This week I had the pleasure of interviewing author Janet B. Taylor about all things Janet and the debut of Into the Dim, her exciting time-travel adventure for young adults. And Janet is awesome—sweet, fun to work with, and funny to boot! So without further ado, I give you: Janet!
When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic. She’s also a member of a secret society of time travelers, and is now trapped in the twelfth century during the age of King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Now Hope must conquer her numerous fears and travel back in time to help rescue her mother before she’s lost for good. Along the way, Hope will discover more family secrets, and meet a mysterious boy who could be vital to setting her mother free… or the key to Hope’s undoing.
Fast paced, romantic, and rich with juicy historical details, INTO THE DIM is an OUTLANDER for teens.
These are a few of Janet’s favorite things…
Author: Diana Gabaldon & SOO many phenomenal YA authors, I can’t even begin!
Book: OUTLANDER, of course! (I first read it so, sooooo long ago—and I was NEVER THE SAME)
Song: Rhiannon by Fleetwood Mac (I’m going to write about her some day!! Rhiannon, not Stevie)
Show: Game of Thrones! (Surprised it’s not Outlander-HA! That’s close, but GOT….Ohhh, GOT!)
Movie: The Lion in Winter. It’s a very old movie, but TRUST me—Katherine Hepburn as Eleanor of Aquitaine. Peter O’Toole as Henry II. Anthony Hopkins in his VERY first role as Richard the Lionheart! You will be ENTRANCED!
Fairy Tale: Sleeping Beauty
Super Hero: Umm… THOR! And do I really have to say why… *purrrrs*
Super Villain: Again. Gotta take it to Azgard and go with Loki
Super Power: I happen to have the very unique ability to fall asleep anywhere at any time whatsoever. Elevator. Line at the grocery. You name it!
Motivational Quote or Saying: Kinda corny, but it really applies. “Don’t sweat the small stuff.”
Those are great! And no…you really don’t have to say why. We’re with you 100%.
Fabulous taste in men aside, tell us a little about yourself and what made you become a writer.
- The first thing you should know about me is this: I’m Janet, and I’m an exclamation point addict. Only in emails and posts, though!! (Oddly, there are less than 10 in my entire novel.) But otherwise….Woo boy, I just can’t control myself!!!!! 🙂
- Also, I married my high school sweetheart when I was twenty and I’m proud to say we’re still going strong after *cough cough* years. So yes! High School love can last forever! I have two brilliant boys in college. (We are nerd-proud in my house.) And my degree is in biology, about as far from creative writing as it’s possible to get. Which just goes to prove you can study anything, but they key is this: READ READ READ!!!
- One day, shortly after my kids went off to school, I had one of those shower-epiphanies that strikes us all from time to time. I walked into the living room and told my hubby… “Umm, so…I think I’m gonna write a book.”
He said: “Of course you are. What can I do to help?”
Wow, you really do have fabulous taste in men! Writer hubbies, take note! So Janet, how did you get the idea for Into the Dim?
Well, I love historical fiction. But the more I thought about what I really wanted to write, the more I decided I wanted to show history through modern sensibilities. To show what it would be like if someone from our age had to survive during those kinds of difficulties.
What about title and character names?
Hope was the easiest, because I am from Hope, Arkansas. “The Dim” just came up from some stray brain cell that had been lurking in the background while I was writing the book, when I had to figure out what I wanted to call the mysterious force the characters travel through.
Tell us more about Hope and what makes her unique.
First of all, unlike so many other (AWESOME) YA heroines, Hope is most decidedly NOT a bad-ass. Nope. Not a sword/bow/gun-wielding bone in her whole body. She’s actually a big old sweaty mess when the story opens at her mother’s memorial service. Hope—who by the way possesses an eidetic (photographic) memory—is the only one who believes her mom is still alive. She has good reason. But after eight months, even her dad is moving on.
I don’t know…an eidetic memory sounds pretty dang bad-ass to me! Who was the easiest character to write? The most difficult?
Hope was definitely the easiest, because there is so much of me in her. I, too, am a natural-born klutz and often have to use my (DEFINITELY DULLER) wits to get me out of jams. The hardest was probably Collum, just because I had to dig deep to find that surly/gruff-but-gentle ‘guyness’ that is his nature.
Let’s talk celebrities!
Which actress could you see playing Hope?
If she was just a little bit younger, I would LOVE to see Mila Kunis in the role!!
Her love interest?
I’ve been searching, but have not found the right actor yet for him!
Eva Green!! FOR SURE!!
What’s your favorite Into the Dim quote?
There comes a moment in every person’s life when fate wheels on the head of a pin and changes her destiny forever.
Love that! When you aren’t writing such beautiful sentences, what are you reading?
Right now I’m reading THE SHADOW QUEEN by CJ Redwine & listening to audiobook of MORNING STAR, the final book in Pierce Brown’s RED RISING trilogy. BOTH ARE FANTASTIC!!!
And what are you working on now?
I’m in edits on Book 2 of the “Into The Dim” series!!
Speaking of edits, what do you think is the hardest thing about writing?
Aside from finding enough time, I struggle the most with description. I want to describe every blade of grass and every cloud and I have to cut cut cut!!
The easiest is definitely dialogue. I just hold the conversations in my head and my hands do the rest.
Best piece of advice for aspiring writers?
NEVER, EVER, EVER give up!! Keep writing. Keep working. Keep Growing. Set your mind to the fact that you WILL be published. And it will happen!!!
Best piece of advice for life?
Laugh every day, especially at yourself!
Thank you, Janet! It’s been an honor picking your brain, and we can’t wait to watch Into the Dim’s success! You deserve it!!
Thank you sooo much for having me on QFT!!! You guys are awesome and I’m so honored you thought of me and my little ole time travel book!!
Janet B Taylor lives in such a small town in Arkansas that if you happen to sneeze when you pass by, you’ll totally miss it. (Cause, you know, you can’t sneeze with your eyes open. For real—try it—it’s impossible)
Janet’s a fangirl first and a writer second. She laughs every day with her fantastic husband, two hilarious sons, and Dorda the diabetic dog who won’t win any beauty contests, but has a “nice personality.”
Take a minute to read a sample of INTO THE DIM and find Janet online.