1/13/12

Teresa Reasor discusses TIMELESS

Friday the 13th is a lucky day for Teresa Reasor.  She married her husband, Danny, on Friday the 13th, and this year the two of them will celebrate 37 years of marriage.  So, it's only fitting to welcome her here on Friday, January 13th, to discuss her latest release, Timeless, a paranormal romantic suspense set in the sweeping hills of Scotland.


AMY: Thanks for stopping by today, Teresa.  It's always a pleasure to host my good friends here in my little corner of the cyber-world.  I know it's difficult to condense an entire book into a few sentences, but since we want to focus on your new release, Timeless, can you give us a bit of a summary of the book? 


TERESA:  Timeless is about Regan and Quinn, two people from opposite ends of the world who are drawn to Loch Maree, Scotland, where an ancient stone circle has been unearthed. Drawn by the promise of success, once on the site, they experience paranormal events that point them toward a discovery of such magnitude it could cause World War III should it become common knowledge.  But there’s a personal issue involved as well. Centuries ago, a couple lost their child and each other because of the greed for power the monoliths represent. Regan and Quinn discover they have a chance to right the wrongs of the past and save these people from heartache. They make the decision to risk themselves to save these people and, in the process, stop mankind from destroying itself.


 AMY:  This is your second book set in Scotland, your historical romance Highland Moonlight being the first.  Why Scotland?


TERESA:  Scotland has a history as old as time. It’s a magical place. You can stand on its battlefields and hear the ring of broadswords. You can boat on its lochs, and watch eddies ripple across the water and imagine prehistoric serpents raising their heads. You can stroll through its castles and stand in the footsteps of people who determined its history. What could be more magical and inspiring than all that?


AMY:  You traveled to Scotland in 2010.  Can you describe a bit of your trip, and tell us if your experiences there affected the writing of Timeless


TERESA: The trip definitely affected the story. In May of 2010 Mitsi Bennett, a fellow author and I traveled to Scotland.  For eleven wonderful days we drove from Edinburgh all the way around the perimeter of Scotland and back again.

During our trip, we visited twenty –eight different castles, including Eilean Donan,  the castle on the front of my book Highland Moonlight (picture below). We visited Culloden, Loch Ness, and Loch Maree. 

During the trip I took 1600 photos and posted many of them on my blog (there are multiple posts) with a run down on the history of each place.  Loch Maree is visited by thousands of people each year. There are areas where people can camp out, mountain climb, (Mt. Slioch is one of them), hike, fish and boat.

The legends associated with the area interested me and I incorporated a great many of them into my story. Isle Maree (Eilean Ma’ Ruibhe) is really there, as is the small henge located on it, Witches Point, the wishing tree, and a well that was supposed to cure mental illness. They used to do bull sacrifices on the island as well.

With all those different things coming together in one place, what better location to set a paranormal story?

AMY: I learned a great deal about diving and archaeology while reading Timeless.  Tell us about the research that you did to prepare for this book and some of the interesting people you met in the course of your research.


TERESA:  I joined two different list serves while I was researching for the book. One was populated by Marine Archaeologists who were absolutely the very best sharing their expertise in lift bags, scuba diving, and artifact recovery and preservation. The Sub Arch people kept my divers alive throughout the book.

The other one was a list serve for Saturation Divers where I met a fellow who became my mentor for all things to do with SAT diving. In Scotland any study or recovery of archaeological significance in deep water is done using saturation diving. Because some of my monoliths had toppled and slid down into a trench nearly 250 feet deep, I had to have a saturation diver hero to help recover them. Corey (the SAT diver from the list serve) even proofread my chapters dealing with SAT diving to make sure I got them right.

I will never be able to thank these people enough.

One of my favorite authors is Michael Crichton. He had a wonderful flare for taking technology based in reality and turning it on its head. Look at Jurassic Park—well I don’t need to say anything else. He made you believe in possibilities. Well my idea was to take something fantastic and tie it to numerous grains of reality and blend them into something a reader would find amazing to read. I hope I’ve done that.

