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For the Strange and Surprising: Where the Mongrels Are
by M.F. Adele
(Where They Are, #1)
Publication date: August 27th, 2021
Genres: Adult, Reverse Harem, Romance, Science Fiction
I’m a catastrophe waiting to happen—I always have been.
When a waterspout drops me on the shores of a seemingly deserted island, I soon realize that I’m not on Earth, and I’m not alone.
This new world is full of dangers, from sea monsters and feuding tribes to poisonous food and beasts that lurk in the shadows. None of those things are as dangerous as the Mongrel men appointed to guard and teach me.
All I want to do is go home, but the island has no intentions of letting me leave.
I’ll be forced to interact with total strangers to survive this perilous land surrounded by treacherous waters.
My dreams of happiness sink into the dark depths below as I struggle to save myself from certain death.
The Mongrels will learn that fear makes a person reckless.
My name is Adelaide Storm.
But they’ll call me Ada Stormbrave.
Interview with the Author
What are four things you can't live without?
Aside from the obvious answers like family, friends, pets, and my voice? Caffeine, a comfy hoodie, puzzles, and music.
What is your favorite television show?
I don’t watch a ton of TV… But when I do, I love watching documentaries. I also watch some anime with my son.
Where do you get your inspiration, information, and ideas for books?
From everywhere and anywhere. Music, pictures, laying in the grass… I have hellhounds inspired by my dog. I have characters inspired by my friends. And I have entire scenes based around real conversations I’ve had or heard. I’m never short on ideas. My mind is a tornado of ishh just waiting to be deciphered.
Information is a little different. I will spend days in the research black hole, all for a single arcuate line in 50-100k word books. Too much research tends to be discouraging to me, though. Not that I don’t love learning. It’s just… Sometimes the accuracy is anticlimactic. And now that I know the information, an inaccurate portrayal will pull me out of a good read.
Do you write full-time or around another job? If you have a full-time job, does it ever play into your writing?
I have a real estate license, and I specialized in commercial sales, like apartment complexes and shopping malls. But I suspended my license to narrow my focus. So, now I’m a full-time stay-at-home mom and a part-time author. I’ll go full-time in the fall when my youngest goes to preschool.
The very beginning of my first book mentions a sales contract for the purchase of a pharma company. I tried to skip all the boring numbers talk, though.
What is your favorite writing snack and/or drink?
Nerds Gummy Clusters. I have boxes of them on the bookshelf behind me. And Dr. Pepper… Or OJ and tequila, depending on the scene I’m writing.
What was your hardest scene to write and why?
In Where the Mongrels Are, the prologue in For the Strange and Surprising is the first that comes to mind. That chapter started as a poem I wrote after losing my dad. I still can’t read it without my eyes burning. There’s a scene in For the Ghastly and Beautiful that hits me just as hard. Really any scenes where Ada thinks/talks about her dad turn me into an emotional train wreck as I write them.
But some scenes are hard to write in other ways…
In the Chronicles of Sloane King, the hardest scenes are when Sloane needs to show deep emotions. I struggle to connect with my own, so I understand where her problems come from. That doesn’t make explaining them any easier, though.
What is a significant way your book has changed since the first draft?
When I write solo, my first draft is my final draft… So nothing changes there. Occasionally, I’ll write the same chapter twice and choose the one that leads my characters to the destination I have in mind. Not that they actually listen to me.
But Ada and the Mongrels changed drastically in the brainstorming phase. The idea was originally meant to be a standalone. The more I dove into world building, the more problems arose so I kept adding to the story. Now it’s slated to be four different trilogies set in the same world. They’ll each have their own issues to battle—mental and physical—so the trilogies will offer closure to the characters, but possibly leave questions unanswered about the island itself. I don’t know if I’ll write them all; however the foundations are laid, the characters are named, and at least one other trilogy has made it into my schedule. So far… Pending changes, of course.
What exciting projects do you have coming up next?
I have a busy year planned. I’m attempting to switch from part-time to full-time writing, so my schedule reflects that right now.
For the Ghastly and Beautiful and For the Strong and Fragile will be published by Spring 2022 to close up Where the Mongrels Are. Then I’ll be switching gears to work on the last two books in The Chronicles of Sloane King. This series will be closed in the Fall.
In between my solo releases, I’ll have some co-writes with my husband. We’re currently finishing up Onyx Sanctuary and preparing for an early release. This will be the first book in The Chronicles of a Toy Monster. It takes place in the same world as Sloane, and readers can expect some crossovers from their favorite characters.
M.F. Adele resides in the outskirts of the Rocket City in Alabama. She lives in her overactive imagination, often fueled by caffeine and no sleep. When she isn’t writing, M.F. is outdoors with her family, obsessing over spicy margaritas and cigars, or reading books by her favorite authors.
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