#BIR2010 – Interview with Rae Mariz author of The Unidentified

The Unidentified by Rae Mariz:

Kid knows her school’s corporate sponsors not-so-secretly monitor her friendships and activities for market research. It’s all a part of the Game; the alternative education system designed to use the addictive kick from video games to encourage academic learning. Everyday, a captive audience of students ages 13-17 enter the nationwide chain store-like Game locations to play.

When a group calling themselves The Unidentified simulates a suicide to protest the power structure of their school, Kid’s investigation into their pranks attracts unwanted attention from the sponsors. As Kid finds out she doesn’t have rights to her ideas, her privacy, or identity, she and her friends look for a way to revolt in a place where all acts of rebellion are just spun into the next new ad campaign.

Welcome to author Rae Mariz. Rae’s novel The Unidentified was released on October 5th.  Despite having just had a baby Rae took time out or her busy, sleep deprived schedule to answer a few questions.

If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
THE FUTURE! Always looking forward.

What is one book everyone should read?
I can think of a lot of books I enjoyed, but I wouldn’t recommend any one of them to “everyone.” Everyone won’t appreciate the same book. That’s why it’s cool that there’s so many books for all kinds of readers.

What is the last book you read?
Mockingjay.

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Super-quick learning/total recall of everything I’ve ever read, heard, or discussed.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
It changes with my mood… but Ben& Jerry’s Chocolate Macadamia Nut is always a good bet.

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
I’m kind of anti-social and not really that great at small talking with zombies.

How many books do you read a week/month?
I used to average 6-10 books a month but this year has been weird and I haven’t finished reading a book since summertime. It’s worrisome.

What’s your favorite music genre? Favorite artist? Song?
The whole spectrum of hip hop and all manner of quirky pop.

Is there anything you need in order to write? (ie Chocolate, quiet, music)
Laptop and a guilty conscience.

Night owl, or early bird?
I don’t have any problems staying up late or getting up early, but my most productive writing times are the super conventional hours of 10am-2pm.

Pet Peeves?
Stepping in something wet while wearing socks. THE WORST.

What was the first book you read?
How Joe the Bear and Sam the Mouse Got Together

If you could re-write the ending to a book written by someone else, what would it be?
Ew. I have a hard enough time writing endings to my own books.

Paranormal or Normal?
Normal. I definitely believe fact is stranger than fiction and am always super-inspired by how weird the real world can be.

Are you a loner or social butterfly?
Loner. A total hermit.

How do you react to a bad review?
I really try not to read reviews. But I admit that I sometimes skim them, good and bad. Obviously, I feel disappointed when someone didn’t “get” what I was trying to do, but the good feeling I get when someone did seem to click with the character or story lasts longer than the negative. The hit is stronger than the miss.

Thanks Rae!!