Let’s jump straight in and ask Sharon a few questions to get us started. What scared you most as a child?
I’m going to have to say those flying monkeys in The Wizard of Oz. I know, right? Those things scared the bejeebers out of me as a little girl. I remember I went and hid behind my mom until our then black and white television switched scenes. To this day, I’m still on high alert when I visit a zoo.
What scares you most as an adult?
I would have to say not being able to follow my dreams – no matter how big they are. If we don’t have that kind of freedom to be who we’re suppose to be, then how can we fully live our lives? We’re all here for a reason, it’s up to us to find out what that reason is.
Now for a little background. I had the pleasure of meeting Sharon Ledwith on-line at the Musa authors website. She’s such a wonderful support to her fellow authors, and I’m thrilled to call her a great writing buddy. Sharon’s debut novel, The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis, released yesturday. Congratulations, Sharon!
Sharon Ledwith is the author of the middle-grade/YA time travel series, THE LAST TIMEKEEPERS, debuting through Musa Publishing this May 18, 2012. When not writing or digging up the past, she enjoys reading, yoga, kayaking, time with family and friends, and single malt scotch. Sharon lives in the wilds of Muskoka in Central Ontario, Canada, with her hubby, a water-logged yellow Labrador and moody calico cat.
So, let’s ask Sharon a few more spooky questions. Would you prefer to spend the night in a graveyard or a haunted house?
Graveyard. Hands down. Think about it. You’re out in the open. You can even climb a tree if there’s one there – which is pretty much a given. And hopefully there’ s a full moon so you can scan the area for anything unusual. Like a zombie. Or a werewolf. Yikes, come to think of it, maybe I should have chosen the haunted house…
What two objects would you take with you on your spooky sleepover?
A taser and bottle of single malt scotch. You asked.
When Amanda Sault and her four classmates are caught in a major food fight at school, they are given the choice of suspension or yard duty. It was a no-brainer. A two-week crash course in landscaping leads the kids to discover a weathered stone arch buried in an overgrown backyard. Instead of a forgotten lawn ornament, it turns out to be an ancient time portal from the lost continent of Atlantis. Chosen by an Atlantean Magus to be Timekeepers—legendary time travelers sworn to keep history safe from an evil force—the five children, along with two offbeat adults, are sent on the adventure of their lives to save the Earth from an uncertain future. The Timekeepers’ first mission lands them in England in 1214, where they must find an adolescent Robin Hood and his band of merry teens before history is turned upside-down.
Favourite six sentences from the book.
Amanda Sault silently studied the words she just scrawled: May 1st, 1214—Games and songs and revelry, act as the cloak of devilry. So that an English legend may give to the poor, we must travel to Nottingham to even the score.
Her thumb traced the words of the arcane riddle. Their first Timekeeper mission. Amanda knew this wasn’t the end of the story.
This was just the beginning.
You’re walking your dog late at night. He slips his collar and runs into the local cemetery. You follow him inside and find him sniffing at a freshly covered grave. Before you’re able to drag him away, a hand thrusts up through the soil and grabs your leg. What do you do?
I would yell, “Would you bloody well let go of my leg, Carrie?”
Sharon, thank you for providing us with such fun answers. I’m sure readers will join me in wishing you much success with The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis and all your future projects.