair and bare a striking resemblance to Queen Elizabeth in her youth. They are also found with a drawing of themselves. Miao is caught up in the need to discover who the murderer is, and this leads her dangerously close to the Queen's inner circle of Ladies in Waiting. Fortunately, Miao has a number of protectors and benefactors: one of which is Sir Walter Raleigh who freed her from slavery and provided her with a protector, a German Sword Master named William. Around her also spin the famous group of actors called, at the time Leicester's men. With their help Miao discovers the murderer and uncovers the plan to take an English port to provide an easy landing for the Spanish Armada of 1588.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The motivation was the desire to have others read my work. To write in isolation is an act of incompletion, and to have someone read and enjoy your work is the mark of completion. It is a stamp on your work to the world, a gift that says 'this is you.' The only thing a publishing house can do that an independent author can't is to mass market your work. This would be nice, but you would give up control and I'm not sure I want to do that.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords allows writers that generally don't have a voice to publish and control their work. It makes available to the world works that would most not likely be read. The basic premise is to let the reader decide. I think this is a good idea.
Published 2013-09-17.
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Books by This Author

The Veiled Lady: A Miao Juzheng and George Silver Elizabethan Adventure
Price: $6.00 USD. Words: 74,720. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2014 by Adam Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
The Veiled Lady is historical fiction. The general events and locations are real. However, the creation of Miao Juzheng, a young woman with albinism from the middle kingdom, is not. The plot, to take the Queen's life during the Maundy Ceremony is also a fabrication of my imagination, as is the involvement of the players from The Theatre: purely speculative, but entertaining speculation.
Colin and The Courts of Faerie
Series: The Rivertown Cycle, IV. Price: $6.00 USD. Words: 74,390. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2014 by Adam Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
In this fourth installment of The Rivertown Cycle, Colin and his friends are faced with a dilemma. The world of Faerie and Earth are about to collide. It is unavoidable. What remains to be seen is what they can do to ensure that the world is a place where good has a chance to survive.
Colin and The Revenant
Series: The Rivertown Cycle, III. Price: $6.00 USD. Words: 103,570. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2013 by Adam Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Is there ever a lack of villains? Not for Colin. In this third installment, Colin finds himself again in the thick of it. Abducted and transported to Faerie, he quickly finds himself at the heart of a terrible plot, a plot to wake a nightmarish creature from another dimension, a creature they call the Revenant.
Colin and The Little Black Box
Series: The Rivertown Cycle, II. Price: $6.00 USD. Words: 91,390. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2011 by Adam Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Zuhayer is dead, long live Colin, but Colin doesn't want to fill the power vacume left by his Great Grandfather. While he doesn't want power, Bevis and Count Blandicus do, but to claim power they need The Little Black Box. But only Colin can open it, and what's inside will change everyone and everything.
A Thousand Kisses Deep
You set the price! Words: 151,150. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2010 by Adam Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
In a world where poetry and art can come alive, a force is released in the world, a force created by a mad tyrant. A poem is made and awakens in the form of a young girl. In time she discovers that she was part of the madness, part of the tyrant that once tried to rule the world. History is repeating itself and the girl, named Shadow, is destined for greatness or madness.
Colin and The Rise of The House of Horwood
Series: The Rivertown Cycle, I. Price: Free! Words: 101,860. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2010 by Adam Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
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Colin suddenly finds hist life turned upside down. His friend and mentor, Grandfather Thunder, is gone, replaced by their merciless aunt Grizzelda. Transplanted to Horwood House, a Victorian mansion that has family history and secrets, his personal abilities begin to reveal themselves. He finds out that he is the great grandson of Zuhayer Horwood, and his grand father is coming for him.