AMY: Finally, every author has a personal attachment to each book and the characters in it.  Tells us about the personal journey of writing Timeless and how you feel about these two characters.

TERESA:  My personal journey as a writer during the book has been amazing. I’ve had to stretch my creative muscles more with this book than any other. I’ve loved coming up with scenes that the reader is going to say, “How cool is that!” Or I hope they will!

Quinn and Regan became family to me during the writing of the book. From conception to the completion of the manuscript they were in my life three and a half years. Their fears and frustrations became mine. You have to put yourself in your characters’ shoes and experience the world through their eyes, senses, and emotions. There’s an intimacy that builds between the author and their characters because of it, and an attachment. I cried when I finished the book, because it was like saying good-bye to close friends.

AMY:  I'd like to thank Teresa for joining us here today, and giving us a glimpse into her life as an author, and a preview of her new release!  Timeless is available for download at several retailers, including Amazon and Barnes and Noble.  The print book will be available in the near future.  On a personal note, I'd like to thank Teresa for the wonderful opportunity to read the book before publication.  She said she wanted me to "critique", but truly, the book needed no criticism!  Teresa is a wonderful friend and an immensely talented author, and I highly recommend that everyone who loves romance, mystery, and a beautiful setting treats themselves to this book!


Happy reading and writing!
 

38 comments:

  1. Teresa, I'm so excited about your newest book. Right up my alley! And I know your detail about Scotland is going to be superb. I have Timeliness in my Kindle just waiting for me to crack the cover. Can't wait!

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  2. Oops. Timeless. I need spell check!

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  3. Very interesting interview. It looks like it's going to be a great book. Congratulations on your relesase.

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  4. Maddie:
    I'm so thrilled you got the book!!! It's always so exciting to share your words. I love the writing. Live and breath right along with characters during the whole process, but if not for the people who read your stuff why else would you put the words to paper?
    Thanks so much for stopping by.
    Teresa R.

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  5. Ella:
    Thanks so much for stopping by. And I hope everyone who reads it thinks it's a great book.
    I appreciate the congrats.
    Teresa

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  6. Congratulations on your release Teresa! Scotland sounds incredibly beautiful and exciting. Great post!

    Brandie Nickerson

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  7. Brandie:
    Thanks so much for stopping by. And it was beautiful. I'm going back as soon as I can save the money.
    Teresa

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  8. This book sounds wonderful to me. I love vivid Scottish settings. I just bought my copy! Wishing you many sales, Teresa!

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  9. Vonda:
    Thanks for buying the book!!!! I'm so thrilled. I hope I brought Loch Maree to life for you in it.
    Teresa

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  10. Teresa and everyone... Thanks so much for visiting my blog today! Teresa, it's always a pleasure to have you here, and as you know, I'm a big fan of your writing, so I'm always thrilled to help you promote your work! Everyone who's stopped by so far, thanks for your comments! I'm happy you found your way here and hope you'll discover the wonderful book(s) Teresa has crafted!

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  11. Teresa, congratulations on your latest book! I think Scotland has a magic that draws people in no matter what time period the story's set in.

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  12. Hi Teresa. Amy and I are competing to be your biggest fans this week! I sent this post out on Twitter and FB. Hope you get lots of traffic. I guess that make me Amy's fan too! LOL

    Looking forward to reading your book this weekend.

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  13. Alexa & Donna - Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. Alexa:
    I totally agree. I'd move to Scotland in a heartbeat if my family could go with me.
    Teresa

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    1. LOL! I've often said I'd move in a heartbeat if I could! I've got no immediate family to stop me, just no way to support myself if I went! That settles it! I MUST marry a Scotsman!

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  15. Donna:

    I love it that you're such a fan. I'm reading Dating a Cougar your book right now. Had to get it after I read the blurb. I'm going back for the other two in the series too. I'm going to try and get mom a kindle for her birthday and download a ton of books on it. She'll love all yours.
    Teresa

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  16. Teresa, I know how much time and effort you spent on research for Timeless. You went above and beyond what most authors would do for the sake of accuracy. Now that it's complete, I look forward to reading it in its entirety. Hope you sell tons!

