I am thrilled to be helping to host the latest book launch of the fabulous author, Jacqui Murray.
Jacqui is the author of the popular prehistoric fiction saga, Man vs. Nature which explores seminal events in man’s evolution one trilogy at a time. She is also the author of the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers and Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. Her non-fiction includes over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, reviews as an Amazon Vine Voice, a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Natural Selection, Winter 2022.
Her latest book, Laws of Nature, is the second of the Dawn of Humanity trilogy, the first trilogy in the Man vs. Nature saga.
Jacqui was kind enough to answer a few of my burning questions:
1.Your day job was as a tech teacher. That’s about as far removed from the genre you write as possible. How hard was it to adjust to writing about a world without technology?
Surprisingly, it wasn’t hard at all. Though my characters have no technology—no wheel, no farming, no clothing or weapons—they do have the essential skills that inspire technology: big brains. They could think, plan, solve problems, respond to situations with intellect as well as instinct. I’ll call it pre-technology. I think those skills are required of anyone interested in using tech!
2. Prehistoric fiction is far removed from your earlier books. Was there something that inspired your original concept or just a love for the genre?
Prehistoric fiction was my first love. When I sent the first book in this trilogy (Born in a Treacherous Time) to a publisher, he told me early man stories wouldn’t sell but my characters were interesting. They were tenacious, committed, with a never-quit attitude—much like characters found in modern thrillers. At his suggestion, I incorporated those characteristics into the people of my Rowe-Delamagente series. While the stories are good, the thriller/military genres are saturated so I returned to my first love. As I developed the Man vs. Nature series, I realized that prehistoric characters are much like superheroes. They did the seemingly impossible regularly and without the fancy defensive and offensive devices of modern heroes.
3. Author Jean M. Auel and DreamWorks “The Croods” are probably some of the best known fiction in the genre. Why do those works, and yours, use that intersection between humanoids (such as neanderthal and cro magnon) as their premise?
Modern man loves superheroes. Primitive man was the world’s first superhero though he thought he was simply surviving. Sure, he was thin-skinned and clawless with tiny flat teeth (nothing like the fangs of his enemies) but he had a weapon other predators didn’t: a big brain.
Thrillers feature ordinary people saving the world against impossible odds. I used to call my stories “prehistoric thrillers” because those traits of never quitting, solving ridiculously complicated problems, and facing off against apex predators on a daily basis is what early man did. In my stories, you will find realistic characters surviving impossible odds by their wit, their cerebral abilities, not their physical dominance. That’s a thrilling story, don’t you think?
You can find Jacqui at all the places linked below her book trailer, but more importantly, here’s where you can find her book: