Interview with T.W. Fendley, author of The Labyrinth of Time - Win a $25 Gift Card!

The Labyrinth of Time Title: The Labyrinth of Time
Author: T.W. Fendley
Publisher: Silent Partner Publishing
Pages: 226
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Format: Paperback/Kindle

Can Jade restore the Firestone’s powers before the First Men return to judge humanity? 


 Spending spring break in Peru with her grandmother isn’t sixteen-year-old Jade’s idea of fun. She’d much rather be with her friends at Lake of the Ozarks. Then she meets Felix, a museum director’s son. Jade discovers only she and Felix can telepathically access messages left on engraved stones in the age of dinosaurs. Following the ancient stones’ guidance, they enter the Labyrinth of Time and–with a shapeshifting dog’s help–seek a red crystal called the Firestone. But time is running out before the First Men return on the night of the second blue moon.   

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TW Fendley T.W. Fendley is an award-winning author of historical fantasy and science fiction for adults and young adults. She began writing fiction full-time in 2007 after working twenty-five years in journalism and corporate communications. In October 2011, L&L Dreamspell LLC published her debut historical fantasy novel for adults, Zero Time. She fell in love with ancient American cultures while researching story ideas at the 1997 Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop. Since then, she’s trekked to archeological sites in the Yucatan, Peru and American Southwest.

When she’s not writing, T.W. explores the boundaries of consciousness through remote viewing and shamanism. She currently lives near St. Louis with her artist husband and his pet fish. Her latest book is the young adult fantasy, The Labyrinth of Time.

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       Q: Welcome to The Writer's Life, T.W. Fendley.  Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?

A: Storytelling has always been a part of my life. I have fond memories of my sister and me jumping on our twin beds when we were supposed to be asleep, taking turns making up a story, one scene at a time. “Pretend I knew something, but you didn’t know I knew.” Sound familiar?
In middle school (we called it junior high then), I won a national youth essay contest about tuberculosis that featured my first imagined character, Timothy B. (T.B.) Mouse.
I started writing fiction for publication in the mid-1990s while living in New Orleans. In 1997, I fell in love with ancient American cultures while researching story ideas at the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop. Since then, I’ve trekked to archeological sites in the Yucatan, Peru and American Southwest. You’ll often find references to Inca, Aztec and Maya history, culture and mythology in my stories.
I began writing fiction full-time in 2007. My first sale was a short story, Solar Lullaby, in the 2010 Dreamspell Sci Fi Vol 1 ebook.

Q: Can you please tell us about your book and why you wrote it?

A: The Labyrinth of Time was inspired by my visit in 2008 to a tiny museum about two hundred miles south of Lima, Peru. The founder of the Library of Stone Books of Ica believed the engraved black river rocks he collected contained messages left for us by people who lived in the time of dinosaurs. Many consider the Stones of Ica to be a hoax, as you’ll quickly find if you do an online search. If that’s the case, kudos to the enterprising farmer who shared his fiction by engraving the story on more than eleven thousand stones.

Q: What were some of the biggest challenges you faced writing it?

A: When you’re writing a fantasy that includes aliens with comet spaceships, you need to make it seem plausible to readers. The first step was making it real to myself, which wasn’t hard to do. For instance, a comet spaceship like the one the First Men use in the book became less of a fantasy on Nov. 12, 2014, when the European Space Agency made a historic soft-landing of its Philae probe on a comet. Similarly, emerging technology is focused using stones to store information. Already a DVD made out of stone can store data for up to ten thousand years. By 2015, Hitachi predicts it will be able to preserve information for hundreds of millions of years on laser-encoded slabs of quartz glass. 

Q: Do you have a press kit and what do you include in it?  Does this press kit appear online and, if so, can you provide a link to where we can see it?

A: Under the Media tab on my website--www.twfendley.com—I have pages with photos, several versions of my bio, links to media releases, and reviews. http://twfendley.com/media/


Q: Have you either spoken to groups of people about your book or appeared on radio or TV?  What are your upcoming plans for doing so?

A: So far, public appearances to promote my book have included a talk at a book festival (Lit in the Lou), book signings and occasional podcasts with Write Pack Radio. My next event is a book signing at 11 a.m., Dec. 13, at 6 North Café in Ballwin, Mo. Young adult authors Cole Gibsen and Brad R. Cook, and children’s author/illustrator Jennifer Stolzer will join me there. We’re calling it “Steampunk, samurai and a mystical Peruvian dog.” After the holidays, I plan to schedule other events, particularly to promote the audiobook release.

Q: Do you have an agent and, if so, would you mind sharing who he/is is?  If not, have you ever had an agent or do you even feel it’s necessary to have one?

A: I would love to find the right agent to represent my work to the Big Five publishers. While I’m seeking that person, I think it’s important to continue providing my readers stories in various formats—ebook, audiobook, and print.

Q: Did you, your agent or publisher prepare a media blitz before the book came out and would you like to tell us about it?

A: While the ebook was available for preorder on Amazon and Smashwords in September and October, I sought reviews via Net Galley and offered giveaways on Goodreads and Library Thing. I also partnered with Pump Up Your Books for a blog tour scheduled soon after the Nov. 7 launch of The Labyrinth of Time, and with Books Go Social for social media marketing to a global audience. I placed ads in December book industry catalogs via PW Select and Ingram-Sparks’ Advance, as well as Author’s Den book ads, in hopes of sparking librarians’ interest.

Q: Do you plan subsequent books?

A: I’m finishing the first draft of a science fiction novel called Moonblood--a retelling of the Adam and Eve story set in the near future.
  
Q: Thank you for your interview, T.W. Fendley.  Would you like to tell my readers where they can find you on the web and how everyone can buy your book?

A: Thanks so much for this opportunity! My author’s website is www.twfendley.com and my blog is The Writers’ Lens (www.thewriterslens.com). The Labyrinth of Time is available online from most major and indie booksellers, including:
Amazon  (print, ebook & audio Dec 2014)
Smashwords (ebook)
Apple iBooks (ebook)
Also, I love libraries, and many will order my books if they get patron requests.

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