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The Calling

The Calling

Duncan Alexander is a normal guy. He could be anyone of us. He has an ordinary job, friends, and a relatively quiet life until he feels drawn to San Jose for an inexplicable reason. He doesn’t know why he travelled there despite having other commitments. A mysterious force leads him to Juliet de Exter’s mansion. Duncan isn’t the only one. Other people have answered Juliet’s call, but only one of them will become her “called”, a mortal chosen to become Juliet’s next Immortal—a vampire.
This beautifully written novel has an awesome cast of characters, an intriguing plot, and a love story. I particularly loved Duncan, who isn’t the usual alpha male of other vampire stories. He’s a caring, loving guy with realistic flaws and fears.
I’m looking forward to reading the second book of this series.

Marvin has been kind enough to answer a few questions:

Hello Marvin,
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer a few questions.

Thank you Barbara for having me over today for an interview.  It’s such a thrill for me to do this and I really appreciate you taking the time.

1.       Your debut novel, The Calling, contains some lovely details about the city of San Jose. Do you get inspiration for your stories when you walk in the streets of your city?

Kind of.  Usually the stories come to me and I already know they will be taking place here because I love spotlighting my home town. It’s only a matter of figuring out which locations I want to use and how they tie together. The places I walk and drive by often leave me wondering if one of my character’s lives there.  In fact a few weeks ago I was at a friend’s house for dinner and I stood on their patio (they have an amazing view of San Jose and the whole valley really) and I realized that this is the home for one of my characters.  They would have this view and they would sit out on the patio have a drink and see what life has in store for them. It actually got me excited about writing the scene and figure out how it ties into the rest of the story.

When I think about using San Jose as the back drop for my novels it’s actually quite a bit of fun because we have so many great locations to choose from that I get to be selective. I only pick the best of the best for my stories… well that’s not quite true I do use some other fun locations around town that people may or may not think of.  

2.       Who’s your favourite character of the novel? And who’s your least favourite? (The character that was hardest to write about)

Oh goodness.  That’s a hard choice because I really like all my characters even the bad guys.  I guess, if I had to pick. My favourite character is Amanda.  She’s just so kick ass.  She had some of the best lines and really I love her sassiness. I wish I could say and do some of the things she does.  Plus, she drips style, she’s not a beautiful as Juliet, but the way she carries herself and handles business is terrific. Anyway, she’s just a blast and I would love to sit down with her and have dinner or maybe go out for the day. She also has an amazing collection of Christmas decorations I wouldn’t mind seeing.

The hardest character to write for was the villain.  They say and do awful things and are filled with pure bile. It’s difficult to be so cruel.  Even though I know they aren’t real they are based in reality and some of the terrible things they say and do come from truth. Knowing there are people out there that are that mean, I think that’s what makes it so hard.

3.       An invisible question for you:
And your answer is? Of course I know what all the characters look like nude, but really Barbara I don’t see how any of this matters. Especially when I want each reader to use their own imagination for this.  You naughty girl.  

4.       What can you tell us about the villain of the story without giving us too many spoilers?
This is difficult because my villain believes they are doing the right thing.  It doesn’t make them right, but for them they are doing what they think and believe are best. I don’t want to say too much more, because part of what and why they are doing what they are doing is part of the story.

Oh… wait… yes I do. I have one more thing to add.  The one thing about this villain is that if by the end of the story you have anything in common with them or feel like they are just misunderstood and only need a hug I failed.  Oh and you may want to seek help.  

5.       Can you tell us what you’re working on now?
Right now I’m doing a lot of clean up and editing.  My publisher has picked up my Sci-Fi novel, A New World – Contact (which will be released in two parts with a short break between releases) and I wanted to get that cleaned up a bit more and make sure the break is in the right place so people don’t hate me.  Also, I wanted to get the second book in that series finished (A New World – Conspiracy) so that I can have it critiqued by my writers group, which I have indeed finished and I’m now waiting for it go through those paces. I can’t wait to hear what they have to say about the ending of book two.

