This is the first time I am hosting an author of my website. I’m very excited to introduce to you Christine Potter, author of Time Runs Away With Her and the soon-to-be published sequel, In Her Own Time.
Christine and I found out we had something in common: a love of travel. Christine carries that love into her time travel trilogy. Bean, a 1790’s folk singer, gets to time travel and it’s pretty awesome to follow her adventures. I’m intrigued by Christine’s traveling life as well and wonder what her husband does for a living and I would sure like to find out more about that haunted house! Below is a little peek into the wonderful world of author, Christine Potter.
SEQUELS, TIME TRAVEL, AND WRITING ON THE ROAD
I am a former homebody married to a man who lives and breathes travel. I’m also a writer of YA Paranormal fiction–and a poet. (Being a poet is kind of like playing Pokémon G; you wander around trying to catch all the poems before they jam up the cosmos. Dirty job, but someone’s got to do it.)
My favorite place to write both fiction and poems is in my cozy study in my own haunted (for real) house in New York State. But because of my husband, I have learned to write on the road. I have written in Berlin, in Edinburgh, in Nova Scotia, and squinting into the laptop in the front seat of our car somewhere in the wilds of the American West–with Ken driving, of course.
And the YA fiction I write is also about traveling…in time. It’s way interesting. And you don’t have to worry about reservations and hotels–or airport security. Or passports . The main character in my YA time travel series, Time Runs Away With Her, sure doesn’t. But Bean Donohue doesn’t always get to choose where she gets to travel, either. Or where. And that makes for all kinds of issues with her social life. So maybe it’s a wash.
Bean’s sixteen, a folk-rock musician, and mostly lives in 1970–but she gets zapped back to the 19th century, the 1940’s and the early 1960’s. And explores the dark side of the American Revolution in the Trilogy’s second book, In Her Own Time. In Her Own Time is coming out on Evernight Teen any day now, and I am dancing a jog in my seat waiting for that to happen.
I am writing this blog entry on the road now. Here’s what I have learned about writing on the road: it is impossible to write with your husband blaring some stupid show on the giant TV at the foot of your hotel bed. Especially if the stupid show is about Scottish guys building log homes with chainsaws. You need, as Virginia Woolf said, a room of your own. That requires renting a cottage which–good news–can cost less than staying in hotels, since you’ll take advantage of the local markets and cook your own food. More good news: cooking while traveling is the quickest way out of the tourist bubble I know.
You’ll eat more vegetables, because you’ll hit the local green markets and the docks, a great way to take the measure of any place. For example, on Canada’s Prince Edward Island, they sell oysters at the dock by the pound, not by the piece. You can get a couple of dozen oysters for what two Starbucks coffees cost in New York. Of course, you have to open the oysters, but you can train your husband to do that. That way he won’t turn on the TV because he will be busy in the kitchen and you can write in the quiet living room. A win-win.
The little house we checked out of in Kingsburg, Nova Scotia, was within sound of the sea with spectacular views. It had an airy loft with a desk; possibly the best place I have ever written away from home, except for the time I got stuck in Washington State after a writing workshop because of hurricane Sandy. I was traveling alone that time, and ended up coming back to New York on Amtrak.
If you can swing a room on a long-distance train, you’ll get your own personal assistant, who will carry your luggage and bring you food and drink, and be very impressed that you are a writer. I had an amazing cow-girl looking attendant taking care of me from Seattle to Chicago. I loved her. She kept slipping me free sparkling wine, which I used as a carrot on a stick for getting work done.
At dinner in a train’s dining car, you share dinner with folks you’ve never met before, which is weird at first, but then it’s great. People tend to tell you their life stories, and since you’ll most likely never see them again…hey, free material! I wrote like a fiend on the train.
I also did some very good writing on here Prince Edward Island last time, in the living room of a house owned by Lucy Maud Montgomery’s (Anne of Green Gables) family. I was staying there when I got the first book of the Time Runs Away with Her series accepted by Evernight Teen. I went and saw Lucy Maud’s grave the day of the acceptance and told her thanks. I was again a little jealous of my main character, Bean. How great would it have been to have caught a glimpse of Ms. Montgomery writing, instead? Bean would have!
I think it’s important to keep moving-both in space and time. The great thing about the past is that it’s always there for you to play with. Did I mention In Her Own Time is coming out any day now? Meanwhile, here’s a link for buying Time Runs Away With Her, a featured book on Evernight Teen just now. Happy trails!
Christine Potter is the author of Time Runs Away With Her and In Her Own Time, YA Paranormal romances set in the year 1970, about sixteen year old Bean Donohue. Bean can slide out of her own time period and see things that happened decades or centuries ago. Being a time traveler when all you really set out to do is play your guitar and maybe get a boyfriend can complicate life! Christine is also a poet with work in many small literary magazines and two poetry collections: Zero Degrees At First Light and Sheltering In Place.