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Monday, May 29, 2017

An Interview with Elizabeth Crowens, Author of Silent Meridian

An Interview with Elizabeth Crowens

I am pleased to share my recent interview with the talented Elizabeth Crowens, author of Silent Meridian, a 19th century "X" Files meets H.G. Wells's "Time Machine" featuring Arthur Conan Doyle and partner.
1. What’s your inspiration for  the Time Traveler Professor series?
I came across the real "John Patrick Scott's" diary since I collect antiquarian books and antiques. It was difficult to back up his statements with proof, so I exaggerated and fictionalized them into stories.
2. Please share a fun fact or interesting experience in the process of researching for this book.
Making several trips to the UK and Europe to research the Time Traveler Professor series was definitely a highlight. Off the top of my head, I had a laugh-out-loud moment in a quiet library while reading a piece of handwritten correspondence by William Butler Yeats. He was furious that Aleister Crowley showed up to an esoteric meeting in what he described as an orange clown suit. I haven't figured out where to use this information yet, but it certainly was funny.
3. You have real life characters like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in your story. How different is their fictionalized character from their real self?
There was actually more historical accuracy in depicting these characters than most people realize. Arthur Conan Doyle was similar to Fox Mulder in the "X Files" and in a sense he was an original Victorian Ghostbuster. He loved the paranormal and wanted to believe things like talking to the dead during seances was real. He wrote quite a bit about psychical phenomena, although most people only know him for his stories on Sherlock Holmes. H.G. Wells did have those views as I depicted them in the story. The magic? That was extra, and the time travel was metaphoric.
4. You mentioned in the blurb that the characters explore lost worlds. Can you give us some examples of the intriguing places that they've gone to?
That's a spoiler alert. It has to do with time travel.
5. In what way was their friendship tested to the limits? 
Without revealing too much, imagine if you travel back in time your best friend and mentor becomes your enemy.
6. What's up next in the Time Traveler Professor series?
The sequel, A Pocketful of Lodestones. It will take place during the Great War or WWI during 1914-1917 with some really wild time travel for John Patrick Scott and Arthur Conan Doyle outside of that realm.
Thank you for granting me this interview, and much success to your books!
Silent Meridian by Elizabeth Crowens is available now. Check out the purchase links below.

From Award Winning Author
Elizabeth Crowens
When timelines clash
beyond the logic of science,
and the key to the future lies
in clues from the past...
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Elizabeth Crowens
Series: The Time Traveler Professor Book 1
Genre: Speculative Fiction, Gaslight Fantasy, Alternative History
Publisher: MX Publishing
Publication Date: May 15, 2016
A 19th century "X" Files meets H.G. Wells's "Time Machine" featuring Arthur Conan Doyle and partner
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is obsessed with a legendary red book. Its peculiar stories have come to life, and rumors claim that it has rewritten its own endings. Convinced that possessing this book will help him write his ever-popular Sherlock Holmes stories, he takes on an unlikely partner, John Patrick Scott, known to most as a concert musician and paranormal investigator. Although in his humble opinion, Scott considers himself more of an ethereal archeologist and a time traveler professor.
Together they explore lost worlds and excavate realms beyond the knowledge of historians when they go back in time to find it. But everything backfires, and their friendship is tested to the limits. Both discover that karmic ties and unconscionable crimes have followed them like ghosts from the past, wreaking havoc on the present and possibly the future.
SILENT MERIDIAN reveals the alternate histories of Conan Doyle, H.G. Wells, Houdini, Jung and other luminaries in the secret diaries of a new kind of Doctor Watson, John Patrick Scott, in an X Files for the 19th century. Stay tuned for A Pocketful of Lodestones; book two in the Time Traveler Professor series by Elizabeth Crowens.
An impressive debut novel full of surprises and unexpected adventures between a time traveling music professor and a number of well-known Victorians
- Trina King, Amazon Reviewer

Read the First Three Chapters

This is a true roller coaster ride. For people who love Sherlock Holmes, or for people who love time travel, or for people who just enjoy not knowing what's going to come next.
- Susan Breen, Amazon Reviewer


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5 x Copies of Silent Meridian (US - print, International - eBook)
Contest runs from May 18 - 31, 2017.

About Elizabeth Crowens

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Elizabeth Crowens is the pen name author of SILENT MERIDIAN, an alternate history/ 19th century “X Files” alternate history novel published by MX Publishing in London. Recently she won First Prize in Chanticleer Review's Goethe Award for Turn-of-the-Century Historical Fiction, is on the short list of finalists for Chanticleer’s 2016 Cygnus Awards for Speculative Fiction, Paranormal and the Ozma Award for Fantasy Fiction and received an Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train’s fiction short story contest for Emerging Writers. She has also published a variety of non-fiction articles and is currently writing a column called The Poison Apple in the World Fantasy and Alfie Award-winning publication,
Recently, she participated on panels at The World Fantasy Convention, MidAmericon II/Worldcon, Lunacon, Heliosphere, the Writer's Digest Conference, Queens Book Festival, Philcon and was also interviewed for the radio show, Hour of the Wolf. A Pocketful of Lodestones, the sequel to Silent Meridian is awaiting a publication date. Current work-in-progress is Killer Between My Sheets, a psychological/domestic suspense novel/series.
A 15-year veteran of the film industry in Hollywood, she’s also an alumnus of Algonkian workshops and the Gotham Writer’s Workshop and a member of the Horror Writers Association, Historical Writers of America and Mystery Writers of America. An active Sherlockian, she’s lectured on Arthur Conan Doyle, belongs to several Sherlockian scions, and is an independent scholar on Eastern and Western mysticism and Jungian psychology. A blackbelt in martial arts, she’s lived in Japan. Currently, she lives in New York City.
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