Author Denise Fleischer took some time out of her busy schedule to chat with me about writing and her recent time travel/paranormal adventure novel:
Port Town Publishing
Your book is described as a blend of time travel, fantasy and science fiction. Can you tell us a little about the storyline?
In ďThe Guardian,Ē my time travel/paranormal adventure, my protagonist, Crusader Lea Netera Payton is the seventh Holian knight in the Second Generation. Sheís also the spiritual heir to the Almadonian Realm. In an effort to delay her ascension, Lord Quentin Seltar involves her in the Challenge of Guardianship. Each of the Crusaders has participated in this four-tier mission to make a difference in the lives of mortals from a non-alliance world, without changing time. So Lea is forcefully portated from the future into the past. Within minutes of her portation she has to save the life of John Paul Jones. She also participates in the Battle of Stony Point, The Alamo and the Trail of Tears.
Was there anything that inspired you to write this particular novel?
My love of time travels inspired me to write a new manuscript for a character I created years ago. I knew Lea Netera could handle any challenge I created for her, so why not one that focused on American History? I choose several historical figures and put them in a one-to-one situation with Lea Netera and her Earth Force-I followers. For me that made them dimensional. I explored what would be their strengths, weaknesses, attitudes and desires. So that made them more human than any history textbook could explore.
What was the most challenging part of writing this particular novel? Was there a lot of historical research involved?
The challenge was never the writing. It was making time to write because of my part-time job, my website responsibilities, home, family, pets, chat and artwork. Iím a Lifestyle Editor for a community newspaper in Des Plaines, IL. I interview authors, read books and review them for my website and Iím also the webpage designer. I have a home to take care of. A husband and 13-year-old daughter. A house full of pets. A weekly author chat on AOL. I also love painting in pastels and quilting.
I had to research every detail of the historical time periods I covered. That meant uniforms, food, weaponry, wars, family backgrounds, etc. I had to literally get in the minds of each character to know how they may have responded to a woman with paranormal abilities being a defender. Itís not every day Mother Nature becomes an ally.
Who or what are the major influences on your writing?
To be honest, itís never been an author that inspired me to write time travels, SF or paranormal. Itís been my love of every Adventure movie that had a hero or heroine that would never give up even if the odds were totally unbelievable. My need to create not just a small society, but several universes where allies and enemies interact.
What was the attraction of time travel for you? Was it the history aspect, science fiction aspect or something else?
I have a library of time travel romance. I love every single book where the authors take a contemporary woman and fling her back in time to see if she can survive. Talk about challenges. Think of the knowledge we have today and how that would be assimilated by any member of society in the past, especially those of considerable power. Think of all we take for granted: the convenience of foods and medicine, womenís rights and freedoms, appliances and transportation. Now, erase everything you have ever known. It doesnít exist and it wonít for one hundred years. Add paranormal elements and you have a double-sided conflict.
Time travel has always been my favorite genre, but I never thought I could write it. Well, I did and Iíve even written a sequel. Now all I need is a publisher. In the beginning, many manuscripts before The Guardian, my writing was primarily a science fiction series, but over the years paranormal elements have shifted my writing into something more of a good vs. evil plot, heavy on defenders and demons. I donít think I can stop creating paranormal universes now.
What do you do when you are not writing?
Iím always reading romance, paranormal and mystery novels. I review them for gottawritenetwork.com, my website for authors. One day Iíll be reading about Regency England. Another day about vampires. The next an erotic or thriller. Iím never bored. I either rent DVDs or go to the movies when I have free time.
Are there any new novels on the horizon for you?
Before I finished my second book, Iíd already begun my third. Itís a YA paranormal about a family of soul recovery agents. Iím only 35 pages into it and I have a long way to go in its development. After I complete the manuscript, rewrite it and send it out, Iím going to read three books on writing mysteries. I hope to write a paranormal mystery.
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