May 5, 2017

Blog tour: The Tick Tock Man by R.M. Clark – Interview and Giveaway


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The Tick Tock Man by R.M. Clark

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When the clocks in town stop, thirteen-year-old CJ discovers an unusual “clock world” where most of the citizens are clock parts, tasked with keeping the big clocks running. But soon the seemingly peaceful world is divided between warring factions with CJ instructed to find the only person who can help: the elusive Tick Tock Man.

With the aid of Fuzee, a partly-human girl, he battles gear-headed extremists and razor-sharp pendulums in order to restore order before this world of chimes, springs, and clock people dissolves into a massive time warp, taking CJ’s quiet New England town with it.

The Tick Tock Man by R.M. Clark
Publication Date: May 2, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books/Tantrum Books

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Thanks so much for taking the time and spending time with us here at Chapter by Chapter!

Thanks for having me! I appreciate all the hard work you put into your site.


Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)

When all the clocks in his town stop, CJ discovers a magical clock world in turmoil and the only one who can help fix it is The Tick Tock Man.


What was your inspiration for writing this book?  Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?

More of an observation. I had never written fantasy before, so I thought the time was right to venture outside my comfort zone. I observed some large clocks stopped in my own town and thought of a weird reason. Later that night, I created the fantasy clock world and the citizens of that world. So it all came down to the eternal writer’s question: I wonder why…?


Tell us about the main character(s).

Thirteen-year-old CJ Boyce hates being treated like a child.  On Thanksgiving, he’s finally given a chance to sit with the adults at the main table. An unfortunate encounter with the family clock propels him into a clock world he never knew existed. He finds himself in the middle of a long-running feud between two races whose job it is to keep all the big clocks in his town running. He realized he has some special powers and uses that power to aid in the conflict. He grows up a lot before it’s all over and learns some important life lessons.


Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?

The fictional clock world is made up of two German-looking villages, Kinzig and Murg. Many years earlier, The Tick Tock Man placed a wall of razor sharp pendulums between the villages to keep the peace. Much like the Berlin Wall, the pendulums have to come down in the heat of the battle and it’s a wonderful scene when it happens.


Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing?  If so, why?

The opening chapter was a real nightmare. All my books before this one were mysteries, so I had no trouble establishing the main issue in the first chapter or two. For this book, I had to introduce the main character, the clock problem, his newfound powers, family issues, plus this crazy new clock world he was about to discover. Thanks to some fine suggestions by the editorial team at Month9, we finally nailed it.


What sort of projects do you have going on right now?  Any new books coming out?

I have a book called The Dragon’s Song that is currently on submission by my agent, Mel Stinnett of the Starlight Literary Agency. It’s a story about an 11-year-old Vietnamese boy who escapes from Vietnam with other “boat people” in the early 1980s, surviving six days on the open water and eight months in refugee camps. He uses the gift of music to get through the tough times and utilizes his musical gifts when he finally makes it to America.


It was great having you on the blog today!  We hope you’ll decide to stop by again someday, and we wish you much success!!

Thank you so much! It’s been great to be here. I’d love to come back.


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