Ciao, amici! It’s been a long time since I had this guest here to talk about her work, but I’m delighted to have her back again. She’s such a talented author and an extremely supportive blogger who champions indie authors. (If you aren’t following her website, you should. I’ll have all her links at the end of this post.) Please join me in welcoming Jacqui Murray as she discusses her latest release, Laws of Nature, book two in her latest prehistoric fiction trilogy.
Hi, Jacqui. Let’s start with three questions about your book:
- You often say these people squat. Don’t they sit?
Nominal physical evidence indicates early man squatted rather than sat. This includes tell-tale divots and scratches in the femur, tibia, and ankle bone of Neanderthals that result from squatting a lot. Neanderthals are a more recent Homo species than Lucy’s People but I make the assumption if Neanderthals didn’t sit much, neither did Homo habilis. Another reason we presume earliest man preferred to squat than sit would be because it’s far more natural for the body and quicker to get into and out of a squat when danger arrives. Try it—you’ll agree.
- How did early man tell time?
Like today’s most primitive communities, early man has no concept of hours or minutes. His metric was how much daylight remained to find a safe place to sleep. Therefore, characters in Dawn of Humanity (and the later Crossroads) indicated time in the future by pointing to a place in the sky where the sun would be in the future, meaning, “Return when Sun reaches this point in the sky.”
- How do they live without counting?
The simple answer is they had no need for exact counts. “Some” or “many” was sufficient to describe a herd, fruit trees, or distance. Nor did they need to count to realize someone was missing from a group. According to researchers: “…primitive man, relying on an exceptional memory … is capable, by comparing current impressions with the image stored in his memory, of telling whether a single object is missing in a group.” Then, it’s a simple matter of who’s not there!
Tell us about your book:
A boy blinded by fire. A woman raised by wolves. An avowed enemy offers help.
In this second of the Dawn of Humanity trilogy, the first trilogy in the Man vs. Nature saga, Lucy and her eclectic group escape the treacherous tribe that has been hunting them and find a safe haven in the famous Wonderwerk caves in South Africa. Though they don’t know it, they will be the oldest known occupation of caves by humans. They don’t have clothing, fire, or weapons, but the caves keep them warm and food is plentiful. But they can’t stay, not with the rest of the tribe enslaved by an enemy. To free them requires not only the prodigious skills of Lucy’s unique group–which includes a proto-wolf and a female raised by the pack–but others who have no reason to assist her and instinct tells Lucy she shouldn’t trust.
Set 1.8 million years ago in Africa, Lucy and her tribe struggle against the harsh reality of a world ruled by nature, where predators stalk them and a violent new species of man threatens to destroy their world. Only by changing can they prevail. If you ever wondered how earliest man survived but couldn’t get through the academic discussions, this book is for you. Prepare to see this violent and beautiful world in a way you never imagined.
A perfect book for fans of Jean Auel and the Gears!
Title and author: Laws of Nature
Series: Book 2 in the Dawn of Humanity series
Genre: Prehistoric fiction
Editor: The extraordinary Anneli Purchase
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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular prehistoric fiction saga, Man vs. Nature which explores seminal events in man’s evolution one trilogy at a time. She is also the author of the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers and Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. Her non-fiction includes over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, reviews as an Amazon Vine Voice, a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Natural Selection, Winter 2022.
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