Author Q&A with Elizabeth Crowens – A WAR IN TOO MANY WORLDS

Good day, my bookish divas and divos. It’s another chilly morning here in West Virginia, but the fall foliage is truly a wonder to behold. When I’m not spending my time reading, I simply gaze out my windows at the unbelievable beauty that is the seasonal foliage displayed on the surrounding hillsides. Although I’d love to spend some time in the future traveling to bookstores and libraries around the world, there are plenty of sights to behold here in West Virginia and in the United States first. Until I get to embark on my travels, I’ll sit back and enjoy visiting with a variety of different bookish folks. Today, I’m honored to welcome Elizabeth Crowens, author of A War in Too Many Worlds. Ms. Crowens will be answering a few questions for us about herself and her writings. I hope you’ll enjoy what she has to share, add A War in Too Many Worlds to your ever-growing TBR list, and follow the tour to learn more about this book and its author. Thank you, Ms. Crowens, for joining us today and participating in this author Q & A.

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What’s on your bucket list?

More travel. I made five or six trips to the UK to research the Time Traveler Professor series. The pandemic put a real damper on that in the past two years, and it still has, but at least I got to visit Moscow and St. Petersburg before the Ukrainian invasion. I haven’t been overseas since and don’t feel all that comfortable yet. Looks doubtful if I’ll get to China anytime soon given the politics and the pandemic, and India was in dire shape. I still want to go to Tibet and Nepal. We’ll see…

What’s also on my bucket list, having the Time Traveler Professor series made into a streaming series like Doctor Who and being a creative advisor on the project. See below for the casting suggestions.

Your book is a movie! Who’s in your dream cast?

Funny you should ask, because I’ve worked in the entertainment industry for many years, so I’m always thinking along those lines.

Arthur Conan Doyle – Hugh Jackman
H.G. Wells – Rufus Sewell, from The Man in the High Castle and Victoria.
Harry Houdini – Michael Weston, played Houdini in the short-lived series, Doyle and Houdini
John Patrick Scott – Our protagonist has been the hardest one to cast. Also when the first book in the series starts out in 1898, he ages, and Book Three, A War in Too Many Worlds starts in late 1917. For a younger version, I’ve had my eye on Robert Sheehan, who plays Klaus in The Umbrella Academy or Timothée Chalamet. For the older versions, Cillian Murphy, from Peaky Blinders. Both are Irish actors but could play one who is Scottish.
Francois Poincaré – First choice: Sasha Baron Cohen, Second choice: Rami Malek. Francois reminded me a lot of Freddie Mercury. Obviously, Rami played him in Bohemian Rhapsody. Sasha was originally under consideration for that role.
Sophia Poincaré – possibly Marion Cotillard or Michelle Williams
Maria von Braun – Leonie Benesch, a German actress in the recent Around the World in Eighty Days and the television series Babylon Berlin and The Crown.
Leonora Offenbacher – Sarah Silverman
Rebecca Wells – Kate Winslet
Finneas “Finn” Fertle – Matt Smith, from Doctor Who and The Crown
Not sure about Helga, Max Pushkin, and Wendell Mackenzie.

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Spread the word. Post an excellent review on both Amazon and Goodreads, even if you won the book in a giveaway. I hate to emphasize algorithms and statistics, but that’s how their search engines work. The more reviews, the more an author will get discovered. ♦

A War in Too Many Worlds

by Elizabeth Crowens

October 17 – November 11, 2022 Virtual Book Tour

Synopsis:

A War in Too Many Worlds by Elizabeth Crowens

The Time Traveler Professor

The secret diaries of John Patrick Scott pick up at the close of 1917. British intelligence sends Scott to work undercover in Berlin with his old partner-in-crime, Wendell Mackenzie, as his outside contact in Paris. Back on the Western Front, Scott discovered his ability to see the ghosts of the dead. Unsure if that’s a blessing or a curse, he takes this one step further, employing spirits in the world of deception and intrigue. As the Russian monarchy crumbles and the Red Baron meets his final match, for Scott, true love is always beyond arm’s reach. His long-lost patrons and paramours, Sophia and Francois Poincaré, resurface but as potential enemies of the Crown.

Arthur Conan Doyle vows to retrieve his stolen time machine from H.G. Wells. Scott is still at odds with Doyle, who still refuses to publicly acknowledge his contributions for ghostwriting Sherlock Holmes, and Doyle encounters Harry Houdini in the most unlikely of places. Get ready for a wild ride.

