Right place wrong time…that’s never happened before and what they don’t know could kill them.
On their way home from a trip to the Stanley Hotel in 1911, an accidental detour drops Kelly, Austin, Scott, and Zoey in 1977. They discover that their old friend, Dan Denucci has been arrested for murder. They knew him as a homeless man living under the fishing pier and making jewelry. How had this gentle old man become a killer?
He needs their help, but first they must convince him they have the power to travel through time. But can they trust him?
Bob and I (Kathy) write as a team. We were one of the first couples to meet on the internet. In 1993 we came up with the idea of a YA romance/time travel/mystery series. We put our two names together for the pen name (Bob Kat) that we used for our YA books. He grew up in Ohio but moved to Florida and fell in love with it. That was shy we decided to set our YA series in Fort Myers Beach.
Tell us about your book? How did it get started?
NOT MY LIFE is actually book #5 in our Time Shifters series. We love writing these books because we get to go back in time and be teenagers again. Plus, my biggest fantasy is to be able to time travel.
NOT MY LIFE is about how people can be very different from what they appear to be. Our four teenagers are friends with a homeless man who lives on the beach. When they have the opportunity to find out about his life, they travel back and discover that their homeless friend had had a wonderful marriage and career. It all came crashing down on him when he was accused of murder. The teens want to find out the truth…but they must put themselves in the path of danger.
How do you create your characters?
The characters in all of our books become very real to us. I like to clip out photos so I can visualize them. Our biggest challenge is to keep their personalities unique so that there is never a confusion or blending of characters. Once we get into the book, it’s easy to get inside their heads and let them do all the talking.
What inspires and what got your started in writing?
We like to create stories out of real life. Several of our plots developed from news items or even snippets of conversation we’ve overheard. Writing as a team we have an advantage because we can bounce ideas back and forth until we get the plot fully formed. It all goes back to the old “what if” premise.
Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)
Bob writes the first draft of all our books. He’s a morning guy and gets all his writing done while sitting at the island in the kitchen with the news on TV. I’m strictly a night writer. I can’t even make a complete sentence before noon. I often don’t start writing until eight or nine and write until two or three in the morning. Somehow my subconscious mind is much more creative than my daylight one. It’s kind of weird because I zone out and let the characters do their thing. I’m often surprised at the things they do.
How do you get your ideas for writing?
It usually starts with something as simple as what if a DEA agent screws up a drug bust and is assigned a K-9 partner? Or what if our teenagers go back to 1911 at the Stanley Hotel and meet a ghost face-to-face? Or what if a husband fakes his death in a helicopter crash while his wife is pregnant and his business is failing?
What do you like to read?
I like to read romantic suspense novels, especially Karen Robards, Linda Castillo, and Sandra Brown. In YA, I like stories about real teenagers. I’m over all the werewolves, vampires, and dragons, although for some reason, I’m still fascinated by mermaids.
What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?
Just sit back and listen. Everyone has such a great story to tell about their life. That’s the theme of our latest YA romance/time travel/mystery, NOT MY LIFE. It’s about a homeless man who lives under the pier on Fort Myers Beach and is befriended by our teenage characters. When they have a chance to find out what brought him to such a drastic place, they discover that beneath his weathered exterior is an amazing person with a rich, full life.
Anything else you’d like to share?
NOT MY LIFE is #5 in the Time Shifters YA romance/time travel/mystery series. The first four books have won numerous Readers’ Favorite and other awards.
Our latest adult romantic suspense series, Austin Heroes had book #2 ALMOST FOREVER released in July and book #3 ANOTHER CHANCE to be released in November. We are currently working on a new adult romance series called Breathless that is set in Cripple Creek, Colorado.
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