It’s 2168 and expiration dates have been a part of the human genome for the last hundred years. Society has grown accustomed to these birthmark dates, revealing the day you will expire. But suddenly, an exponential number of infants are being born across the globe with very short expiration dates, giving them only hours, days to live.
Intrigued yet? This is a small glimpse of Expiration Date, a novel by Mardine Perrins. We had a chance to interview the author and we’re excited to share a bit more about her and this book with our readers.
Who is Mardine Perrins?
Mardine Perrins is a writer and a Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist in a Cardiac Catherization lab in Upstate New York. She enjoys camping; hiking; extensive time in, on or by the water and considers herself an amateur photographer.
Forever fascinated by the unknown and questioning the unexplored, you’ll find her curiosities displayed throughout her work.
Her imagination is driven by anomalies in nature. She’s captivated with the complexity of the human DNA, mind and body and is drawn to natures ability to overcome, adapt and persist. She investigates why these things exist and how she can bring them to their potential through her stories.
Mardine likes to open the minds of her readers, allowing them to explore the possibilities of.…what if?
She currently lives in Upstate NY with her husband, children and two cats.
Please tell us a little about your book.
Expiration Date takes place in Upstate, NY in the year 2168. For the last hundred years, expiration dates have been a part of life-every baby is born with a birthmark, which is a number that tells the day of their death. Suddenly, there are groups of babies around the world being born with dates as short as three days to a week. Determined to discover what this phenomenon means, Cardiovascular Specialist, Elisa Killian; Dr. Jack Derrin; Scientists, Claude Monark and Ashlei Killian set out to find the truth, not buying the global government’s reason for this anomaly. Along the way they discover an elitist group and a deadly threat that may change their world as they know it.
Why did you write the book?
I grabbed hold of this idea, ‘What if everyone had an expiration date?’” There were more questions than answers, but the possibilities were abundant. I had no clue where I was going with this idea, but I had to find out.
Who is this book for?
I have an interest in both dystopian societies and many fields of science and how it affects us, so I think that anyone one who shares these fascinations will enjoy this uniquestory, which shies a bit away from the norm.
What is YOUR favorite part of the book?
Wow, I have a few favs. I still get all giddy when the plot starts to unravel, it’s like re-discovering the conspiracies and twists all over again. But, I have to say that I also really enjoy the relationships between the characters. Especially Jack and Elisa; they share an unspoken loyalty that I admire.
When did you start writing books?
I’ve been writing stories since I was 9 years old. I’ve started many books, but this is the first book I actually sat down and finished.
How is this book different from other books in your genre or niche?
Though having an Expiration Date isn’t exactly unusual, we all have one, but we do not all know the exact day that will happen. Expiration Date is a unique story about how this has been an intrinsic part of life, incorporated into this dystopian society and how this type of phenomenon of can yield power.
What challenges did you face writing your book during a pandemic?
I didn’t actually find any challenges with writing during the pandemic, but I was definitely limitedon many of the ways I was able to market the book. I’m a talker, so I was really disappointed to know that I couldn’t get out and meet my readers face to face. Though, I have enjoyed learning new ways to engage with people over social media.
Do you have any other books? Where can they be found?
Expiration Date is my first novel, but I am currently working on a sequel. I’m hoping to have my first draft completed by Fall, 2021.
Where is the best place for readers to connect with you?
You can connect with Mardine in several places: