Thursday, May 2, 2013

The Setting of Undercover by Maria Hammarblad

First of all, I want to extend a big warm Thank You for inviting me to the blog. I’m excited to be here!

Parts of my novel Undercover are set in Russia. I haven’t been there, I would love to go and see what it looks like, but thus far I haven’t gotten around to it.

Russia both tempts me and scares me. When I was a little girl growing up in Sweden, the cold war raged (if it is possible for a cold war to rage) and my country attempted to keep a neutral stance in spite of the physical closeness to Soviet. I’m still biased by this, of course. I grew up with news reports keeping a focus on any movement in the East, and with Soviet submarines snooping around our coastline. My imagination ran rampant even back then, and I spent a lot of time wondering what it was really like.

So much has changed in the world during the last few decades, but in my mind, Russia is still a daunting place.  The thinking, reasoning part of my mind knows it isn’t true, but some biases are difficult to remove. I really do need to go there and see it for myself…

Anyway, the hero of Undercover comes from a city in Siberia called Severodvinsk. To me, the name is filled with mystique. Severodvinsk… It could be anything! It is a city, but to me the word could just as well be a treasure, a dragon, or snowy tundra that stretches out in all directions.

The city exists in reality, but probably isn’t much like I describe it. Odds are I made it much gloomier than it is in real life. It has an interesting history, though. The first Soviet submarine was built there, as well as the largest sub in the world. Because of its status as a strategic military site, Severodvinsk used to be closed to foreigners, and its residents weren’t allowed to travel outside the country even after the break up of the Soviet Union.

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Maria Hammarblad

Genre: Romantic suspense
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-61252-216-6

Word Count: 77000

Cover Artist: Gwen Phifer

Book Trailer:

Book Description:

When Jenny Moore meets Alexei Roshenko, it's love at first sight. The tall, dark and handsome stranger appears to be the answer to every romantic fantasy any woman ever had. There is however more to him than meets the eye, and a dark and violent past is catching up with him. When Jenny decides to follow him back to Russia, she gets entangled in a web of deceit and secrets beyond her wildest imagination.

Author Bio:

Born in Sweden in the early 1970's, Maria showed a large interest for books at an early age. Even before she was able to read or write, she made her mom staple papers together into booklets she filled with drawings of suns and planets. She proudly declared them, "The Sun Book." They were all about the sun. She also claimed, to her mother's horror, that her being on Earth was a big mistake and that her alien family would come and bring her home at any moment. This never happened, but both the interest in space and the passion for bookmaking stayed with her.

As an adult Maria's creativity got an outlet through playing bass in a number of rock bands, and through writing technical manuals and making web pages for various companies and organizations. She did write drafts for a few novels, but the storytelling muse was mostly satisfied through role playing online on Myspace. It was here, while writing stories together with people from around the globe, she stumbled onto Mike. They started talking out of character, and she moved over to Florida to him late 2008. Today the two are married and live in the Tampa Bay area with three rescue dogs.

Besides writing and playing bass, Maria enjoys driving off-road, archery, and Tameshigiri.

Upcoming releases

Flashback, to be released by Desert Breeze Publishing June 2013
Operation Earth, to be released by Desert Breeze Publishing August 2013
Borealis XII, to be released by Desert Breeze Publishing November 2013

Fun Facts

Favorite color:              Blue
Favorite food:               Chicken with cashew nuts
Doesn't eat:                  Mammals
Favorite TV Show:        Star Trek TNG and Leverage
Favorite animal:            Border Collie
Quotes:            "Full Speed Ahead" and "Caffeine is good for you"

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Twitter:                        @mariahammarblad


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1 comment:

Maria Hammarblad said...

Thank you so much for having me. I always enjoy visiting your blog! =D