Palta is the female heroine and narrator of Proximity. She’s shy on the surface, more by necessity than by choice. As an alien trying her best to blend in on Earth, keeping a low profile is just part of the deal. To those who know her well, she’s impulsive, witty, stubborn, and completely oblivious to her own merits. She’s growing increasingly bored with ordinary life, but finds herself caught off guard when things start getting “interesting”.
Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?
I am a self-professed music addict, with no hope or desire for a cure. I’m not too keen on the idea of an implantable chip in my brain; but if it had the option of playing a continual soundtrack in my head, I might just consider signing up. So, the answer is yes…I most definitely listen to music while writing. The playlist varies depending on my moods, but lately I’ve been on a kick of Florence + the Machine, Fun., Ellie Goulding, and My Chemical Romance. And no, there’s absolutely no rhyme or reason to that list.
What was the scariest moment of your life?
Before I had children, I would have answered by recounting the time my raft capsized while negotiating a lovely deathtrap known as “Satan’s Suckhole” in Colorado. But motherhood completely changed my perspective on fear. You could drop me from the sky without a parachute, dunk me into a shark tank, or offer me up to a crowd of bloodthirsty zombies, and nothing would compare to the terror of seeing one of my children in danger. Thankfully, the closest we’ve come is when my four-year-old was choking on steak. Fortunately, I was there to do the Heimlich maneuver. I appeared calm, but it’s the only time in my life I’ve ever been literally shaking with fear. I know other parents have endured far worse…and I pray I’ll never have to.
What group did you hang out with in high school?
I was in the high school band, a “bandie” to the core. I played the French horn and dated a hunky-hunk from the drumline that later became my husband. Bandies rule.
Morning Person? Or Night Person? How do you know?
DEFINITELY a night person. I know, because peeling myself out of the bed early in the morning is like plucking my fingernails out with rusty pliers. I can stay up all night and just feel kind of sluggish the next day. But ask me to sleep two hours and then get up at four in the morning…It won’t be pretty.
What one word best describes you?
“Unpredictable”. Or maybe I should say “inconsistent”? I’ll spend months growing my hair out, then decide on a whim to chop it to a pixie cut (a decision I’m still regretting). I can be a neat-freak germophobe one minute, and ignore dishes piled up in the sink the next. And I don’t follow guidance very well. If you say “zig”, I’ll “zag”…as soon as I figure out what “zagging” is.
Where are your fans most likely to find you hanging out?
I have fans?...Awesome. Tell ‘em to come on over! Nine times out of ten, you’ll find me hanging out at home with my posse (also known as the husband and kids). If we’re not at the house, we’re out on the road for a weekend camping getaway. Letting the boys burn off a little energy outdoors does wonders for our collective sanity.
M. A. George is part proud mother of two adorable children, part super top secret agent…Oops, probably just lost that job.
Writing is what keeps her up into the wee hours of the night. Fortunately, she has a lot of energy (Read: caffeine is her friend). She has a bit of an obsession with music (It does a fantastic job of tuning out rambunctious children while she attempts to focus).
She sincerely hopes people out there enjoy reading her work as much as she enjoys writing it. And if anyone hears of work for a super top secret agent, she’s now available (Discretion guaranteed…).