Saturday, February 21, 2009

The Finer Points

Good day, all!

So at the moment, I have sent off all the contacts I could think of for press, media, TV, etc., so the marketing folks at the publisher can send out a press release. I get to proof it and in the meantime, if I think of anymore contacts, send those off too :)

The wonderful folks at Strategic Book Publishing/ AEG are fabulous. From the moment I saw the cover design that the wonderful woman in the art department came up with, I knew I was dealing with competent and original people. I have nothing but good things going on with this book deal. I often wonder if I will be able to open up one of the many book flyers and see my name and book title soon. I can't wait to find out what the release date will be. Once I know, all of you will know.

I've been asked a couple of times, why did you choose to write about Tombstone?

And here's a couple of answers: The time period in which the book takes place was such a chaotic time in America, and in Arizona especially. It was a time of great change, or at least approaching change. From the aftermath of the Civil War to the dawn of the new century, things were changing all over the country. In that little corner of the Southwest, it was still a rebellious, troublesome place.

It was full of colorful characters whom people still debate about. There's a plethora of information on some individuals, and yet almost nothing on others. I try to flesh out a little bit on some of the folks, like the Earp brothers and Doc Holliday. Men like Billy Clanton and his brothers, Ike and Phin, are almost lost in the shuffle. Curly Bill Brocius, John Ringo, John Behan... There is a lot of debate on these men. Some say they were merely cold-blooded killers. A few resources say that Curly Bill was a boisterous, fun-loving man who provoked trouble as almost a joke. Some say that John Ringo rarely pulled a trigger, and was a quiet, reserved gentleman who fell in with the outlaws.

I especially had fun fleshing out the Earp women, Josephine, Allie, Mattie, Louisa, and Bessie. They were just as much a part of the infamous town as their men were. The only lady I was sad to leave out was Kate Elder, Doc Holliday's lady friend. In earlier drafts, there were a few good scenes with her. Unfortunately, as the story changed, Kate had to become a sidenote. For a really intriguing story about her, however, I highly recommend "Doc Holliday's Woman," by Jane Claudia Coleman.

It's hard not to find this fascinating. The town of Tombstone still thrives on this one incident in history: the shootout that happened near the O.K. Corral. It didn't even occur inside the actual corral, yet became a legend, a stamp of what the Old West was about. Many people still don't realize that there were so many factors that led up to the fight, from a deal gone sour between Wyatt Earp and Ike Clanton, to Wyatt's political ambitions crossing paths with John Behan's.

So your book is about the O.K. Corral? you may ask.

Not so! My book does bring up some of the possible reasons for it, but it is far a tale solely on that infamous seconds-long shootout. I only bring it up because one of the questions Deanna, the heroine, has to face is: how would you deal with letting history unfold as it already has?

So there are my deep thoughts for the day. I look forward to bringing you all more gems of information soon.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

What you might like to know

Good day, all. I hope everyone's had a fantastic weekend. Please remember: show the people closest to you that you love them every day of the year. You don't need just one day to do that.

So I have had some ask me, what exactly is your book about? Why should I read it? Will it be interesting to me?

Well, I will tell you what it is about. You should read it because I have worked very hard for many years to finish this, and I am confident that it is an enjoyable, engaging story. Want to escape for a little bit? Read my book! Will it be interesting to you? I can only hope so. I say with utter confidence that the plot was interesting enough for me to keep working until it was finished, and now that it is done, I am very satisfied. I think you will be too.

"What Might Have Been" is the story of a young woman named Deanna. She works in an art museum but has always had a great love of history, which she shares with her longtime friend, Ariel. Ariel works for a very high profile technology corporation which focuses on making advancements in all manner of departments.

When Ariel shares her latest project with her friend, Deanna unwittingly becomes the experiment in this new field: time travel. A lab accident sends Deanna back in time to 1881, Tombstone, Arizona Territory.

When she reaches the boomtown, Deanna realizes that she may be stuck there for some time, and must therefore make arrangements to survive. Soon enough, she comes into contact with two of the key elements of the town at the time: the Earp Brothers, Virgil, Wyatt and Morgan, and the Cowboys, a renegade group of thieves, rustlers and killers who banded together in the lawless territory.

She catches the eye of wild and reckless Cowboy, Billy Clanton, who is fated to die in the shootout near the O.K. Corral, and the younger Earp brother, Morgan. Struggling to survive in a time that is foreign and dangerous, Deanna tries to blend in and change as little as possible. But as time passes and the danger rises each day, she finds there is only one person she can turn to for help: the handsome young lawman, Morgan.

The book is filled with references to local stores, historical figures, and lovely little facts that came out in my research. It's romance, adventure, and history all rolled into one. I have had the pleasure of traveling to Tombstone quite a few times through the years, and each time I learn something new. I hope that anyone who reads the book will be inspired to learn more about the fascinating time that has sparked so much curiosity and speculation. Facts and fiction are able to intermingle; the separation of the two is just as interesting.

There you have it, folks! I hope that you like the premise. I tried to give as much as possible without giving everything out.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Fortuitous Beginnings

Welcome, all, to my first ever blog!

For those of you who know me already, hello! For those of you who don't, welcome, and allow me to introduce myself.

My name is Margaret Mater. I am a first time author whose debut novel, "What Might Have Been," is in in the final stages and preparing for release. It is a romance novel with a twist: how would you adjust if you were accidentally sent back in time? Would you fit right in, go galavanting and exploring without recourse? Or would you realize that the space time continuum is a delicate thing, that your presence is a violation, and interfering in anything could cause drastic changes?

Well, that's a small sample of what my book is about. I am trying to offer an alternative vision of how a modern woman would behave when faced with a time completely different from her own, and that she has to face the regular trials of survival just like everyone else.

Before I get too deep into my book, allow me to share a little about myself. I'm 29, I live in Arizona with my husband, four year old son, and two psychotic cats, one of whom thinks he's a pigeon and the other thinks she is the boss. We've been here for about a year and a half. We both originated in Kansas. My husband, Chris, was actually my boss about 10 years ago, though we never started dating till about 3 years ago.

I was actually born and raised in Moundridge, and then Newton, both small towns where everybody knows your name. I grew up with my dad, Bob, mom Celia, older sister Mary, and younger brother Mike. We have always had cats, which my dad always lamented.

I love books. Have always been an avid reader. I've been writing since grade school, and have kept it up over the years. Some of my favorite authors include J.R.R. Tolkien, Laurell K. Hamilton, Julie Kramer, Stephenie Meyer, and many more.

So that is a bit about me. I will introduce a little more of myself at a time, and share more on my book. I am so excited about it, and I hope everyone will get excited too!

Until later,