April 22, 2019

Rescuing Mara's Father by Diane Burton / Character Interview for Lukus

Today I am hosting Diane Burton for her Rescuing Mara's Father blog tour, and she is sharing a character interview for her character Lukus.

Welcome, Lukus (and Diane)!

Hi, Lukus! What is Rescuing Mara’s Father about?

          There’s this girl in my class that I kind of like. Her father is our teacher. He is really smart and encourages me to think, analyze, learn. I love it, but Mara doesn’t. She’s always angry with Teacher (as we call him in class). One night I was working in the café when Basco—this mechanic from spaceport—rushes in to get me. Mara’s father has been captured by an evil queen’s (Bormella) henchmen and taken off our planet. We find Mara in the caves where my brother, Jako, and I live. Basco says her father’s instructions are for him to take her farther out on the Frontier and give her a new identity. I think that’s a great idea to protect her. Not Mara. She’s determined to mount a rescue. My brother won’t let her go alone. Neither will Basco. I figured I’d better go, too. So, the four of us set off on a quest to rescue Mara’s Father.

1. Who would play you in a movie?

Jeremy Irvine. He was “young Sam” in Mama Mia Here We Go Again.

2. What is your job?

I have three. In the mornings, I clean rooms at the boarding house; afternoons, I work in the zircan stables; nights, I work in the café.

3. What do you do for fun?

Fun? What’s that? Even though it’s part of my job, I get to exercise the zircan. I love racing across the plains around our outpost. Going to class at Teacher’s study is what I do in my spare time. I have to earn enough credits to get away from Raythos Outpost #3, actually off Raythos. In two weeks, I turn sixteen. That’s when I (and all orphan males) are conscripted to work in the brilium mines. I have enough for passage for myself. I just need a little more for Jako. I won’t leave him behind.

4. What is your biggest pet peeve?

People who take learning for granted, who don’t care—like Doctor’s daughter and Mara. They don’t realize what a privilege it is.

5. How did you meet Mara?

She and my brother are best friends. Usually, she’s a good influence on him. She’s always trying to give us food and stuff like that. She means well, but I take care of my brother. I don’t need her help. When I found out her father was teaching her, I made sure Jako went to school, too. I go whenever I can.

6. What was your first impression of her?

She’s a spoiled brat. Here she has this great opportunity to learn about the world beyond our outpost, and she doesn’t care.

7. What kind of trouble do the two of you get into?

It’s more like she and my brother get into trouble. Like the time those two took on the three Dunpus Brothers. Those guys are mean and nasty, and they don’t fight fair. I don’t want either Mara or Jako to know it, but I’m proud of the way they cleaned those guys’ clocks.

8. What kind of trouble does Queen Bormella cause for you?

It’s more like Bormella causes trouble for Mara. The Queen captured her father, but the person she really wants is Mara. None of us can figure out why she’d want a little nobody kid from the Outer Rim. We think Basco knows, but will he tell us? No.

9. When did you know you were in love with Mara?

I’m not sure I am. I mean, I have my own plans. As soon as I get off our planet, I’m heading for Quad Six, join an exploration team, and make my fortune. Besides, she’s only fifteen, a year younger than me. Still, she is cute, and I like her. A lot.

10. What moment of Rescuing Mara’s Father was your favorite?

When I realized I could get off Raythos if I helped Mara. Not real gallant of me, is it?

11. What moment of Rescuing Mara’s Father caused you the most fear?

When Basco left us. I know Mara was scared. In fact, we all were. Here we were, three kids, on our own. He’d told us often enough he had to leave. We didn’t think he would do it. He’s supposed to protect Mara, not leave her. On top of that, I was just knifed in a fight. Not exactly my finest hour.

12. Is there anything you did in Rescuing Mara’s Father that you would change if you could?

*big smile* I would kiss her sooner.

Lukus' Favorites:

Food: Mongberry pie. Chef makes it once a week at the café. Delicious.

