Back to the Future for Time Travel Romance
If you’re like me, you love the idea of being swept into another time and place. Whether it’s through a Time Machine or accidentally wandering into the wrong circle of standing stones, the thought that we might somehow visit those other periods is positively beguiling.
With that in mind, I’d like you to meet Ashley Kath-Bilsky, whose work offers that kind of “take me away” experience. Pour yourself a cup of coffee and listen in as Ashley and I have a bit of a chat…
Mia: So Ashley, if you could be anything but a writer what would you want to be?
Ashley: Hmm. This is a tough one, Mia. I love history and doing research about different time periods, customs, and people. I also love Indiana Jones; however, just don’t think I’m cut out for the bugs, spiders, snakes, rough living conditions or heat of digs in the desert. Time Traveler might be an interesting vocation, but we are talking realistically, right? I guess the job I would love to have is a host on Turner Classic Movies like Robert Osborne. I love movies, silent, MGM musicals, film noir detective stories, pirate adventures, you name it. I especially love the black and white classic romances of Hollywood from the late 30s and early 40s like Rebecca, Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre (with Orson Welles as Mr. Rochester), The Woman in White, Gaslight, The Uninvited. So many wonderful films fascinate me in how they were made, the camera angles, lighting, editing, etc. Talking trivia, watching classic movies, AND getting paid for it. Yep, I could definitely do that.
Mia: As an author have you ever been star struck by meeting one of your favorite authors? If so who was it? ;)
Ashley: Many years ago, while attending my first RWA (Romance Writers of America) National Conference, every time I got into the elevator, there was Jo Beverley. It got to the point where I think the poor woman thought I was stalking her. Eventually, we both just laughed when the doors opened and ‘hello, there I was again’. A very special memory for me happened years later with one of my all-time favorite authors. While attending a different conference for a historical writing chapter, I was stunned when Mary Balogh asked if she could sit with me during breakfast. I believe I actually gaped at her open-mouthed and nodded. Eventually, she got me to talk. :)) She was a doll – so genuine, sweet, friendly, and funny. Just love her! It is so nice to meet someone you admire and they are just wonderful and gracious in person.
Mia: Oh, I’m so envious. I love Jo Beverley! What book/book series would you love to see be made into a movie?
Ashley: I’m not a big fan of books being made into films unless they are done extremely well and stay true to the book. I love the control J.K. Rowling stipulated over Harry Potter, from casting to content. Warner Brothers brought the books to life on film and maintained quality and consistency with characterization and key elements of her books that readers loved. To be perfectly honest (and at the risk of sounding biased), I would love to see my debut novel “The Sense of Honor” made into a film. I love the hero and heroine, the secondary characters, the time period, the Gothic setting, and the influences of mystery and suspense as the story progresses, etc. In fact, I never realized it until right now (thanks, Mia!), but it reminds me of those films I love and mentioned above that were based on a book then made into a film during the late 30s and early 40s. I guess that just goes to show the influence books I loved by Daphne du Maurier, Charlotte Bronte, Emily Bronte, etc., and films of their work had on me on a writer.
Mia: I think we’ve all imagined what it would be like to see our characters up on the big screen. And, oh yes, I’d so want to be included in casting decisions! So what do you think is the best thing about being an author?
Ashley: I would have to say creative freedom. Years ago, when I was a drama student, I didn’t like the constraints of being boxed into a character. I always suggested different dialogue and even how the character should behave. However, you only have so much leeway with what you can do with a role, and directors want you to remain within the perimeters of that character. But as a writer, you have absolute control and freedom. There is no limit to the imagination. Writing is, in many ways, like creating a work of art you hope people will be drawn to and love. Rather than use a canvas, you create a work with paper (or a computer these days), and use words rather than brushes and paint. I often compare writing my books to weaving a tapestry, with each colored thread representing something different. As the story develops, you make sure each thread pulls together to form an appealing, composed, unique plot with compelling characters that will touch the reader – hopefully for years to come.
