Monday, June 15, 2015

Learn More About Author M. Pax


How I Started Writing Speculative Fiction
by M. Pax

What do I write? Way back when, I thought I was a literary writer, but I didn’t really know. With no real ideas of what to write, other than the impulse to write whirling in my brain, I’d sit down at the computer, bring up a photo or art image, and scribble by hand for twenty minutes going with whatever the piece of art invoked.
Eventually, one of the ideas became good and lodged, growing into something bigger. The novel began as a contemporary piece as I sketched out a couple of scenes. I didn’t yet know what the story would be other than the friendship between two women.
I was a huge fan of Stargate at the time (and other science fiction shows), so I decided to let my creativity run wild and set the story in space. That unpublished series is about 900,00 words and remains on my hard drive—not yet ready for primetime. However, I proved to myself I could write a whole novel (more than one). It was a big step for Marykind.
My entire life I had kept my creative impulses in check (not always very successfully), and for the first time I didn’t have to. Science fiction and fantasy (part of the speculative fiction world) lets me go as far as my imagination takes me. I’ll always be drawn to it.

What do you know about speculative fiction? You can see a great explanation of it HERE. And why do you write what you write?

Here's M. Pax's Newest Release:


 In the far future, humanity settles the stars, bioengineering its descendants to survive in a harsh universe. This is the sixth book in the science fiction series, The Backworlds. A space opera adventure.
The Backworlds hang by a Quantum string, a thread about to snap. Annihilation is coming if Craze can’t stop it. The genocidal alien he had trapped breaks free, destroying a ship belonging to the Backworlds’ oldest enemy, the Fo’wo’s. The murderous alien wants to overtake the galaxy. The Fo’wo’s want another war.
The Backworlds’ best chance to survive is to overcome a century of hate and forge an alliance with the Fo’wo’s. Because of his history with the alien, Craze is recruited to represent his people. Now he’s the most hated man in the galaxy.
The looming war will be a holocaust unless Craze can stop it, knowing salvation comes at a price.



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About M. Pax:

Fantasy, science fiction, and the weird beckons to her, and she blames Oregon, a source of endless inspiration. She docents at Pine Mountain Observatory in the summers, and one of her cats has a crush on Mr. Spock. You can find out more by visiting her website: mpaxauthor.com






22 comments:

  1. Cathrina, great post about your creativity. Mostly I'm writing Romance Fiction, because the challenge I have for myself includes five novels in total around a series of pictures, and I want them to all have a happy ending, despite trials and tribulations.

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    1. Sounds exciting. Finish them up, Linda Kay.

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  2. Also a big fan of Stargate!
    I wrote what I enjoyed, which was also science fiction. And I wrote it because I wanted to read stories I couldn't find elsewhere.

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    1. Same here. I'm glad I made that decision.

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  3. 900K languishing on a hard drive? Wowsers! Your sci-fi is awesome, Mary. Imaginative and full of heart. Keep writing for Marykind and everyone else who enjoys a good read!

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    1. Yeah, it's long and needs lots of work...

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  4. I hope that series on your hard drive gets its chance at prime time soon! I'd love to read it.

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    1. One day it will. For now, it stays on the hard drive.

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  5. M. Pax is a great writer and it's awesome to learn a little more about her!

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  6. Thanks for the space, Cathrina!

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  7. I'm looking forward to reading that hard drive story someday - I'm glad you had a creative breakthrough with that and became the author you are today!

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    1. No matter what happens to a finished story, it's not wasted time.

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  8. It's so great that you no longer have to keep your creativity in check!

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  9. Hmm, so you've known for a long time you were a writer of some kind. Good. I hated writing scientific papers so much it took me a long time to discover I enjoyed writing fiction.

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  10. Hmm, so you've known for a long time you were a writer of some kind. Good. I hated writing scientific papers so much it took me a long time to discover I enjoyed writing fiction.

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    1. Yes. It's in my blood. I had trouble with term papers because I was too creative.

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  11. Stargate is awesome! I've wanted to be a writer for a very long time, and from an early age, horror was my genre. I was going to be the next Stephen King! I've dabbled in several genres over the years, and it's still fun to dabble, but paranormals and dark urban fantasies are my favorite to write. (At the moment!)

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    1. Yeah, what my favorite is can change for me too. We'll see what happens. That's part of the fun.

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  12. So awesome that you found your place to let your imagination and creative run with fervor. I feel similarly to you - writing is my outlet, my space to freely release what is me.

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