Which is my favorite character and why?
Ironically, my favorite character in the book wasn’t even in the first version of the manuscript – the one that was signed to Glass House. When the publisher, editor, and I met face to face, though, I was given a list of ‘notes.’ Top on the list: create a prominent female character to round out the story, and give both boys and girls someone to follow in the story.
“So you mean I have to write the entire story all over again?” I asked.
“Yes,” was my curt response. (A helpful hint to all of you aspiring writers out there – when you feel like your story is done, you might have to take a deep breath and realize that you might have to write it all again.
I argued a bit, because I thought this should be a book for boys, but eventually I realized that my editor knew what she was talking about. And I started writing Tatiana. When I was done, I realized that she was a combination of my wife and my two daughters – tough, sure minded, willful, and stronger than I could hope to ever be. I have no doubt that the boys reading the story will fall in love with her, and the girls will cheer for her. She says things that I could only dream of saying, and of course does things that are far beyond my reach. She was an absolute kick to write, and quickly became one of the characters I looked forward to in every scene.
Where will she go in the future? I’m not sure even I know the answer to that – Tatiana has a mind of her own, and a way of dictating her scenes for herself. She doesn’t always listen to what I think, and she almost never does what I think she will. No matter what she does, though, I’m sure it’ll shock and delight all of us, myself and my editor included.
PT McHugh didn’t start out as a storyteller. He was, however, born into a family of that encouraged imagination. He became a fan of history in school and then went to college to become a construction engineer, to build a world of straight lines, angles, and equations.
He was just as surprised as everyone else when he realized that he believed in magic, and might just know the secret of how to jump through time. Since then, he’s been researching the possibility and learning everything he can about history. Just in case the opportunity arises.
PT was born and raised in New Hampshire and currently lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife, two daughters, and a dog named Bob, daring to dream of alternate worlds and cheering for his beloved New England Patriots.
Jason Evans, a shy, introverted high school freshman, thought that his mundane life was all there was – girls, golf, physics, and the occasional bully. Until he found out about the secrets his grandfather had been keeping from him … a set of stones that allowed them to jump through time … a maniacal madman who used the stones to shape history to his liking … and Jason’s role as one of the few people in the world who could stop that man.
Against impossible odds, a fourteen-year-old boy must take up his legacy, learn everything he needs to know within one short day, and travel helter skelter into the Middle Ages, to join Henry VII’s fight against Richard III, end the Dark Ages, and stop the man who now holds his grandfather captive. In this romp through history, Jason and his friends must race against time to accomplish not one, but two missions.
Save his grandfather.
And save the world.
Keeper of the Black Stones Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule –
Friday, February 15
Cover Reveal at The Writer’s Life
Guest Blogging at Epic Robot Danni
Book Review & Interview at Alivia Landers
Monday, February 18
Book Review at Vic’s Media Room
Book Review & Guest Post at Me, MyShelf & I
Book Cover Reveal at Literarily Speaking
Wednesday, February 20
Book Review at Library of Clean Reads
Friday, February 22
Guest Blogging & Book Giveaway at I Am a Reader, Not a Writer
Book Review & Guest Post at Literary Exploration
Sunday, February 24
Interview at Zizag Timeline
Monday, February 25
Book Review at Working for the Android
Book Review, Guest Post & Book Giveaway at The Reading Geek
Tuesday, February 26
Interview at The Sisters’ Tale
Wednesday, February 27
Interview at Millie D’s Words
Thursday, February 28
Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner
Friday, March 1
Book Review at Blog of Erised
Monday, March 4
Book Review at Day By Day In Our World
Book Review at Bound By Words
Tuesday, March 5
Book Review at Inside BJ’s Head
Book Review & Guest Post at Hopeless Bibliophile
Thursday, March 7
Book Review at My Cozie Corner
Monday, March 11
Book Review at Books Books and More Books
Wednesday, March 13
Book Review at Community Bookstop
Thursday, March 12
Book Review & Interview at Word Spelunking
Friday, March 15
Book Review at Blooming with Books
Book Review at All Grown Up