I am participating in the blog tour The Same Time by Brona Mills. I got to ask Brona a couple questions, the answers we very interesting. Fun interview.
The Same Time
(Time Series, #2)
Publication date: April 23rd 2018
Genres: Adult, Science Fiction, Time-Travel
A brave young mother, a time-traveling good Samaritan, and a love that must endure the tests of time…
Stella is fighting against her circumstances. Pregnant and caring for her own mother, twenty-one-year-old Stella is tough, and doing the best she can.Butin her darkest hour, helparrives in the form of a handsome and mysterious man who knows more about her than seems reasonable.
A scientist, David has unlocked the keys to time travel and uses his knowledge to save Stella’s life, over and over.But will David turn out to be her salvation, or the beginning of her greatest heartbreak? While David strives to assist Stella on her path, he does so without realizing he may be risking his chances of returning safely to his own time in the process.
When Stella meets a younger David on her own timeline—long before his time traveling days have begun—they begin a love affair that will change both their lives. The question is, will their love be strong enough to change the devastating future they share, and how much will Stella tell her love about what she knows of their shared future and demise?
“…a great story of love transcending time against all odds” – Amazon Reviewer
This is the second book in the connected Time Series and can be read as a standalone.
💻 Interview 💻
S: What did you edit out of The Same Time?
B: I have no idea! Ha! I was like, em, I don’t think much. Goes to look – oh – loads! There was one big chunk of a scene that I wrote from David’s point of view which didn’t really work. The entire book is told from Stella’s point, so when I threw that in at the end, I knew it didn’t feel right, and my beta readers agreed. So I had to re-write it as much as I could with Stella being told the story.
Also – there is one scene where David and Stella get to know each other by using the 36 questions to fall in love. It’s a study that was published in 1997, (Under the title – The Experimental Generation of Interpersonal Closeness: A Procedure and Some Preliminary findings) and I was lucky enough to have the author of the study, Arthur Aron, give his permission for me to use the questions word for word – and since David is a scientist, I knew he would love using the full questionnaire word for word as it was intended to be used. BUT it was huge. The whole thing had to get cut back in editing, I think I lost about 2/3rds of it. I kept all the questions and answers that had an impact on the characters and the story, and published the original full scene as a bonus scene for readers!
S: Do you read your book reviews? If so, how did the good and bad reviews affect The Same Time?
B: Oh gosh I do, and I probably shouldn’t. I never take anything negative personal, and I haven’t had a nasty review, so I’ve been lucky. I have had a couple of things, I wouldn’t say negative-but I do take the feedback on board. One person said that the chapters in book one were too long, (and I agree some chapters were long) so going into book two, I made sure my editor and I discussed the chapter length was appropriate to the story. I can’t even think of another example, but I’m pretty open – I hope – that I can take things, understand where people are coming from, and see if it needs addressed in future books. It’s hard to find the balance ’cause you can’t change things based on one persons opinion, but sometimes that thing might have been niggling at you anyway, so it can sort of be like confirmation that yeah, that’s totally right!
S: Brona, what’s the most difficult part of your artistic process?
B: The re-writing and editing is the tedious part – but it’s needed! Killing off lines and paragraphs that you love, but turns out doesn’t fit the story, well it has to go! When you have a plan for the story and the characters and when you write, the characters take you somewhere else – it’s like having these live people inside your head doing their own thing, and sometimes you just have to type away and let them do their things – and it can be better than you imagined! Knowing that you’ve made the right decision is tough. There can be places where you come to a cross roads, or need to kill off a character or save them, or have them do something drastic that you know they will never be able to recover from –and that can be tough. To be an evil master who chooses the tough life for these people that you’ve fallen in love with, but knowing it’s ultimately right for the story.
S: What does literary success looks like to you?
B: When word of mouth becomes the norm. People recommending my books to their friends, it’s pretty powerful. There are so many books out there, and for someone to tell their friends about my book that they just read, that’s a pretty big deal. And for people to fall in love with the characters as much as I did – it’s like someone really liking your kid, and you’re like, hell yeah, I made that!
S: Do you get writer’s block? How do you deal with it?
B: Yes, but I don’t have time to sit at the computer until it goes away. I’m trying this new thing of writing two books at once, and so far it’s working. If I don’t want to write or edit one of them, I switch over to the other for a fresh look! Also, I have two young kids, and I work part time in the evenings and two mornings when they are in school. So basically, I’m still running a house, looking after kids and homework and school runs and then running out the house to work. If I get two hours to write, and I have a block, then I do house work. I cook the dinner. I get on with my day, and I think about the scene when I’m busy or when I’m driving to work, and I might make myself some notes or voice messages. Normally by bed time, the scene has worked itself out, and I sit down and speed type it out before I fall asleep!
I’m about to start this new alpha reader swap with an author friend of mine. I’ve never used an alpha reader before, but basically you exchange chapter at a time, and discuss where you want to go and have a chat back and forth. (unlike a beta reader who gets the full book when it’s been completed and lightly edited)They will help focus your idea and make sure you making sense in the rambling stages, so I’m looking forward to that! Plus it means I get to read Carly Marino’s new book early! Ha!
S: What are the top five items on your bucket list?
B: I don’t really have one. I wanted to do a lot of travelling before I grew up, and I did that (the travelling, not necessarily growing up). Writing a book was also a wish list thing.
I’d love to get back into the travelling when the kids are older. Maybe some city breaks, and tick off some more European destinations and wonders of the world things. I’d love to go back to Australia! Does winning the lottery count as a bucket list thing?
Thanks Brona for taking the time to answer my questions.
Your welcome, it was fun!
Brona Mills has defied the odds of overcoming dyslexia and failing High School English to become an author. Her first book, A Time for Everything, has been met with great reviews from both the romance readers and the sci-fi time travel lovers, that Brona kept the series going. Book two in the connected series, The Same Time is out 23rd April, and Brona’s not stopping there. She is currently working on two other projects, a novella in the connected Time Series, and a new stand alone time travel novel with a dystopian element.