Bluewood interviews Deborah McNemar, author of The Pantheon Consulting Series: Pantheon, Hades, Elysia, and Styx and Stones
Bluewood Publishing: Hi there, welcome to Bluewood. Tell us a little about yourself. What part of the world do you live in? Tell us about your background?
Deborah: I was born in the US, in Southern California. In the years following, I’ve lived all over the US, in Texas, North Carolina and even spent two years in Turkey. I finally roosted in North Dakota with its peace and quiet and long, cold winters. I’m married and have two beautiful daughters and two grandchildren. I started writing very young – about twelve years old – and it is a hobby/habit/addiction that just stuck with me.
Bluewood: Who are your favorite authors?
Deborah: It depends on what genre you’re talking about. In horror, it will always be Dean Koontz. In science fiction, Heinlein and Asimov are king. In romance, Nalini Singh, Kathleen Woodwiss, Christine Feehan, C. L. Wilson and the list goes on. Fantasy is my first love. Barbara Hambly, Anne McCaffery, Janny Wurts, Andre Norton, and (of course) Sir Terry Pratchett.
Bluewood: What is your genre and what attracts you to that genre, and what made you want to write it?
Deborah: My genre? I don’t know that I could pick just one and stick to it. I love fantasy and predominantly write fantasy and fantasy romance. The world building and the wider panorama to write in is irresistible. There is a freedom in fantasy that I don’t find anywhere else. But I also write science fiction romance. I still get to build worlds, but the faster pace and tighter weave of the plot is a challenge.
Bluewood: The question you are probably always asked – how long have you been writing?
Deborah: I was twelve years old when I locked myself in my room for the whole summer, just me, a typewriter, and a ream of paper. I emerged three months later, tanless, with twenty-five pages of a story. I never thought I’d do anything with my writing, but I’ve always jotted down short stories and the like for fun. It wasn’t until my kids were in middle school, about twenty years ago, that I got serious about it. In six months, I turned a five page short story about an elf girl and her human knight friend into a novel. I spent the next five years rewriting it into something worth reading and that was when I decided I wanted to write forever.
Bluewood: Does the way you personally look at life reflect in your writing style?
Deborah: I don’t think you can get away from it entirely. Humans are attracted to like-minded people and authors are human beings. The characters we write embody what we find most attractive or most horrible in people. Perhaps because I’ve lived so many places and with so many cultures, I haven’t had issues yet with a character sounding just like me. They have their own minds and opinions formed by their life experiences, not mine.
Bluewood: What concept or situation about your book makes it so unique?
Deborah: There aren’t many futuristic/science fiction romance books out there these days. Most people think the technology will be too difficult to sort through. While these books are set in the future and there is advanced technology, I am neither a physicist nor an engineer. I can’t tell you how my cell phone works, but I know it does. I use that same acceptance in the story. For these characters, this technology is nothing strange, it’s every day. There is no need to explain further.
Bluewood: Tell us about The Pantheon series. What was your inspiration for this book?
Deborah: had written a short story for a contest and the main character, Athene, stuck with me. She’s a strong character, a loner, and a military trained sniper. She’s nothing short of lethal. What kind of man would she fall in love with? What would it take for her to trust someone that close? With only that curiosity, I started writing and found myself eyebrow-deep in intrigue and far more story than I’d expected. The rest is history.
Bluewood: What is your favorite scene from the book and why?
Deborah: Every book has its moments that an author loves. In Pantheon, it was Athene’s fight in the topless club. In Hades, it was Rosalind’s encounter with the thugs breaking into Hercules’ house. In Elysia, I would have to say the hurricane.
Bluewood: Have you written other books?
Deborah: I’ve written several novels, some fantasy, some fantasy/romance and some science fiction/romance. The two main series I write are the Fae Tales, Faery Tail, Griffin Feathers and the soon to be released Wilding Heart and the Pantheon Consulting series.
Bluewood: If you could tell us one thing about the Science Fiction Romance genre that makes your mind spin with ideas, what would that be?
Deborah: The possibilities are endless. When you read something set in the real world, it might strike a chord of familiarity with you, a place you’ve been or lived, or you know someone who lived there. But that’s it. Fantasy and science fiction both offer the chance to go to places that exist only in the imagination and are as rich and varied as there are people who read and write them. For me, it’s the ultimate vacation.
Thanks so much for chatting with us, Deborah!