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Author Interview: Everett Maroon

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Today, Everett Maroon was able to stop by and give us the insider information into his newest book, The Unintentional Time Traveler, the first book in the Time Guardian series. It is being released on February 24, 2014.

Fifteen-year-old Jack Bishop has mad skills with cars and engines, but knows he’ll never get a driver’s license because of his epilepsy. Agreeing to participate in an experimental clinical trial to find new treatments for his disease, he finds himself in a completely different body—that of a girl his age, Jacqueline, who defies the expectations of her era. Since his seizures usually give him spazzed out visions, Jack presumes this is a hallucination. Feeling fearless, he steals a horse, expecting that at any moment he’ll wake back up in the clinical trial lab. When that doesn't happen, Jacqueline falls unexpectedly in love, even as the town in the past becomes swallowed in a fight for its survival. Jack/Jacqueline is caught between two lives and epochs, and must find a way to save everyone around him as well as himself. And all the while, he is losing time, even if he is getting out of algebra class.

If the synopsis isn't interesting enough to snag you, the interview with Everett is sure to make you interested in this series!

Jack, your main character, has quite a unique time traveling experience where he wakes up in the body of Jacqueline -- what is his first reaction?

He thinks he must be imagining things. He wonders if he's dreaming, or having a hallucination, because seriously, time travel? It seems too far fetched to him.

If Jack could have been transported to any other time in history - where would he have gone?

I've never asked him that question. Let's see...I think after the first book he has an interest in the 1870s and 80s because so much was happening then—the Western expansion, the rise of the railroads, the telegraph lines, the start of photography—he loves technology and he loves things with small parts that he can tinker with.

I'm curious as to what happens to Jacqueline while Jack is time traveling -- do they ever get to have a conversation internally?

This is the main plot point of the series! We get some answers at the end of the first book, but I plan to release the details about how the time travel happens over the next four books.

As the first in a series, do you have any teasers you want to give us about the next book?

Just as Jack learns who he really is, he learns he is one of several time travelers in the midst of an ancient struggle for power over time...and all of us.

If you could ask any historical figure one question, who would it be and why?

I think I would like to talk to Nicola Tesla, but figuring out which one question to ask him will take me a while! Basically I would like to warn him that Thomas Edison is going to steal all of his thunder, and see what he thinks about that.

Be sure to pick up The Unintentional Time Traveler when it comes out at the end of next month! You could add it to your "to read" list on goodreads or visit Everett Maroon's blog.

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