Today, we’re talking to a writer who likes to play with time. She’s recently released a novel that involves time travel and she likes to pull at the heartstrings. Enjoy getting to know, Karla Tipton.
You’re the author of RINGS OF PASSAGE, which was just released in August. Tell us in three words how you would best describe your book.
Love trumps history.
Share your favorite passage from your book in one paragraph or less.
She took the ring off – but did not take it off – and she slipped it onto his left hand. And then there were two. But in truth, there was only one.
You’ve been presented with the opportunity to be a best-selling author but can never write again or write forever but never have a bestseller. Which scenario sounds more tempting?
Best-selling would be nice, but it’s not why I write. I write because I have to. I would go crazy if I couldn’t.
If you could live on a college campus and never leave or in a small town but be able to travel, which one would you choose?
I would live in a small town and be able to travel. I love road trips in my 1967 Mercury Cougar. Also, I have family who live across the country, whom I miss and visit regularly.
Okay, how about in an amusement park or an airport?
Living in an amusement park would be fun, if I had it all to myself. On the other hand, that would be kind of creepy after awhile. I certainly wouldn’t want to live in an airport!
And what about America in 2013 versus America in 1776?
I think I would give 1776 a try. I love the idea of time travel, and being presented with the opportunity to live in another era is something I could not turn down.
Who is your favorite 90’s band (I’m thinking Counting Crows, Blink 182, Hootie & the Blowfish)?
Nirvana. I didn’t “get” them in the ’90s, but in 2008, it was like a bolt of lightning struck me and I listened to them for two months straight.
Is there any good band out there today that we’ll talk about in 50 years?
The Rolling Stones. They just did a very successful tour this year for their 50th anniversary. They released songs as good as anything else released this year. They’ll still be talked about in another 50 years.
And what about your favorite comedy on TV (My favorite is The Office)?
I don’t watch American primetime TV or sitcoms. There are some BBC comedies I watch on Netflix: “The IT Crowd” and “Black Books.”
Is there anything you’re currently working on?
The novel I’m working on now is “Dangerous Reflections,” a time-travel-fantasy-historical-murder-mystery romance, set in 1910. The love story is between a long-lived-but-ageless wizard Alastor, and a modern post-grad psychology student, Martie, who suddenly learns she’s a wizard and can time travel through mirrors. It’s Harry Potter for adults. There’s a magical and very hot romance at the heart of it.
Who is your favorite author and if you could ask him/her one question, what would it be?
Charles Dickens. If he could be aware of our modern era when I asked him my question, it would be this: How do the evils of Victorian England compare to those of the 21st century?
Ocean or mountains? It used to be mountains, but now lately I’ve started yearning for a rocky coast by the ocean.
Yogurt or ice cream? Coffee ice cream.
Chocolate or sweet candy? Dark chocolate.
The Daily Show or The Colbert Report? I have never watched either one.
Happy or sad ending to a novel? At the age I am now, I prefer happy endings, most definitely. However, in my younger years I would have opted for a “poignant” ending.
Beer or wine? It depends on what I’m having for dinner.
Flying or driving? Driving, definitely. I have 1967 Mercury Cougar that is a pleasure to take a road trip in, cruising to my rock tunes.
Whitman or Poe? My mother handed me a book of Edgar Allan Poe when I was about 10, and I’ve never looked back.
You’re stranded on a desert island and you can take two things with you as well as two people. What and who are you bringing?
An mp3 player with Rolling Stones music on it and my acoustic guitar. I have a couple of good friends I could be stranded with for long periods of time without wanting to do harm to them, haha.
You’re able to sit down with any leader in world history. Who would you choose, what would you talk about, and would you rather have him over to your house or meet at their place of royalty?
Richard III, of course. I would ask him about whether he knew who killed the Princess in the Tower. I already know it wasn’t him. I’d definitely want to meet at his castle.
You can wish for one thing and one thing only, not world peace and no more wishes. What’s it gonna be? 🙂
Forget the world, I’m going to be selfish here: That my life, and the lives of my family and friends, be long and healthy to the end.
Karla Tipton cut her literary teeth on gothic romances, Edgar Allan Poe and the vampire soap “Dark Shadows.” Long before there were sparkly vampires roaming through the cultural consciousness, she wrote about ordinary women time traveling through history and falling in love with powerful men of myth and magic. “Genre-bending” came naturally. Despite publishing industry advice to find a genre and stick with it, Karla shamelessly mixed it up, blending history, paranormal, time travel, fantasy and mystery into her novels. When she became fascinated with Richard III, she made a research trip to England, so she could lend authenticity and historical detail to her novel about a romance between a modern woman and her favorite medieval king.
“Rings of Passage,” a time travel romance set in medieval England, is Karla’s first published novel. Time travel and magic are also at the heart of the project she’s just wrapping up, “Dangerous Reflections,” a romance about a twenty-first century post-graduate student and an Edwardian-era wizard.
Karla is a member of Romance Writers of America, and her writing has earned top honors in several RWA chapter competitions.
When not at her government job or writing novels, Karla plays guitar in a classic rock band.
Rings of Passage is published by LazyDay Publishing at lazydaypub.com
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