Christine Young

I am a writer and avid reader of romances particularly historical romances. Please join me on my journey through time

Christine Presents ~ Time is Relative for a Knight of Time by Brett Matthew Williams

Please welcome Brett Mathew Williams author of Time is Relative for a Knight of Time

Brett Mathew Williams will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Time is Relative for a Knight of Time

by Brett Matthew Williams

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INTERVIEW: 

  1. What or who inspired you to start writing?

You ever feel a higher calling? I did. From a young age I’ve felt a need, a responsibility to document the fascinating, unique characteristics of the people I’ve met. Oddly it seems that I am constantly surrounded by the most eccentric, iconic, and diverse group of people I could imagine. I see this as divine intervention, the one I needed at a young age as a guiding light to following my passions.

  1. How did you come up with ideas for your books?

The intention of the novel: to educate and entertain through the wonders of historic fact. The topics in this book cover Andrew Jackson’s assault on the native peoples of the region in events that would come to be known as the ‘First Seminole War’. As the first page in the novel states, all dates and events ARE historically accurate, the participants.. Maybe not.

The Time is Relative series connects the historical dots with dramatic license. Fiction? Yes. Ridiculous fiction? No. It’s very possible that this is a true story. The truth, however, depends entirely on how much of your own imagination you’re willing to use.

 


What expertise did you bring to your writing?
Aside from a Bachelor’s degree in History from Texas State University, I am a lifelong fantasy fiction fan and king of the nerds. Ask them, ask then who their king is. Most will say me. Others will claim it is Dr. Who, but he never comes to the meetings. So, by default, I am their king.

  1. What would you want your readers to know about you that might not be in your bio?

I’m a Sagittarius and a Dodgers fan. Also, Pearls Before Swine gives me the giggles. I owe Stephan Pastis many a beer.

  1. As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans?
    The same thing that we do every night, Pinkie… try and take over the world!

Seriously though, The Time is Relative series will run for at least eight, if not ten novels. Upon its conclusion readers will recognize the lifelong transformation that Rolland Alan Wright took to become the legendary figure we know as Father Time.

  1. If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?
    Every character from my novels harbors a small part of my personality, good or bad. In my youth I was Rolland Wright, down to the homeless teenage living out of his car bit. Judah Raines is who I would like to be someday. But, then again, who wouldn’t want to be Judah Raines?
  1. If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your leading roles?

Only three characters. Eddie Izzard for Turtledove, Alexandra Daddario as Sephanie, and James Marsters as Judah Jacob Raines. I feel as if these actors would best portray these characters, as I created the characters with these actor(s) in mind when crafting their idiosyncrasys. Izzard and Marsters especially. I don’t think that these two have ever worked together, but they should.

  1. What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)

James L. Brooks once told me that not only was I my own best friend, I was also my own worst enemy. He was 100% correct. Laziness is the enemy. Self-pity, shame, embarrassment, and doubt – all enemies that live inside my own head that pop out after every bad review, or third round of edits for a chapter I thought was complete. Sometimes I just want to give up! Hell, I’m not George R.R. Martin – no legion of fans will burn my effigy if I don’t write for a week. BUT then I remember those who would be disappointed in my lack of writing; Rolland Wright. Victor Aquasi III. Tina Holmes. Joan & Judah Raines – my friends. My children. They need me to continue with their stories as much as I need them to continue on with my lifelong dream of being an author.

  1. Do you outline your books or just start writing?
    I was trained as a screenwriter in the CHC (Classic Hollywood Cinema) structure. Often I use this as a fallback method for outlining novels. I find it’s best to write at least five hundred words per chapter for an entire novel, then circle back and add one thousand more. Then repeat until shorter chapters are dropped and I have a clear picture of the longer chapters that need more attention. My mind does not work in a linear fashion, but rather by making sense of the story that is already there, deep within my waking brain. I believe that all writers outline their works, even if it is only within their own mind.
  1. Do you have any hobbies and does the knowledge you’ve gained from these carry over into your characters or the plot of your books?

