We've decided to do a fun thing together. We both have new releases and are going to talk about Zambia and our new releases on each other's blogs. So, today, I have Marie Dry talking about her experiences in Zambia and her new book, Alien Under Cover. You can purchase it here.
I've read the first in the series, Alien Mine. What a gripping and fascinating romance.
Anyway, over to Marie who has answered some questions about Zambia and her new book:
It's a really small world, I couldn't believe when I joined ROSA that we were both living in Zambia at the same time.
When exactly were you there?
I was posted at the South African Embassy from 1994 to 1998
What is the best memory you have of Zambia?
The friendliness of the Zambians, Jailin the restaurant at the tennis club that served chicken butter masala I can still taste whenever I think of it.
What is the worst memory you have of Zambia?
Potholes the size of craters and frequent power cuts.
Have you always planned to set a story there or did the idea come to you and then you decided on a setting?
I have always planned to set a story in Zambia and I have a germ of an idea but there are several other stories that have to be told first.
Have you ever been back to Zambia? If not would you like to?
No I haven't been back but I would love to go and eat chicken butter masala at Jailin and see if any of my favorite places still exist.
It was my first posting. I was young and inexperienced but I loved the country and the people. There were quite a few of us the same age at the Embassy and we had wonderful weekends visiting a friends farm and going on houseboats on the Kariba dam and going dancing and to the movies in Harare that was a few hours drive from Lusaka. I remember the Lusaka Lowdown putting out reports on potholes. I think the one in one of the major roads were called Bessie. Each month we got updates on the new children Bessie had, namely smaller potholes around her.
You have been posted to Zambia, Morocco and Spain and did short stints in Mozambique, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Rome, Brazil, Tunisia and Portugal. Why do you always say that Zambia so close to your heart?
Tell me about your book. What is it about?
In a bleak and apocalyptic future, Julia Benzoni flees the violence-saturated world of her mafia family to build a peaceful life in a No Name Town, Montana. Now, while civilization disintegrates into anarchy around her and evil men prey on the innocent, she’s pursued by an alien, whose warrior life thrusts her back into the world where might makes right and violence is the order of the day. Torn, she now has to choose between her need to distance herself from war and violence and the alien warrior who holds her heart.
What did you like the most and the least about your main characters
I loved Julia and her ability with equipment. I know just enough to use my computer as an overgrown typewriter so I loved her being able to hack inot any system. Zurian broke my heart when I learned his story eventually. The only thing driving me crazy about them was the way they hid from me for months on end while I tried to write their story.
What is next for you?
I am editing Wing Torn and have just finished I am dragon. I can't wait to edit and submit my dragon. I really enjoyed writing her journey. After that I will return to the Alien series and write Larz and Marcie's story.
Here's some info about the first book in the series, Alien Mine:
In a bleak future where government systems are breaking down and lawless bands of men terrorize the country, botanist Natalie Hanson fears for her life and hides in a cave in the Rocky Mountains. When she is captured by human raiders, a fierce alien appears and slays her attackers. Natalie is now held captive in her own cave by the sexy and striking alien commander, Zacar, who informs her that she will be his breeder. Natalie soon realizes that these aliens worship strength. So what will happen when Zacar finds out she has severe asthma?
You can connect with Marie here:
To find out my answers to the questions about Zambia, you can go to Marie's blog here.