Tuesday, August 31, 2010

What If...?

Greetings! Well met and all that rot! I’m Maureen O. Betita and I strongly believe in second chances. In fact, they play an integral part in every book I write. I’d even say I believe in chance after chance. I write fantasy of most every type I can think of. I’ve set stories in alternate worlds, alien worlds, close to our world…haven’t met a world I won’t tackle as a setting.

I was raised on fantasy, mixed in with a certain amount of mysteries. (Loved Arthur Conan Doyle, for example.) But the first book I remember with hallowed standing in my family was The Hobbit, followed by The Lord of the Rings. Eventually The Silmarillion. My father read them. My brother read them. My eldest sister read them. My next sister read them. (Mom? Well she was more a Leon Uris/James Michener sort of reader.) I hungered to read Tolkien. So, at a very early age I did. I think I was seven. I’ve read them all many times since then, too numerous to count.

But we were an equal opportunity family. From high fantasy to pulp adventure fantasy. Yes, Tarzan, John Carter of Mars, Pelucidar…if Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote it, we read it. Usually over and over again.

I write fantasy because it gives me permission to create anything, anywhere, anyway I want. Worlds right underneath the ‘real’ world? Sure! Fairies? You bet! Foxborn? Lovely! Worlds where humans are settled after abductions, with other aliens? Why not! A Caribbean where the great albino Kraken plays matchmaker? Absolutely!

I may, just possibly…enjoy playing god a bit too much with my stories. It’s heady stuff, creating worlds! I’m big at the what-if game. Inspirations come from dreams, from what I read and from simply wondering… What if…?

You have a favorite what-if you like to read or write?


  1. I really enjoy creating worlds too. That's one of the things I love about fantasy, especially as I'm beginning to branch out again. I spent a few years really developing a universe I use in two of my series, but now that I'm playing with other worlds again, it's really amazing and uplifting. Great post!

  2. Thanks, Sarah! I do love the God-game, really.