BOOK TOUR INTERVIEW: Men of the Cave by Marisette Burgess
Men of the Cave
by Marisette Burgess
Symbol of Hope Series, Book One
Raised by unorthodox parents, Kasey Reese has always struggled to be invisible, to not be noticed, to avoid conflict. Running from a broken relationship, Kasey flees to Spain on a scholarship, to restore the comfort she finds in anonymity. Destiny, however, has other plans for her – a life threatening, life-altering journey into the supernatural when she meets the men of the cave.
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
Teacher, mother, and wife, not in that order. I’m an extreme Florida girl who’s never seen snow. I believe white should be worn at funerals, not black. Studied at the University of Central Florida for a BA in English. I am co-chair of the Florida Writing Association’s youth program. If I can avoid close-toed shoes, I do. Born from Cuban immigrant parents, I spoke Spanish before I spoke English. If you ever see me staring blankly into nothing, then my head is in a story and I’m not listening.
2. What made you want to become a writer?
Nancy Drew. As a child, I struggled in reading. It wasn’t until 5th grade that I picked up a Nancy Drew book and the mystery/ suspense hooked me in. I soon realized I liked dark stories with a mystery. I went from a non-reader to a person who couldn’t put books down. After spending week after week reading, one day I decided I could do this and wrote my first story in fifth grade. I haven’t stopped since.
3. Who or what gives you inspiration?
Every aspect of my life gives me inspiration. From something someone said, to the vocabulary words I teach to my students. I can find inspiration anywhere, and I am always looking. I watch people, probably in a creepy way, to hone in on subtle details for gestures or situations. I rely on past, present, and imaginary futuristic experiences.
4. Tell us about Men of the Cave.
It’s a YA Paranormal Romantic Adventure with a twist on Greek Myths and Christian Legends.
Kasey Reese, 18, flees to Spain on a scholarship to restore the comfort she finds in anonymity. Destiny, however, has other plans for her – a life threatening, life-altering journey into the supernatural when she meets the men of the cave.
5. What’s the hardest part of being a writer?
Time is my biggest adversary. This is a hobby that I would eventually love to do as a full time job, but for right now, I have to sneak in time whenever I get it. With Men of the Cave, I wrote after my son went to bed between the hours of 9 to 4 in the morning. Then I’d get up at 6:30 am for work. I did this for three months straight. It was a period in my life where I was sleep deprived most of the time. The second book, Jar of Pandora hasn’t been as bad, but it’s taken me longer because I’m working on it at a slower pace.
6. What do you need around you to write (special drink, lucky items, etc)?
Music and a chair with no side handles. I live on Pandora radio, I use stations like 90’s alternative grunge, spiritual fairy music, the love station (this one is strictly when I need to write a particular ambience), and High School Musical cast radio. That last one I like because it features music from Glee, the movies, Disney endorsed bands and artist. It’s a teen station and since I write for teens I guiltily like it. I need a chair with no handles. I can never sit still. My legs are constantly on the move when I write. If writer’s block occurs, I pick up a book and read for a few days.
7. What are some of your favorite books?
The Giving Tree and The Juniper Game, by Sherryl Jordan (Childhood favorite books), I like Shakespeare and Poe. I love the work of Joss Whedon and Neil Gaiman. I enjoyed the Mists of Avalon series and recently read a few of the Percy Jackson series and the Fifty Shades trilogy. I’m currently reading American Gods by Neil Gaiman.
8. Are your characters based on anyone you know?
No, absolutely not. At least not anyone real. I like my characters to be their own unique person. Even though they do not exist, I treat them as if they do. Kasey’s loosely based off my favorite character in the Juniper Game. I do incorporate little traits or corks into their lives from my own. For instance, Dion’s messiness is totally me, and Kasey’s fear of flying, I know that feeling intimately. I think that the reason Kasey was easy to write, is because, she’s everything I am too afraid of being. In a way, she is my opposite.
9. What, if anything, are you working on right now?
Editing the second book, Jar of Pandora and writing the third, Symbol of Hope. I’ve started a another book, but that might just end up being a short. I’m not sure yet. It’s about a muted girl and a prince. It has a fairy tale feel to it. I want to write a romantic adult novel and the idea for that story is already out lined. Originally, when I finished Men of the Cave I thought I would write Max and Cyra’s love story, I might still do this. We’ll see.
10. Why do you love writing?
Control Freak. I could sugar coat this as much as I want but when it comes down to it, I can’t hide the fact that I like playing God. In the real world, life stories are unpredictable and the endings are always a surprise. I hate this. The fact that I can manipulate the outcomes in my stories, the characters destinies, and their fate feels like a avoid that’s been filled.
I love living in my imaginary worlds. I’m always daydreaming and it’s such a scary wonderful place. Finally, I got the balls to put my ideas on paper and share them. Here’s the thing I found, once I wrote out a scene or a character, then those thoughts were no longer in my head. I have to write them out or they haunt my dreams until I do. The scariest thing I ever did was publish my book because I was vulnerably putting myself out there. But it’s the best thing I could have done, the feeling an author gets’ when someone tells them they enjoyed their story is an endorphin like no other.