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Please Welcome Lynne King

RT: Bonjour, Lynne! Welcome to the Reading Tub! I have to say, Miss Templeton and Jasper kept me on my toes trying to keep up. How did you envision the reader enjoying your book. For example, did you write the book to be read in one sitting?

Lynne: I think that readers who enjoy my book will be those who like space and time travel, with fantasy thrown in. I was very much influenced by Terry Pratchett and he’s certainly somewhat zany.

I have had various thoughts about my book. I know that I thoroughly enjoyed writing it but perhaps it’s best just to read the book slowly and savor the different characters. The main characters - Chloe, Mistral and Jasper - just appeared in my mind. Yet I also loved Archie, the murderous black hole; the space pirates; and the idea of time travel.

RT: There are three or four subplots woven throughout the book, all visually expressive in your writing. How did you keep all of the events organized as you wrote?

Lynne: When I'm writing stories like Miss Templeton and Jasper, I initially draft a few ideas and get a feel for the characters. I list all the characters, but I really don’t plan when I write. It is really a matter of waiting for the ideas, and they can arrive at any time: when I wake up,when I'm driving, etc. I carry a notebook around with me at all times and jot the ideas down.

Once I have an overall idea of the arrangement for the book, I make a rough draft of it all. I ensure that I list all the chapters and write an outline of what is contained in each. I then print this and lay the chapters in order (with the characters in bold print so that the names are consistent) on a table to ensure that everything is in the right place. Several more drafts and then it is as finished as it will ever be.

RT: I saw in your biography that you have a bachelor’s degree in French Studies … yet Miss Templeton and Jasper: Reluctant Time Travelers is LOADED with “hard science” details. Did you need to do a lot of research for the book?

Lynne: I have a Bachelor of Arts degree because at the time, I was of that inclination. With time my interests have changed and I have gradually moved into the scientific camp. I’m particularly interested in genetics, space travel, and astronomy. I did a fair amount of research for the book just to cross-reference what I had written.

RT: When I was learning about your career as an author, I discovered that you wrote a play about the Stone Age when you were 12. Do you remember anything about that play or what inspired you to write it?

Lynne: We were studying the Stone Age at school at the time and the period really interested me. I must have been a ghastly little child because when I wrote this play I remember I had some lines about hanging and killing people; with hindsight that’s not very nice at all.

RT: Along a similar line … you liked to write at 12, did you like to read? What are some of your favorite books from your childhood?

Lynne: My favorite books were the Famous Five series by Enid Blyton. I especially liked George, as she was such a tomboy and her dog Timmy but Julian, Dick and Anne were also good. The group had such great adventures and I remember thinking that I wished that I was with them.

I also liked The Railway Children by E. Nesbit. It’s all about the adventures of the three Waterbury children, who move with their mother from London to the Yorkshire Dales.

RT: What’s next for you? Will you write another time travel novel?

Lynne: Yes, I’m drafting a second one at the moment, entitled Chloe and the Galactic Gene. It will be for young adults. This is linear with fewer characters than in Miss Templeton and Jasper. Max will be taking a larger part, whereas Jasper, Mistral and Widder will play only minor parts.

RT: Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Lynne: I just want to thank you for this interview.

RT: Read more of our interview with Lynne at Family Bookshelf. Be sure to check out Lynne's must-have books for kids, too.




                 

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