Today I have special guest M. Pax, author of several science fiction novels, including the soon-to-be-released book Stopover at the Backworlds’ Edge. Read on to hear about the importance of chocolate in her series and where her inspiration for it came from.
The history of coffee plays a large role in inspiring aspects of the worlds in my Backworlds series. The husband unit and I watched The History of Everything one evening, and there was a segment about coffee, about all the cloak and dagger of smuggling plants, etc … Interesting stuff.
Husband unit said, “You should use that in your story.”
Since the worlds on which my stories take place are far removed from Earth, it makes sense certain items from Earth might become valuable and a luxury. I picked chocolate as a commodity for wealth, smuggling, and subterfuge on my off-Earth worlds.
Perhaps because I had just visited the shop of a local couple originally from Austria who hand make every piece of chocolate in their store. It’s the most divine chocolate I’ve ever tasted. Yum.
What from Earth would you miss if you lived on another planet?
In The Backworlds, the first in the series, chocolate is a means to gain vast wealth and is used to cover up a more sinister smuggling operation. In book 2, Stopover at the Backworlds’ Edge, chocolate plays a key role again. This time as something much darker.
Inspiring the words I write, I spend my summers as a star guide at Pine Mountain Observatory in stunning Central Oregon where I live with the husband unit and two loving cats. I write science fiction mostly and have a slight obsession with Jane Austen. Want to connect? Visit www.mpaxauthor.com for links to Twitter, FB, Goodreads, Pinterest, and more.