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Interview with Michael S Lopez, author of Zoey Le Mar and the Veil of Fear


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Tell us about Zoey Le Mar and the Veil of Fear.
Feisty, eleven-year-old Zoey Le Mar finds out that she’s inherited her father’s curse. She scoffs then rejects her familial responsibility and endangers everyone around her, even knowing of the bizarre bedtime fairy tale, experiencing the recurring dreams, and receiving staggering premonitions.

Now, the monsters from her dreams return for real, and her younger brother pays for her defiance. To make matters worse, she accidentally involves her best friends and two fellow classmates, and one by one, they get abducted into a pocket realm ridden with hidden traps and horrors beyond imagination. Luckily, old forgotten magic aids Zoey as each experience inches her closer to saving her brother and her friends, all in the hope of ending her responsibility and finding a way home alive.

In this full-fledged fantasy infused with pre-teen drama, Zoey drifts aimlessly on a self-made river of denial until she clashes into the reality of monsters, magic, and mayhem. She finally comes to understand how her veil of secrets is unhealthy and dangerous and how reacting without thinking puts her friends and family in grave danger. This story will endear young readers to Zoey as she takes her journey of self-awareness, survival, and redemption.

What genre is it?
My book would fit into the young adult, action/adventure, and fantasy genres.

Complete this sentence for us: if you like _________________, you’ll love this book.
Complete this sentence for us: if you like Bella Swan and Harry Potter, then you’ll love my book.

I would have rather seen the question: how do you refer to your book. To which my answer would be … I lovingly refer my book as the girls
of the Traveling Pants visit Harry Potter’s world.

Are you trying to make a larger point with your character, Zoey?
I wrote this book for several reasons. 1) Multicultural girls are not
being represented in writing. 2) Girls are not being represented as
forefront heroes. 3) This simple message, “You are the answer; all
you have to do is believe.”

My hope is that the reader feels enlightened and really gets it that girls have value. A hero is a hero no matter the gender or ethnicity. Girls have intelligence and strength. Girls matter. Girls count.

Hear hear. Will there be a sequel?
Zoey Le Mar and the Wrath of the Anasazi, where the adventure continues, coming out soon.

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I was born in Hawaii in the late sixties and grew up an Air Force brat. I  traveled half the globe and interacted with different people and cultures for the first twelve years of my life. I found this to be awe-inspiring and fascinating. It was from these unique experiences that my love of learning and for exploration grew. From there, I started to write. In high school, I wrote short-short stories, cartoons, and poems. In college, I dabbled more into short stories. I earned a teaching credential, and while teaching third grade, three girls of different multicultural origin requested more contemporary reading material. I was asked, “Where are the smart strong girl characters? Where are the girls of color?” These students motivated me to write, and here I am.

Do you have a website where we can keep up with your work?
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How can we follow you on Twitter and/or Facebook?
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What’s next?
I will start work on book three, Zoey Le Mar and the Curse of the Nián.

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