Much like Rolland Wright, I too was a homeless teenager. I too use to live on the mean streets of East Los Angeles. I say that now with a smile, but at the time it was anything but funny. Everything, literally every worry and problem in your life takes second place to one question when you are homeless: Where am I going to sleep tonight?

Just as I hope that readers learn a bit about history from these novels, I too hope that we can help the next generation of homeless teenagers that are where I was ten years ago. Not to sound too holy here, but once we get a larger fan base I hope to raise awareness to this demographic in both a monetary, and volunteering way. There is no excuse for children to go hungry in the 21st century.

  1. Do you have an all time favorite book?

I have two, actually. 11-22-63 by Stephen King and Truman by David McCullough. When mixed together I think you might get a pretty good idea of what it’s like inside my process.

  1. Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book?

Time is Relative for Wavering Loyalties, the sequel to the hit novel Time is Relative for a Knight of Time, will be released in October 2015. The book opens approximately six weeks following the events of KoT and finds Rolland Wright locked up in Eden prison on charges of manipulating the time stream for his own gain. Will he beat the charges and attend the Academy of Light with Tina? Elsewhere Vilthe moves his pieces of the chessboard into position as he seeks weaponry to end the war with Eden once and for all. But never fear, as Joan and Judah are on the mission, traveling back to 1932 Lae Island to intercept the one person who can tip the scales in their favor against Vilthe – Amelia Earhart. Yet not all is joyous, as at least one Knight of Time gives their life in the quest for peace and stability. Who will it be? Whose loyalties waver? And what exactly IS Project Dreamcoat? Find out October 2015!

  1. Who is your favorite actor and actress?

Currently? Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence. All-Time? Heath Ledger. I will always regret that I never had the opportunity to meet Heath Ledger.

  1. What is your favorite reality show?
    Hell’s Kitchen is pretty good for a reality show, I guess. Maybe I just want to hang out with Gordon Ramsey. I went to his restaurant in Las Vegas, thinking it would be all hype but no; his lamb burger and homemade fries were astonishing. Reality television drives me crazy due to the obviously edited together plot that makes sane people look crazy and vice versa. All flash and trash. Still, sometimes the brain wants candy.
  1. Can you tell us a little bit about what it was like to write a series.

It’s very similar to a marriage, actually. The length of time it takes to write, edit, re-edit, promote, and answer questions is akin to decades dealing with the same topics. If you’ve ever been married than you know that the person you begin with is not the person you end with, as everyone changes and turns the ‘pages’ on new ‘chapters’ in their lives.

Plus, all of your friends ask you right off the bat – how’s the book coming along? So, it’s pretty much like having a spouse.

  1. Anything else you might want to add?

Just the words I try to live by;

“Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.” – James Dean
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BLURB:

Meet Rolland Wright – a seventeen year old orphan living out of his car in rural Woodland Hills, California. Aside from grappling with the fact of being abandoned by his drunken father two years previous following his mothers mysterious murder, his life mostly revolves around finding a warm place to sleep at night. When one day he is attacked by men claiming to have killed his father, Rolland discovers a strange ability to slow the flow of time around him, beginning a journey that takes him to places outside of time, space, and eventually to the early 19th century to fight the sinister General Andrew Jackson. With the help of a rag-tag group of historical and mythical figures with various supernatural abilities of their own (Joan of Arc, Jesse James, etc) known as the Knights of Time, Rolland solves the mystery behind his mother’s murder, falls in love, battles the evil Edward Vilthe – reaper of souls, and finds a home of his own in the paradise known as Eden.
The Time is Relative series chronicles the origin story of the mythical figure Father Time, beginning with the award winning first novel, Time is Relative for a Knight of Time. All dates and events are historically accurate. The participants… maybe not.

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EXCERPT:

Fire quickly engulfed the limestone building that locals had come to call the White House, forcing the frantic women out the large front doors and into the wide-open marshland beyond the carefully manicured grounds. The night air hit Dolley’s skin with a damp unevenness that made every hair on the back of her neck stand on end. Looking over to Hannah, she saw her own terrified expression mirrored on the young girl’s face, watching as the girl gazed out into the darkness of the tree line. There, in the light of the blazing White House, stood a man so still the trees themselves surpassed him for movement.

