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Well hey there, Supernatural Central readers. I've got some computer issues going on, so deep breaths everyone. I don't want you to miss this interview with author Nancy Thorne.
SC: Tell me a little about your main character of this book.
NT: Seventeen-year-old Abby struggles to deal with life on a daily basis. At home, her mother has a drinking problem. At school, she doesn't fit in. Without her best friend, Jessica, life would be intolerable. Still, she seeks to improve the injustices of the world any way she can. When she's dragged back in time through a tourist attraction to 1876, she gets the chance to do exactly that.
But changing history also alters the future, and Abby soon learns that whatever she accomplishes in the past puts the lives of her family and best friend at risk.
When she falls in love with the handsome blacksmith in Victorian Town, everything she believes in is put to the test.
SC: We're all about the paranormal here at Supernatural Central. Do you believe in the paranormal and if so, do you have an experience to share?
NT: I believe there are different dimensions to our universe, although we see no concrete proof of their existence. Twice in my life I've experienced being near loved ones as they passed on. With almost uncanny similarities, both of them spoke of a deceased loved one being in the room with us. I could only surmise that this beloved spirit had come to be there for them. Since those two occurrences, I have no fear of moving on to my next adventure or dimension.
SC: I have a theory about dimensions as well. But in this reality, what titles are you working on now that you can tell us about?
NT: I'm currently working on another young adult novel. Set in the 1970's, it tells the story of two poor best friends who hitchhike across Canada in search of a wealthy ex-boyfriend who has moved with his family to the west coast. Their mission: financial gain. Camping in Jasper, Alberta, the girls meet up with U.S. draft dodgers who have fled to Canada in defiance of being forced to fight in the Vietnam War. A bear attack against one of the girls changes everything ,and their lives will alter in ways they never could have imagined.
SC: Sounds grizzly. Thanks for stopping by. Now let's take a look at Victorian Town.
Genre: Paranormal Romance
with time travel and mystery elements
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Date of Publication: March 28th, 2018
Number of pages: 196
Word Count: 56,000
Cover Artist: Rae Monet
Tagline: Abby Parker has a modern life. Too bad someone in the 19th century needs it.
Abby Parker planned out her whole life: complete her final year of high school, go to college, get a job, move away from her insane family, stay best friends with Jessica.
But, that was before she broke into the nearby tourist attraction and unwittingly answered a call from a centuries-old spirit who dragged her into the 19th century.
Now she must solve a Victorian mystery without getting herself killed, or worse, spend a lifetime trapped in the past, leaving behind everyone she loves and altering their lives forever.
When she meets gorgeous Benjamin, the future looks a lot like wreckage.
I waited for him to make the next move, to tell me how inappropriate, how forward that was of me. As I struggled to think of how best to offer an explanation, he turned to me. Gently but deliberately, he moved his hand up my arm, stopping at the nape of my neck beneath the ribbon of the bonnet.
The moment he leaned in, I closed my eyes. His lips, soft and full, touched mine with the modest pressure of an indecisive act. A warm energy coursed through my body, but the strangest thing was that everything felt unbelievably familiar, like it had all been rehearsed before that moment. I held onto this profound feeling, not wanting it to leave, until Ben removed his lips from mine.
Even with the whistled melodies from a pair of cardinals outside the church's entrance, the following silence felt awkward. It persisted, and I assumed Ben was already regretting kissing me.
I brought up a hand and covered his mouth. "It's okay."
We walked down the hill without saying another word. A lot of activity was happening on Main Street: coaches lined the front of the Royal Hotel as travelers zipped in and out of the main entrance; horse carts delivered goods in dashes of haste; store merchants hurried beyond their open doors; street sellers sold goods out of baskets; helpers swept the boardwalk; ladies could be seen purchasing last minute necessities behind the windows of each shop.
Ben accompanied me up the stairs of Town Hall's entrance and stopped on the landing before we reached the front door. I peered through the window. Martha arranged long-stemmed flowers in a vase on a table at the side of the ballroom. A young man placed a candelabra on a table and then another on top of a piano. Ben had already started back to the street when I turned. He waved. I waved back. Still a chance he'll change his mind.
The gloves were easier to remove now that one was missing its button. I placed them, and the button, on the ledge of the window and took off the ring.
Jess was still sitting on my bed when the haze cleared, but her tapping fingers had moved from her chin, which now rested on her knuckles. It was obvious it had taken longer for me to return this time. It made sense to me right then that the ring held within it a finite amount of energy with which to transport me to the past and back home, like a battery depleting its energy with each use. And, I had no idea how to recharge it.
About the Author:
Nancy Thorne is an award-winning author of fiction inspired by the romance and courage of youth.
Born and raised in a suburb of Toronto, she fostered a passion for creating stories in grade school but hid it much too well. Five years ago she decided to pursue her lifelong dream of telling them.
When she's not writing books or reading, you can find her going on road trips or cooking untested recipes for brave family members and friends.
Nancy lives outside of Toronto with her husband, two sons, and an energetic fox-red Labrador.
She loves to hear from her readers, even just to say hi. Find her online at www.nancythorne.com