We’re thrilled to have here today Electra Crippen from Chris Karlsen’s new historical/time travel romance, In Time For You. Electra is a 27 year old chef living in Gloucester, England.
It is a pleasure to have her with us today at Beyond the Books!
Thank you so for this interview, Electra. Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?
I felt Chris portrayed me fairly. There were surprises in store for me that neither of us saw coming at the start of the story. I enjoyed the opportunity to explore how a modern woman might adjust to the medieval world if she’s to survive.
Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality? If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?
I wouldn’t do anything differently.
I think the story showcased various aspects of my character. The author allowed me depth, which meant I had moments of ill temper and fear and moments of joy and passion.
What do you believe is your strongest trait?
I’m very logical. I know I have a skillset and I need to keep my wits about me and to make myself useful. I know when survival means adjusting.
Impatience and a sarcastic tongue.
If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)?
Scarlett Johannson. I think she’s lovely. We both are pale and have red hair. Of course, the comparison stops there but I still would like her to play me.
Do you have a love interest in the book?
Yes, Roger Marchand. He’s French. I adored him from the first time I met him. He loves me enough to have risked his life and traveled through time to find me.
At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?
When Edward of Woodstock, (The Black Prince) whisks me away to Wales to travel with his party.
If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?
I wouldn’t want to be Dr. Oliver Gordon. He’s a theoretical physicist, which the medieval people know nothing of. They just think he’s an English traitor who is consorting with the French enemy. He’s thrown into the dungeon and there’s a good chance he’ll be hung as a spy.
How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?
I think it is poignant but true to the storyline. Any other ending would’ve been less emotional as it wouldn’t have been as strong a stand for my sister Emily to take. She is a powerful character in the story as well as me and her love interest is a strong hero. The ending served everybody in the best way possible.
What words of wisdom would you give your author if s/he decided to write another book with you in it?
I’d like to meet with the Black Prince again. He’s such a charmer and I promised him I’d name my restaurant for him. But you must bring Roger along as well. The Prince did enjoy Roger’s jousting abilities.
Thank you for this interview, Electra. I hope we’ll see more of you in the future!
About the Author
Chris Karlsen is a Chicago native. Her family moved to Los Angeles when she was in her late teens where she later studied at UCLA. She graduated with a Business Degree. The daughter of a history professor and a mother who was a voracious reader, she grew up with a love of history and books.
Her parents were also passionate about traveling and passed their passion onto Chris. Once bitten with the travel bug, Chris spent most of her adult life visiting the places she’d read about and that fascinated her. Her travels have taken her Europe, the Near East, and North Africa, in addition to most of the United States. She most frequently visited England and France, where several of her books are set.
After college, Chris spent the next twenty-five years in law enforcement with two agencies. Harboring a strong desire to write since her teens, upon retiring from police work, Chris decided to pursue her writing career. She writes three different series. Her historical romance series is called, Knights in Time. Her romantic thriller series is Dangerous Waters, and he latest book, Silk, is book one in her mystery/suspense series, The Bloodstone series.
She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and five wild and crazy rescue dogs.
My website is: http://chriskarlsen.com/
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ABOUT THE BOOK
While horseback riding in the English countryside, sisters Electra and Emily Crippen find themselves trapped in a tear in time. Thrown back to 1357 England and caught by a local noble, they are in a place that is home but as frightening and unfamiliar as an alien world would be. With no idea how the tear in time came about, the one thing they do know is: they must stay together and stay near to where the event took place in hopes of discovering the way back to their modern life. That certain need to stay together is the first certainty taken from them when one sister is forced to remain in England and one is sent miles away to Wales by royal order.
There is one other hope for help the sisters don’t know exists. It’s Electra’s lover, Roger Marchand. A time traveler himself, he never told her of his past. When he realizes what has happened to the sisters, he enlists the help of a scientist friend to help him open the suspected passageway through time. Any effort to save Electra and Emily will likely cost him his life. This was the time Roger came from, a time when his country, France, was at war with England. If he is discovered on English soil while searching for the sisters, he will either be killed or taken prisoner of war. Any risk is worth saving the life of the woman he loves.