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February 19, 2018

Blog Tour: What Time is it There? by Christine Potter – Interview and Giveaway

 

Hello Readers!  Welcome to our stop during the tour for

What Time is it There? by Christine Potter!

We have Christine on the blog today for a quick Q&A.

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and be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

 

 

Just over a year ago, Bean and Zak headed for colleges two thousand miles apart, promising to write, but to see other people … until Bean fell for the wrong guy and Zak fell off the planet.

Now, Bean’s got two weeks’ worth of Zak’s year-old letters that she still can’t bear to open—and a broken heart. Her new best friend, a guy named Amp, wants her to read the letters and be done with it, but he may have his own reasons for that.

When Sam shows up at Bean’s school unexpectedly and Bean tumbles into the 19th century from the cellar of a ruined church, things start making a bizarre kind of sense. That is, if she can just fit all the pieces together again…let’s see–there’s a cult…and the Flying Singing Angel With No Feet…and of course, The Grateful Dead…

What Time is it There? by Christine Potter
Publication Date: November 29, 2017
Publisher: Evernight Teen

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

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to talk with you!  I love the look of this blog!  It’s got the same color palette as the cover art on my new book, What Time Is It There?

 

 

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

Double time travel: a book set in 1972 with a time-traveling heroine. Cool music, tarot cards, demons, angels, hippies, wackiness. #bizarre

 

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

A little over five years ago, I set out to create a time-traveling book series for young adults.  I wanted them to be scary sometimes, but as silly as my friends and I used to get when we hung out together. I wanted books that were full of magic, but believable.  I loved A Wrinkle in Time, and I wanted that kind of warmth in my books.

 

What Time Is It There? is the third book in Bean trilogy, and I realized while I was driving around in my car one day, that I would have to move my characters, who are high schoolers when the series starts off, into college.  And I also needed a bang-up climax and a super happy ending.  (By the way, What Time Is It There? can be read as a stand alone!)

 

 

Tell us about the main character(s).

Aspiring folk-rock musician and DJ Bean Donohue is nineteen.  She has long, red hair, an open mind, and a loving heart. She’s going to the kind of expensive liberal arts college she thought her single mom would never be able to afford—but Julia has remarried and money is no longer tight.  Bean’s wacky-but-sweet boyfriend is missing in action, however—possibly the result of a “we’ll see other people but keep in touch” agreement she and Zak made when they went off to college on opposite coasts.  Thing is—Bean’s a time traveler, and she keeps getting pulled back into the early days of her relationship with him, which is ripping her heart out.  But then, he turns up where he really shouldn’t be…

 

No one knows exactly where Zak Grant is! Rumor has it he dropped out of the University of Washington, where he had a free ride to study art.  He’s got long, silver-blonde hair, and he signs his drawings with a comic-strip version of himself saying “Bizarre” in a cartoon bubble.  But what’s he doing in the pulpit of a church—in the late 19th century?  He’s not supposed to be able to time travel—and he seems to be breaking the very rules Bean has learned are the only things that keep Travelers like herself safe from terrible danger.

 

Amp’s real name is Briggs Higbee. But nobody calls him that.  He’s in school with Bean, and runs the campus FM station with her.  They’ve sworn to be broken-hearted together: best friends, but no more.  Amp is a God-obsessed hippie doubting the Mormon beliefs he grew up with in Utah.  And he sees before Bean does that her time travels are leading her into some dangerous places…

 

 

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

I love the climactic scene toward the end of the book.  I managed to scare the liver out of myself writing it and laughing at the same time!  I can’t really quote from it without spoiling things, but let me say that in all the Bean Books, I try to be silly and serious at once, because that’s what I remember the most about been sixteen or nineteen—stuff could go from everyone being miserable to everyone laughing their fannies off in about two minutes.  I’ll give you this much: there is something or someone in What Time Is It There? called The Flying Singing Angel With No Feet.  Keep an eye on her. She’s important.

 

 

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

This is the third book of a trilogy, and there were a lot of threads to tie up.  I wanted a super-duper-Tah-DAH happy ending.  But I wanted it to be believable, and to have the same serious-yet-wacky tone the rest of the books do.  I had to heal a number of broken hearts in the end of the book, and to also heal an important character who has been deeply traumatized. I think I did okay.  One thing I don’t like when I read some paranormal romance is that these tremendously extreme things happen, and in the next scene the characters are all plucky again.  But I don’t want my books to be too sad, either.  It’s a tough balance, but I ended up being proud of my conclusion.  I think it’ll make you happy.

 

 

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

I planned the Bean Books to be a trilogy, but I actually wrote a few chapters of a fourth book—still a YA, but with Bean’s granddaughter in contemporary times.  I want to put it aside for a few months, and see if there’s really a call for it. I also write poetry, and I have a poetry book coming out in the spring.  It’ll be on Kelsay Books, and it’s called Unforgetting. Bean fans might like it; there are a lot of memoir poems about growing up in the 60’s and 70’s in there.

 

 

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!!

Gee, thanks!  The Bean Books have been a total labor of love, my “letter to the world” as Emily Dickinson says.  I’m grateful to you for giving me a chance to toot my horn!

 

About Christine Potter

Christine Potter is a writer and poet who lives in a very old (haunted) house on a creek in Rockland County. She has an organist/choirdirector husband (Ken) and two spoiled tom cats. One of the house's two ghosts lives in the room behind her office.

Christine's newest book is a YA time travel novel, What Time Is It There? (The Bean Books, Book 3), newly released by Evernight Teen. The first book in the series is Time Runs Away With Her, and the second is In Her Own Time.

Her two poetry collections are Zero Degrees at First Light (2006) and Sheltering in Place (2013). She has also had poems published in Rattle, Fugue, The Irish Examiner, HOOT, Eclectica, and The Pedestal, among other magazines. Her third book of poems, Unforgetting, is due out this spring from Kelsay Books.

 

 

 

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  1. Leah
    2/20/2018

    Already a follower of Chapter by Chapter (email, Twitter, GR, Bloglovin)! :)

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  2. Naznin Azeez
    2/20/2018

    I am so absolutely in love with the book cover. It’s so beautiful ♡. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.. I follow Chapter by Chapter via email
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