Marie Harbon

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: March 26, 2012

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Current Release: Seven Point Eight: The First Chronicle

Describe your current release in two sentences?

An exciting new science fiction/paranormal series full of people with psychic powers, alternate dimensions of reality, fantastical adventures, military secrets and conspiracies. The wild and twisting plot line is set against the backdrop of love, betrayal, secrets, ambition and courage.

Please describe your writing environment.

I prefer to have music in the background and create an ambiance with candles and subdued lighting. It all sounds very romantic, but very often the love affair is just with the characters!

What are you working on?

Like any writer, I'm a multi-tasker. I'm crafting 'Seven Point Eight: The Second Chronicle', which I've scheduled for a July release. Before then, there'll be a short story or two available in digital copy only. I have a few stand alone novels in the early, skeletal phases too so you can expect to see a YA book by the end of the year. I've also drafted a script for 'Seven Point Eight: The First Chronicle', as I'm translating it into a TV series.

What is your favorite TV show?

There are many TV shows that I love, but unfortunately, the time to watch them is limited. I loved 'Lost', it was so intriguing although sadly, it became clear at the end that they'd been writing by the seat of their pants all the way. What it created so intricately was the histories of the characters and the way their lives were interconnected. I enjoyed 'Fringe' too, but I haven't watched the most recent seasons. I've been following 'Ringer' and will catch up with 'Touch' when the whole season is available on DVD, or LoveFilm. I fashioned The 'Seven Point Eight' Chronicles in the style of a TV series.

What career fields have you worked in?

I've had a varied working life, from starting out in the retail trade. I studied health, fitness and sport, spending six years instructing aerobics and Pilates. After obtaining a degree, I completed a teaching award and spent two years in a further education environment, delivering BTEC sport courses. I've also taught dance to children and now I delve infrequently into teaching, on a substitute basis. In addition to writing, I'm a fabric geek and create bags and corsets in the vintage, retro, kitsch and alternative style.

Where do you want to travel?

Travel is one of my greatest passions and I can spend much time poring over maps and brochures. There are many places I'd like to visit, although different countries draw my attention from year to year. I would like to visit India, Thailand, China and Japan for their culture and scenery, although the United States interests me in its diversity. But then, there are still many countries in Africa...

What are your plans for the summer? Any books you are looking forward to?

I'll be taking a holiday at the end of May, so I'll pack my Kindle. There are quite a few books queued up in there! Tunisia is my destination, so I'll be checking out the Star Wars set. I've also purchased a ticket for the Leeds Festival at the end of August, and am looking forward to seeing the Foo Fighters, Black Keys, Kasabian and Florence and the Machine. Over the summer, I'll be retreating frequently to the countryside to complete 'Seven Point Eight: The First Chronicle'.

How was your road to publication? Have you every had to deal with rejection letters?

I run my own imprint, Magnetic Lion Productions, as I like to maintain creative control over my work. To me, it's a business as well as an outlet for my imagination. It has been a steep learning curve, as I've had to educate myself on the ins and outs of the industry; formatting, design, promotion, building a platform in addition to the craft of writing itself. I started out with no platform and a very small network, and throughout my first year in the business, I feel like I've learned so much.

What is the best thing about being an author?

Without doubt, the greatest thing is to bring a world and host of characters to life, to give them a voice and let them relate their tale. To be able to hold a finished book in your hand and see your own words in print is worth all the drafting and poring over the editing.

If you could time travel, where would you travel to and why?

That's a tough one, for while there are some time periods in history that evoke a yearning in me, I'm also curious about the future. If I could travel into the future, we may have developed some form of warp drive and be connected to the galactic federation, or whatever it's called. Yet, I love ancient Egypt and am fascinated by the idea that thousands of years ago, there were advanced civilisations on Earth who subsequently died out or annihilated themselves. It's easy to romanticise the past, hard to remember that for centuries, we had to exist without laptops, cars, washing machines and antibiotics. Saying that, I've often felt drawn to the 1920s, not sure why... maybe one of my past lives was very grounded in that time period.

If you could live in a world created by an author, which book / world would you jump into?

We'd all like to live in the Harry Potter world, although I'd be apprehensive about going to a school where children died, got possessed and were put in a position of fighting evil on a termly basis every year. Narnia has the right blend of magic and adventure, once you get used to the talking animals. The world of The Phantom Tollbooth has always stuck with me though, it's just that bit bizarre without being too surreal and disturbing.

You can find 'Seven Point Eight: The First Chronicle' on Amazon and Goodreads, where you can read an excerpt. There is also a dedicated Facebook page, 'The Seven Point Eight Chronicles'. You can also add me as a friend on Goodreads.

'Seven Point Eight: The First Chronicle' will be free in the Kindle store from Mon 16th April - Thu 19th April, inclusive.