5 Questions with Sharon Ledwith

Published October 9, 2012 by LS Murphy

Sharon Ledwith is the author of the middle-grade/YA time travel series, THE LAST TIMEKEEPERS, available through Musa Publishing. When not writing, researching, or revising, she enjoys reading, yoga, kayaking, time with family and friends, and single malt scotch. Sharon lives in the wilds of Muskoka in Central Ontario, Canada, with her hubby, a water-logged yellow Labrador and moody calico cat.

Sharon’s Website      Sharon’s Blog      Sharon’s Facebook Page      Twitter

The Last Timekeepers Series Facebook Page     Goodreads

Now on to the FIVE QUESTIONS

1. What was the spark of inspiration for The Last Timekeepers

Both the idea and inspiration came to me through a dream I had around 1998. In this dream, I saw seven arches, and there were seven people (five kids, two adults) with crystals in their hands, walking up to these arches. It definitely had an “Indiana Jones” feel to it. At that time, I was writing a paranormal romance (before there was a distinct genre) and had no intention of writing a middle-grade/young adult book like The Last Timekeepers. But this idea kept growing in my mind, and wouldn’t leave, like some mystical force pushing you from behind. So, I thought I’d challenge myself and write a novel—a series—that would appeal to my son, who at the time was the target age of my audience. I’ve always loved the time travel genre, so I imagined the arches I saw vividly in my dream as time portals. It was a no-brainer for me.

2. Which character most resembles you in your story?

Well, truth be told, it would have to be Treena Mui, hands down. She’s great with the comebacks, and she’s a natural when it comes to one-liners and puns. That was me as a teen. I guess I relate to her warped sense of humor.

3. What advice do you have for aspiring authors?

Never stop investing in yourself. Invest in the best. That’s in yourself, and in your readers. Your readers deserve the best of what you have to offer them. Surround yourself with the best possible team. Never stop learning. As you grow, so will your readers, so be prepared for this. Oh yeah, and never give up. That’s a given and should be part of any aspiring author’s credo.

4. What are you working on now?

The prequel to The Last Timekeepers series entitled, The Legend of the Timekeepers. I also have a completed manuscript of the second book in the series entitled, The Last Timekeepers and the Dark Secret, but there’s the fun job of revising it into Jordan Jensen’s point of view. I’ve written a master plan for the series with possible titles and premises, and I’m in the process of putting all this information together in a series guidebook, so I’ll be one busy gal!

5. Finally, Star Wars or Star Trek?

Grrr, you had to ask that! Drat you! If I had to pick, then it would have to be Star Wars. Love the idea of a mystical Force that moves through us and connects us all. Plus Han Solo was pretty hot and light sabers rule!

About The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis:

When 13-year-old Amanda Sault and her annoying classmates are caught in a food fight at school, they’re given a choice: suspension or yard duty. The decision is a no-brainer. Their two-week crash course in landscaping leads to the discovery of a weathered stone arch in the overgrown back yard. The arch isn’t a forgotten lawn ornament but an ancient time portal from the lost continent of Atlantis.

Chosen by an Atlantean Magus to be Timekeepers–legendary time travelers sworn to keep history safe from the evil Belial–Amanda and her classmates are sent on an adventure of a lifetime. Can they find the young Robin Hood and his merry band of teens? If they don’t, then history itself may be turned upside down.

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13 comments on “5 Questions with Sharon Ledwith

  • Thank you so much for the opportunity to be interviewed on your virtual home, Ms. Murphy! Love your questions – still in a pickle about the Star Wars versus Star Trek, though! Cheers and many thanks!

  • Sharon, really interesting that the idea for your story came from a dream. My dreams usually involve bakeries. Maybe I should write a story about donuts?

    Star Wars is a good choice. I don’t think you can go wrong with either. I did really love the J.J. Abrams Star Trek movie though. Of all the Star Treks, that one is my favorite!

    • I agree – Christopher Pine is one hot Kirk! But I think they’d pushed it with Spock and Uhurra. I’m sure I spelled the communications officer’s name wrong. Someone phasar me.

  • I am a Trekkie through and through. All of the Star Trek series, all of the movies. I’ve been going back through all of them via Netflix.

    I didn’t think the Star Wars episodes 4, 5, and 6 were too bad, but then they went back and did episodes 1, 2, and 3 and they FORCEd me to run and heave! Personally, I think Spaceballs was better that the real Star Wars movies …

  • Thanks, Sloane! It’s gone through a few edits now! Alan, I think choosing which is your fav space series is how some wars are started! Cheers for surfing by!

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