Please join me in welcoming author Myra McEntire here today to Dark Faerie Tales. The first book in her new Hourglass series, Hourglass, was recently released on June 14, 2011.
One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a copy of Hourglass . Details are listed at the end of the post.
Myra McEntire knows the words to every R and B hit of the last decade, but since she lives in the country music capital of America where her lyrical talents go sadly unappreciated, she chose to channel her mad word skills into creating sultry Southern timeslip novels.
But if you catch her at a signing, she can probably be convinced to rap with you anyway.
DFT: Could you start things off by telling us a little about Hourglass?
Myra: For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn’t there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents’ death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She’s tried everything, but the visions keep coming back.So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson’s willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may change her past.
Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he’s around? And why is he so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should have happened?
DFT: Can you tell us a little about the main characters in Hourglass?
Myra: Emerson is a short, sassy, and broken girl who’s trying to make a comeback and figure out how to make life work for her. Michael is a guy who can help, but he has some secrets and maybe a hero complex. But he’s cute, so she’s patient.
DFT: What initially sparked the idea for your world?
Myra: I knew I wanted something set in the South that didn’t look like anything else I’d ever seen as far as abilities/creatures.
DFT: Tell us something about your research process and the choices you make when creating the story.
Myra: I researched like a freak. I’m not super sciencey, but when I knew that’s the way things were going I read everything I could get my hands on. Luckily that summer was when Morgan Freeman was doing the “Through the Wormhole” series on tv. I also contacted a friend who was a theoretical physicist and ran things by him. It was important to get it right.
DFT: Is time travel consistent with the laws of logic?
Myra: I wrote a novel, not a textbook! I guess it depends on your definition of logic?
DFT: How would you explain the time travel paradoxes?
Myra: I could start to explain, go in a circle, and continue on it for infinity. And that’s what makes it fun and crazy for me as the author. Things can ALWAYS change. Coincidence is never coincidental in the time travel genre.
DFT: Time travel is an extremely interesting subject, but is it really conceptually possible?
Myra: I’d ask Stephen Hawking/Google. If you’re talking fiction, anything is possible.
DFT: How do you keep all the details of your world organized?
Myra: Lots and lots of notebooks, website bookmarks, and printed info in binders. Also, highlighter pens.
DFT: Who is your favorite character in this book, and why?
Myra: Em. It’s her journey, and I enjoyed taking it.
DFT: Do you have a favorite scene or line from Hourglass?
Myra: “Buttered biscuits and honey.”
DFT: What other projects are you working on that you would like to tell us about?
Myra: I just finished the sequel, and I’m brainstorming something Top Secret right now. Lots of scribbling in my spiral notebook.
DFT: What books/genres do you read when you have the chance? Any must read authors or series?
Myra: I read everything I can get my hands on – and lately I’m digging historicals. Just finished THE REVENANT by Sonia Gensler. Gorgeous book.
DFT: Thanks for stopping by.
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