I was tagged for this meme or hop by fellow author Veronica Scott! Last week, she posted a Q&A about her female protagonist in a science fiction romance, so today I’m going to post a Q&A from MY female protagonist in a science fiction romance…of sorts. My work in progress just so happens to be a science fiction romance SPOOF written in interactive fiction style.
Interview of Mari Shu
1) What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
Mari Shu Nine Million is the name of the titular character in what will probably be titled The Interactive Adventures of Mari Shu. She is made up.
2) When and where is the story set?
Most of the story occurs in a tarnished, grungy, polluted future, on Olde Earth as well as other planets, except for one thread where I plan to have Mari Shu travel into the past with a swashbuckling swashbuckler of some sort.
3) What should we know about him/her?
Mari Shu needs your help to make decisions that affect the course of her whole existence!
4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
In the beginning, her main conflict is that her salary at the widget factory has been reduced and she can no longer afford to support herself and her sisters or pay rent in their small, shabby apartment. Mari Shu’s first choice is to become a sexxorer, relocate herself and her sisters to another planet, or go out to a seedy bar for dinner in search of inspiration, which I can assure you she does indeed find.
5) What is the personal goal of the character?
Mari Shu would like to feed, house and otherwise care for herself and her two darling younger sisters, who never cause any trouble at all, except for the trouble they cause her in the introductory section which I’m not going to spoil for you because IT’S. SO. SHOCKING!
6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
The Interactive Adventures of Mari Shu doesn’t yet have a page on my website, but it probably should.
7) When can we expect the book to be published?
Before November 2014. (Uh, ETA, the series is published now.) Finding people willing to copyedit it should be…interesting. Not to mention commissioning JUST the right cover! Or more than one cover, because this book is turning out to be oh so long.