From there, I finished and submitted a new novel to my publisher, this one is about Angels and Drag Queens. I’m waiting to hear back about from my editor if they are going to pick it up.  I hope they do because it’s a great story and a lot of fun. With that story I had to add about 25k words so it’s almost double in size now.

Next up, for me, is to start working on The Calling – Book Two.  I have an outline and quite a few details, so I need to focus and start writing.

Other than that I’m still writing and posting poetry on my website for folks to enjoy (it free to them and something I enjoy.  I also work on my weekly blog. I’m pretty busy.  

6.       So, you’re in a locked room with a thirsty vampire, a brain-craving zombie, a confused alien who believes he’s still on his home planet, and a hungry werewolf. Your weapons are: a cute black kitten, a cup of hot tea, a box of Band-Aids, a bottle of Diet coke, two Mentos, and a tiny (two inches), invisible dragon. How do you escape?

Wow!  Just wow!  I don’t see me getting out of this, but let’s see.  Nope.. really, why would you even do this to me?  What have I ever done to you to make you hate me so much?

Seriously though, I would see if I could get us all to work together to get out of there.  The Zombie might have to go. If I can convince the Vampire, the Alien (whom I give the tea to as a welcome to Earth gift), and the werewolf it would be in our collective interest to kill the Zombie then we could focus on breaking down the door and getting out of there.  Between the four of us we could probably break it off its hinges and get out.  How’s that?  Do I get out?  Do I win a prize?    How about the Dragon?  Pleeeaaassseee. 

7.       Complete the sentence: the thing I like the most when I’m writing is…
Getting to create and share new worlds with people.  

8.       If you could have dinner with a movie star, which one will you choose?
First one that comes to mind is Julia Roberts.  The second one that comes to mind is Chris Pratt.  Either way I think they would both be amazing to talk to and enjoy dinner with.

9.       Dragons or unicorn? Superman or Batman?
Dragons hand down.  I love them.  They are the best.
Superman, cause he can fly and he looks amazing in his supersuit.

10.   Last question, if you were an X-man, which power will you have?
This is tough, because I don’t know the X-men that well.  I’m going to say the one that can control the weather (Storm I think). I think that power would be amazing.  

Thanks for joining me!!

That was a lot of fun.  Thanks for inviting me.  

Marvin's Bio: 

M.D. Neu is a LGBTQA Fiction Writer with a love for writing and travel. Living in the heart of Silicon Valley (San Jose, California) and growing up around technology, he’s always been fascinated with what could be. Specifically drawn to Science Fiction and Paranormal television and novels, M.D. Neu was inspired by the great Gene Roddenberry, George Lucas, Stephen King, Alice Walker, Alfred Hitchcock, Harvey Fierstein, Anne Rice, and Kim Stanley Robinson. An odd combination, but one that has influenced his writing.

With the three books he recently released he wanted to show our diverse LGBTQA community focusing on often forgotten or marginalized character.  In The Reunion the main is a gay man, but he’s also a Drag Queen and he befriends a trans women and the two become fast friends.  In A Dragon for Christmas, Neu focuses on an eleven-year-old lesbian Latina giving her the adventure of a lifetime.  In his debut novel, The Calling Neu tells the story of an average gay man, not one of the beautiful gays we see everywhere.  In this novel gay isn’t the focus of the story, it’s all about the adventure this one man gets to have.

Growing up in an accepting family as a gay man he always wondered why there were never stories reflecting who he was. Constantly surrounded by characters that only reflected heterosexual society, M.D. Neu decided he wanted to change that. So, he took to writing, wanting to tell good stories that reflected our diverse world.

When M.D. Neu isn’t writing, he works for a non-profit and travels with his biggest supporter and his harshest critic, Eric his husband of eighteen plus years.