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In April, I was scheduled to give a book talk at the Alachua County Public Library, but as you know, April was cancelled. Now I have the opportunity to do it by Zoom, which is nice because no one has to travel to attend. This will be on Saturday, August 15th, at 2:30 pm ET. Please join me. I will read passages from Trials by Fire and talk about world building and the science behind the story.

It’s easy to tune in. Just click on the link below a little before 2:30 pm ET, 1:30 pm CT, 11:30 am PT, and 9:30 pm Djibouti time.

Then click on the Zoom link at the end of the article.

Local Author Series – Marie Q. Rogers

Or you can go directly here:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81992267053?pwd=c0VyOEI4MlNMc0VTdXNtNUNKMjlDZz09

Meeting ID: 819 9226 7053
Password: 417546

You may have to jump through a few hoops, such as “Open Zoom Meeting” and “Join Video” and “Join Audio,” but it’s not too hard. Even I, a self-confessed Luddite, have been able to do it. (Try to tune in a little early in case you need time to figure it out.) You can watch this on your computer or phone. Don’t worry about the password unless you’re dialing in.

I’m looking forward to your joining me.

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You may have noticed I haven’t posted in a while. It’s not that I’ve been idle. This year I’ve done a lot of traveling, besides to Djibouti in January. During the summer, I traveled as far as upstate New York for a family reunion and spent time with my children and grandchildren in the mountains of Virginia and West Virginia. Then in October, I realized one of my life-long dreams and went to Greece—Athens, the Parthenon, and beautiful islands in the Aegean Sea.

As if that wasn’t enough, in November I joined my sister Sue in Connecticut for a genealogy expedition. This was the first time since childhood that I ventured to a northern clime during winter. I survived. When my granddaughter was born in the Blue Ridge Mountains in December, I braved snow and ice for this happy occasion.

So I have many adventures to write about, including the rest of my journey to Djibouti. I promise to deliver.

That doesn’t mean I haven’t been writing, because I have. I’m polishing a novel I wrote during NaNoWriMo a few years ago, while another simmers on the back burner. One of my short stories was published in Bacopa Literary Review this fall. But what I’m excited about today is the novel I just released, Trials by Fire, which is the first volume of a trilogy, The Long Road to Namai.

This story has been down a long road itself. When I was a kid, my sisters and brothers and I would camp out in the backyard on summer nights and tell ghost stories. This was science fiction, not a ghost story, and it was so long ago I don’t remember much about the original version. During college, I developed the story a little more. Through the intervening years, I wrote at least one short story which bears little resemblance to the present incarnation. None of these previous efforts bore fruit.

Then I retired and spent a month writing the first novel length version. I went so far as to self-publish it, but gave away more copies than I sold. A few years later I reread the book and thought, “What a great story, but what lousy writing!” I took it off the market and totally recrafted the whole thing. The story was still good and the writing much better, but it was too long and I couldn’t get the word count down without sacrificing important elements.

I decided to follow the suggestions of friends to divide the story into at least two parts and market it to Young Adult readers. I won’t bore you with all the details involved in getting a book market-ready, but as one person warned me, it takes longer than you think. Finally, here it is.

I’m sure you’ll enjoy this novel even if you’re not into science fiction. It’s also a human interest story and unlike anything else you’ve read. During the coming year, I will finish parts two and three and release them for your reading pleasure. Stay tuned.

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