Thrilled to welcome K J Waters to my blog for the first time and she is here to talk about a her two novels Stealing Time and Shattering Time. Now, anyone who really knows me know that I have a thing for time travel stories so inviting her on I just had to do. Thank you K J for guest sharing your thoughts with us today.
“In 2012, I got more serious about publishing and realized that I had way more than one book. I began breaking it down into the four separate novels in the series. Since then I’ve released two of the books Stealing Time and Shattering Time.”
What is your book about?
Anne, it is a pleasure to be on your blog. Thank you for offering this opportunity for me to talk about my writing.
I have two books in the Stealing Time Series and they both follow Ronnie Andrews during the turbulent 2004 hurricane season in which her boyfriend, without her knowledge, is experimenting on a time travel device using the power of the storms to send her back in time. Stealing Time begins with Ronnie preparing for Hurricane Charley and during the peak of the storm she is hurtled back in time to eighteenth-century London where she is caught in a web of superstition, deception, and lies in a life and death struggle to return to her own time.
In the second book, Shattering Time, Ronnie begins a new job while trying to make sense of her experience back in time. As she settles into the new position Hurricane Francis, the size of Texas, strikes Florida and she finds herself unable to evacuate. The storm sends her back to several time periods, each with their own harrowing adventures, finally landing in early America with the Lost Colony of Roanoke where she finds herself at the center of their devastating demise. While Ronnie is back in time her friends try to help in the only way they know how but put Ronnie’s life in peril during the raging hurricane.
What inspired the idea for your novel?
I moved to Florida in 2004 and three days later Hurricane Charley devastated the state, passing over Orlando where we had just settled. That summer there were four major hurricanes that hit Florida. After we dealt with all the clean-up and trauma I felt I had a great backdrop for a novel. With my inspiration also coming from my favourite author, Diana Gabaldon, who writes excellent time travel romantic suspense novels.
How long did it take you to write your novel?
I spent 9 years writing what turned out to be the entire series while having kids, moving across the country, and waffling about. In 2012, I got more serious about publishing and realized that I had way more than one book. I began breaking it down into the four separate novels in the series. Since then I’ve released two of the books (Stealing Time and Shattering Time) in this series and I have two more to go with one short story published that is slightly connected and another to be published early winter.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
I am a severe weather nut so it has been so much fun reliving the details about the storms so I represent them truly in my stories. Also, as a time travel novel I can choose what areas of history interest me and dive into those worlds placing my characters in peril in new and fascinating environments.
What did you research the most while writing this book?
In Stealing Time, I researched the time shift that occurred in the year 1752. This was the year that England and the colonies lost eleven days to catch up to the rest of Europe who had already adopted the Gregorian Time Shift two hundred years prior. In the 1500s, Queen Elizabeth had decided to not join Europe at that time with the shift away from the Julian Calendar, that included leap year and more scientific measurement of the days and years, because of her break with the Catholic Church who was behind the push to change to the new Gregorian calendar. Two hundred years passed causing this 11-day time gap between England and the rest of the civilized world. To catch up, England made the decision to skip 11 days in September causing riots, looting and major turmoil for businesses and workers. It was a fascinating moment to send a character back in time.
For Shattering Time, I spent a lot of time researching 1588 and the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island. This was one of America’s first colonies and to this date we don’t know what happened to them. Their Governor sailed for reinforcements and supplies and returned two years later to find the entire colony missing, the buildings gone, and only the word Croatoan carved into a tree as a message, relating to a local Native group that lived nearby. This open-ended demise gave me thrills to research and write in my version of events.
For those who have not discovered your novel, how would you describe it to get them interested?
Stealing Time is a #1 best seller I’ve written a series with deep, rich characters, page-turning plot, and a story that has been called “breathtakingly original.” My stories will keep you up all night and want more when you’re finished with it. Just as a warning it is for adults with adult situations, language and violence.
