Hello, book people. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend filled with books and reading. I’m pleased to welcome and introduce you to Elizabeth Crowens, author of The Time Traveler Professor, Book One: Silent Meridian and more. If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably wondered how an author, especially an author writing historical fiction, keeps the written word separate from their reality. Today, Ms. Crowens will be answering that question and a bit more. Grab your beverage of choice, sit back, and hear what this author has to say about writing about time travel.
- How do you keep your written world from encroaching on your life?
- What’s on your bucket list?
If you asked me how I keep my written world from encroaching on my life, my answer would be that it’s next to impossible. In fact, for me, it’s a challenge to switch time periods from series to series as well as within my alternate history series. The Time Traveler Professor, Book One: Silent Meridian starts out in 1898 Victorian-era Scotland, London, and Germany and ends at the beginning of World War I in August 1914. The main time travel subplot takes place in feudal Japan in the 17th century. The other series I’m writing is a different genre altogether — Hollywood suspense and takes place in the 1980s and 1990s. Imagine constantly having to switch gears as to how people talk, dress and behave. Visualize being a production designer on a movie set having to make sure all the locations and props are accurate or a costume designer or a hair and makeup artist trying to get everything believable and correct.
Continuity is a major issue. If items aren’t historically accurate or if details get mixed up inside a complicated plot, you’ll lose your fans and readers. The last thing an author needs to have is the Starbucks cup left by accident on the Game of Thrones.
I guess the embarrassing thing for me is I can accidentally have a character in my modern novels speak like a Victorian and, on occasion, I’ve found myself typing up mundane business correspondence in the manner of one of my historical characters. That can be very awkward. My son has also pointed out to me that he’s heard me have a slight hint of a British accent from time to time, and he thinks it sounds ridiculous. When I started writing The Time Traveler Professor, Book One: Silent Meridian, sometimes I’d walk over to my grocery store or be out and about doing chores in the neighborhood feeling like I was cosplaying my historical characters in my mind. So far, I haven’t backed myself into any corners and embarrassed myself.
One of my favorite parts of the writing process, however, is getting immersed in the research, and I’ve made several trips overseas to really get the feel of locations. Ironically, I was a professional photographer for years, but I rarely had the opportunity to have my clients send me to interesting or exotic locations — my dream. When I was in my early twenties and fresh out of college, I was even willing to apply for a job as an airline stewardess in order to get a chance to travel the world, but I was too short. I think rules have changed, but an applicant had to be at least 5’3″ in their stocking feet without heels and able to reach the overhead bins without assistance. Now, I’m running into short, overweight and much older airline personnel, but it’s no longer an option I’m considering.
The bottom line is there are a lot of foreign countries I’d like to visit on my bucket list, Nepal, Tibet, and Machu Picchu being three locations that I had better get to before they become physically too challenging. This year, spoiler alert, I’ll be taking the plunge and visiting Moscow and St. Petersburg.
In conclusion, similar to the Harry Potter series, I’d suggest reading The Time Traveler Professor, Book One: Silent Meridian before picking up any of the others in the series, although I agree with many that the sequel is a better book. That’s why we’re discounting the eBook for only $1.99. Also, if you sign up for my monthly newsletter at elizabethcrowens[dot]com/contact/ you’ll get updates on my book tour and free eBooks several times a year exclusive for subscribers.
Elizabeth Crowens has worked in the film and television industry for over twenty years and as a journalist and a photographer. She’s a regular contributor of author interviews to an award-winning online speculative fiction magazine, Black Gate. Short stories of hers have been published in the Bram Stoker Awards nominated anthology, A New York State of Fright and Hell’s Heart. She’s a member of Mystery Writers of America, The Horror Writers Association, the Authors Guild, Broad Universe, Sisters in Crime and a member of several Sherlockian societies. She is also writing a Hollywood suspense series.
The Time Traveler Professor, Book One:
by Elizabeth Crowens
on Tour August 18 – September 21, 2019
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is obsessed with a legendary red book. Its peculiar stories have come to life, and rumors claim that it has rewritten its own endings. Convinced that possessing this book will help him write his ever-popular Sherlock Holmes stories, he takes on an unlikely partner, John Patrick Scott, known to most as a concert pianist, but a paranormal investigator and a time traveler professor to a select few.
Like Holmes and Watson trying to solve a mystery, together they explore lost worlds and their friendship is tested to the limits when they go back in time to find it. Both discover that karmic ties and unconscionable crimes have followed them like ghosts from the past, wreaking havoc on the present and possibly the future.
The Time Traveler Professor, Book One: SILENT MERIDIAN reveals the alternate histories of Conan Doyle, H.G. Wells, Houdini, Jung and other luminaries in the secret diaries of John Patrick Scott, in an X Files for the 19th century. First Prize winner of Chanticleer Review’s Goethe Award for Turn-of-the-Century Historical Fiction and First Prize for Steampunk in the Independent Press Awards. Stay tuned for A POCKETFUL OF LODESTONES; Book Two in the Time Traveler Professor series by Elizabeth Crowens.
Genre: Alternate History, Mystery, Fantasy Noir
Published by: Atomic Alchemist Productions LLC
Publication Date: June 12th 2019
Number of Pages: 384
ISBN: 9781950384 (ISBN13: 9781950384044)
Series: The Time Traveler Professor #1
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads
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2 thoughts on “Guest Post: Elizabeth Crowens – SILENT MERIDIAN”
Great post. Enjoyed it!!
I can not wait to read. I loved the cover and the excerpt. I always like knowing more about the authors to 🙂