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And now, on to time travel talks!

 

We’ve  asked authors Lisa Mason and Laura Vosika to talk with us about  their time travel books.

 

Laura  Vosika is the author of Blue Bells of Scotland, on Kindle, Nook, itunes, and at Smashwords, lauded as a book in the vein of Diana  Gabaldon’s Outlander series, and earning many five-star reviews. Nan Hawthorne,  author of historical fiction, called Blue Bells of Scotland one of her  favorite books of the year. The praise was echoed by Robert Mattos of Book and  Movie Reviews, adding that it is a must-have for the book shelves of any serious  reader. The Minstrel Boy, Book Two in The Blue Bells Chronicles is  also out. Visit Laura on the web at www.bluebellstrilogy.com or www.facebook.com/laura.vosika.author.

Lisa  Mason is the author of Summer of Love, A Time Travel, on Nook and Kindle,  and The Gilded Age, A Time Travel, on Nook and on Kindle. Summer of Love was a Philip K. Dick Award Finalist and San Francisco Chronicle  Recommended Book. Locus Magazine said, “Remarkable. . .the intellect on display  within these psychedelically packaged pages is clear-sighted, witty, and  wise.”The  Gilded Age was a New York Times Notable Book and New York Public Library Recommended Book.  The New York Times Book Review called The Gilded Age, “A winning mixture of intelligence  and passion.”Visit Lisa on the web at Lisa Mason’s Official Website or Lisa Mason’s  Blog.

Q:  What drew you as an author to time travel?

Laura: I’ve long been drawn to time travel, most likely as a result of a very active  childhood imagination and a few really good children’s novels that involved time  travel. In the Keep of Time was one, by Margaret J. Anderson, and Time  for Andrew: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn was another. In the  first, four children go into a deserted Scottish keep and come out into the dead  of night in medieval Scotland. In the second, two boys who look alike, but have  very different personalities, switch places in time, Andrew Tyler coming to1990  and Drew, his great nephew, going back to live Andrew’s life in 1910. I  consciously drew from In the Keep of Time in my own novel, but it also  has some strong elements of Time for Andrew, in the concept of two very  different men trading places and lives.

 

Lisa: Like Laura, I’ve always been fascinated with time travel. From H.G. Wells’s The Time Machine (1895), Jack Finney’s Time and Again (1970),  Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series (begun in 1991), Connie Willis’s  multiple award-winning The Domesday Book (1992), and on to Audrey  Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife (2004), the concept of time travel  has offered authors a rich and complex source of inspiration and readers with a  century’s worth of reading pleasure.

 

Laura: I loved The Time Traveler’s Wife, too. What I liked about it in  particular is the way it focused on character and personality, on facing life’s  problems, with time travel being central, and yet incidental, to the deeper  story. This is something I try to do in my own writing. And of course, I also  enjoyed Diana Gabaldon’s books and the look at historical  Scotland.

 

Lisa: I  enjoy historical fiction but the problem is, as an author, you have to stay  within the mindset of the period. It’s vital you do that to maintain veracity.  With time travel, though, you get to have it both ways, immersing the story in  the era as well as providing a modern perspective, often a critical  one.

 

Laura: These  differing mind sets are one of the things that I think make time travel so  fascinating–the exploration of how the time we live in impacts our thinking,  more so than I think most of us in the modern time would like to  admit.

 

Lisa: Absolutely.  A reflection on how our own time shapes us and our thoughts in profound ways is  so important in keeping an open mind and exercising your own judgment about the  issues of the day. With Summer of Love, I wanted to carve out my  own territory in time travel by positing that my time traveler, Chiron Cat’s Eye  in Draco, comes from the far future on a mission to save Susan Bell, a teenage  runaway in 1967 San Francisco. In The Gilded Age, Zhu Wong comes from a  far future two decades later than Chiron’s and returns to a more distant past,  1895, to save a Chinese slave girl. Against all her better judgment, she falls  in love with a scoundrel, Daniel J. Watkins. Need I add that neither time  traveler is very happy about the era he or she has been compelled to travel to  and none of the locals think much of the time traveler.  Trouble!

