Thank you for having me! I’m very excited about the release of A POCKET IN TIME today. This is the second book in my Time Weavers, Inc. series. This story was inspired by “Oliver Twist” which was written by Charles Dickens. That’s what I do. I get inspired by a classic and then write my own story. Of course, my stories are romance, so they are quite different from the original. I love throwing two people together that I’d never expect to work and then discovering that they do. In this story, I have Katz Almira, a woman from present day who grew up homeless with no family and with the ability to pick pockets and locks equally well. She’s also excellent with daggers. My hero is Lord John Byron, second son of a marquess, from the 19th century. He joined the ranks against Napoleon where he was wounded in body and spirit and had a sharp change in outlook. He’s returned from the war and finds himself adrift, his old pursuits seem frivolous at best.
But as fun as these two were to create, I admit to the guilty pleasure of creating my secondary characters. In this story, in particular, developing the four young pickpockets was a joy. Each has his own personality and back story. There’s Pip, the youngest at age 8, who is a master at manipulating people’s emotions. He’s an amazing actor and would do as well at begging as picking pockets. Then there’s Toby, the second youngest. He’s 9 and he’s really not very good at picking pockets but has a sweet and noble disposition. In fact, when he is first caught by our hero, he’s trying to save another waif.
Then there are the two teenagers, Hum and Covey. They’re opposites in almost every way. Hum is the oldest at 16. He’s broad and handsome and the by-blow of some Lord. He likes the young ladies but has little to no experience with them and is quite the gentleman. Covey, on the other hand, is the smartest and could con his mother out of her last dime, though he wouldn’t. He’s 15 and quite lean. He started stealing after being beaten one too many times while being honestly employed. He can adapt to any situation and has an unusual talent.
Of course, Lord Byron has more people in his life besides pickpockets. He has a steadfast friend who still likes to play pranks but can be serious when it’s warranted. Lord Henry Tavistock doesn’t completely understand what happened to John, but supports him nonetheless. Even Livingston, Lord Byron’s elderly butler, is a hoot. Lord Byron limps due to his war injury, but Livingston always races to open doors for him as if his hands don’t work.
Katz, as a member of Time Weavers, Inc. and their best agent, also has secondary characters around her. There’s Old Arthur, who researches history and then “downloads” it directly into her mind. He’s a friendly fellow with a long gray beard and hair, who appears frail but gets excited about any knowledge from the past. In this book, I was also able to introduce Zania. She’s the seamstress with a special talent of creating the appropriate clothing even if the material no longer exists in present day! She’s in her forties and loves to date. She and Katz get along well on that score, since Katz prefers no long-term relationship with men…or anyone else for that matter.
I guess you could say that my main characters are my dinner, but my secondary characters are my dessert when it comes to writing. I really have to rein myself in or I might go overboard, and if you know me at all, you know I’m a big sweet junkie. So I guess one could say that thanks to my guilty writing pleasure, you’ll always find a full cast of characters in my stories.
Overall, I’m planning 5 books in this series. The first is ON HIGHLAND TIME, which takes place in Medieval Scotland. The second is A POCKET IN TIME which is set in Regency London. The next book will take place during the Viking era and the 4th book with take place in ancient Rome. But the 5th book is still up in the air for me. I have a number of ideas, but I’d love to know when and where you’d like to see a book set. In fact, I’m going to offer up the prize of an ebook copy of PASSION OF SLEEPY HOLLOW, another time travel story of mine, but more in the vein of Brigadoon to one lucky commenter.