My Writer Lady friend, Marcia Meara, is here to talk about her most recent book, A Boy Named Rabbit (make sure you read book 1 first), a story about love, family, and redemption, set in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. And she’s having a giveaway this weekend. Let’s hear it for free books!
Marcia Meara is the author of three novels:
Wake-Robin Ridge Series:
Swamp Ghosts; Hunter (due out in early fall 2015)
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“The extraordinary little boy called Rabbit has the power to change the world for everyone he meets, and the resourcefulness to save himself from the one person his grandparents had hoped would never find him. His dangerous and bittersweet journey will touch you in unexpected ways, and once you’ve let Rabbit into your heart, you’ll never forget him.”
CS: You’ve said this book didn’t come out like what you planned. In the alternate world where you stuck with that plan, how would you describe the plot of Book 2?
MM: In the alternate world, I had planned to write about other characters who live in Darcy’s Corner. Rather than a story harking back to relatives of Frank Everly and detailing the surprising history of the family that founded Everly’s General Store, or even the shocking tale of the local diner’s famous sashaying waitress, Tami, and the men in her life, I ended up with a precocious ten-year-old boy who was raised in the remotest part of the North Carolina mountains, without ever having seen another human being in his life, other than his grandparents.
And once I found Rabbit, the direction of the entire series changed. Look for more stories where his gifts will be featured prominently–tales with a slight paranormal edge. Next up, Harbinger, a spooky story based on the legend of the Black Dog, sometimes called Ol’ Shuck.
CS: If Mac and Sarah were animals, what animals would they be?
MM: Oh, boy. Tough one. Well, maybe Mac’s is not so tough. He’d be a shining black Thoroughbred stallion…wild, though…skittish and hard to handle, except by the most skilled of horse whisperers. But once gentled, a truly elegant gentleman, to the core. Sarah…well, perhaps she’d be a golden retriever. Loyal, patient, kind, but with a playful nature just waiting to be brought out. She’d be brave in defense of her family and friends, and stand true against all foes. Loving, warm, giving, nurturing would be the way to describe Sarah.
CS: Share a favorite sentence from the third chapter.
MM: “You are one of the Good People, right? Cause I gotta leave if you’re not. I promised.”
(CS: Hey, that’s three sentences, Marcia!)
CS: There’s some lovely description of the mountains in A Boy Named Rabbit. What’s your favorite flora and fauna from the North Carolina mountains?
Hard to pin down to one thing. I’m very fond of trillium, including the blood-red wake-robin, of course. (Hence the name of the mountain ridge where Mac built his beautiful sanctuary.) But my very favorite season is autumn, so my favorite “flora” would have to be the glorious trees that line every mountain road. This line from Book 1, Wake-Robin Ridge says it best: “…every tree along the road vying to be the brightest splash of color on the mountain. A hundred shades of red, russet, and burgundy rubbed leafy shoulders with orange, gold, and amber.”
As for fauna, there is something about woodchucks that just makes me smile. Also called ground hogs, they are unbelievably cute, sitting up on their haunches along the roadside, watching cars go by. Silly little animals, I guess, but to me, they are just adorable.
CS: Share a funny story from your life for your readers.
MM: Well, gee. At 70, I’ve had a LOT of funny things happen to me and around me. I could go all the way back to my misspent youth, and the horse that came into the kitchen of my apartment at 2:00 in the morning.
But maybe something more recent. Life Lesson #46: When you wake up in the middle of the night, and are groping around on your bedside table in the dark, be sure the spray bottle you grab and squirt in your mouth is actually Biotene Mouth Moisturizer, and not VisionWorks Lens Cleaner! (I nearly choked to death!)
Thanks, Caitlin, for having me here on your blog. This was a fun interview to do, and I hope your followers have enjoyed it.
NOTE: Friday 2/27, Saturday 2/28, and Sunday 3/1 ONLY: Those of you who’ve already read Wake-Robin Ridge can download A Boy Named Rabbit for free. If you haven’t started the series yet, download a Boxed Set of both books for free!
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Thanks for the interview, Marcia! And you should definitely be careful about where you keep that lens cleaner.