Today we have a special guest. Author Dina Rae joins us to discuss her newest book, The Bestseller.
About the Book
When Maya Smock writes her first novel, everything seems to go her way. Her book practically writes itself. She marries her gorgeous agent. Her name is on all of the best seller lists. Billionaire author Jay McCallister takes an interest in her meteoric rise to fame and invites her into his world of alien-believing celebrities. Her life changes forever when he tells her that they were both created inside of a laboratory. These authors are embedding an alien genetic code within the pages of their novels that originated from Nazi Germany because…
The time has come. They are here.
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About the Author
Dina Rae brings an academic element to her novels by weaving research and history throughout the stories. Big Pharma, Big Agri, Big Conspiracy is Dina’s first nonfiction work.
Dina lives with her husband, two daughters, and dog outside of Dallas. She is a Christian, avid tennis player, movie buff, teacher, and self-proclaimed expert on several conspiracy theories. She has been interviewed numerous times in e-zines, websites, blogs, newspapers, and syndicated radio programs. When she is not writing she is reading novels from her favorite authors Dan Brown, Stephen King, Brad Thor, and George R.R. Martin. She also enjoys reading about religion, UFOs, New World Order, government conspiracies, political intrigue, and other cultures. The Best Seller, her newest sci-fi novel, is released by Solstice Publishing.
JAD: Your book deals with a conspiracy that originated in Nazi Germany. Some would say that using Nazi Germany as the basis of the conspiracy is a cliché. Why do you feel this connection was the best choice for your story? Why tie the conspiracy to the Nazis as opposed to some other group or a wholly original one? What drew you to that specific time period to anchor your story?
Dina: We only know a fraction of the crap that Hitler and his goons were into. He was in an occult called the Vril Society which will be mentioned in the sequel of the book. He and his top officials believed in aliens and spirits. They believed that many ancient relics had super powers. For examples, Hitler was obsessed with the Spear of Destiny and stole it once he took over Austria. The Nazi connection fits the best with my alien story because Hitler was on to something big. Even his death was one big open ending. I took two story lines, one in the late ’40s and one in modern day to show how the past has influenced our future. Yes, the Nazis were bad guys. But like it or not, many of them were geniuses, and the U.S. took advantage. We know for sure that rockets and spacecraft came from some of their scientists so why not genetics?
JAD: Maya starts out as sort of a “Mary Sue” character where nothing can go wrong, and then suddenly everything in her life is very, very wrong! Tell us a little about Maya’s progression as a character and what you wanted to achieve with her.
Dina: Like most of us, Maya makes some really big mistakes early in the book, but she learns from them. The story’s sequel, which will be titled The Sequel, gets more detailed. Maya’s destiny is really not about being a best-selling author or even finding the love of her life. Her novels are only a map of what is to come. She figures out who she really is by the end of the book. The second book will go into how she uses her talents.
JAD: How much of yourself might be reflected in Maya? As a female writer writing about a female writer, did you ever find yourself saying “Wait, no, that is what I would do. That isn’t what Maya would do” or anything like that?
Dina: I see much of myself in Maya. When I was young, I dated a lot of ‘bad boys’, but in the end learned that wasn’t the life that I wanted. God put a wonderful man in my path and I latched on! Maya has a kicked-around quality in her that I also had when growing up. Her past is very exaggerated next to mine, but I wanted to make her seem vulnerable and even pathetic. In the end, she changes into a very powerful young woman. And wait till the next book!
JAD: You personally have an interest in UFOs and conspiracy theories. Is your interest more from a sociological aspect, or do you, like Mulder, believe the truth is out there? I confess I’m a bit of both. I find both the search for alien life from a scientific standpoint and the sociology around the belief in UFOs very interesting.
Dina: I am like Mulder!!!! My husband and I just got back from the Roswell Alien Festival a couple of weeks ago. First of all, I am a Christian and sometimes people feel that believing in aliens and God do not mix, but they do. Secondly, something bigger than us but not as big as God is out there. There are too many sightings, stories, abductions, and classified information to argue otherwise. Yes, some people look for attention and make stuff up, but others are telling the truth and even have witnesses to back them up. The government’s secrecy only adds to the wonder.
JAD: The Best Seller seems to be a testament to your eclectic range of interests. You are touching on UFOs, government conspiracies, political intrigues, and more…all wrapped up in a sci-fi thriller. What kind of research did you have to do for this book to make sure all of the pieces fit?
Dina: I did some research on Roswell and Area 51 (Groom’s Lake which I call Broom’s Lake). I didn’t know much about genetics, but read up on cloning, modifying, and gene splicing. Other parts of the book like Operation Paperclip were taken straight from history. It’s a fact that hundreds, if not thousands, of Nazis were taken into our government and given fake names to contribute to our society. The Nuremberg Trials were a joke. I also researched some aspects of the occult. Lam, a name shouted out by one of Maya’s friends during a séance, was an alien that supposedly talked to the infamous Aleister Crowley.
JAD: So, if the alien code is in the pages of the book, am I safe if I read the digital version on my Kindle?
Dina: LOL! Yes, you are safe! Everyone is safe! So please buy the book! Being a writer, I thought that would be a fun story line.
JAD: When a reader finishes the book, what do you hope they take away from it?
Dina: More than anything, I want the reader to like the book and be entertained. That is what fiction should be about. Maybe it’s the teacher in me (my “real” job), but I also want the reader to learn something new. I hope the book inspires the reader to Google something of interest or talk about to others.
JAD: My furry son Chewy wants to know who the white dog is in your author photo?
Dina: That is my Siberian Indian dog, Calpurnia. I also just got an Anatolian Shepherd pup who is super cute! Love, love, love pooches! Chewy sounds adorable!
JAD: I understand you are a bit of a movie buff. So if they made a movie of The Best Seller, who do you cast in the lead roles? And more importantly, who do you get to direct?
Dina: Dare to dream…. I’m not really sure. To me, Maya looks sort of like a young Jennifer Biels or young Rosario Dawson, but not sure who is the right age these days. Jeremy Irons or James Woods would make an excellent Jay McCallister. Zach Ephron would play Claude. Not sure who would make a good Eric O’Reilly. As far as directors go, I loved the late great Stanley Kubrick and all the conspiracy he brought into his movies, but he’s obviously not available. Ridley Scott is pretty awesome!
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