Being a science fiction writer myself, I appreciate authors that take the time to delve into the actual science of the universe and then wrap it around their story effectively. Mary Louise Davie is such an author and it is my great pleasure to introduce her to the readers of No Wasted Ink.
My name is Mary Louise Davie, I love the scientific, the theoretical and I love the morning sky. I grew up in Scotch Plains, NJ and now live in West Milford, NJ where there are sunsets on lakes and bears and deer; Very conducive to creative thoughts.
When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing when I was about eight. I remember a ‘novela’ I wrote when I was eight with an OakTag cover and written on that paper that has the lines to guide your writing and blank space at the top to draw a picture. It was a story that took place in the Pyrenees, about a little girl and her horse, a Palomino.
I liked the feeling I got when I wrote, when I was inside the world I created.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I was eleven I wrote poetry. I loved TS Elliott and mimicked his style. An English teacher I had took my poetry to her graduate professor and based on his commentary it went on from there. I began to recognize that writing was part of who I am.
Can you share a little about your current book with us?
The Earth has suffered tremendously – from the climate changes that have made North America into a frozen tundra and Europe into a desert. The oxygen of the world has been depleted causing people to require protective suits and oxygen masks. Travel is curtailed thanks to constant solar storms which also make communications spotty. The governments of the world put a moratorium on war and work together to build three space ships in the low gravity environment of the moon: the Memnoch, the Clinton, and the Sanacion. This follows the Sanacion and its mission to travel fourteen light years to a black hole, go down the black hole, use a bomb of star material to blow a hole in it and escape to a new universe and a new earth. At least that’s the plan. Several hundred people on a ship, some military some civilian, there’s going to be conflict. This tells the story on several different levels from Colonel Steve Jensenn who commands the Sanacion with Lenora his second in command or Jake who is the civilian leader and leads a revolt over the panic about facing the black hole and the singularity. It is an adventure of humanity out in the universe.
What inspired you to write this book?
I was researching the black hole from a scientific point of view, running the equations, reading all that was written about and it led me down a path to a thought experiment. I took that thought experiment and placed characters in it and let them tell me what happened and this became the book. Their lives and the science combined.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I do not use one particular style. When I was at University of Maryland, I learned a major lesson in my creative writing class that echoed things my mother had taught me. You can be creative in Expository Writing. It was as if it opened up the flood gates and my writing style was born.
How did you come up with the title of this book?
Sanacion pronounced (sa•na•ción) is a Spanish word that means healing. Given the Earth’s state and the need for a healing of mankind, it felt right to name the ship and the book Sanacion The Black Hole Mission is the heart of the story.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The message is in humanity. Finding out what the scientific truths are even when they weren’t what they thought before, the conflict that is always there, be it between military and civilian or individuals such as Steve and Kevin; the tale is a cautionary tale and one of the little and big triumphs as mankind finds his ( or her ) way in the universe and in life. Hopefully mankind is able to overcome the pitfalls that he brings on himself.
Are experiences in this book based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
While none of the experiences are truly based on anyone or any event, as an author I am sure that some slip in.
What authors have most influenced your life? What about them do you find inspiring?
TS Elliott and Arthur C Clarke are my biggest influences. TS Elliott for his precise word choices and Arthur C Clarke for his descriptions and ability to stir imaginations of readers and scientists alike.
If you had to choose, is there a writer would you consider a mentor? Why?
To be honest, she wasn’t a writer but the lessons she taught especially regarding English and literature gave her the role of mentor. My mother was an English Teacher. She always shared her love of reading or of correct grammar, of writing styles and much more. She taught me so much over the years and I hope she knows how much a part of me what she taught has become.
Who designed the cover of your book? Why did you select this illustrator?
The art was done by Tom Rodriguez. I was inspired by a picture of a black hole swallowing its companion star and he turned it into a picture that translated into Sanacion. He was selected because he is one of the best.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
First, read lots, and second write every day, in a journal, short stories, whatever format feels comfortable. Lastly find your voice and genre. It may not be in the first one you try, but when you find it, the writing will become natural. Oh, and one more – follow your characters. I may decide what happens over all in my books, but in the specific scenes the characters go where they choose and develop on their own.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I have really enjoyed seeing those of you who come out to the conventions or talking to you on line. From talking about science in general to Sanacion: The Black Hole Mission, and in answer to one of your most frequent questions, the next book Sanacion: We Are The Aliens will be out in several months. And to those that haven’t read me yet, I’d love you to start the journey now, but if not you can join in any time the next book doesn’t need you to read this one first, though it does enhance the experience!
I am an author who loves all things above the exosphere and who would stow away on a mission to Mars in a heartbeat. Space is my passion and writing is sharing my vision with you.
Cover Art: Tom Rodriguez
Publisher: Brighton Publishing