The dark figure walked towards them, seemingly impervious to the chaos that surrounded the nation’s capital, the shadows and light from the inferno behind them dancing across him. As he neared, they saw that he was an older man with bits of silver streaking through the black mass of hair sitting atop his slim and polished frame. He was dressed in a dark crimson sweater vest over a pressed long-sleeved button down shirt, and what looked to be crisp and freshly tailored pantaloons.

“Good evening, Lady Madison,” said the man, pausing for a moment to bow to her before continuing in their direction. His face was expressionless, eyes mimicking the darkness of the night around him. The man was not especially scary looking, especially in his elegant dressings. Still, there was an aura to him that spoke to the survival instincts within the two women, evoking impressions of jackals – sharp teeth, claws, and minds.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Brett Matthew grew up with a passion for both film and history. He began his career fresh out of high school as a Production Assistant/ football player on NBC Universal’s television series Friday Night Lights (of which he can often be seen in the first two seasons as a member of the championship team – Go Panthers!). He quickly moved on to serve as an Original Series intern with the USA Network in Studio City, California. Following work on shows like Monk, Psych, and Burn Notice, Brett returned home to Texas to continue his education, graduating with his degree in History from Texas State University. A proud Master Freemason, Brett thoroughly enjoys fantasy fiction, watching Netflix, running, baseball, Shakespeare, and spending time with his family and critters.

Website: http://www.brettmatthewwilliams.com/

Twitter: @Time1sRelative

Blog: http://www.brettmatthewwilliams.com/blog/

Book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Time-Relative-A-Knight/dp/1470029456/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1430360645&sr=8-1

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

Brett Matthew Williams will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn host.

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f1074

 

 

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13 comments on “Christine Presents ~ Time is Relative for a Knight of Time by Brett Matthew Williams

  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Mai Tran
    July 7, 2015

    Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?

  3. Brett Matthew Williams
    July 7, 2015

    Hello! A quick thank you to Christine Young for hosting today. Strange writing habits,eh? Because the act of compulsively writing every day isn’t crazy enough? Nah, I’m just kidding. Yes, I do have one very strange, very odd quirk pertaining to my writing that many friends & family politely ignore .
    It is said that when Michelangelo wanted the commission to create his masterpiece of ‘David’ that he would stand at the marble for days without moving or saying a word. He would just stare out at it. Then, one day, another sculptor asked him what he was doing. Michelangelo’s response? “Working”
    For myself so much of the writing process happens when I’m not physically performing the act of writing, but out in the world doing something else. Often I’ll fall into a trance for a bit, zoning out as the novel reveals itself to me within my imagination.
    The trick then is to remember every fine detail and translate it to a Word doc before it’s lost forever.
    Great question! Thank you for your support!

  4. achristay
    July 7, 2015

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

  5. Victoria
    July 7, 2015

    Great interview..I love learning stuff about author’s.. I’m also a fan of Hell’s Kitchen :).. thanks for sharing!!

  6. Rita Wray
    July 7, 2015

    I enjoyed the interview.

  7. Glenda S. Hefty
    July 8, 2015

    First off…link to visit on FB did not work and never did find a FB page even though Googled. Maybe it was just me. But I did enjoy the interview. I love history and this really sounds like fun.

  8. Ree Dee
    July 9, 2015

    Thank you for introducing me to the book! I can’t wait to read more!

  9. Trix
    July 11, 2015

    I’ve always felt like writing is like teaching or joining the clergy: you need a calling!

  10. Daniel M
    July 18, 2015

    sounds like a fun one!

  11. lilallykitten
    July 24, 2015

    I really enjoyed reading the excerpt and the interview. This book sounds like such an interesting and intriguing read! I will totally have to add it to my “to-read” list. Also, I totally love Hell’s Kitchen and was sadly disappointed by his latest restaurant at Planet Hollywood in Vegas. However, his Steakhouse in Paris is still a top fav of mine in Vegas.

  12. Amanda Sakovitz
    July 24, 2015

    thanks for the chance!

  13. Thomas Murphy
    July 24, 2015

    sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway.

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