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Please welcome Marilyn Peake to the newest interview series from author PK Tyler! This series is highlighting an amazing project, with 23 award-winning, and best-selling authors, Dominion Rising!
Marilyn Peake is a USA Today best-selling author, and recently joined 22 other authors one the Dominion Rising boxset! She writes in a variety of genres, mostly science fiction and fantasy. Her work has been published by The Perseus Books Group and serialized at The Daily Beast. We hope you enjoy getting to know her a little better through our interview today!
PK Tyler: Marilyn, you write both science fiction and fantasy, but today we’d like to concentrate on your science fiction works. Many of your books are based on apocalyptic futures and zombies. Can you tell us what draws you to writing in those settings?
Marilyn Peake: I’ve always been interested in the Apocalyptic genre. Those types of books, movies, and computer games are supposed to warn us about the ways in which the future could take a bad turn. It’s like pieces of a puzzle: seeing those that could lead to serious harm if the puzzle’s completed, which gives us a chance to replace them before it’s too late. Unfortunately, in today’s world, the Apocalyptic genre is often less of a warning to never get into this type of situation than a message that we’ve already stepped our toe into it and better pull it back out before it becomes the proverbial boiling frog. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood is certainly that way.
Marilyn Peake: I wrote my Zombie books, the Mutation Z series, during the Ebola scare of 2014. I saw many similarities in how that was handled and how a Zombie plague or any other epidemic might be handled. I also explored the question: What if the Zombie plague began as a biological weapon?
PK Tyler: Interesting! We also noticed that you’re on of the writers in Hugh Howey’s Silo Saga Kindle World. What has working on the project been like for you?
Marilyn Peake: It was awesome! I love Hugh Howey’s Wool series and the Silo Saga Kindle World gave me an opportunity to write within his world and get the story published.
PK Tyler: We’re so excited that you’ve decided to take part in Dominion Rising, what made you decide to join in on this box set collection?
Marilyn Peake: I’d been admiring the Dominion Rising boxed set for quite some time. The authors writing for it are phenomenal. The ads I’d seen were stunning, totally capturing my attention. When I was asked to join Dominion Rising, I felt like one of my dreams had finally come true.
PK Tyler: Aww, shucks! Many science-fiction writers start with short stories and taking part in anthologies. Was this your experience, or did you start doing anthologies after releasing your first novel?
Marilyn Peake: My first publication was The Fisherman’s Son, a middle-grade children’s Fantasy Adventure novel, in 2002. Since then, I’ve gone on to publish five novels and lots of short stories.
PK Tyler: Now for the best part, can you give us a sneak peek or a hint about what you’ll be writing for your contribution to the Dominion Rising Boxset?
Marilyn Peake: I’m writing a Science Fiction novel titled The Other for Dominion Rising. In it, the human race sees something that looks like the arrival of aliens from outer space. However, they may be something completely different, perhaps beings necessary for our future survival. The question is: Will we destroy them through our deeply innate fear of the Other? Here’s a short blurb for this novel:
Humanity is struggling to survive. With crops failing and pestilence spreading around the globe, the human race has returned to its tribal roots, constantly at war over dwindling resources. When the Other arrives, they become Enemy Number One. Everyone fears the Other.
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Here’s an excerpt from the very beginning of The Other!
I was packing to leave when a Breaking News story came on the TV. The CIA had launched an investigation into reports of UFOs and outer space aliens that seemed to occur every day now. That’s how serious this had become.
As a Psychology professor investigating the same thing, I like to keep a cool head, remain rational. The focus of my research is that this is nothing more than mass hysteria. Although “nothing more” doesn’t adequately explain the situation. Mass hysteria can lead to a whole lot of destruction. Just ask those considered witches in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in Europe, or later in the Salem Witch Trials. Yeah, you didn’t want people thinking you were a witch back then.
The next Breaking News story was about North Korea testing another missile, followed by graphic video of a terrorist attack in Europe and interviews with investigators looking into a computer hack in which the Russians were the prime suspects. Yup, the world was melting down. People carried on as though none of this affected them personally, but deep down in their brains in the almond-shaped amygdalae, fear responses were going off like fireworks. Rather than shake with terror over a relentless barrage of frightening stories, everything had been crystallized into one bogeyman: a green alien from outer space with monstrously large black eyes. Yup, we’d found our witch.
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USA TODAY Bestselling Author Marilyn Peake writes in a variety of genres, mostly Science Fiction and Fantasy. She’s one of the contributing authors in Book: The Sequel, published by The Perseus Books Group, with one of her entries included in serialization at The Daily Beast. In addition, Marilyn has served as Editor of a number of anthologies. Her short stories have been published in seven anthologies and on the literary blog, Glass Cases.
AWARDS: Silver Award, two Honorable Mentions and eight Finalist placements in the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards, two Winner and two Finalist placements in the EPPIE Awards, Winner of the Dream Realm Awards, Finalist placement in the 2015 National Indie Excellence Book Awards, and Winner of “Best Horror” in the eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards.