The story is basically about 3 things: Time travel, rock-n-roll, & true love The main character ‘Chuck Elliot’ inherits a time machine & accidentally engages it. He & 4 others travel back to 1969.
Tell us something about yourself.
I grew up in rural Oklahoma. I am a first time novelist. I’ve always wanted to write a novel, I just never took the time. I am a self employed carpenter/painter. My wife & I work together. I am happily married. We have 4 children & 4 cats. 2 of which are fairly normal, the other 2 are neurotic. That goes not only for the cats, but for our children too.
What inspired you to write this book?
I wanted to write something that most people dream about doing. I think most people would like to go back in time to correct something, relive something, or to get back at someone who was mean to them. The main character didn’t want to do any of these, he just wants his life back.
How did you choose the title?
I chose the title because the main character in the book makes a statement at the end of the story: “The twenty-nine days I was away from home, felt like twenty-nine years.”
What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?
If you don’t have an agent it’s hard to get published. If you haven’t been published it’s difficult to get an agent. So, I found a small publisher who didn’t require me to have an agent or having been previously published.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
I knew when I was very young I wanted to write & had a talent for it, but that talent lay dormant for many years until I decided I was finally going to get serious about writing a novel. I had written other things, but never really became earnest about being published until I started this project.
Do you have any writing rituals?
I always stand on my head for thirty minutes to get blood flowing into my brain before I start writing. (just kidding)
How do you come up with the names for your characters?
Some of the character names I use are actually some of my family members. Coming up with the names I think have to fit the character’s personality. Some names I just glance around the room to get ideas from things in or outside the house.
Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?
Writing a novel is one thing getting published is another. They both require a lot of work & dedication. Saying more by writing less. Never give up.
If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?
Write everyday. Start looking for a publisher immediately, instead of after finishing the project.
What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors?
I’m not stuck on any genre. Right now I’m reading John Grisham novels. I’ve also enjoyed J K Rowling’s, Ernest Hemingway, Harper Lee, Clive Cussler, etc. Also, I like Jane Austin. (just kidding again, I put that in there for my wife’s sake) I like a variety of books. The different styles have been helpful to me to give me ideas of stories I would like to write in the future.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
I am writing a sequel at this time. It will have most of the same characters as the first. I have a few others I’m adding in this one naturally to make it interesting in a different way. It’s about time travel too. The main character has to go back in time to find 2 of his friends who are trying to alter their lives. He is afraid they will cause catastrophic problems for everyone in the future.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
Dialogue has to realistic & interesting. Pay attention to all the details. Get your research correct as possible by checking as many sources as you can. It doesn’t take 3 pages to describe something
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
Since my story is basically about 3 things: time travel, rock-n-roll, & true love, I think you have to like 2 of these 3 things. If you like just rock-n-roll only, or true love only, you won’t like it, but combine any 2 of the 3 & you will. It will appeal mostly to men & women between the ages of 40 to 65.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
tatepublishing.com/bookstore, or contact me on Facebook, (Jim N Elledge) or at firstname.lastname@example.org