Sunday, July 29, 2012

10 Questions for Sharon Ledwith

Sharon Ledwith is the author of the middle-grade/YA time travel series, THE LAST TIMEKEEPERS,available through Musa Publishing. When not writing, researching, or revising,she enjoys reading, yoga, kayaking, time with family and friends, and singlemalt scotch. Sharon lives in the wilds of Muskoka in Central Ontario, Canada,with her hubby, a water-logged yellow Labrador and moody calico cat.

Sharon is also blessed with my favorite Musa Publishing cover ever. So gorgeous. I love this cover. I love it so hard and long and...cough...YA. Right. YA fans. I'm better now. Ignore the Interviewer in the corner. How about some Musaling Monday questions?

1. First the easy one. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Honestly,I have to admit I was a late bloomer when I decided to jump ship from my lifeas a graphic trade business owner into the murky waters of the writing world. I didn’t start writing seriously until 1995. That’s when I took two college courses that changed my life. The first one was called Planning your Novel, which was an introductory workshop for, Writing your Novel. I met a couple of wonderful would-be writer gals, and we formed a writing circle after the classes were done. Years of practice, patience, and perseverance has beamed me up to where I am now, and trust me, it’s a pretty awesome place to be!

2. If you were a superhero, what would be your power?

Okay, I used to imagine I had bionic powers when I was a girl. Really. Thewhole Steve Austin scenario. The funny thing is that one of my characters in myThe Last Timekeepers series kind of has a creepy bionic connection. So, WTH –I’ll go with the whole bionic gal super hero type power.

3. Would you wear a cape and tights?  Describe your costume and give yourself a cool super name.

No capes! Did you not see The Incredibles? Definitely no capes! Tights maybe a bit of a stretch (no pun) since I hate wearing panty hose. Unless all skin imperfections are hidden! As for my costume – let’s face it, The Six Million Dollar Man and Bionic Woman never wore costumes, and they did just fine keeping they’re identity secret. Though, with today’s surveillance the way it is, I may stash a black leather suit and mask in my car trunk just in case, and call myself Bionic Babe. 

4. Pimp it if you’ve got it. What’s new or next for you?

Besides promoting The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis, I’m currently working on the prequel to the Last Timekeepers series, entitled The Legend of the Timekeepers. I also have a completed manuscript of the second book in the series entitled, The LastTimekeepers and the Dark Secret, but there’s the fun job of revising itinto Jordan Jensen’s point of view.
Here’s the blurb for The Last Timekeepers and the Arch ofAtlantis:

When 13-year-old Amanda Sault andher annoying classmates are caught in a food fight at school, they're given a choice: suspension or yard duty. The decision is a no-brainer. Their two-week crash course in landscaping leads to the discovery of a weathered stone arch in the overgrown back yard. The arch isn't a forgotten lawn ornament but 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 the evil Belial--Amanda and her classmates are sent on an adventure of a lifetime. Can they find the young Robin Hood and his merry band of teens? If they don't, then history itself may be turned upside down.

5.What evil villain would be your archnemesis?

Belial. He’s the evil entity in The Last Timekeepers series. He’s one nasty magus.

6. Would he have a cape and tights?

No, but he would wear a long robe. Tights would just make him look silly.One can do a lot of mean things to someone wearing a robe. Especially if I use my bionic arm to hang him up in a tree.

7. What author or book influenced you the most as a writer?

Hmm, I would have to say Diana Gabaldon, author of the wonderful and well-plotted Outlander series, definitely inspired me to go with the time travel genre. J.K Rowling is another author who rocks my reading world.

8. What was your favorite meal as a child? Do you still like it?

Whenever I went to a restaurant as a little girl, I would always order the same thing: hot dog, fries and corn. Always. And yes, I still love it! Though, I tend to lean more toward steak now!

9. Your arch nemesis has attacked yourhometown, oh noes! You are in Marrakesh settling a zombie uprising. The fastestway to travel is this:

Does your hometown die while waiting for you to hop a commercial flight?

Hell, no! I’d be there to save the day pronto. Love snakes and snails. Actually have eaten both too, but that’s for another interview.

10. Instead of truth or dare, we are justgoing to jump right to the rejection haiku. I enjoyed reading them so much thatI’m making them a regular feature. Hey, rejection is one of the great universalcommonalities as a writer. So, write us a rejection haiku. Please? (see thatlast part was a question. Sneaky, right?)

Groan. This is truly torture. I’ll get you, my pretty! Here it goes:

 My hand smacks my head
Nix. Nada. Nothing. No good.
Chin up and move on.

Nice! Okay, for those who want to cyberstalk Sharon, you can find her at her website, blog, Facebook page, The Last Timekeepers Series Facebook Page, or on Twitter. That's a lot of places to stalk her, but she's there. Promise.

You can buy that book with the gorgeous, gorgeous cover at the Musa Publishing store, on Amazon, or Barnes and Noble.


  1. We seriously need to talk about your infatuation with my book cover, Marguerite! Do I need a restraining order? Wink. Seriously though, I want to thank you so much for carving out some time to interview me! Your questions are refreshing and fun! Cheers. Now...back away from the cover.

  2. Sharon, your favorite meal is what I used to get at the nearby Howard Johnson's Motor Lodge just off I-10. It was served inside a little cardboard house. Dude, you must broaden your culinary horizons! Lol.

    Loved your book, btw.

    1. Margaret - once a little girl, always a little girl! Love my dogs! Glad you loved my book!

  3. I'm with Marguerite, it's a great cover. I kind of liked your haiku, Sharon, and your taste in books, too. Bodes well for me liking your book, as well!

    1. Thanks, Rhea! I agree - it's one of the most stunning book covers I've seen. The promo paperbacks are gorgeous! Must keep them away from Marguerite - she may sleep with one under her pillow! Grin.

  4. Have I mentioned how much I love the color turquoise? My favorite. Oh so pretty

    1. Okay, now you're creeping me out. Stay away fromt the cover!

  5. Indeed an awesome cover! The blue is luvely.

    1. Miss Laini - you're definitely in cohorts with Ms. Butler. It is pretty, though.

  6. How fun! I, too, enjoyed your book very much. Can't wait for the next one.

  7. This is great! Although I would seriously go for the cape. Capes are cool.

  8. Great post. I also love the picture of the snail on the snake's head, but I digress.

    Definately no capes. I did see the Incredibles.

  9. Cordelia, Clarissa and Nancy - you guys rock! Thanks for taking the time to roll by and say something brilliant! Love the snail too!

  10. You are both so much fun!!! Love this!!! And Sharon, I too agree with Edna Mode--No capes!

  11. This was much fun learning about you. Thought I knew you, Missy....clearly I did not!

  12. Thanks to Arley and Samantha for surfing by Marguerite's virtual home to chat! Cheers for your support!

  13. I like your book cover too. Is this some kind of flash mob forming?