It had to happen eventually and the Time Rovers series proved to be a game changer in many, many ways. Read on to find out why.
In the early 2000s I began pondering on a story set in Victorian London, in particular in 1888. For those who are not familiar with British history, a serial killer made the city's East End his hunting grounds during that autumn. He was given a name -- Jack the Ripper -- and his heinous crimes have never been forgotten. Who was he? That's as hotly debated as how many victims he claimed.
I wanted to stay away from the usual "hero or heroine captures the real Jack" because usually those kind of stories don't work. Also, I had read a few of the books and the authors often didn't their homework, or just decided to make things up as they went. Victorian London's history is **very** well documented so I wanted what I put on paper to be as accurate as possible In fact, on this website under the Time Rovers section you'll find a bibliography of all the resources I consulted. It's mind boggling, now that I look back at it.
I wanted Old Jack to be in the background of my story. During my various trips to London, I was fortunate to become friends with various "Ripperologists" who are equally knowledgeable about Victorian Era England as they are about the crimes themselves. Nice people with very sharp minds. I loved hanging with them in various pubs across the East End. And yes, there may have been a few pints involved.
The heroine of the series is Jacynda Lassiter (Cynda). She's brash, outspoken and takes no prisoners. Her job as a Time Rover is burning her out. Literally. Time Lag is a genuine concern for Rovers and Cynda's reaching the end of her career. If she lives that long.
So off to 1888 London Cynda and I went, right in the middle of the Autumn of Terror. I'll be honest, there were twists and turns I never saw coming. And frankly, those made the stories even better.
Dragon Moon Press (Canada) gave this newbie author a chance and published the three-book series. I will forever hold publisher Gwen Gades in my heart for giving me a chance. Due to the excellent editorial advice I received from Adrienne DeNoyelles, the books won multiple awards and sent my career toward the big New York publishing houses. As I said, a game changer.
The stories are a blend of science fiction (time travel), historical mystery, fantasy (a unique kind of shapeshifter) and with a bit of romance. It's one of my favorites.
And from today to February 1st, the first book (SOJOURN) is FREE on Amazon, iBooks, Kobo and GoogePlay. I invite you to join Cynda on her Victorian journey. Watch out for the pickpockets and remember that time travel is not for amateurs.
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