 

Laura: That’s  half the fun, isn’t it! Get your characters up a tree…in the wrong  century…and then throw rocks at them. Neither Shawn, the modern-day musician  who ends up in medieval Scotland, nor Niall, the medieval warrior who spends a  couple of weeks in the present day, is very impressed with the others’  era.

 

Thanks to Lisa Mason and Laura Vosika for a lively and  thought-provoking discussion. If you, the reader, wish to join the discussion or  have any questions or comments for our authors, feel free to contact them. And  please buy their books!

 

Summer  of Love, A Time Travel,  on Nook and Kindle,  and The Gilded Age, A Time Travel, on Nook and on Kindle, by Lisa Mason.

Blue  Bells of Scotland,  on Kindle, Nook, itunes, and at Smashwords, and The Minstrel Boy, Book Two  in The Blue Bells Chronicles by Laura  Vosika.

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Dreaming a Little Florida History
By Juli D. Revezzo

Living in Florida is an odd mix of modernity and past. The history of the state goes back 12,000 years when our first human population were hunter-gatherers, then again in 1513 when Ponce De León came and officially claimed the state for Spain. He was followed in the 1550s by Hernando de Soto and Tristán de Luna who settled Pensacola.

The state boasts quite a few military forts, but one in particular became the focal point of my novel The Artist’s Inheritance: Fort Pickens, on Santa Rosa Island in Pensacola Bay. The fort was built in the early 1800s, but during the Civil War, the fort fell under Union occupation and thus, began the stand off that some folks say rivaled Fort Sumter as the first battle of the Civil War.*

A lot of people, even residents here in my home state, don’t know about this first shot of the war business. I can’t tell you how many people are surprised when they ask me why I picked Pickens. They all connect it to Geronimo and though he was held there, the fort had a history before his arrest. So, I thought, herm…what else could that little fort be hiding?

This soldier (he goes by the name of Roland) then walked into my dreams one night, and said, “Hey, You know that fort you’re reading about? I have a story for you.”

Of course, I’m not sure he’s telling me the truth. Number one, he’s a ghost; number two, he’s cursed and, more importantly, certifiably crazy. ;)

But I’d wanted to connect the Civil War into one of my Florida-based stories for years, and just never found the right way to do it. That is, until Roland started talking about his military record and how he came up through time 150 years to help his descendants beat a curse they’ve been trying centuries to break.

I hope you enjoy his little story of Fort Pickens and the artist who inherited Roland’s familial curse.

The Artist’s Inheritance:

Settling into their new home in Gulf Breeze, Florida, Caitlin finds strange changes coming over her husband Trevor. He seems obsessed with a beautiful chair he’s carving.

When the nightmares deepen and ghosts begin lurking—she knows something’s not right, and not just her newfound precognitive abilities. It’s the damned chair, she’s sure. Could it be just what it seems: a mundane piece of furniture? If so, why is it attracting dark forces—the forces she suspects drove Trevor’s siblings to insanity and suicide?

Before the same happens to Trevor, Caitlin must convince him to sell his art. But armed with only a handful of allies, and little experience of the supernatural, she must proceed with caution against the hellish forces besieging her family. If she succeeds, she will break the ancestral curse. If she fails, she may lose forever the one thing she cares about most: her beloved Trevor.

If you’d like to try it out, The Artist’s Inheritance is currently available for Kindle at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and at Smashwords and in paperback at Createspace.

Buy links:

http://www.amazon.com/Artists-Inheritance-Antique-Magic-ebook/dp/B008XL82IU/ref=la_B008AHVTLO_1_4
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-artists-inheritance-juli-d-revezzo/1113215283
https://www.createspace.com/3976218
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/220457

Thanks, Laura, for having me here today!

For more information on Juli and her books, see her website at:
http://julidrevezzo.com

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About Juli D. Revezzo

Juli D. Revezzo has long been in love with writing, a love built by devouring everything from the Arthurian legends, to the works of Michael Moorcock, and the classics and has a soft spot for classic the “Goths” of the 19th century. Her short fiction has been published in Dark Things II: Cat Crimes, The Scribing Ibis, Eternal Haunted Summer, Twisted Dreams Magazine and Luna Station Quarterly. She also has an article and book review or two out there. But her heart lies in the storytelling. She is a member of the Independent Author Network. The Artist’s Inheritance is her first novel.

 

 

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