Drink: Sheelonga tea. Refreshing, keeps me awake so I can study.

Book: The History of the Coalition of Planets. Teacher gave me a copy for my birthday last year.

Animal: Zircan. You might think they look like horses, with bigger heads. They’re faster than almost anything, except a speeder, of course.

Color: Deep brown, almost black—the color of Mara’s hair.

A Middle Grade Science Fiction Adventure
By D.M. Burton
Approx. 75,000 words
ISBN:  978-0-9990452-4-4 (ebook)
ISBN-13: 978-0-9990452-5-1 (print)

Her father is gone! Taken by the Queen of Compara’s agents. Mara has to rescue him before the Queen tortures and kills him.

Instead of the kind, loving father she’s always known, he’s become demanding, critical, with impossible expectations—not just as Father but also as the only teacher in their frontier outpost. Mara would rather scoop zircan poop than listen to another boring lecture about governments on Central Planets. Give her a starship engine to take apart or, better yet, fly, and she’s happy. Now, he’s gone.

Never mind, they’ve had a rocky road lately.

Never mind, Father promised she could go off planet to Tech Institute next month when she turns fifteen, where she’ll learn to fly starships.

Never mind, she ran away because she’s furious with him because he reneged on that promise. Father is her only parent. She has to save him.

Along with her best friend, eleven-year-old Jako, and his brother 15-year-old Lukus, Mara sets off to find her father. Her mentor, old spaceport mechanic, seems to know why the Queen captured Father. In fact, he seems to know her father well. But, does he tell her everything? Of course not. He dribbles out info like a mush-eating baby. Worse, he indicates he’ll be leaving them soon. And Lukus can’t wait to get off our planet. Mara’s afraid they will all leave, and she’ll be on her own. Despite her fears, Mara has to rescue her father.

About the Author:

The first time D.M. Burton saw Star Wars IV: A New Hope, she was hooked on science fiction and space travel. The Star Trek movies made her want to travel to other planets. Alas, she is still Earth-bound. D.M. and her husband live in Michigan, close to their two children and five grandchildren.

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For more info and excerpts, visit D.M.’s website: http://www.dmburton.com

She writes adult fiction as Diane Burton, where she combines her love of mystery, adventure, science fiction and romance into writing romantic fiction. Besides writing science fiction romance, she writes romantic suspense, and cozy mysteries.

For more info and excerpts from her books, visit Diane’s website: http://www.dianeburton.com

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  1. Sent to the mines at sixteen - no wonder he wants to get off planet. Although I'm sure the search wasn't in his plans.

    1. He would do anything to make sure neither he nor Jako get sent off to the mines.

  2. Sounds like a great read already have my copy. Congrats on the new release. Great interview.

  3. Chrys, thanks so much for hosting me today.

  4. Such a cool interview. I enjoyed learning more about Lukus!

    1. I'm so glad, Kara. There's a lot to like about Lukus.

  5. So cool. I've read a few posts now about this book and each time it sounds better. Guess I'll have to get it! Great interview with Lukus and Diane!

    1. Thanks so much, Lisa. I hope you enjoy the whole book.

  6. Done! Now to find time to read it!!!

  7. Love the interview!
    Story sounds like a great read
    Good luck and God's blessings

    1. Thanks, Pam. I hope the young readers like it, too.

  8. He sounds like he appreciates his education.

    1. He knows he has to have a good education to make something of himself.

  9. Wonderful post Chrys, Loved the photo.


  10. What a fun interview! It is great getting to know Lukus better. Best of wishes on your fabulous book!

    1. Thanks so much, Alicia. If I was a young teen, I'd fall for him. :)

  11. What a great interview! And Lukus is a cutie.

  12. Great post! Diane is a wonderful person who deserves all the success. Thanks for featuring her!

    I love our little IWSG family. :)

  13. This is a great interview. Thanks for sharing about yourself!