    Waving hi to Amy. :)

    Can't go without putting in a word about the blog series you did after your return from Scotland. Must see for anyone who's interested in Scotland's ancient landmarks and history. Excellent!

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    1. Devon - So wonderful to see you here! I've missed you! And I agree about Teresa's blogs about Scotland. They were so beautiful and so interesting!

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  17. Wonderful post,Teresa. Timeless is a very powerful story and it is going to be a huge hit.

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  18. Devon:
    Thanks for the compliment. I loved doing research. And I hope that people reading it will be interested in all the places I wrote about.
    Teresa R.

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  19. Nancy:
    I hope it's a hit. If it is you and the gals at LL have helped make it so.
    Write on,
    Teresa

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  20. Great post--reminds me of my travels in Scotland. Loch Ness has some of the most clear, dark water I've ever seen. It is a magical place.

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  21. Loved the post and the pictures. It's wonderful when you can take what you discover on a trip and weave it into your story. Best of luck on the book.
    Mitzi

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  22. Thank you ladies for a wonderful interview. Teresa, I loved your book! I downloaded it yesterday and started reading last night while waiting for my daughter to finish with her Robotics Club, it must have been great because I finished it this morning! I enjoyed the vivid Scottish scenery you so skillfully wove through your story and the dynamic characters. I also found the information on diving fascinating, and could tell you'd gone to great lengths to get it right. I wish you the best of luck with sales! Happy writing!

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  23. Angelyn:
    Loch Ness was beautiful and Urquhart castle fascinating.
    But I didn't get to see Nessy. She must have been napping that day.

    Teresa

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  24. Teresa,

    Congrats on finally getting Timeless out there to the world. I know what a labor of love it's been. I'm thrilled for you.

    Loved the blog as well. Very nicely done.

    Can't wait to dig in and read Timeless. I'm smack in the middle of Captive Hearts right now. I love your writing. You are so talented. And your attention to detail is unparalleled.

    Hope you sell a million!!!! --- Tracy Stewart

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  25. Mitzi:
    So glad you viewed the pictures. I'm rather proud of them, probably the only vacation where they all turned out just right.
    Thanks for your congrats.
    Teresa

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  26. Dana:
    OMG!! I'm so glad you enjoyed the book!!! You've made my day.
    Teresa

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  27. Tracy:
    I'm so thrilled you're reading my words. And thank you for the beautiful compliment.
    Doing a happy dance. What writer doesn't love to hear that your efforts have given someone pleasure!!
    Teresa

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  28. Amy:
    Your help in promoting my books is above and beyond. I so much appreciate it.
    Teresa

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  29. WOW! I'm so thrilled with the response to Teresa's interview! Thanks to everyone who stopped by and left a comment. You guys are the best!

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  30. Wow, Timeless sounds great! Definitely on my tbr list. Best of luck with it.

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  31. I loved how you explained Scotland:
    You can stand on its battlefields and hear the ring of broadswords. You can boat on its lochs, and watch eddies ripple across the water and imagine prehistoric serpents raising their heads. You can stroll through its castles and stand in the footsteps of people who determined its history.

    I cannot wait to go there and after reading your description of it, it makes me long to go even more. I wish you the best, Teresa! Great interview Amy!!!

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  32. Teresa:
    Congratulations on your book. I kept up with your trip last year through your blog. I'm curious, where is the picture on the book cover Timeless? It reminds me of Stone Henge.

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  33. I hope that all of you who've bought the book will go and give Teresa a positive review at the site where you purchased it! That may help boost her sales! I've already posted mine!

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  34. Fantastic blog girls! Teresa, I can't wait to read this one too! I know you've put your heart into it. Many sales!

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  35. I love all books pertaining to Scotland, and this one has piqued my interest. Thank goodness for Kindle for iPad - I think I can squeeze one more book into it... :)
    Best of luck to you Teresa. I look forward to reading your story.

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  36. Great interview, Teresa! I loved hearing about how your trip to Scotland inspired you. Good luck.

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