I was asked to comment on the question “what strange things have you had to invent” in one of your stories. I immediately thought about the time travels series being promoted between now and mid February when book #4 releases.
When we sat down to write the YA time travel mystery series we wanted to break the mold in two areas. The time travel process was one and the other one, and really the more important of the two, was can we provide a rationale basis for the four teens to use to risk life and limb and travel back in time. We wanted the books to address real issues of today and issues that have existed for generations and to provide a way for toady’s kids to win, to overcome.
We took headlines from today like teen suicide, abuse by people in a position of authority, bullying and so on and communicated those issues from the past to today through Thomas Edison’s Forgotten ‘Invention’: A Phone That Calls the Dead.
GE Reports, that’s right GENERAL ELECTRIC REPORTS!, in 1920 , Americans were still reeling from the horrific casualties of World War I. Meanwhile, spiritualism, ouija boards, and the slew of new technological inventions from men like Thomas Edison were capturing the national zeitgeist. All these converged when Edison told American Magazine that he was working on a device known as a “spirit phone” — in other words, a phone that would let the living communicate with the dead.
So one of the teen characters it turns out had a distant relative who worked directly for Edison and this invention was given to him by Edison. The Telephone to the dead as it was known in the 1920’s through Edison’s magazine articles and newspaper interviews become the two-way conduit in the CUL8R [see you later] time travel mystery series. This allows the teens to learn of issues being experienced by young people in the past and is their link to travel back and to outsmart, outwit, outlast and outperform the evil doers.
There are three books so far in the series with book number 4, RIP, releasing in February and they visit of all places the Stanley Hotel in 1911.
In OMG they travel back to 1966 and this book is on sale this weekend for $0.99.http://www.amazon.com/CUL8R-Time-Travel-Mystery-Romance-ebook/dp/B00AF2Q30E/
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