Mia: Yeah, but just don’t look on the backside of my tapestry or you’ll see all the knots! And now we’re ready for our “lightning round” of questions:
– Favorite Food? Italian
– Favorite Vacation Spot? Scotland.
– Favorite TV Show? I still miss LOST. :(
– Favorite Paranormal? (witch, vampire, zombie etc) Ghosts.
– Coffee, Tea or Hot Chocolate? Tea. I am up for a Tea Party anytime, anywhere.
– Favorite Ice Cream Flavor? Vanilla Soft-Serve Custard. (Boring, right?)
– Favorite author? Victoria Holt will always have a special place in my heart. Time has not changed my love of her work. Daphne du Maurier and Jane Austen are tied for second. :) These authors opened doors for me and I like to think influence me as a writer.
Mia, my latest release is a sensuous Time Travel Romance titled WHISPER IN THE WIND. It is available in print and e-book format. Here are the blurb and buy links for the book.
When MOLLY MAGEE is swept back in time, she finds herself in the Old West with gunslingers, high stakes gamblers, Victorian ideology toward women, and a Pinkerton detective named JORDAN BLAKE. As she tries to understand what happened to her and find a way home, danger seems to follow her at every turn. Survival is a daily challenge, but it’s a hundred times worse when–to avoid answering questions from the persistent and seductive Pinkerton–she fakes amnesia. She soon realizes the biggest threat of all is the one Jordan Blake poses to her heart
JORDAN BLAKE has lost everyone he’s ever loved. As a Pinkerton detective and former Texas Ranger, Jordan has become a cynic about people and justice, and is ready to walk away from a life that has lost its meaning. He never knew that a prayer whispered in the wind would bring him an angel of mercy, and a love he’d never hoped to find.
From the open splendor of 1885 Texas to dark decadence and murder in New Orleans, Molly and Jordan learn that when fate takes a hand, finding the love of your life is just a matter of…Time.
Amazon: (Available in Print and Kindle format) http://www.amazon.com/Whisper-Windswept-Texas-Romance-ebook/dp/B00CC6ZZJG/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top
Best-selling, award-winning author, Ashley Kath-Bilsky writes Historical Romance with Mystery, Suspense and/or Paranormal elements, as well as Historical Gothic Young Adult fiction. Woven like a delicate thread into the fabric of every Ashley Kath-Bilsky book are unforgettable characters, compelling, suspenseful plots, as well as a timeless, passionate romance and enduring love story that you’ll always remember.
Her debut Regency period Historical Romance, THE SENSE OF HONOR, received numerous honors, including The Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense, and was a Holt Medallion recipient. Additionally, the novel was voted as one of the “1001 Best Books Ever Written” by readers of Romantic Times Book Reviews.
WHISPER IN THE WIND, a sensual Historical Time Travel set in the American West, is now available in print and digital format, and made its debut on Amazon’s Top 100 Best-Selling Time Travel Romance list. The book is a stand-alone novel, but the first ‘Windswept Texas Romance’, a series of historical paranormal romances set in Texas.
For more information about Ashley and her work, please visit her website at: www.ashleykathbilsky.com. You can also find her at Twitter: https://twitter.com/AKathBilsky or on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ashley-Kath-Bilsky/302554710513
Thanks for dropping by, Ashley!
Once again, dear reader, there are 2 chances for YOU to win a free book! Leave a comment or question for Ashley and me and you’ll be entered in the random drawing for a print copy of her Whisper in the Wind or my upcoming release Plaid to the Bone, which also happens to be my 20th published book! The winner will be announced here on the blog in a few days so be sure to check back often!
And if you’re the sort who likes to get a jump on everybody else, here’s the secret link to an excerpt from Plaid to the Bone. My website will be updated tomorrow and everyone will be able to find it easily then. But for now, it’s just between you and me. Shh!
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When: August 27-September 15th
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