YA Urban Fantasy/Steampunk
Chloe Masters’s world changed in a heartbeat - and all she did was touch a doorknob.
When she was young Chloe’s mother vanished. Wracked by feelings of abandonment and anger she lost herself traveling with her father's magic act, where illusions were part of her everyday life. Yet everything changes when they are pursued by a mysterious man in black out to kill her father. Touching a doorknob activates abilities she never knew she had and she finds herself thrust into a world of ancient societies and secrets.
When her father disappears it is a race against time to find answers before she loses what is left of her family. Now Chloe must choose who to trust, the man who will do anything for her or the one she can’t stop thinking about.
Book one of the Doorknob Society series.
How did you start your writing career?
I’ve always enjoyed writing. When I was young I can remember stapling together pieces of paper to make my own comic book. Of course I was a terrible artist so I concentrated on writing. No matter what else I did I would always find time to write.
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
I think the hardest part for any writer is finding the time to write. Once I have my story idea it is a matter of sitting my butt down day after day and writing. The key is plowing ahead, never giving up, if something doesn't work you can always change it but a writer's worst enemy is a blank page.
Imagine by turning a doorknob you could travel anywhere in the world. That is the ability of a member of The Doorknob Society, a young adult novel with elements of steampunk, fantasy and adventure. It is the story of Chloe Masters a young woman whose family has many secrets. Her mother disappeared when she was young, which has left her guarded and hardened to life. But when someone attacks her and her father she is thrust into a new life of secret societies and abilities she never realized she had. She meets and makes new friends and needs to decide whether or not to trust them when things get even worse. Things only get crazier from there.
Does travel play a part in your books?
With the ability to go anywhere by simply opening a door, it does. But the places she travels to are unique; such as The Diesel Factories a way station between dimensions, The Tavern at the End of Time a place that exists outside of time and space or even the Dreaded Wastelands a forbidding and terrible place. Throughout the books she uses her abilities to travel to places that amaze, excite and are just plain dangerous.I love to travel so it’s fun being able to write about all different places and bring readers along for the ride.
Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to research your next book, where would you want to go?
Italy or France. I have an image of waking up late in a swank hotel and writing on a balcony overlooking some beautiful city like Paris or Venice. Both places also figure into stories I’m currently working on so that doesn't hurt either.
The Impossible Engineers is the second book in the Doorknob Society Saga and is due for release April 30th. It is the continuing adventures of Chloe Masters as she faces her worst nightmares and tries to cope with her developing powers. Not to mention juggling school, friendships and love.I also have a comic book version of The Doorknob Society appearing in an upcoming issue of Digital Webbing Presents anthology.
Beatles or Monkees?
The Beatles hands down.
NY or LA?
New York. I grew up in Jersey and spent time in Manhattan. It is one of the most vibrant places in the world. I lived in southern California for a while and though it was nice, it just wasn't for me.
Where are your fans most likely to find you hanging out?
Behind a computer screen writing, though I live by the ocean so I would most likely be hanging out at the beach... writing.
Laurie, thank you for your time I enjoyed the visit.
MJ Fletcher is the creator of the comic book series Adam Zero: The Last Man of Earth published by Ronin Studios. he has also had comic book work published in Hope: The Hero Initiative and Digital Webbing Presents. The Doorknob Society Saga is his first book series and he is thrilled with how it has turned out. He lives at the beach with his wife, daughter, dog and a crotchety cat.