Title of Book: Waking in Time
A short description of book:
Still mourning the loss of her beloved grandmother and shaken by her mysterious, dying request, Abbi has just arrived at UW Madison for her freshman year. But on her second day, she wakes up to a different world: 1983. That is just the first stop on Abbis journey backward through time. Will is a charming college freshman from 1927 who travels forward through time. When Abbi and Will meet in the middle, love adds another complication to their lives. Communicating across time through a buried time capsule, they try to decode the mystery of their travel, find a lost baby, and plead with their champion, a kindly physics professor, to help them find each other again ... even though the professor is younger each time Abbi meets him. This page-turning story full of romance, twists, and delightful details about campus life then and now will stay with readers long after the books satisfying end.
What inspired you to write? And what was the inspiration for this book?
I never wanted to be a writer, but I always loved reading and concocting stories in my head. One day I had an elaborate story that wouldn’t go away and I decided to see if I could write it. That became my first published novel, Love ‘em or Leave ‘em.
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
When it’s a writing day, I have to clear my calendar of everything. No appointments or lunch dates. I settle in with my iPod and diet soda and focus on a specific scene or chapter.
How long does it take to write a book?
On average from start to finish including critique partners and beta readers it’s about nine months. I’d like to write faster, but somehow I can’t seem to do it.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I love to travel and also to see Broadway musicals. They are my passion. In fact I wrote feature articles for BroadwayWorld.com. I also enjoy reality TV shows like Dancing with the Stars, Survivor and Amazing Race.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Buckle down and do it! If you want this, stop procrastinating and get started. Join a writers’ group. Read craft books. Set goals and start writing.
What is the last book you read?
I’m currently reading Romeo & What’s Her Name by Shani Petroff. It’s about a girl who has a crush on the boy playing Romeo and she is the understudy who never expects to go on. I haven’t read very far yet, but I’m pretty sure she does.
What is/are your favorite book(s)?
Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. If you haven’t read it, please do! It’s amazing!
On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves. It’s a survival story of a teen and his tutor who get stranded on an island.
The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan. It’s a bit of a remake on Prince William in college and an American girl who ends up on his dorm floor. It’s funny, charming and I’ve read it two or three times.
After all of your hard work, what does it feel like to be a published author?
Honestly, I’m still a bit amazed that I can identify as a published author. It was never in my game plan, but this is my eighth book, so I guess it’s real.