Today we have a very special interview with 15 year old Elizabeth, the heroine of History of the Timelaws. Welcome, Elizabeth. Ready?
Do you have any special routines or rituals?
Yes, I routinely throw all my planned rituals for the day out the door in favor of going on life-threatening, special missions that leave me exhausted and in serious need of a shower.
Is there a piece of advice that you have received that has really stuck with you? If so, what was it?
The best advice I ever received wasn’t given so much through words, but by observation of my older brothers’ actions. I was almost seven when I first learned about my Dark powers and responsibilities. Unfortunately I wasn’t the kind of kid that thinks I’m invincible and that my parents will be around forever. I was the kind of child that thinks everything is a super big serious deal. So having a big super serious responsibility handed to me resulted in nothing but perpetual stress and very little sleep for the first three months. Of course, I didn’t tell my parents but they knew and they were worried.
Then one day, me, Jenny, Mark and Luke were at home with our babysitter, Val, when we heard someone screaming outside. The babysitter and Luke went to look out the window and saw a tornado headed our way. Before I knew what was going on, Luke had picked me up and whisked me away to the bathroom while Val grabbed Jenny and Mark. The five of us huddled in our small yellow bathtub. I kept replaying in my mind those videos on the weather channel of houses getting blown away. I was terrified. Which is why I was completely stunned when I heard the first thing that came out of Marks mouth.
“Luke, the next time we have to huddle in a bathtub waiting to be blown away by a tornado, do you think you could maybe take a bath first?”
Luke stared at him for a moment as though he was processing what he’d just heard, then he grinned and responded, “maybe I’ll give you a bath right now.”
I smiled. I couldn’t believe it. Here we were in the most frightening situation I’d ever been in, and Mark was making jokes and I was smiling. It’s that day that I learned the value of a joke. More importantly, I learned how to prevent stress and serious situations from taking control of me. Without that lesson, I would have never been able to handle the responsibilities of being a Dark.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
Screw with spaceships and their crews. I’m just kidding of course. Using my magic to create inexplicable anomalies that contradict all known science within a spaceships sensor range is heavily frowned upon and would be cause for serious disciplinary action. Which is why I would never lead the crew of a ship to believe that a nebula is a lonely life form seeking their company. Nor would I ever use cheap tricks to make the crew believe they are stuck in a time loop, reliving the same events over and over until they figure out a method of escape. Such actions would be an inexcusable abuse of power. So, since I have never done it, I can only imagine just how funny the resulting antics of the crew might be.
If I came to visit early in the morning would you impress me as being more like a chirpy bird or a grumpy bear?
Me, a chirpy bird? Well I’ve spent time as a bird, and let me tell you, I was never more grumpy. My eyes were on the side of my head so I couldn’t see anything directly in front of me; my arms were turned into wings so I had to use my beak to carry things; and that area right below my tail feathers was in constant use. After that experience, I would support an initiative to outfit all birds with dippers. As I see it, birds have nothing to be chirpy about and, as for me, I wouldn’t ‘chirp’ if my life depended on it.
What one word best describes you?
Stubborn. You’d have better luck negotiating with a mule.
Fifteen-year-old Elizabeth enjoys movies, teasing her older brothers, and pulling pranks with friends. She is also a member of a secret group of magic-wielding time travelers. However, when the rules that govern time travel are broken, chaos ensues and it is up to her to restore the Timelaws. As her enemies, the Wizards, and her allies, the Darks, scramble back and forth throughout time to claim victory in an ancient war, her past changes, as does her memory of it. Can Elizabeth make sense out of mayhem before it is too late? If she doesn’t, her home, her family, and the universe will be destroyed.
I'm a 26 -year-old Mechanical Engineer with a passion for losing myself in a good story (written or filmed). My favorites include “Doctor Who”, “Firefly” and any book in the “Young Wizards Series” by Diane Duane. Recently I've taken my own stab at spinning a time travel narrative. "History of the Timelaws" is my second published book and my first kindle title.