Mary S. Palmer has been writing since she was five years old and has had 5 books published. Musa Publishing published her latest novel TIME WILL TELL (science fiction) on March 9, 2012. They also published TO CATCH A FISH, a novel coauthored with David V. Wiltonon April 6, 2012. She is an adjunct instructor in two colleges where she teaches English. For fun, she loves to travel and has been fortunate enough to visit all 50 of the United States and every continent except Antarctica–a little cold for a southern gal. Wherever she goes, she collects plates and music. Her walls and CD cases are almost full. The most exotic trip she ever took was a cruise on the Nile and the most daring thing she ever did was parasailing in the South Pacific near Tahiti.
Now on to the FIVE QUESTIONS
1. What was the spark of inspiration for To Catch a Fish?
The spark of inspiration for TO CATCH A FISH was that it told the story of a man caught in an unbearable situation and the appeal of resolving the problem drew me in. I started editing the story and found what my co-author David Wilton had written interesting enough to collaborate on it. The sequel, BAITING THE HOOK, is scheduled for release by Musa Publishing Co. November 30, 2012.
2. Which character most resembles you in your story?
I don’t think any character really resembles me. In minor ways, Pokey, the female character, may have character traits, like determination (some would call it stubbornness, like me. Otherwise, she’s her own person.
3. What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
My advice to aspiring authors would be to avoid “info dump” or telling and “show” everything you can. It is not easy, because we want to get all the pertinent information in and telling is much simpler than showing. The problem is that just dispensing information isn’t interesting to readers. One other thing is to let the reader hear your voice. Flowery, pretentious language is unnatural and it isn’t appealing. Do whatever it takes to hook your reader and then reel him, or her, in. You can’t just catch that fish, you have to land it.
4. What are you working on now?
Right now, I’m finishing a mystery novel. Also, because I’ve had interest and requests from readers of my science-fiction novel TIME WILL TELL, I’ve begun a sequel to it. It may take a while to complete, though.
5. Finally, Star Wars or Star Trek?
It may seem a bit odd because I’ve published a science-fiction book, but I’m not really a big fan of Star Wars or Star Trek. Although I don’t qualify as a Trekkie, I would choose it over Star Wars. I love to travel and the concept of being in outer space. I’d go there in a minute if I had the chance.
About To Catch a Fish
Davey Simpson, a fisherman, is charged with the murder of a powerful Alabama politician’s son. His childhood friend, Ben Johnson, is an attorney, but Ben would have to resign as the first black lieutenant governor of Alabama to represent Davey.
In jail, Davey finds a unique way to survive confinement, one that involves his childhood friends–his lost love, Pokey, and Ben.
When Ben was mistreated because of his race, Davey befriended him. Now, Ben has an opportunity to compensate. But will he choose to do so?
This book won Second Place in the 2009 Sandhill Writer’s Conference for Novels. One judge, author Milam McGraw Propst,compared it to The Help saying, “It is writing from the same heart. I love these three characters, especially Pokey and her triumph. These beautifully drawn, rich memories of the South bring back a place and time we all need to remember.”