Saturday, September 28, 2013
SATURDAY with GAEA and SHARON LEDWITH
When did you decide to be an author?
Honestly, I have to admit I was a late bloomer. I didn’t start writing seriously until 1995. That’s when I took two college courses that changed my life. The first one was called Planning your Novel, which was an introductory workshop for, Writing your Novel. I met a couple of wonderful would-be writer gals, and we formed a writing circle after the classes were done.
What was your first piece published?
Believe it or not, The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis is my first published piece, which was release in May 2012. The idea and inspiration for the book came to me through a dream I had around 1998. In this dream, I saw seven arches, and there were seven people (five kids, two adults) with crystals in their hands, walking up to these arches. So, I thought I’d challenge myself and write a novel—a series—that would appeal to my son, who at the time was the target age of my audience. I’ve always loved the time travel genre, so I imagined the arches I saw vividly in my dream as time portals. It was a no-brainer for me.
What character is most like you?
Okay, truth be told, Treena Mui has a soft spot in my heart. She’s great with the comebacks. She’s a natural when it comes to one-liners and puns. That was me as a teen. I guess I relate to her warped sense of humor.
What was the first story you wrote as a child?
Oh, man! I remember back in grade four (only a few years ago – wink) when I had the class in stitches because I had taken cartoon characters (like Scooby Doo, Underdog Fred Flintstone, and many other characters that were popular in the early 70s) and created a funny story. I wish I could remember the title of it! Even my teacher, Mrs. Greenwood had to read it because I was laughing too hard to read my own story! Ah, the good old days!
Do you have any advice for anyone writing a book?
Never stop investing in yourself. Invest in the best. That’s in yourself, and in your readers. Your readers deserve the best of what you have to offer them. Surround yourself with the best possible team. Never stop learning. As you grow, so will your readers, so be prepared for this. Oh yeah, and never give up. That’s a given and should be part of any author’s credo.
Who is your favorite author?
Well, my favorite author as a child was Maurice Sendak, who wrote Where the Wild Things Are, and as an adult I love to mix it up my genres a little, so I like to read books by Rick Riordan, JK Rowling, Caroline Myss, and Diana Gabaldon.
What technique do use to write (make it up as you go, plan it)?
Sometimes I’m a pantser (writing by the seat of my pants), sometimes a plotter (outline entire storyline)—it all depends on the tone of the book and where my imagination directs me. I have many notebooks and pads and sticky notes at my disposal. I also have a file full of ideas. I guess I start with the characters and build the story around them. The characters, my characters, must carry the story to completion, give readers closure. It’s a must. In order to do this, I begin writing out character tracking sheets (stats on characters appearances, clothing, likes and dislikes, etc.) which have served me well throughout the writing process. Then the fun begins. Research, research, and more research. When you’re writing time travel, you’ve got to know your facts to create the fiction. I love this part of the journey too. Only when I have enough facts, and I feel my characters are fleshed out sufficiently, then I begin to start the novel.
What piece are you working on now?
My latest book Legend of the Timekeepers, the prequel to The Last Timekeepers series, released last month so I’m taking a little break right now. I also have a completed manuscript for the next book in the series entitled, The Last Timekeepers and the Dark Secret, but there’s the fun job of revising it into Jordan Jensen’s point of view. I’ve also just signed with a literary agency to take on another young adult series I’ve created about teens with psychic abilities, so I’ll be one busy gal!
What is your favorite book?
I really enjoyed reading The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I love Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson & the Olympian series too. What an imagination! To be honest I don’t have a favorite-favorite book. So many to choose from, so little time! Where’s a time portal when you need one?
Did you receive any awards for a book of yours?
Alas, no! But there’s always hope! Look out Newbury Award, Sharon Ledwith is banging on your door!
I want to thank you, Gaea, for showcasing me! Loved your questions, and love your energy. You go, girl!
Lilith was a young girl with dreams and a family before the final destruction of Atlantis shattered those dreams and tore her family apart. Now refugees, Lilith and her father make their home in the Black Land. This strange, new country has no place in Lilith’s heart until a beloved high priestess introduces Lilith to her life purpose—to be a Timekeeper and keep time safe.
Summoned through the seventh arch of Atlantis by the Children of the Law of One, Lilith and her newfound friends are sent into Atlantis’s past, and given a task that will ultimately test their courage and try their faith in each other. Can the Timekeepers stop the dark magus Belial before he changes the seers’ prophecy? If they fail, then their future and the earth’s fate will be altered forever.
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When 13-year-old Amanda Sault and her annoying classmates are caught in a food fight at school, they're given a choice: suspension or yard duty. The decision is a no-brainer. Their two-week crash course in landscaping leads to the discovery of a weathered stone arch in the overgrown back yard. The arch isn't a forgotten lawn ornament but an ancient time portal from the lost continent of Atlantis.
Chosen by an Atlantean Magus to be Timekeepers--legendary time travelers sworn to keep history safe from the evil Belial--Amanda and her classmates are sent on an adventure of a lifetime. Can they find the young Robin Hood and his merry band of teens? If they don't, then history itself may be turned upside down.
To read an excerpt of The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis, please click HERE.
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When Sharon Ledwith is not writing, researching, or revising, she enjoys reading, yoga, kayaking, time with family and friends, and single malt scotch. Sharon lives in the wilds of Muskoka in Central Ontario, Canada, with her hubby, a water-logged yellow Labrador and moody calico cat.
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Gaea is a real 11 year old person who loves to read. In 2nd and 3rd grade she eagerly consumed 1,000,000 words. Her goal for this year is to top the 5,000,000 word mark. Gaea's favorite types of books are fantasy and mystery.
She lives with her parents and sister and a houseful of pets. Gaea is active in sports, especially soccer.
Learn more about this unique young woman on her blog.