January 15, 2019
Diamante Lavendar Interview
Diamente Lavendar, a very interesting blogger definitely worth checking out, posted an interview today about STRXIA: THE ODDS ARE AGAINST US. The interview is located here
January 12, 2019
The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow - The Interview
The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow (a great blog worth checking out for middle grade books) ran an interview on Maggie and me about writing STRXIA: THE ODDS ARE AGAINST US. The interview is located here
January 11, 2019
The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow - The Review
The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow (a great blog about the pair of Fairday Morrow middle grade books) posted a fantastic review of STRXIA: THE ODDS ARE AGAINST US. The review is located here
December 18, 2018
HARPER WILLIAMS INTERVIEW by Matt Michel
“Harper Williams” is a fictional 11-year-old sci-fi book fan who is the representation of readers of STRXIA: THE ODDS ARE AGAINST US. Below, Harper interviews Maggie Daniels and Matt Michel, the authors of the book, by posing questions they frequently get from readers.
Harper: I read tons of books, especially science fiction like your book STRXIA: THE ODDS ARE AGAINST US. What do you think sets your book apart from all the others out there?
Matt Michel: Great question, Harper. Certainly, the primary goal of any science fiction book for children ages 8 to 12 is to entertain, so action-packed entertainment was our first priority. However, we go one crucial step further by incorporating a few STEM (that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) principles along the way. The best part is, as an 11-year-old reader, you might not even realize you are learning something! One of the physics principles explained in the book is how a rocket works.
Harper: Whoa! Are you telling me I’ll understand how a rocket gets off the ground and flies into space after reading your book? I thought it was a book about baseball.
Matt Michel: That’s right. It is a book about baseball. But it’s also about a parallel world called Strxia. The world of Strxia is governed by the same laws of physics as Earth. When the main characters in the book realize that their actions on Earth impact Strxia and vice versa, they begin to learn how to use physics to help them save Strxia and win a baseball game on Earth all at the same time.
Harper: What about the characters? I mean, most characters in the books I read are big guys full of muscle and athletic talent. That gets old sometimes.
Maggie Daniels: I feel the same way, Harper. That’s why our main character, Seth Cox, is just the opposite. He would rather be at home, reading on the couch and snuggling with his dog, than playing baseball games. Intellect is our hero’s main talent, and only his brainpower can help Strxia survive.
Harper: Seth seems cool. Is he the only character in the book?
Maggie Daniels: Seth has plenty of help from an interesting group of teammates. Each of them has their own special skills… and vices. Alex is the only girl in the boy’s baseball league. She is fearless and the fastest runner on the team, but she never has been able to quite fit in. Jared is all bravado with the county’s best baseball arm, but he is an egotistical mess of a hothead. Finally, there is Chase. Chase is always kidding around but is a superb mechanic.
Harper: Is something wrong with Strxia. Why does it need saving?
Maggie Daniels: Oh yes, Strxia needs help. An elite group of scientists called the Odds have found a way to control odd numbers on Strxia. The Strxians actually have to pay money to use odd numbers, and not everyone can afford to do so. So their world is slowly falling apart because without numbers, it is really hard to learn. Just imagine a world with no odd numbers!
Harper: The book seems to cover a whole bunch of different things. Wasn’t it hard to write?
Maggie Daniels: Well, besides being my co-author, Matt is also my husband. He and I have worked together coaching baseball, basketball, and robotics. My job at George Mason University is to teach, carry out research, and write, so writing is a natural process for me. Matt, on the other hand, is a “rocket scientist” and has a firm grasp on all the physics in the book. In fact, he calculates, with aerospace engineering accuracy, all the numbers in the book so that even the most discerning teachers and librarians are satisfied. Together, we created a book we think is quite unique.
Harper: This all sounds really great, but I have to ask, how on Earth do you pronounce Strxia?
Maggie Daniels: The name of the book is a fun story, because we went through many iterations before we created one we really liked. Try saying “Strick-see-ah” – that will get you really close!
December 15, 2018
HOW TO PRONOUNCE
STRXIA by Matt Michel
Well, it’s official. The number one, most popular question Maggie and I get asked about the book isn’t about how a frictionless room got
created in the first place. It isn’t if Recon Spec is short for something. It isn’t about a frog named Photon. Nope.
Long before any of those questions ever come up, we typically get asked how the heck do you say,
Because of this popular burning question, today’s blog entry is about how to pronounce the parallel world in our book.
x is definitely important. Think of that
x as the
x sound in the word,
With that in mind, think of the words you use when saying good bye to a good friend,
If you put a
Strick in front of
See Ya, you about have it. The
x in exit is the transition from
Put all of that together and it should sound like,
December 6, 2018
AMAZON PAPERBACK STOCK AND DELIVERY TIME STATUS by Maggie Daniels
The paperback format is out of stock currently on Amazon and showing a 1 to 2 month delivery time! Don't worry. Bookbaby, our publisher, can get books to Amazon in 2 weeks or less generally. A purchase order has been placed between Amazon and Bookbaby. Books are expected to ship roughly December 11, 2018. Amazon should be showing books in stock around December 18, 2018.