Hello, Mary, and welcome. Thanks for the interview. :)
First, could you introduce yourself and talk about your work? What time-travel fiction have you written or are in the process of writing?
Hi Lara, thanks for having me on your site. A little about me. Hmmm. I am an animal lover. Right now we have two German Sherpherds. One is a young female named, BoBo,and she just went into heat.
The older one up until now has only been annoyed with her. Jealous of each other, their petty bickering was starting to get annoying. But now, they are in love.
It' quite interesting to see them interact and how lovesick my poor old boy, Junior, is. the mind says yes, yes, yes, but the body says no. He is just to arthritic to get up there. The grooming, nibbling and loving is quite different. Hormones are amazing aren't they.
I am in the process of working on my second book, so I have not been able to do the blogging I usually do. Burned Into Time, is a sequal to my first book, Tripping Through Time, and it continues with the story of time traveling to the late 1800's to the beautiful state of Vermont. Why did I pick Vermont. Well it has all the mistique and presence I needed for my stories. There is so much to work with. The imagery is so easy with such a beautiful place to use for a backdrop. And I love the place. I will admit the research is hard to do from where I live, but I am managing.
I am married it seems like forever to my husband of 33 years, would I change him. Sure if I could, it's not for want of trying. If only I could get him to clean up after himself. Ha! I always tell people he is like my left let. I would hate to lose it. And he makes me laugh! Right now we live in hot, hot, hot, Florida. I am aiming for the mountains of North Carolina eventually.
When I retired I decided to pursue my writing career. It has been the best move of my life and I wouldn't give up meeting all the wonderful people I have met for anything. Authors are some of the best folks in the world!
What are your favorite time destinations and why?
I like the late 1800's there was so much development at that time. My first book took place on the Lake Champlain islands, my second book will take place mainly in Stowe Vermont, and my third will be in Florida.
Where is your work available?
You can buy it at any of the usual on line places, like Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.com.
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 think I have read every time travel romance novel in print today. I started with the time-travel romance about ten years ago. I love them all. Linda Lael Miller, Flora Speer, Becky Weyrith, Kate Lyon, the list of my favorite time travel authors is quite extensive. Now I am starting to read some ebook time travels by my own publisher.
For a time I read every western romance, then every Indian, then it was sci-fi and fantasy. Ever read Peers Anthony he's very different.
What mechanisms do you use for time-travel? Do they vary from story to story?
So far it's only been by putting on a magic Celtic ring that my heroines have traveled into the past. I am really a newbie, and have only published one book.
I hope that my publisher likes my second one too.
What type of research do you do for the genre? Where do you find your sources?
Reseach has been hard for me. My local library is not much help when I try to get loaned books. The main West Palm Beach library is totally unorganized and useless as far as my
experience goes. I actually am from Vermont so some of it is easy. I do a lot of on line looking. But the information is spotty and hard to come by. I am working on that though.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
I am inclined to think that when you want to accomplish something, like publishing a book, you have to devote yourself entirely and never quit. Some of the best writers in the world have been rejected at one time of another. If you give up, that's the end of it. I so wanted to accomplish this, I've dreamed about it since I was a kid. I am grateful for the help I have had from fellow authors. They are so supportive and understanding. Maybe someday I can be as helpful to someone just like they were to me.
Thanks Lara and I wish you the very best. Mary