Today’s featured author is Mae Clair, with the first book in her Point Pleasant Series, A Thousand Yesteryears. Mae and I share the same favorite villian in a movie – Loki. He’s charming in that villianesque sort of way, somewhat loyal when it suits his purposes, and has an outstanding sense of humor – what’s not to love?
Behind a legend lies the truth…
As a child, Eve Parrish lost her father and her best friend, Maggie Flynn, in a tragic bridge collapse. Fifteen years later, she returns to Point Pleasant to settle her deceased aunt’s estate. Though much has changed about the once thriving river community, the ghost of tragedy still weighs heavily on the town, as do rumors and sightings of the Mothman, a local legend. When Eve uncovers startling information about her aunt’s death, that legend is in danger of becoming all too real…
Caden Flynn is one of the few lucky survivors of the bridge collapse, but blames himself for coercing his younger sister out that night. He’s carried that guilt for fifteen years, unaware of darker currents haunting the town. It isn’t long before Eve’s arrival unravels an old secret—one that places her and Caden in the crosshairs of a deadly killer…
What’s the first story you ever wrote?
That would go way back to grade school. I wrote a ghost story called “The Night Dog” on purple loose leaf paper when I was eight years old. I remember being extraordinary proud of that story because it was over seven pages long, which seemed like a huge accomplishment for a third grader.
Which fictional character would you most like to meet and have a drink with?
Aloysius Pendergast from the Pendergast series of novels by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (although he’d probably insist we drink absinthe). I’d love to relax fireside in the mansion on Riverside Drive and just listen to him talk. Between the accent and his knowledge (of almost anything), I’d be a sponge.
In the spirit of Halloween, what scares you?
Ghosts. My fiction utilizes folklore, myths, urban legends and the supernatural, but in the real world the idea of ghosts freak me out. I love old cemeteries, but I’m not sure you’d catch me there at night.
Favorite hero and villain in a book/movie?
Favorite hero in a book: Aloysius Pendergast from the Pendergast series of novels by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Favorite hero in a movie: John Sullivan (portrayed by Jim Caviezel) in the movie Frequency
Favorite villain (anti-hero) in a book: Gerald Tarrant from the Coldfire Triology by C. S. Friedman
Favorite villain in a movie: Loki (as portrayed by Tom Hiddleston)
What do you consider the hardest part of writing?
I work a full-time, so definitely finding the time. I never lack for ideas, only the hours for expanding on them.
What are you working on now?
Book 3 of the Point Pleasant series. Although each book in the series is a complete story, the thread of the Mothman carries throughout all three novels. Book 2, A COLD TOMORROW releases on December 26, 2016. The third book, A DESOLATE HOUR (my current project) will release in August of 2017.
Mae Clair has been chasing myth, monsters and folklore through research and reading since she was a child. In 2013 and 2015, she journeyed to West Virginia to learn more about the legendary Mothman, a creature who factors into her latest release.
Mae pens tales of mystery and suspense with a touch of romance. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in Pennsylvania and numbers cats, history and exploring old graveyards among her passions. Look for Mae on her website at MaeClair.net