Genre: Paranormal Romance
Number of pages: 219
Word Count: 74,000
Cover Artist: Cate Meyers
Mama Lona’s Man combines a
Caribbean love story with a zombie thriller. It’s a bit James Bond, a bit "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" and a dash of "Night of the Living Dead.
The leading man is a ex-Navy SEAL controlled by a witch doctor. When he meets an American girl caught up in island intrigue, they fall in love even though he's been dead longer than she's been alive.
Brett: Thank you for this interview. It's nice to sit down with the daughter of one of America's top intelligence directors. But I've been told not to ask much about him. So, where do you dream of traveling, to, and why?
Abigail: This was cleared with public affairs, right? Just checking. As for travel, I like warm places. I like the Caribbean — I'm actually from there — but the last time I went there my life changed forever, so maybe that's too exciting. The problem is that if I travel these days, it means my boyfriend is on a horribly dangerous mission. So, for the time being, I like to stay home.
Brett: Tell us about your family.
Abigail: How much time do you have? Let's see … my mother passed away when I was young but not in the way that I was told. I have a whole family in the Caribbean I didn't know about. My father has always been a spy and couldn't talk about it. I have grown up feeling loved but almost everything I thought I knew about my past was a lie. Do you have a couch I can lie down on? This really could take a while.
Brett: Um, let's move on then. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Abigail: I still don't think I have grown up. My secret dream has always been to lead a punk band. And, for many years, I have wanted to build my own robot. So maybe now my dream should be to build my own punk-rock robot band.
Brett: Can you tell us a little bit more about what happened in the Caribbean for the department newsletter? The rumor is your father shut down a coup on the island of Petit Royale by using a new secret weapon, but nobody knows what it is.
Abigail: I can't believe you're even asking me this. You know this is going to get redacted. Let's just say that we did discover a secret weapon, but it's like nothing the government had run across before.
Brett: Then how do you know so much about it? Do you even have a security clearance?
Abigail: Let's just say it doesn't work without me. And it's not a robot, if that's what you're thinking.
Abgail: That's a weird segue. I guess I would be nicer to my mother, now that I've learned more about the challenges she faced in life. I started to say I would be nice to my ex-boyfriend, but he was a jerk who deserved more than he got, so I'll leave him off that list.
Brett: I understand you also came back from your Caribbean trip with a new boyfriend. Can you tell me about him?
Abigail: This is for the newsletter, you say? I can't — won't — tell you much about him. He's older than he looks. He's incredibly tough but he's a sweetie at heart. And I love him with all MY heart.
Brett: Any chance we could get him on this interview as well?
Abigail: Can I see your badge again? This has expired. I think we have a problem here.
Brett: Oh, look at the time. I'd better let you get back to work. It was nice to talk with you.
Abigail (speaking into lapel): Security, we have a problem.
Brett: No, really … how did these guys get here so fast?
Abigail: It was, uh, nice talking with you. These gentlemen will handle the rest of the interview.
Brett O’Neal Davis is a native of
, and attended the same high school as Sam Phillips, who discovered Elvis Presley. He studied journalism at the Florence, Ala. University of North Alabama and the , writing about music whenever possible. He also briefly “fronted” the one-man punk band Screwhead. Despite clearing $1.50 in profit on consignment sales of the band’s lone album at Salt of the Earth Records in University of Missouri Columbia, Mo., he turned to the slightly more stable world of aerospace and defense journalism, working today in the field of unmanned systems and robotics in Washington, D.C.
He is the author of four science fiction and fantasy novels, all published by Baen Books. The first, The Faery Convention, was listed among the best fantasy novels for 1995 by Science Fiction Chronicle, and Two Tiny Claws was named to the 2000 Books for the Teen Age List by the New York Public Library. An occasional panelist at area science fiction conventions, he also has discussed fiction writing at National Press Club events and at literary festivals, including the annual T.S. Stribling celebration at the University of North Alabama. Mama Lona’s Man is his first foray into paranormal romance, but it won’t be the last.
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