(Time Guardians, #1)
Young Adult Sci-Fi
Date Published:February 24, 2014
Fifteen-year-old Jack Bishop has mad skills with cars and engines, but knows he’ll never get a driver’s license because of his epilepsy. Agreeing to participate in an experimental clinical trial to find new treatments for his disease, he finds himself in a completely different body—that of a girl his age, Jacqueline, who defies the expectations of her era. Since his seizures usually give him spazzed out visions, Jack presumes this is a hallucination. Feeling fearless, he steals a horse, expecting that at any moment he’ll wake back up in the clinical trial lab. When that doesn't happen, Jacqueline falls unexpectedly in love, even as the town in the past becomes swallowed in a fight for its survival. Jack/Jacqueline is caught between two lives and epochs, and must find a way to save everyone around him as well as himself. And all the while, he is losing time, even if he is getting out of algebra class.
#1 – Do You See Writing as a Career?
In an abstract sense? Sure! Ideally? Please! Right now, it’s not paying the bills, but I’ve heard enough success stories among published writers to know that for many, if you keep writing and sending out your work, and you keep trying to produce better work, you’ll eventually see returns on your efforts. Whether that means bestseller status or not, that’s only one measure of success. For me, I try to rate myself by the reader feedback I get and the sense of accomplishment and love of writing while I’m doing it. So I’m not sure I can call it a career, but I do call myself an author, if that makes any sense.
#2 – What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?
Getting over the nasty inner critic in my brain that knocked down all of my ideas, word choices, and self-value as a writer. My good friend, Lea, who is also a life coach, told me to tell my critic to take a round-the-world vacation, which I thought was ridiculous. But when I tried it, it worked! I wrote about that strategy on my blog here: http://transplantportation.com/2011/01/06/ignoring-the-critics/ Once I worked past that negativity, it became a lot easier to write.
#3 – Did you have any One Person Who Helped You Out with Your Writing Outside of Your Family?
So Lea has been a real boon for my writing, as has my partner, Susanne, who gently suggested I get back to writing after I blew out my knee at our wedding, found myself unemployed, and couldn’t find a new job during the global credit crisis. I’ve also got a great cheering section of my friends, have networked with other working writers to mutually offer critique, and deeply appreciate the beta reading team of young readers that I’ve found over the years. I guess it takes a village.
#4 – What is next for your writing?
I’m working on the sequel to my memoir, which has the working title Bumbling into Baby, and I’m just about to get started on the Time Guardians #2 novel. In between I’m working on a few short pieces and one nonfiction essay, because I like to have a lot of projects going on all burners. It keeps me from getting into a rut or getting held up by writer’s block.
#5 – Do you have an addiction to reading as well as writing? If so, what are you currently reading?
I do love reading, but I admit I’m approaching books more in fits and starts these days with two children under three in the house. Right now I’m reading Hold Tight Gently by Martin Duberman about the early days in the AIDS crisis, and He Mele a
by Ryka Aoki which is a novel set in Hawaii
that has been called a reimagination of (which is one of my absolutely
favorite books). Winesburg,
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Jack Inman’s seizures aren’t good for anything. Except time travel.
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