Mark A. Carter re:
OF THE SERAPHIM
fictional British book critic Mary
Chanton Krater sat down with Canadian Science Fiction
novelist Mark A. Carter and,
while sipping espresso, interviewed
the flamboyant poète maudit
about his Mythpunk Science
Fiction novel: Thea of
Who do you see as a potential audience for
War of Heaven, the War of Hell, and mandalas of change
began my interview with you about
Hephzibah of Heaven by asking you why you wrote
the novel. So, why did you write Thea
of the Seraphim?
triple ending in Hephzibah
called for two if not three Mythpunk
sequels. Thea is the prequel.
a nut shell, what is Thea
novel is divided into two parts. The first is called the
War of Heaven. The second is called the
War of Hell. Each part involves
Thea and her sister Seraphim
that we see in the first book. I explore why
Lucifera committed perfidy, why God suffers an eternity
of guilt, and why Thea remains
tormented until all is made right at the end of
Hephzibah. We usually see evil corrupting people
in stories concerning the Devil, but in the
War of Hell I play with the idea of a young girl
corrupting evil with goodness. As the back cover of the novel
does Heaven send to fight battles descended to the
Nether Realm where Angels dare not tread? It sends the
living so that the minions of the
Most Unclean will burn with hatred over a thing they
cannot possess. It sends the innocent to corrupt evil with goodness.
It sends little girls to do battle with dragons because only
they outside of Heaven itself glow so brightly amid the darkness
of the Perpetual Doom, once
they accept their vital role in the
goes without saying that fans of Mythpunk
and readers of Hephzibah
specifically would want to read the prequel
to find out how it all began. But the novel stands on its own,
as well. I wanted to explain what came before we saw our heroes
in Hephzibah of Heaven.
Moreover, I wanted to explore the concept of Dream Warriors,
you, me, your neighbors and co-workers, people all around us
who fight evil while they sleep. Read the Foreword from
Thea that I have included
on this web site. It explains my motivation in greater detail.
And it is true. It actually happened to my wife and to myself.
Because we each experienced it, albeit twenty years apart, it
got me thinking that perhaps there were many more people who
had the dream and who fought the fight. The book was born out
of that premise.
second book in the Hephzibah
trilogy by Canadian fantasy and science fiction novelist and
theorist Mark A. Carter is
once again a tear jerker and
a page turner. If you are an
avid reader of romances, you need to read this
Mythpunk high romance novel. You will believe.
I depart this second time, would you answer one more question?
Off hand, just from the titles, people could very well mistake
your novels as religious books. How would you describe them?
far as I'm concerned, Hephzibah
of Heaven, Thea of
the Seraphim, and Tellusian
Seed are SF: science fantasy, science fiction, speculative
fantasy, or speculative fiction with elements of historical fiction,
and religious fiction. But to be honest, I think of them as romances.
But the current industry trend is to call this kind of stuff:
Mythpunk. And I'm okay with
that. What can I say? They are not religious books or books about
religion although the heroes and heroines, the locales, and the
names are from Christian religious mythos. Some people may interpret
these books as religious. And that's fine. I was, in fact, inspired
to write these books. But, they are
Mythpunk. And I'm a speculative fiction novelist. Enough
Chanton Krater: It has indeed been an honor to read and to review
Thea of the Seraphim.
And, as I have mentioned before, interviewing
Mark A. Carter, who usually does not do interviews, was
a great privilege. I recommend that you read
Thea of the Seraphim. Thank you, sir.
A. Carter holds a B.A.
in Drama and Psychology, a B.Ed.,
an Honors B.A. in
English, and an M.A., with
thesis, in English Language and Literature. He lives in the outskirts
of Canada and in the shadow of so-called
civilization, with his wife
Donna. As always, he wrote his novels by hand, in the
presence of messengers, using his fabled translucent, red, fountain
other Mary Chanton Krater interviews of Mark A. Carter: