As everyone knows by now, I am a big fan of this series even though I’ve only read the first book! I read it slowly so I could fully enjoy, and by the time I was almost finished, I didn’t want it to be over and left the last fifty pages! lol I’m eager to pick up the next one, bought myself the paperback, and even invested in my very own moonstone necklace! Please give a warm welcome to our featured author, Heather Lynn!
As long as she can remember, Heather Lynn has been interested in healing in its many forms; been curious about the mysteries of the skies above; and intrigued by the possibility-yet-impossibility of time travel and its potential consequences. Combining these interests with some things she’s picked up along the way, she began work on Sky Watcher’s story.
I know I’m behind in the series, but I have to say, the first book has been such a trip (no pun intended lol)! Where did you get the inspiration from learning about natural healing, Wicca, and time travel moulded into one?
Well, healing has always been a draw for me. As a young girl I always wanted to be a nurse and I did go to nursing school for a couple of years.
In time, I realized nursing wasn’t for me, but I never lost interest in physiology and healing. At the same time, the idea of time travel has always boggled my mind. When I was a kid I used to watch Dr. Who with my dad and just loved it (and that was way before I was introduced to #10). Sooo many movies kept those dreams alive: Back to the Future, Time Traveller’s Wife, Somewhere in Time, The Butterfly Effect, Frequency…the list goes on. My story had to have time travel. Once I realized that, I knew I wanted a young woman to go back in time, with today’s knowledge. The question—How would she get there? While researching, I came upon a book about household magic. I hadn’t been looking for it but it led me to herbal magic, then the powers within stones/gems and finally, Wiccan beliefs. It HAD to be all of it. I rolled all this knowledge up into a big bundle and created Charlotte’s knowledge base and belief system.
Wow, that’s an incredible journey to get to where you are today!
This book was very detail oriented, but not enough to lose the reader. How many drafts do you usually go through? Do you have a consistent editor for every book?
Loaded questions, Lisa! I don’t honestly know how many times I went through book one, like 20? 25? I honestly don’t know, but A LOT of times. I was actually so sick of Charlotte and her friends by the time it was ready for publication, I was worried no one would even like it. Book One was edited by Friesen Press. They did a good job, good feedback—I listened to all of it, and implemented some of it. They wanted
me to break it into 2 or 3 books, but I just couldn’t do it. For me, this story had to be done this way to be complete, it just did. Books Two and Three were done by an editor I found in Toronto. I love her
perspective, the things she picks out, and her attention to detail.
That is a lot of drafts! lol I’m glad you found help with the following books!
This first book (and I can only assume the others) deal with very adult driven issues like abuse, politics, prejudice, slavery, and sexual assault in a very realistic way. Do you think you could have written this book any other way? In today’s world, why is it important for you to tackle these topics in your fiction?
No. I think these issues are, and will always be, present in our society. As long as there are human beings living on this Earth, I fear there will be abuse—physical, sexual, and mental—and prejudice. A different type of slavery existed then, but there are different variations happening today. These topics will always be relevant.
Excellent answer, thank you for addressing these adult themes in the book.
Tell us what it was like to build this world from the ground up.
It started with Charlotte. I wanted her to be in that time, from this time, and I knew her purpose. I had to figure out the how of getting her there. This research was fun because I learned more about things I was already interested in, ie. stones, herbs, healing and some new things, like Wicca. Now I only had to give my characters life and a town to live in! This part was fun too as I researched towns, homes, grist mills, saw mills, etc…I drew out a little map of the town as well as the inside of the general store, for myself so I could visualize and then explain things better. Of course, then I realized that Charlotte’s room had to be on the other side of the store building and forever after that, I’ve been envisioning things backwards. LOL!
I would love to see that map! I wonder if there will ever be a map inside one of your books! What a treasure that would be!
There are many characters involved in this series. As an author, I know this question can be dreadful, but as a reader, I’m interested to hear who your favourites are – aside from Charlotte, of course. lol
Aside from Charlotte, who is braver than me by far, my favourite characters (in no particular order) are: Gracie – she is kind, spunky, funny and superstitious.
Ben – he is smart, handsome, dedicated, and open-minded.
Keen Wolf – he misses nothing and doesn’t waste words. I love his intensity
and I feel sure he’s sexy as hell!
I can’t disagree with any of those answers! I would have to agree, however I did find solace in Marshall, as well.
Did you have to do much research for your fiction? For the stones, natural remedies, and historical understanding?
Yes! I bought books on stones and their magic, herbal remedies, and magical herbalism. I wrote lists and charts (I have pages and pages), and of course, Google helped some. This didn’t feel like work though. I find this knowledge very interesting.
For the lot of us, I’m sure it would feel like work, but that’s why this book stands out from the rest! You have genuine interest with these things!
What can we expect within the next few books? Same characters? A different path than the last time travel trip? Any hints would be great!
Ha! The next few books will show us Charlotte’s life as it has become. Of course, fictional lives are very adventurous; we may visit another time and/or another place. The original cast of characters will remain, but we will definitely meet some new friends and relatives as we go along…maybe even an old adversary.
New characters? Oh my. lol
Did you always know it was going to be a six-part book series? Do you plot that or run with the ideas?
I always knew it would be a saga, but it wasn’t until the end of book 2 that I determined how many books there would be in the series. There are a fixed number of things that have to happen down the road and it’s gonna take 6 books to get it all in!
Excellent! I love how there are journeys that coincide with what you have in mind for the final book! Run us through some of your favourite stones to date. Do you use herbal remedies yourself?
I must say, after researching stones and their energies, I collected quite a few of my own. My favourites?
I’ve always liked moonstone, it is Charlotte’s favourite too, but that was only determined after learning its energies: love, protection, divination, psychism, gardening… I have a moonstone the size and shape of an egg and a few pieces of moonstone jewelry. I also love bloodstone, fluorite, celestite, amethyst, lapis, turquoise, aventurine, rose quartz, jasper…but seriously, I love them all!
As for herbal remedies…I have made mint and lavender tea from the garden and popped the odd supplement—that’s it. The things Charlotte does fascinate me, but no, I don’t do them myself.
Thank you so much for taking the time to allow us to dive deeper into you and your books! It’s been a fascinating story so far, and I LOVE that there is so much left! Maybe we can do this again after I’ve read book 2!
Where can we find you online? Where can we find your books?
At this point in time, my books can be found online everywhere in paperback, hardcover and ebook. My website is www.HeatherLynnBooks.com and I can be found here:
Being a newbie all on my own has been trying to say the least. Getting out there when you are a wallflower is difficult. I thank you for taking the time on my first book and on me, Lisa. It’s much appreciated.
The experience for all indie authors definitely has its ups and downs. I’m thankful for you for giving me a chance with your book, and allowing me to talk about it openly! I hope this piques some interest into Charlotte’s journey! These books are quite imaginative, but also very realistic. Thank you again, Heather Lynn and good luck on all your future books!