Steve North author of MAURIA
MAURIA remains one of my favorites. I invited author Steve North back to share his guest post on my blog. He made me very happy by agreeing. Thank you Steve for writing the following post and allowing me to share it.
Welcome to Steve North as Guest Author at A Hippie’s Bookshelf!
The Circle is!
One of the amazing things for me has been how different people can perceive Mauria, than I – who saw it in my head as I wrote it – perceived it. MAURIA deals with two very different races, the city-bound techno/political and corporate/manipulation-crazed Maurians – and the more nature-like wild Vuervee who are hunted by the Maurians. Some people picture the Vuervee as human with a few animal features (as I saw and wrote about them); but others describe their view of them as completely animals—like deer or some such thing. One reader actually pictured them as the farm creatures in the old classic, “Animal Farm.”
I wrote a story that in my mind took place prior to (and leading up to) Adam and Eve. Many readers/reviewers saw the story as taking place sometime in our future! Many say that the Maurians are what would happen to our world if the current corporate greed and our destroying of the environment continued unchecked. Never saw that one, but makes a lot of sense.
Who are the heroes and villains? My take is that both civilizations were so extreme that neither could survive, and that only a hybrid of the two (my Adam and Eve) could create us. Yet, some see the Maurians as functional, but for a few evil leaders; and see the Vuervee as un-survivable. Others see the Vuervee as the only ones worthy of survival, and simply discard the Maurians as the bad guys. I see the Maurians and the Vuervee in all of us today, constantly torn between opposite polarities like trust or fear, generosity or greed, manipulation or “going with the flow.”
In some ways, MAURIA seems to be almost a personal mirror for people – one that they see through their own perspective. Oh, well, what is reality anyway? The Circle is!
My favorite review and interpretation of MAURIA was from Cynthia Jones or Shedhippie, right here at A Hippie’s Bookshelf.
Anyway, it’s been so much fun hearing from everybody, and their different takes on MAURIA. Anybody can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with their takes or comments.
by Steve North, author of MAURIA
Steve North’s versatile career includes writing science fiction stories; and writing and producing over thirty national televisions shows with his wife Barb. His published science fiction short stories include “The Sweetwater Effect” and “Days of Present Past.” He has written and produced for such television shows as Fantasy, Make MeLaugh, Candid Camera, The Gong Show, Anything for Money, TotallyHidden Video, and many more. North has also written numerous documentary films for Coronet and Britannica Films, as well as two feature films, Burger Wars and Letting Go, both penned with his wife and optioned by Hollywood studios. He has appeared on numerous daytime and evening talkshows, and he has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, Wired and the Los Angeles Times. Steve North lives with his wife Barb in Woodland Hills, California. Mauria is his first novel and was primarily written in the mountains of Colorado.