I was delighted to be asked to take part in The Line Blog Tour. So without further ado!
What’s the book about?
Suspended in the nothing between timelines, the station Janus is an unseen marvel: the greatest technological achievement in human innovation. From Janus, Gustavo and his hand-selected team of historians and engineers venture into the past and observe history, unseen and unnoticed.
But they are not alone.
Another traveler is shattering history. Unhindered by desires to remain scientific and uninvolved, the intruder’s technology is far advanced with methods more brutal and a present more terrifying than anything Gustavo and his team are prepared for.
As they apply their intellects and skills towards solving the mystery of the ferocious interloper, they discover than they have its full attention.
Last night had been simply amazing and even the dreaded thought of calling her parents with the news couldn’t dull her elation. She and Trevor had spent yesterday afternoon studying on the dormitory lawn, sprawled out in the fat blades of the Florida grass, and as the sun went down he had handed her a book out of his backpack.
“I know you like dark stuff,” he had said. “It’s by Victor Hugo. About a kid who is kidnapped, his face cut up, and raised as a circus freak. Don’t worry, though. He kills everyone.” Trevor presented it with his usual musing grin and Mary rewarded him with a snicker at his description.
“Well, the French love this writer so there it is,” she said as she took the hardback novel from him. Quickly she realized it had a small lump in it. Shaking it upside-down, something fell out and glittered in the grass between her feet. Instantly Mary knew what it was and hesitated for a moment before digging for it frantically, tearing up green blades, dirt, and thick roots. Her fingers halted when she found it.
Q: Who are your favourite authors?
A: I tend to be a fan of books, not authors per se. With that in mind, I will confess to LOVING how some people can put words together. Herman Melville has some astounding descriptions and Joseph Conrad has a word economy where he can do more with a sentence than I can hope to in a paragraph. Those two writers in particular impress me to no end.
Q: What inspired you to write this book?
A: I got angry in American history class in tenth grade. There was just so much injustice, racism, and sexism woven into our nation. The more I learned, the more I had ‘what if’ questions popping into my head. Once I started asking those ‘what if’ questions from a woman’s perspective, the novel formed rapidly in my mind.
Q: What was the last book you read?
Ron Perlman’s autobiography called ‘Easy Street the Hard Way.’ I’m fairly surprised by it. I was interested because I wanted to read about one of my favorite actors and learn about all the behind-the-scenes dirt in his career. I did get a bit of that, but that’s not the focus of the story at all. His career appears to be more of a backdrop while his relationships take the forefront. Sammy Davis Jr. and Marlon Brando all play rolls in his life, and he provides loving details in regards to his friendships and marriage. It is a very personal autobiography, and whenever Perlman mentions a film he was working on he’ll literally tell the reader just to hit IMDB on their phone because he isn’t writing about that.
Q: Is there a new project in the works?
A: Absolutely. It is basically a blending of Dante’s Inferno with heavy elements of steampunk in the setting. I wanted a meaningful, character driven adventure tale so I wrote myself one. Hephaestion is the main character, and it follows his taxing journey into the pits of Hell as he seeks out his true love, Alexander the Great.
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Thank you to William for dropping by.