Invitation to Dance
I have a confession to make. When I was a kid I had an addiction that consumed all of me and that made me lose all my savings. The name of the drug? The Goonies.
My mom was the first one to notice the power of The Goonies. If my brother was driving her crazy, or attacking an anthill with a sword or testing his martial arts on me, she’d play the movie and he’d be as quiet as a fish for the next couple hours.
I was the next one to take advantage of it. If I had “accidently” broken one of his G.I Joes while he was at his friend’s house, I’d make sure that the movie was on at the time he arrived at home. Of course, I’d sit next to him to watch the movie too. But as no activity between brothers and sisters can be a long-term truce, it soon turned into a bet: whoever watched The Goonies more times would get the other’s savings.
Although I ended up losing all my money, I realized that even after watching the same story more than twenty times that summer, I’d still laugh and hold my breath with every viewing.
I started calling this phenomenon “Invitation to Dance”, which is very common in lighthearted stories.
Lighthearted stories are just like music. They have the ability to touch our hearts with grace and slowly form a connection with our thoughts, conducting us to a state of happiness. When you least expect, you’ll realize that you are dancing: moving through emotions and leaving your troubles behind.
Of course we all have those days when we want to watch a David Lynch or Quentin Tarantino movie, maybe see a Franz Kafka play, or read Rousseau’s The Social Contract. But most of the days, when we arrive exhausted after hours of work or intense studies, or when some anguish or sadness consumes all of our leftover energy, we just want to be conducted by the understanding and carefree rhythm of a lighthearted story.
So when I decided it was the time to write my first novel, after spending years writing so many different styles of theater plays, I knew what kind of story it would be. Not the one that would make the audience remember their worst fears, but one capable of making that guy sitting in the last row, with a frown and hunched shoulders, smile.
I formally invite you to be conducted by the fast-paced but joyful rhythm of my YA adult sci-fi/mystery novel, entitled The Chosen of Gaia.
M. Mariz is an actress, lawyer and writer with more than 20 plays produced. Her debut novel The Chosen of Gaia (Sept. 28, 2012) was inspired by her own Revelation dream.
Born in Rio de Janeiro and currently living in Southern California, Mariz writes screenplays and novels in both Portuguese and English. The artist has more than 15 years of acting experience, encompassing works in theater, television and movies. She has multiple plays and sketches featured in theaters, including a teenager play that was performed by young Brazilian celebrities all over the country, and has written many other plays for different Brazilian companies to present work-related themes in a funny, entertaining way.
She lives with her husband in Orange, California, where she is constantly developing ideas for new stories to tell.
ISBN: 978- 0985808433
Sci-fi / Fantasy YA, ages 12 +
Sept. 28, 2012
Fifteen-year-old Albert has just received an invitation that could transform his disappointing life completely – a chance to belong to an advanced and hidden society that only reveals itself to a select few.
Immersed in a new world of mind-boggling technology and intriguing peers, Albert will overcome his fears enough to ignore a few suspicious details. But soon he'll find his family dragged to the center of a scandal that threatens to tear them apart and erase their very identities.
A conflicted Albert must find the strength to challenge authority by relying on his newfound allies and gift for Revelation.
Prepare for adventure, humor and suspense in this fast-paced tale of a “normal” family striving for their place in a “perfect” world.