Friday, January 18, 2013

FRIDAY FIRSTS with Margaret Fieland

The first five lines of... RELOCATED 

“What do you mean I must undergo a psi exam? The Terran Federation legislates against any use of psi.” The speaker, a human woman with wild gray hair, glared at the immigration official.

I gazed at the official. Like most Aleyni, he stood over six feet, slender, with extra wide hands, and thumbs able to bend all the way back.

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Fun Facts about Margaret
1. Who was your first love?
Her name was Trudy, and she was ten. I was seven. My father had a house in Connecticut that he'd built before he was married. It was a three bedroom ranch right on Candlewood Lake, and all his friends had teased him for building such a large place. We used to spend every summer, all summer, there until I was about twelve.

The house was on a dead end road, and Trudy's family lived a few houses down from ours. Alas, her parents divorced and she moved to California with her mother. I missed her terribly.

2. Tell me about the first novel you ever wrote. What happened to it?
Unlike many writers, I did not always want to be a writer. I wrote my first novel in 2006, I believe. In 2010 it was accepted for publication. It's due out sometime this year.
The impetus for the novel was a terrible fire that took the lives of a friend's wife and all of his children. The whole tragic affair haunted me, so about six months after I started writing fiction, I sat down one weekend and wrote the first draft of the novel, “The Angry Little Boy.” It took me three or four more years to learn enough to rewrite it into something publishable. In the novel, the boy, Alvin, loses his mother in a fire.  It was my way of coming to terms with my friend's loss.

3. What was your first date with your significant other?
We met at a concert half-way between our two houses. She recognized the friend I'd come with, and came over to say hello. The two of us hit it off, and we ended up going to dinner at a very nice restaurant in Cambridge, The Harvest. It's since closed.

I came home and cried my eyes out because I was sure I'd never see her again.

That was about 20 years ago. So much for my powers of prognostication.
More about Margaret:  Born and raised in New York City, Margaret Fieland has been around art and music all her life.  Her poems and stories have appeared in journals such as  Turbulence Magazine, Front Range Review, and All Rights Reserved. She is one of the Poetic Muselings. Their poetry anthology, "Lifelines," was published by Inkspotter Publishing in November, 2011.  She is the author of "Relocated," published by MuseItUp Publishing, and of "Sand in the Desert." Her book,  "The Angry Little Boy," will be published by 4RV publishing in early 2013.

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  1. Rebecca, thanks so much for hosting me today.

  2. Margaret, your book sound great. Coming up with whole new worlds is an amazing ability! Best wishes for it's success.

  3. Terrific excerpt and great interview!

  4. Margaret, thanks so much for coming on today.:)

  5. Hmmm...psi? I know pounds per square inch. Now I'm curious. Of course, that's why you chose this passage! What a tease. Best wishes with your new release@

  6. J Q -- psi = extra sensory perception = esp = mind speech. But do read the book :-).