Author Interview & Ebook Giveaway: A Ripple in Time by Julia Hughes

A Ripple in Time by Julia Hughes

‘A Ripple in Time’ centres around the legend of Excalibur and imagines the mysterious Stonehenge as a portal in time. Virgin blood and virginity are highly prized in the old tales, though as my character Wren comments – ‘why does it always have to be virgin’s blood … what’s the difference?’ maybe for its pureness? Who knows. But when you’re dealing in magical artefacts and attempting to turn back time, it’s best not to take risks.


Interview with Author Julia Hughes
What is one book everyone should read?
Harper Lee’s classic “To Kill A Mockingbird” – Not only a beautiful story, but without preaching her characters reflect conflicts and dilemmas that still apply today: A shining example of how being the minority of one, doesn’t mean you’re wrong – the sheriff who doesn’t approve of what Finch is doing, but defends his right to defend Tom Robinson, and Scout of course, learning that battles can’t always be fought with fists, and sometimes your worst enemies will be your own neighbours and friends. Not to mention Dill, (Truman Capote) ghostly Bo Radley, the proud but dirt poor Cunninghams – they are all so vivid, and perfectly drawn. This is the book I and many others would love to have written, but never will be able to copy Harper Lee’s deftness and lightness of touch – the backdrop of Maycomb county too – genteel poverty and the politics of a small town where everyone is related or has known each other for generations. If any aspiring author ever wants an example of ‘show don’t tell’ this book is it.

Pet Peeves?
Too many to mention. In the literary world, misuse of the word unique. It is unique. It cannot be qualified. Once you qualify it, it is no longer unique. Tongue in cheek: unless it’s very unique of course… (not)!

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Remember the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Get that first chapter written!

Night owl, or early bird?
I burn the candle at both ends. Around sixish just after walking the dogs and before making dinner, I like to switch off and just read, or attempt the crossword.

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world.. which would it be?
Has to be Narnia. Ever since reading the Silver Chair, I’ve fantasised about eating living jewels. And to sail on the Dawn Treader would be amazing.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
I’ve written for my own enjoyment, but it’s more pleasure to share.

What is your favorite Quote?
‘No-one’s dead – and no-one’s dying.’ It’s my quote. It reminds me that things might seem bad – but so long as you have health and hope, you can make a better day tomorrow. Decisions and events might seem final, but while you got breath in your body you can find a way round. Sometimes I mutter it fifty times a day, especially when my two sons manage to lose their car keys eighty miles away from home, run out of gas a couple of hundred miles away from home, or miss their flight a few thousand miles away from home. And they wonder why I sometimes want to lock them in the basement!

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Read between the lines; don’t take things at face value.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I once met Doctor Who, and I’ve got the photo to prove it!

Favorite quote from a movie?
Easy – “The Italian Job” – “You’re only supposed to blow the bloody doors off” – classic over-enthusiasm from a bunch of amateurs!

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
Wren Prenderson is a little like me – he can get caught up in his own world & comes up with crazy ideas dragging other people into his schemes by means fair or foul. Other people might call it bribery or blackmail. I call it getting people to see things from my point of view. (only joking).

Ebook Giveaway:
5 winner will each receive a an ebook of A Ripple in Time
Open Internationally
Ends 1/25/12

Helen Bush
Terri van Gulik
Robin Blankenship
Elizabeth (BookAttict)