Authors Showcase: Stealing Time by K. J. Waters

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The Book: Stealing Time

The Author: K. J. Waters

The Story: As Hurricane Charley churns a path of destruction towards Orlando, Ronnie Andrews and her best friend, Stephanie McKay, scramble to prepare for the storm. The women separate and Ronnie seeks shelter at her boyfriend’s weather lab while Steph invites her friend Nick to stay at her house.

During the peak of the storm Ronnie 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.

Steph is thrust into the middle of the hurricane to rescue her cat, but it quickly turns into a living nightmare as Steph is faced with losing everything.

About K. J. Waters:

K. J. Waters
K. J. Waters

KJ Waters is the author of Stealing Time, a time travel thriller set during the summer of 2004 where Florida was battered by five major hurricanes in less than six weeks.

She is also the CEO of Blondie’s Custom Book Covers, a book cover service for authors seeking professional photography and editing.

KJ has a Bachelors of Science in Business and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA). If you know her then you also know the BS part is clearly true.

Prior to the start of Blondie Books and writing, she was the Director of Marketing and Communication for a national behavioral health care company, and the Director of Marketing for a spinoff startup company focusing on prescription drugs and behavioral health management tracking. She developed branding, logos, marketing materials, trade-show presence, web sites, proposals, and pretty much anything else required, but not coffee.

In the squillion hours spent driving from Florida to Maine for a family vacation she discovered a great idea for a novel. Book 2 and 3 of the Stealing Time trilogy are already in the works and she hopes to have one of them out in the next year.

Interview on Stealing Time:

WHERE DID THE IDEA COME FROM FOR THE BOOK?

I’VE ALWAYS BEEN FASCINATED BY TIME TRAVEL STORIES, ESPECIALLY ONES THAT TAKE YOU TO THE PAST. AFTER A HARROWING SUMMER IN FLORIDA WITH FOUR MAJOR HURRICANES, THE FIRST STRIKING ONLY THREE DAYS AFTER I MOVED INTO THE STATE, THE IDEA TO COMBINE HURRICANES AND TIME TRAVEL INTO STEALING TIME BEGAN BREWING IN MY HEAD. IT WASN’T UNTIL THE FOLLOWING SUMMER THAT I BEGAN WORKING ON IT.

WHAT GENRE DOES YOUR BOOK FALL UNDER?

TIME TRAVEL THRILLER (HEY THAT’S T CUBED).

WHAT IS THE ONE-SENTENCE SYNOPSIS OF YOUR BOOK?THE ONLY ACTOR I’VE PICTURED IN THE MOVIE VERSION OF STEALING TIME IS A CHARACTER IN BOOK TWO, MIKE WALSH, WHO WOULD BE PLAYED BY GERARD BUTLER. *SIGH* I’M NOT SURE IT’S HELPFUL TO PUT ANYONE ELSE IN THE READER’S MINDS. I WANT THEM TO IMAGINE RONNIE, JEFFREY, JACK, STEPH AND MATHIAS ON THEIR OWN.

WOW, THAT’S A TOUGHIE. RONNIE ANDREWS HAS A BAD DAY OR TWO? NO, SURELY I CAN DO BETTER THAN THAT — LET ME TRY AGAIN: RONNIE ANDREWS FINDS HERSELF INEXPLICABLY THROWN BACK IN TIME DURING THE WORST HURRICANE TO HIT CENTRAL FLORIDA IN MORE THAN FORTY YEARS.

WILL YOUR BOOK BE SELF-PUBLISHED OR REPRESENTED BY AN AGENCY?

I WILL SELF PUBLISH THIS FIRST ONE AND MAYBE TRY FOR TRADITIONAL PUBLISHING AFTER I SEE HOW THIS ONE GOES.

HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO WRITE THE FIRST DRAFT OF YOUR MANUSCRIPT?

AHEM, YOU HAD TO ASK. OK, CONFESSION TIME: I’VE BEEN WORKING ON THIS FOR SEVEN YEARS. BUT . . . I WILL HAVE THREE BOOKS COMPLETED BY YEAR 8ISH. I’VE DECIDED TO SPLIT THE STORY INTO THREE SEPARATE BOOKS AND THEN I’LL RELEASE THEM AS A COMPILATION AT A LATER DATE. WHY? I REALIZED LAST SPRING THAT E-BOOKS WERE RUNNING A LOT SHORTER THAN TRADITIONAL PUBS, AT LEAST IN MY GENRE. IT OCCURRED TO ME THAT PEOPLE MAY NOT WANT A TOME, EVEN IF IT IS AMAZING, ER, REALLY GOOD. SO STEALING TIME WILL BE A TRILOGY.

WHAT OTHER BOOKS WOULD YOU COMPARE THIS STORY TO WITHIN YOUR GENRE?

I LIKE TO COMPARE MY STORY TO MICHAEL CRICHTON’S TIMELINE, IN THAT IT IS SCIENCE FICTION THAT IS MORE REALITY BASED THAN SPACESHIPS AND WEIRD CREATURES FROM THE FUTURE. TIMELINE ALSO HAS A HEALTHY DOSE OF HISTORICAL FICTION THROWN IN ALONG WITH THE SCI-FI ASPECT, LIKE STEALING TIME.

OTHER WORKS THAT ARE SIMILAR, ALTHOUGH I DON’T THINK ANYONE HAS TACKLED THE MATERIAL IN THE WAY THAT I HAVE, ARE PERHAPS DIANA GABALDON’S OUTLANDER SERIES. THIS SERIES IS TECHNICALLY A FANTASY SET UP AS OPPOSED TO SCIENCE FICTION SINCE THE CHARACTER IS SENT BACK IN TIME VIA DRUID STANDING STONES IN THE HILLS OF SCOTLAND INSTEAD OF A TIME TRAVEL

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