Monday, May 25, 2009

Please Welcome author Clover Autrey

Welcome, Clover! I love all the various responses and insights I'm getting from different authors of time travel fiction. Here's another interesting one!

Lara, thanks for having me here today.

First, could you introduce yourself and talk about your work? What time-travel fiction have you written or are in the process of writing? My name’s Clover Autrey (no relation to Gene unfortunately, though I am from Texas), and yes, this is my real name, not a pen name. I wrote my first book (a whopper) about 20 years ago and am just recently starting to see some success. For me, it was a long time coming. I love reading books with things magical, whether it’s fairies, jedi’s, or traveling through time. I write mainly fantasy romance, but a Time Travel and its magic definitely had to show up in there. My Time Travel is called The Sweetheart Tree, titled for the signposts that my little band of confederate soldiers carved into trees to alert each other.

What are your favorite time destinations and why? I’ve always been drawn to the Viking and Highlander eras, mainly because those strong very alpha heroes are so much fun to see perplexed by a modernized woman.

Where is your work available? You can purchase The Sweetheart Tree through my publisher at the Wild Rose Press.

What got you interested in the genre? For how long have you been a fan, and who are your favorite authors of time-travel fiction? I’ve always loved the idea of Traveling through Time way back from watching The Land of the Lost (this is embarrassing, but gotta love those Sleestaks) and then to find it in the romance genre with Karen Marie Moning’s Highlander books and Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander. But my all time favorite Time Travel has to be Glenna McReynold’s Prince of Time. I love her idea of traveling time through magical worms.

What mechanisms do you use for time-travel? Do they vary from story to story? The thing many Time Travels have in common is that the character who goes back in time always seems to have some scrap of information that is pertinent for their survival. For instance Hank Morgan in The Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court knew exactly when a solar eclipse would take place. C’mon! What random people just happen to know things like that? I certainly wouldn’t or any exact dates of past events or battles. I would be monumentally clueless, so I thought it would be fun to send a heroine back in time who didn’t know much about the Civil War at all. Then I took it a step further and did give her one piece of information, but made that one of those little tidbits that history got completely wrong. So not only doesn’t she know anything historically accurate, but she’s also working off of false information and basically has to survive on wits alone.

What type of research do you do for the genre? Where do you find your sources? Before I wrote the first sentence, I scoured the Internet for anything about the Civil War, what materials their uniforms were made from, what supplies they kept in their haversacks, their rations, the weapons issued, significant battles. Everything and anything I could find that pertained to both sides. Several Civil War Reenactment groups proved to be a wonderful resource. I also discovered that they used a type of early grenade and knew I had to put that in my story. A lot of the time certain ideas can surface like that while doing research.

Is there anything else you’d like to add? The Sweetheart Tree just received its first Five Angel review from Fallen Angels Reviews.
“I really fell in love with this story. The Sweetheart Tree is swimming with romance and passion. When Bree met Caleb, I was completely consumed with their story. I love the part about the keys and her horseless carriage. I could feel the intensity when they were being fired upon. To just imagine something like this possibly happening became quite visual in this story. The romance and love between Bree and Caleb is wonderfully entwined. The story is truly captivating beyond words. There were times my heart leaped with joy and parted with sadness. Clover Autrey composes an enjoyable, satisfying read that I will not forget. I felt as if I was transported through time right along with Bree.”

Thank you again for having me here. Lara. It’s been a pleasure.
Again, thank you so much for your input. Good luck with your writing!
Clover Autrey


Helen Hardt said...

Hi Clover, it was great getting to know you. Thanks for sharing!


Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Clover,
Great interview. I like stories set against the background of the Civil War.


Clover Autrey said...

Thanks, gals. They just had a Land of the Lost marathon for Memorial Day. I was dying it was so bad and so fun. My kids felt really sorry that that's about all we had to watch. So where are the Lost in Space reruns?

elaine cantrell said...

I just love a good civil war story. Can't wait to read it.

Tanya Hanson said...

hi clover, what a great name you have! (I share mine with a porn star. boo.)

I love your cover and the premise of your book. I totally loved Land of the Lost too. Watched it with the kids every morning before school.

My favorite time-travel-ish books are Green Darkness by Anya Seton and Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveroux.

Best of luck!!!

(I am a fellow rose at Cactus.)