Nov 1, 2007

Interview with Geralyn Beauchamp (Time Masters author) - Part 1

Originally Posted at Bibliophile's Retreat by Melissa Meeks

Well Folks - I'm here with Geralyn Beauchamp to celebrate the release of her premier novel Time Masters Book One: The Call. She graciously agreed to answer a few questions and perhaps alleviate some of our curiousity - of course it's also publicity for the book - LOL. But we had lots of fun anyway.

1. Who do you want to meet and why?
Gee, I haven’t really thought about it. But when it comes right down to it, my pen pal out in Long Island whom I’ve been penning back and forth with for eight years!

2. What's your favorite comfort food?
Chocolate of course!

I knew it! LOL- acceptable but obvious, so what's your second favorite?
Next would have to be Chinese food.

3. Why did you start writing and when?
The first book I ever wrote was in the fifth grade, entitled Pedro’s Zoo. We were to write a story with a beginning, middle and end. Most of the kids had up to five pages! I had fifteen. Ahem ... Even back then I was long winded! Thus it was dubbed a ‘book’ by my teacher and not a ‘story’. I wrote another book for fun my freshman year in high school. I just loved to write. If I wasn’t writing stories, I was journaling. Once you start, you can’t NOT write. You just do it. It’s such a natural part of you. Nothing really inspired me to get started. I just discovered how much fun it was and went with it. …

4. Is there anyone who has influenced / encouraged you to write other than God who ultimately gives us any talents including creativity? Who and how / why?
I’ve been blessed to have met, become friends with and sit under some incredible authors. At this point there are almost too many to list. But when I wrote Time Masters, it was before I got to know these people. What I learned from them helped me to tweak TM1 and make it better. Other than that I would have to say my sister Carol who also loves to write and was always taking writing courses, working on pieces, and learning from some of the best out there in the genre she’s interested in.

5. How do you choose names and get to know your characters?
I like having names be incredibly closely related to what and who the character is. Take the name Shona Elsey Whittard. I wanted her to have something Scottish about her, mainly for Dallan. Shona is the Scottish female form of John. Elsey means something along the lines of pretty elf. And Whittard means victorious elf.

6. Can you give a brief synopsis of your journey to publication with Time Masters?
Well, truth be told, I hadn’t really planned on publishing Time Masters. I wrote it for fun, to see if I could write something that big and finish it, and to keep me sane during a very difficult time in my life. Up until November of 2006, it had been sitting in a trunk in my bedroom since 1998 which was when I did the last edit on it. Before that, it had sat in the same trunk, only in California when I lived there for a while and where I actually wrote it. TM sat in the ol trunk at that time from 1995-98. Last November I got a little nudging from the Lord. OK, a BIG nudging, and so took it out and began to add in all the edit notes I had written onto the manuscript. Found the publisher I felt fit the bill for what I was looking for, (I was after creative control more than anything else) and voila! Book!

7. What first gave you the idea for Time Masters?
I had started a book back in 1985 entitled The Door to Muirara. It is from that bit of story that TM1 began to form. But I would have to say the main catalyst was when I created Dallan MacDonald. He just sort of became larger than life and everything began to form around him and take shape, the old story and new character coming together to form a whole.

8. What's your favorite character / scene from Time Masters so far?
Golly, good question. Ok, so who wouldn’t want to have a guy like Dallan? But Angus and Lany run a close second. Actually, it’s very hard to choose. As one of my teen readers has stated about the characters, “they are vast and lovable” and so they are. As to favorite scenes, as far as writing them, the lunch scene from chapter six, Dallan and Shona’s first kiss, and of course, the infamous weapons shop. Again, there are so many fun ones!

Don't forget about John talking to the TV Remote as if it were a phone. LOL! That will always be one of my personal favorites. You'll have to read the book to see how humorous some of the scenes really are. The book is a kick to read.

9. Share with us one of the craziest things you've done or that's happened to you?

ME AGAIN: Thats all for today folks but come back tomorrow for the answer to this question from Geralyn Beauchamp as well as more about Time Masters Book One: The Call and perhaps even a teaser regarding Book Two. And on Saturday I'll share my review of Time Masters.

In the meantime here are some fun links to explore:
Time Masters Website, Geralyn Beauchamp's
MySpace and Shoutlife, Time Masters Fan Club MySpace, Geralyn's Blog, Prologue and Chapter 1 of Time Masters or Excerpt of Prologue and Chapter 1, Publisher's Book Info, Cold Tree Press

To Purchase your own copy of Time Masters Order direct from Cold Tree (you can also use link for book info above or click on the bookcover), order through Barnes and Noble in Paperback and Hardcover, or on Amazon in Paperback and Hardcover. You could also beg your local bookstore or chain store to stock it. ISBN's are listed at the above links.


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