I’ve been honoured with some excellent reviews that give you sense of how readers feel about it. Here is a strong one from Shattering Time.
Shattering Time is a masterpiece, one of the most riveting books I have ever read! After reading KJ Waters’ number one best-selling thriller Stealing Time, her first book in the series, and her related short story Blow, I became captivated by her adeptness in taking the reader by the hand and whisking them through spine tingling adventures, combining the excitement of deadly hurricanes, time travel, romance, betrayal, and mystery.
She adroitly weaves superb development of lively, earthy characters into her suspenseful new novel, keeping the tension intense, and calling forth every emotion imaginable. Moreover, it is apparent that she invested many hours of research and discussion with historical experts to make the reader’s journey authentic.
While reading the first book, I fell in love with Ronnie, the young woman who is the main character. She is the friend every woman wants and the girlfriend every man desires. You will feel great empathy for her as she becomes the unwitting victim of the boyfriend she trusts, and for her having to endure horrific mistreatment and tragic misfortune in her time travels.
Her friends are the only thing keeping her sanity, although their help is at times ineffective, causing unintended consequences amidst a monster Hurricane Frances. They cannot prevent her from being thrust again into the past or her life hanging in the balance as she is dropped into the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island.
As a Floridian who has seen the complete devastation that hurricanes bring to lives and property, forever changing the landscape, I deeply appreciate KJ Water’s mastery of the subject and her gift of capably pulling the reader into the heart of the storm, the perfect metaphor for the life of Ronnie.
What inspired you to want to be a writer?
I have always loved to read but was too intimidated by the process to try writing a novel. I spent years writing marketing materials for my job, and when I decided to leave the corporate world to raise my kids I took the leap in 2005 after the storms that summer.
Who’s your favourite character arc of all time, fiction/or onscreen and why?
I would have to say Claire Fraser from Outlander (by Diana Gabaldon.) I love her strength going from a nurse during World War II to being thrown back in time to the Scottish rising in the mid 1700’s. Her character arc takes her from happily married to an English man to being forced to marry a Scot in the past and ends up falling in love and being torn between the two worlds. The series brings her further in the arc to adapt to the past using her modern skills and tempering her world to the times she was thrust in.
What do you think makes the best character arc?
I love seeing strong characters face adversity and bend and finally adapt to their new reality, using every ounce of heart and soul to survive. It is amazing to see how the characters deal with the difficulties that are thrust upon them.
Are you working on anything new at the moment?
I’m working on two projects right now. One is the third book in the Stealing Time series called Killing Time, where Ronnie travels for a business trip to Puerto Rico and finds herself in the middle of Hurricane Jeanne with her boss Mike Walsh and is sent back in time during the storm. The island is destroyed by the storm with floods, mudslides and Ronnie is thrust in the middle of all of this with her very interested boss, a man with a checkered past and plenty of secrets he is hiding. Ronnie has no choice but to trust him to survive the storm.
The other story I’m writing right now is the sequel to my short story Blow, where Rick Harris is in the middle of Hurricane Ivan, sheltering as the storm decimates is home and precious belongings.
What is the theme or message of your book?
The underlying theme of my books is to trust your instincts and not put your blind faith into other people. I also have a subtler theme across the series that is still building that love across the centuries will find you and test your will to make the right choice.
Thank you for your time K J.
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Bio: KJ Waters is the author of the #1 best-seller Stealing Time and the short-story Blow. The second book in the series, Shattering Time, was just published on June 27, 2017 and the next day reached #6 on the UK Amazon site, and was #2 as a hot new release for one category, seating neatly after Michael Crichton’s Dragon Teeth.
In addition to her writing, she is the CEO of Blondie’s Custom Book Covers and the co-host of the popular podcast Blondie and the Brit.
She has a Master’s in Business and over 15 years of experience in the marketing field. Before quitting her job to raise a family and work on writing she was the Director of Marketing and communications for a national behavioural healthcare company.