I am very excited to have MJ Putney by the blog today for an interview. MJ Putney is the author of Dark Mirror, Dark Passage, and Dark Destiny, as well as many other novels, including Kiss of Fate, The Marriage Spell, and The Bargain. She writes YA under the name MJ Putney, and adult books as MaryJo Putney. You can find her on the web at her website and blog.
E: If the characters from Dark Passage got stuck on a deserted island, who fares the best? the worst? and who gets them off the island?
MJP: Probably Jack Rainford would fare best. Besides having an easygoing and practical disposition, he comes from an early 19th century farm family, so he’d know how to do a lot of useful things that the aristocratic and 20th century kids would haven’t experienced.
Lady Cynthia would do the worst. She is the 19th century version of a material girl/princess. She likes her comforts, she likes her nice clothes, and she’d much prefer to be waited on hand and foot.Of course her friends won’t do that, but she’s learning to cope.
Probably it would be Tory and Allarde working together who would figure out a way to get off the island. They have a powerful relationship and together they are stronger and more capable than either of them alone.
E: If you could have lunch with one of your characters, who would it be?
MJP: Oooh, tough one! Maybe Rebecca Weiss. She’s new in this book and I don’t know her as well. (Though she has a key role in the third book, Dark Destiny.) So I’d like to get to know her better. Her experiences are quite different from those of the other characters.
E: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
MJP: Another tough one! I love to travel. I’ve been to South Africa and Australia and New Zealand, among other places, and would love to visit again. But hmmmm, a new place… I’d love to travel the Silk Road through Central Asia. It’s a very ancient trade route (actually, a sort of branched set of trade routes) that carried merchandise from the Mediterranean, particularly the Roman Empire, to China and India and back again. I’ve always been fascinated by the Silk Road. (I even wrote a book, Silk and Secrets, that covers part of that route.) But I’d rather travel in air conditioned comfort in a 4 x 4 than on a camel!
E: What is a book that is out now that you wish you had growing up?
MJP: It sure would have been fun to have the Harry Potter series available! I’d have read and reread it and fallen in love with Harry.
E: What is a book you have read lately and loved?
MJP: A delightful book by Sophia Page called To Marry a Prince. She’s an English writer who has written a story of a Prince of Wales who falls in love with a commoner. No, not Will and Kate. She has an alternative royal family descended from Princess Charlotte, daughter and sole heir to George IV, who died in childbirth. After her death, all her royal uncles scrambled to marry and produce an heir for the British Empire, which is how Queen Victoria was born.
Sophia Page’s Prince Richard is a fictional descendent of Princess Charlotte, and a lovely fellow. Isabella is a bright, fun young ecologist who meets Richard at a party where the lights have blown so she doesn’t recognize him. He loves that. Pretty soon they’re crazy for each other, but Page paints a realistic view of the difficulties of a private young woman falling in love with a young man who is so much in the spotlight. A lovely fun read.