Interview with T.L. Ford, author of scifi Mas, Origin
Entering the witness relocation program after lawfully escaping a massive walled-in prison, teenage Merrill tries to fit into our society. Her background and decisions may not let her.
Maz, Origin is a story of growth and love, guilt and innocence, and changing goals. What is morally right and what is legally right? What’s legal for humans may not be for aliens…
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Excerpt from Mas, Origin
I heard shots being fired from below. They were aiming at the helicopter or the guy that landed on the scaffolding above me. The sign offered some level of protection, but they’d move into position directly below shortly. “It’s ok, miss, we’ll have you out of here in a jiff. Are you hurt?” The man began to wiggle through the bars, which was no small feat because he was wearing some sort of heavy armor.
He reached down toward me, and I hesitated, terrified of grabbing that hand and leaving my life behind. He clenched his teeth in frustration and urged me, “Come on, miss! Just take my hand.”
Gunfire from below decided for me. I lifted my good arm, and he latched onto me. As he jerked me upwards, pain shot through my shoulder and abdomen. I gave up life and slipped into darkness.
Interview with T.L. Ford
-Can you describe your dream home?
I’m living in my dream home. It’s a beautiful house in a nice neighborhood with trees along the back. We have a fantastic deck and patio with an awning, grill, and firepit. I have a hybrid craft and computer room and my husband has his man-cave. We have space for visitors to sleep and a beautiful hardwood floor downstairs. Now if only… the windows were clean and repaired and the back door opened and closed correctly…
-If we were to come to your house for a meal, what would you give us to eat?
Something vegan and likely unexpected. I feel like I should point out that family and visiting friends often bring food just in case…
-Tell us about the absolute BEST fan letter you have received.
I’ve received fan letters and messages via social media. That my work somehow touched people enough to have them reach out to say something to me is mind-bogglingly humbling. They inspire me to write more and each one holds a special place in my heart. Best? Perhaps the first from a complete stranger, because it was so surprising.
-Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?
I would very much like to see Saturn. As I’m pretty sure my publisher would cringe, roll their eyes, and arch an eyebrow at me, I guess I would have to change that to Australia. Colony One’s sequel needs a lot more knowledge about Australia.
-Who designed the book cover for the book you are touring?
I designed the book cover for Maz, Origin using Smithsonian Open Content and other sources in the Creative Commons domain with a lot of Photoshop tweaking. The illustrations inside, however, were designed and drawn by my good friend, Chris Rubenstahl.
About T.L. Ford
T. L. Ford is a programmer, writer, and artist. She spent most of her professional career supporting the Patuxent River Naval Air Station in southern Maryland. Her science fiction novels imagine possibilities while focusing on society and personal relationships and decisions. Her fantasy novels are heavily influenced by Dungeons & Dragons and are light “weekend reads”. She’s also created two art books, a thriller novella, and an interactive math iBook. She enjoys sailing, hiking, and spending time with her family.
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