Character Interview - Fiona Bartlett Thulukan (La Fi)
Thanks for letting me stop by, Laurie.
Where do you dream of traveling to and why?
La Fi - With all these portals opening to other worlds, it would be cool to actually go to one of them. I mean to really set foot on another world? Especially these particular world of magic. I grew up reading fantasy and actually seeing one of their worlds and how they live would be fantastic!
Tell us about your family.
La Fi - I married into an enormous family. My parents died when I was ten. Neither of them had any real family, except for my mom’s mother, Nana Fae, who raised me. She is awesome! I met my husband, Thulu, the same year I lost my parents. Since he’s a finder, he knew right away we would be together. Even I knew that I’d met someone special in spite of how young we were. It never occurred to either of us that we wouldn’t spend our lives together.
Thulu’s family is huge with aunts and uncles and cousins. It’s close-knit, too. We have tons of family barbeques and get-togethers. Everyone stays in touch and supports each other through the good and bad times. They welcomed Nana Fae and I into the fold all those years ago and I’m so grateful to have them in my life.
What books have most influenced your life?
I have always had a thing for the Harry Potter series. Even before I lost my folks, I adored the books, but afterwards, they had a particular meaning for me. Especially once I realized I could see and hear the dead. I was different, just like Harry.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
La Fi - Thulu and I are gamers and we play MMOs online. Killing pixelated creatures is very satisfying. We belong to a very large guild and have lots of online friends. Of course, we don’t get to play as much as we used to. Having magic in the real world and dealing with that does take up a lot of our time.
Morning Person? Or Night Person? How do you know?
La Fi - Night person. It takes me hours to fall asleep sometimes. I’m not quite human until I have my coke in the morning, preferably after ten. I’m just more alive at night.
Is there a piece of advice that you have received that has really stuck with you? If so, what was it?
My Nana Fae told me years ago to keep my ability to see and hear the dead quiet. She instilled in me a pretty healthy dose of fear of getting snatched up and locked away somewhere to be studied and poked and prodded. That might sound paranoid, but you know what? It happened to a friend of hers. He never did get released. Nana’s an empath and she said she could feel him at times. So we stay under the radar. That’s why Thulu and I don’t take on live human clients. Besides, it’s not like the dead or other supernatural beings have a lot of options for help out there. We fill a niche and I’m glad we listened to Nana.
Maer - Thanks again for a fun interview and letting me share La Fi with you!!
Book 1 of The Thulukan Chronicles
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
Date of Publication: 5/1/13
Number of pages: Approx 293
Word Count: 105,000
When the creatures of myth and magic return to Earth, they're nothing like your mother's fairy tales.
Most of Thulu and La Fi's clients are dead. Which is perfect since their detective agency caters to the supernatural. So, a job finding relics for an ancient daemon should be simple.
The daemon needs the relics to keep a dangerous portal closed. His enemy, Gabriel, wants the relics to open the portal and give his people access to a new feeding ground – Earth.
Stunning humanity with their existence, portals to other worlds begin to open and the creatures of magic return to Earth.
When Gabriel threatens their family, Thulu and La Fi's search becomes personal. They'll need powerful allies in the race to find the relics before Gabriel does. But maybe that's what grateful dead, magical allies and daemonic clients are for.
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Relics at Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17767013-relics
"'Relics' is a powerful read which will challenge long-held perceptions of good vs. evil and Light vs. Dark well after the book is finished." Diane M. Haynes, author of Rift Healer, YA finalist in the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence.
“In Relics, author Maer Wilson takes everything you think you know about the creatures of the fantasy world and twists it around to create a unique and engaging story.” Constance Philips, author of Resurrecting Harry and Fairyproof.
“The perfect paranormal detective, Wilson’s unique and suspenseful tale pulls you in and doesn’t let go.” Jean Murray, author of Soul Awakened and Soul Reborn.
About the Author
After a successful career being other people, and later teaching others the many tricks of that trade, Maer Wilson has decided to be herself for a while.
Turns out she's a writer. She's always loved stories, especially fantasy, mystery and sci fi. Maer was born in the Year of the Dragon and has a dragon-themed room in her home, but sadly no dragons in the back yard.
When she's not writing, Maer plays online video games, teaches college and reads. She also co-hosts the literary podcast, “MythBehaving”. She lives in the high desert of Southern Nevada with her two dogs, a chihuahua and a poodle.
Relics is her first novel and will be released by Crescent Moon Press on May 1, 2013. You can visit her website at www.maerwilson.com.
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