Marji Laine

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Interview: J.A. Marx Heroine


Destiny Defied by J.A. MarxI’m so excited to welcome Riki Hammad from Destiny Defied, by J.A. Marx. Riki is terribly intriguing, with so many layers even she doesn’t know who she really is. 

Marji: Welcome to Faith~Driven Fiction, Riki. Your first eighteen years have been … interesting … to say the least. What are three things that are true about you?
Riki: I love creating art. I excel at athletics. And I love my mother, who taught me to paint. She was also a gymnast— Never mind. I saw your eyebrow go up. This interview isn’t about Mom.

Marji: Well I’m sure she’s delightful, but I do want to focus more on you. Living on a tropical island sounds like a dream. Do you have a job in mind to go along with that dream?
Riki: Dream job? I’d be thrilled simply to live a normal life. Let’s start there. My present world cannot be normal. My mother’s secret stories hint that there’s more beyond the island.

Marji: That doesn’t sound all that dreamy. Where do you go when you need to relax?
Riki: The word relax is foreign to me. If you mean escape or find asylum, then that would be my cave. No one else knows where it is. My body can heal there in peace. When I get lonely, I talk to the sea turtles, or dolphins. Sometimes my imaginary friend visits.

Marji: Cave? Imaginary friend? Sounds creepy and isolated. Some of my worst fears. What is your greatest fear?
Riki: If the phantom figure that keeps haunting my thoughts comes to life, I’m pretty sure he’ll kill me, or something worse. He’s someone from my recent past, but my mind won’t put it together.

Marji: Oh my gosh. Good thing you excel at those athletics! What limitation do you have?
Riki: Identity. I’m stuck between the past and the future. I don’t want to be what Lord Vétis says I am, but I don’t see what else is possible. Yet.

Marji: Sounds like some pretty intense conflict going on. What are two lies that people believe about you. 
Riki: I’m a curse to the island of Omeàla, and the villagers are put to death at my command. And I’m worthless, so says my stepfather. I guess that was 3 lies.

Marji: Those are some crushing lies. I can’t help but wonder about what lie you believe.
Riki: (Now you’re sounding like my author.) Marji, there is no God. My tutors made that very clear, and they backed their premise with logical arguments. Interested in a debate?

Marji: Hmm. As much as I hate debate and conflict, that’s one I might be up for. But I think I’ve delved into the dark side of your life enough. Let’s see what the lighter side has to offer. Take marriage, for instance. What are your thoughts or expectations?
Riki: The words crossing my mind on this subject are not acceptable to say out loud. Suffice it to say, if any male messes with me, I’ll use him for target practice.

Marji: Yikes. Okay, not as light as I hoped. I’ll try again. If given a choice, would you rather lead a field trip of 3rd graders on a nature hike, lead a parent meeting about how to discipline children, or write a manual about the psychology of a pre-adolescent?
Riki: That’s so simple I can’t believe you had to ask. I’d train the 8 year olds how to survive in the wilderness. That’s about the same age I found my cave-away-from-home and learned to live off the land. Kids need to know how to start fires from nothing, find water, and learn which plants are edible. You know what I mean. Labeling it a “nature hike” is brilliant. You’re clever, Marji.

Marji: Uh … not exactly the sort of answer I anticipated, but I’ll take the compliment, I think. So how difficult is your author to work for?
Riki: Can’t live with her, can’t live without her.  Ha ha ha ha. But seriously, we will eventually get along. J.A. wants me to analyze my thoughts and look into my heart, but that’s not how I was trained. Mental habits are hard to break, you know. And I know I won’t like what I find if I look inside my heart. I’m happy without a complete memory. Nope. Not gonna happen. If we ever get off this island, my needs could change. Maybe. Other than that, J.A. and I agree that I can’t help getting into trouble.

Marji: Oh don’t worry. J.A. gets into plenty of trouble on her own. LOL! I’m so glad you came by, though Riki. You are definitely an intriguing character, one like I’ve never met before! 

Here’s a little more about Destiny Defied.

Trapped on a mysterious island, eighteen-year-old Riki finds refuge with four odd college boys. Isaac, the rugged EMT, insists no one else is around, but Riki cannot ignore her fear that someone is stalking her. Unless she finds a power truly great enough to overthrow Darkness, Riki will choose death over returning to captivity.

Lord Vétis, high priest of a cultic underground, will stop at nothing to reclaim the chosen one, but he must do so before her introduction to the real world ruins her royal destiny. Using black magic, he manipulates Riki and her self-assigned bodyguards, triggering a battle that consumes the entire island. The underground will never allow Riki to live out her dreams of a normal life…something she has never known.

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And here’s more information about J.A.:

J.A. Marx loves illustrating spiritual warfare through supernatural suspense. “Destiny Delivered” and “Destiny Defended,” the 2nd and 3rd volumes in The Destiny Series, release later this year.

Her hobbies include fitness, nutrition, and dancing the Argentine tango. She and her husband live in Texas.

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Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a recently "graduated" homeschooling mom whose twin girls have blessed her by sticking around the nest for a little longer. She spends her days directing the children’s music program at her church and working with the authors of Write Integrity Press to put out the best possible version of their books. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

4 thoughts on “Interview: J.A. Marx Heroine

  1. Fun interview. What a character you are Rikki. of course I know your author so no surprise. : )