IndieView with Penny Pearson, author of A Girl’s Guide to Time Travel

Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? I wanted someone else in the industry to read my works and think they were good enough to take a chance on. Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? I kept finding more and more things I needed to research as I wrote. I wanted someone else in the industry to read my works and think they were good enough to take a chance on. There will never be a better time than now! I create a timeline and enter only the main parts. For the Time Travel cover, the cover was done professionally by my publisher. This is a great way to get a quick glance at all the major action that happened. So in my internal musings, I came up with a girl that gets tricked back into ancient Greece where it was common for demigods to walk around amongst mortals. About You
Where did you grow up? I am now in the editing part. We all know how important it is for writers to read. For this book, they are entire fictitious. For the outline part, I am finding I am partial to Excel. I don’t think I really have a marketing plan, other than try to find events to attend where my book will get a good reception. What are you working on now? I don’t give you just a crazy fiancé. I give you a crazy fiancé that can turn people into trees. Where did you get the idea from? If I survive that, it will go out for another round of editing. I would try to work every day on it, but I do have a full-time job, husband, young daughter, horses, dogs, cats, health issues… the usual stuff, so sometimes it got overwhelming, but I kept plugging away at it. The research of ancient Greece. I submitted my work to one agent, before I found Stardust Romance. I also am a victim of my own self-doubts. Because it’s very easy to get lost in the sea of a million plus books available! Do you listen to music while you write? Because I have a now-extinct horse in my story, I take my book to horse shows and I’ve had pretty good luck. I always listen to music when I write. I pick certain bands based on what I’m writing. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? About the book
When did you start writing the book? My first couple of books I didn’t, and, boy, did we go on grand adventures that made no sense. I try to write something each day. I tend to gravitate to the writers that are action-oriented versus conversation heavy. Yes. I remember I was watering my horses and the idea hit me about a time traveling back to ancient Greece. Because it’s very easy to get lost in the sea of a million plus books available! He vows to help her win Loki’s challenge, but keep his honor intact. End of Interview;
Get your copy of   A Girl’s Guide to Time Travel from Amazon US or Amazon UK. I have started outlining for my newest books and I must say it’s a lifesaver for me. There might be suffering, but they get past it. Do you have a target reader? Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? Penny Pearson – 2 October 2018
The Back Flap
Tricked by a god, Holland finds herself immersed in a game of life or death in ancient Greece. Where do you live now? I have been known to “write ahead” if I happen to have a scene that is just jumping out, I title it “EXTRA” and keep a running list of scenes and feed them in as I arrive upon the needed section. There’s always going to be someone that writes better, stronger, more interesting, and it took me a long time to recognize that it’s okay to not be on top. I’m not sure how I will market it (self-publish or try another indie publisher). This way I can keep things fluid when I have multiple characters working at the same time. My target reader would be anyone that likes to go a bit off the deep end when it comes to adventure. I’m tossing around in my mind different locations for the story to take place. I want the impossible, and I want my characters to experience it. About Writing
Do you have a writing process? Once done with that book, I will be working on the 3rd installment of the Girl’s Guide series. I grew up in a tiny town called Berlin Heights in Northern Ohio (really close to Cedar Point). I do have some characters in past books that mirror people from my life, but this one completely came from my mind. Do you outline? I always love to hear from my readers. I wait to edit until I am finished writing the entire story. It was very time consuming and then bringing it to a form that was easily accessible to my fingertips seemed like it took forever. Now, I have a general story line page where I throw any necessary info inside to help me remember who is who. I kept stumbling across things I needed to know: months of their calendar year, cuisine, architecture, horses, how slaves were treated, money, clothing, weather, natural surroundings, hairstyles. Hamilton. They all created worlds so similar to ours, but magic and the paranormal were the norm. I hate to say I got lonely, but I think that happened. In my mind, they instantly became compatible, even though they each knew it could never work out between them. I keep pads of paper in my purse, my car, my desk at work in case inspiration hits me on a scene or a conversation. It took almost a year to complete. Maybe I’ll get there, maybe not – but I will always have my stories that I wrote for myself and for the people out there that just want something a little strange to happen to them. It does help me get in the moods. After I’m done, I’ll send on to my husband for some (brutal) conversations about why I chose certain actions. I live in a tiny town in Southern Indiana (really close to Churchill Downs). After writing about vampires, zombies, and warlocks for so long, I wanted to do something different, yet still unexplainable. If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? I began writing A Girl’s Guide to Time Travel the beginning of 2017 and finished it in October of ‘17. As the game grows more dangerous, Doran realizes he’s willing to do anything to keep her by his side. I want characters that move around, get into trouble, and find a way out. Was it a particular event or a gradual process? Doran meets Holland on the eve of his forced wedding and finds her spirit and independence irresistible. I am finishing a second book for a wizard series. After 4 novels, I wanted to have someone else on my side with me. I hate to say I got lonely, but I think that happened. The easy banter between Holland and Doran came very easy to me. My advice would be to take the chance. What came easily? I have a website, www.ParanormallyWeird.com that lists future events and happenings. If so can you please describe it? I tend to forget what is supposed to happen next, so, for me, I write, write, write, and then go back to flesh it out further. Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? My story plays out in my head like a movie, so I just run from scene to scene. How long did it take you to write it? Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? To win her freedom, she teams up with a wickedly handsome demigod. I knew instantly the cover was perfect when I looked at it for the first time and my heart gave a little flutter. They must decipher the challenge set forth by Loki and resist the passion that burns between them. This also comes in handy when I’m writing a synopsis because I admit: a year of writing, I tend to forget things that happen in the story. I tried my hand at self publishing in the past, but realized I have no network. Gail Carriger, Jim Butcher, Laurell K. What would you like readers to know about you?