I was recently lucky enough to converse with Monique Snyman, author of Muti Nation, a brand new novel from Omnium Gatherum. It looks like this:
And the conversation went like this:
Brent Kelley: Hi Monique! So your book Muti Nation just came out from Omnium Gatherum. What’s it about? Romance at sea?
Monique Snyman: Hi Brent! Do I look like a cutesy romance writer … err, rather don’t answer that. No, sir! Muti Nation is a novel about ritual murders where body parts and organs are used for traditional medicine. We follow Esmé Snyders, a young occult crime expert (not paranormal investigator), as she searches for the “muti-killer” who’s been taunting her by leaving bodies all around the place. Her job is, unfortunately, not as straight forward as it appears, because this guy is powerful in a supernatural sense, and ja … he’s got his evil eye trained on her. Muti Nation is also mainly set in Pretoria, South Africa, where we sometimes hear about these types of murders occurring (and yeah, they do happen).
BK: It sounds great! What else have you written? What’s on the way?
MS: Thank you, thank you. *curtsies* I’ve written quite a few short stories that found homes in a myriad of small presses. I’ve also written some other novels. YA stuff. I’m hoping those titles will soon fall into obscurity, so let’s forget I’ve written more books than Muti Nation. *laughs* I’m currently working on the sequel to Muti Nation, and exploring some other ideas I have. Oh, and I’ve been submitting some more short stories. That’s about it on the writing front at the moment.
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In the not too distant future, I had a conversation with author Chris Meekings about his new book Ravens and Writing Desks from Omnium Gatherum. This is that interview. But first, a photo of Chris.
Brent Kelley: Hello, Chris. This is the very first question of the interview, wherein I ask you to introduce yourself and provide a short list of your fears. Do you like how that first part wasn’t a question but this second part is?
Chris Meekings: Hello Brent, and hello readers of Brent.
My name is Chris Meekings. I come from a city called Gloucester in the South West of Britain, and I wrote a book. I started writing it about 11 years ago. Then 9 years ago I finished the first draft and had to edit it for 2 years. At the recommendation of a friend of mine, Garrett Cook, I sent it off to Omnium Gatherum and Kate was kind enough to publish it, and here we are.
Ooooh, what are my fears? I really hate flying, which is going to be a bit of a problem in November as I’m due to fly to Portland to attend a convention. That’s about 12 hrs of flight. I’m not looking forward to that.
BK: So tell us a bit about the book. Ravens and Writing Desks. I’m told it’s a metaphysical fantasy?
CM: Yes Ravens is a Metaphysical Fantasy, so it’s to do with exploring the fundamental nature of being and the world around us. But, it’s also to do with books. It’s been described as a book for bookworms.
The story is about a young girl called Lucy Alice Zara Gayle. She starts as a very standard protagonist for a fantasy book. She’s smart but socially isolated and bullied at school. That is until one day when she is confronted by a wizard on her way home from school. He sends her off on a quest to return magic to his world. She, of course, goes, but as she travels this strange land she becomes increasingly concerned about whether what she is experiencing is real or not. To find the answers she must pass three tests, one of courage, one of compassion and one of logic. Only then can she decide what is real and what it is she believes.
It’s a book that, hopefully, tries to illustrate how stories shape our identities and how our beliefs shape our reality.
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