My good friend, Tali Spencer, and I were talking about our upcoming blog posts, and we got to thinking—*squints* I saw some y’all cringe just now—about the type of books we write. She often focuses on fantasy/sci-fi, where as I mostly write paranormal/sci-fi.
But the one thing we have in common is that we write beings who are not human.
So what drew me to this? There are no easy answers. I’ve read science fiction as far back as I can remember. I grew up on Star Trek. Then the SyFy channel arrived, and I was in heaven. The idea of taking a character and making it into something more appealed to me. It always has. An alien could have any color skin, eyes, hair, extra body parts—whatever my imagination came up with. It’s a thrill I can’t explain.
In my sci-fi books, I’ve created aliens who had tentacles. Ziang from the Make a Wish series is a perfect example. I wanted these aliens to be a little scary but sexy too. So how do you make tentacles sexy? It wasn’t easy, but trust me, it can be done. 😉
I’ve created aliens with snake-like qualities. Ti from The Harvest series is one such being. He had several characteristics of a snake, like the slitted pupils and forked tongue. Another character, Marshell from the Fur, Fangs, and Felines series, is a non-shifting snake-like paranormal who looks human until something happens to bring forth the Vetala side of his nature. The Vetala are also often compared to vampires.
And speaking of vampires, the first book I ever published revolved around such a creature. The book is no longer available, but I’m thinking about writing another paranormal book based them. They fascinate me and always have. Oh, I also have a book coming out toward the end of the year that has a vampire-like creature, but it’s sci-fi. Not paranormal, lol.
I’ve written characters with the ability to breathe underwater who were not mermen. Kia from The Harvest series is one such character. But I’ve also written mermen—like Nisha from Beneath the Surface. I’ve already written the second book in that series, but it’s still in the beta reading stage, so it’s going to be a while before that’s out.
Then there are my all-time favorites—feline aliens. I love cats, so my aliens and shifters tend to have feline characteristics. And that leads me to what Tali and I decided to write about: What kind of alien/nonhuman character would I be?
I thought this would be easier than what it turned out being, lol. Did I want to be a shifter like the guys from the Fur, Fangs, and Feline series? How cool would it be to shift into a cat like Tal, Dolf, or Heller?
But that got me to thinking. Did I want to be the size of the house cat… or something bigger? Like maybe a cougar or panther? I have a character from Shadows in the Night who is one of the bigger cats.
But, but, but…. How cool would it be to be an alien with feline characteristics like Keyno from The Harvest? Now we’re getting into other worlds, space travel, and exploration. Okay, the geek in me just squealed! None of that, though, answers the question of what I would be, but I am seeing a pattern here. I think it’s a given that whether I’m an alien or a shifter, I’m going to be some sort of cat.
So what kind of fantasy/paranormal/sci-fi character would you be?
M.A. Church is a true Southern belle who spent many years in the elementary education sector. Now she spends her days lost in fantasy worlds, arguing with hardheaded aliens on far-off planets, herding her numerous shifters, or trying to tempt her country boys away from their fishing poles. It’s a full time job, but hey, someone’s gotta do it!
When not writing, she’s on the back porch tending to the demanding wildlife around the pond in the backyard. The ducks are very outspoken. She’s married to her high school sweetheart, and they have two grown children.
She was a finalist in the 2013 Rainbow Awards, runner up in the 2015 Rainbow Awards, and is a member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.