in which I interview the creator of Pocky.

Yes, Pocky… a character in Monster, a novel that is to be released in a mere two days! [Mere, Mir… haha. XD]

There will be a giveaway on her blog tomorrow, June the Fourteenth. Mirriam won’t reveal what, exactly, she’s giving away, but no matter! It’s something Monster-ish, and that’s good enough for me. =]

The synopsis –

The year is 2053, and the world is recovering from a Morbus, a plague that swept across the globe, destroying millions of lives. Eva Stewart is a promising young WorldCure scientist assigned to a facility in Alaska where she is made a Handler and given her own human Subject for research and experimentation. What she believes to be a step up in her career becomes a nightmare when she discovers writing on her Subject’s cell wall.

“I still have a soul.”

Soon Eva is drawn into a horrific plot kept quiet by WorldCure, and as everything she knew collapses around her, she must discover the truth behind her Subject, her beliefs, and herself.

I was fortunate enough to be able to interview Mirriam Neal, the author, becoming the umpteenth to do so. The others are linked from her Facebook fanpage for Monster.

So here we go!

If Monster had to have a main theme behind it, what would it be? any subthemes?
The main theme behind Monster is sanctity of life. Everyone’s life, not just those we deem ‘worthy’ of it. There are a lot of sub-themes – forgiveness and unconditional love being the main two.

If Mir and Eva had to have a theme song, what would it be? [separately or together, like… their relationship, whatever quality it may be.)Oh, goodness. This question. Big Bang’s “Monster” fits best, I believe; though I’ve been sent/found myself numerous songs that strike me as very Mir/Eva-ish.

What are some of your favorite pastimes, when taking a break from writing? do you ever take a break?
I don’t usually take breaks by choice. When I get bogged down in studies or art commissions or critique work, then my writing slows down – but I carry around a notebook anyway. When I’m not writing, however, I’m probably reading, or studying Korean, or listening to music, or watching dramas.

Do you have a favorite food or beverage that you consume while writing?
Coffee and tea. I drink loads.

What do you think Mir’s favorite food would be?
I think he would love Starburst candy. I’m not sure why; but I’m pretty sure that the bright colors, different flavors, and chewiness would make them a favorite.

Considering I’ve heard there’s a character named Pocky, does he have any connection to the Asian snack?
His name was inspired by my friend Hannah’s guinea pig, Pocky. Who was named after Pocky Stix. Which I love. So yes. :D

Even now, while it’s almost published, do you see random things that remind you of Monster?
I see things that remind me of all my books everywhere I turn. It’s distracting. In a good way.

Will Monster have a sequel? were you planning it that way?
I didn’t intend for it to have a sequel originally. I was confident it would be a standalone novel, not a series. But then, people began to ask for another sequel, and give me ideas for it, and though I rejected them at first, I began to wonder if a sequel was a possibility. Most of the plot hit me in the middle of the night a few weeks ago; I’m focusing on other things now, but I’ve written the first scene in Monster 2. :)

Who can we expect the focus to be on next? Give a little bit about your next project.
Project? Single? It ought to be projectS, because I have at least five in the works, and five more in the brainstorming era! You can expect a bittersweet summer love story, a modern story about depression and love, a mixed-era urban fantasy, a Beauty and the Beast meets Jekyll and Hyde with-a-twist rewrite, and quite a few more. I hope you look forward to them! *bows*

Of course, on June Fifteenth, also known as Saturday, there will be a monster Blitz [ha!] on Amazon, so those of you who CAN buy Monster… BUY IT. EXPOUND ON THE OPPORTUNITY. please?

Thanks for reading this far and bearing with me, here. Novaer!

Mirriam Neal is a nineteen-year-old young woman who lives and breathes words. She loves reading, weird music, coddling her characters, blogging, and blue fingernail polish. Above all else, she hopes her writing shows people that fiction can be so much better than they expect.