Time Traveler Professor, Book Three: A War in Too Many Worlds, pairs murder, mayhem and mysticism in a mashup where The Lost World meets The Island of Doctor Moreau. Stay tuned for Book Four, The Story Beyond Time, the final book in this epic series.

Praise for A War in Too Many Worlds:

“You’ll find that time stands still as your turn the pages and enjoy the roller-coaster plot, the only disappointment arriving when you reach the final moments of this extraordinary story… and want more.”

 

“Meticulously researched and wholly evocative of its time period; rich detail, immersive atmosphere and clever use of documented Victorian interests in the paranormal give Crowens’s latest novel distinct authenticity. The difficult task of channeling such bold and beloved icons as Doyle, Wells and Houdini is confidently and capably handled. Brimming with specificity, historic flavor and intriguing supernatural fancy, A War in Too Many Worlds is an impressive feat of fact weaving into fiction; sure to please history buffs as well as the more fantastical at heart in equal measure.”

Leanna Renee Hieber, award-winning, bestselling author

 

“Pack your best time-traveling attire, your sense of humor, and your open mind. A War in Too Many Worlds by Elizabeth Crowens, the third book in the Time Traveler Professor series, is a vibrant, explosive treatise on the intersection of magic, science, and spirituality. The book is both a loving nod to an era when magic and science were separated by a hairsbreadth, and a Jungian exploration of time, memory, and mysticism. Though the topics are erudite, the author’s wit and humor combined with karmic twists, musical accompaniment, and a historical who’s who, keep the book moving to its thrilling and unexpected climax. The entire series is highly recommended, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.”

Kerry Adrienne, USA Today bestselling author

 

“This genre-bending trip through time and space offers the same delightfully loopy charm as a Doctor Who episode—but with its own irresistible allure, as if Douglas Adams and Jules Verne collaborated with a little help from Kafka. Crowens jumps effortlessly from the mournful haunts of Berlin during the Great War to the unpredictable travels of H.G. Wells and Arthur Conan Doyle. Exotic—and yet strangely familiar—characters keep popping up to entertain us. However, even among the amusements are laments of lost loves and lost opportunities—along with ghosts (both real and imagined)—all of which elevate the story. Indeed, together with the many fantastic elements, we are moved by the strivings and desires of the all-too-human characters, who will stick with you long after you get to the last page.”

R.J. Koreto, author of the Lady Frances Ffolkes and Alice Roosevelt historical mysteries

 

“Take your favorite elements for a paranormal mystery adventure— from Victorian times into the 20th century, historical (and then some) characters like Conan Doyle, Jung, Houdini, and a few surprises. Add the MacGuffin of a mysterious red book, and you will understand the delights of Elizabeth Crowens’s series featuring the Time Traveling Professor. Things come to a head in the third book in this delightful series. If you need to escape this world for a bit, try the one she has so beautifully built for you.”

Jim Freund, host of the radio program Hour of the Wolf

Book Details:

Genre: Alternate History / Time Travel
Published by: Atomic Alchemist Productions
Publication Date: August 16th, 2021
Number of Pages: 310
ISBN: 9781950384075 (paperback)
Series: Time Traveler Professor, #3
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Author Bio:

Elizabeth Crowens

Currently New York City-based worked in the entertainment industry in NY and LA for over 25 years. Writing credits include Black Belt, Black Gate, and Sherlock Holmes Mystery magazines, stories in Hell’s Heart and the Bram Stoker Award-nominated A New York State of Fright, and three alternate history/SFF novels. Recipient of the MWA-NY Leo B. Burstein Scholarship, City Artists Corps / New York Foundation of the Arts grant, a Glimmer Train Honorable Mention, an Eric Hoffer First Prize, two Grand Prize and five First Prize Chanticleer Review awards, including a 2022 Grand Prize in the Chanticleer Review Cygnus Awards for Science Fiction for A War in Too Many Worlds.

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Guest Post: Elizabeth Crowens – SILENT MERIDIAN

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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.


Author Bio:


Elizabeth Crowens

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.


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The Time Traveler Professor, Book One:


Silent Meridian


by Elizabeth Crowens


on Tour August 18 – September 21, 2019



Synopsis:


The Time Traveler Professor, Book One: Silent Meridian by Elizabeth Crowens

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.



Book Details:


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


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