Today I am pleased to introduce author Dana Bennett and his Jones Whitman Time Traveler Series.
tell us a little about yourself as writer and a person.
I like to live simply and lately I simply live to write.
I understand you have co-authored books before. How did that work? Why did you go this one alone? Have you written on your own before?
Blakely Bennett, my wife, and I have collaborated on several manuscripts and plan to resurrect another older story sometime this summer, called From Running to Runner. I wish I could tell you precisely how the process works but it’s different for every story. There is a chemistry between us that helps to move the writing forward. I do have the second book of the Jones Whitman Time traveler series laid out and started. Blakely and I enjoy writing together but we also have our individual stories to tell.
What is it like in a writers’ home? What is your writing routine like – our daily routine and the process?
Writing is a lot of fun, and to be honest, sometimes the process can be very stressful but that comes more in the form of editing and promoting. I sometimes have to remind myself that story telling is a journey and not a destination. I write in the mornings, then social media and lunch, more social media, discussing issues with Blakely about technical aspects of publishing and finding our market. I watch politics in the evening as Blakely devours whatever current book she is reading unless she is still hooked to the computer writing, formatting, or promoting us. At night we tend to watch a movie or a show on Netflix.
When we started writing we did so because we thought we had stories to tell. We weren’t thinking about genre at the time. In some ways it has worked better for us because we have different stories from very different POVs but ultimately they are all about romance and relationship.
Tell us about the book?
The story is about Jones Whitman, nephew of Walt Whitman, who adapts the principles of transcendentalism and the science of engineering to create a time machine that he affectionately calls the Atomotron. In 1891, he attempts his first human trial and inadvertently trips the starting lever catapulting him 120 years into the future where he lands in Snohomish, WA. He meets Darcy Champagne and the adventure begins.
Would you say there is a message in your books beyond the story?
That we are living in an ever-evolving paradigm. Stay open to the infinite possibilities.
Do you find it is well received and picked up by the reviewers?
So far the reviews have been all 5 stars, but the way the reviews read are even more important to me. The accolades for the writing are understandably delicious.
What do you like most about your characters?
That the protagonist are easily likable and the antagonists will quickly raise your ire.
Which one is your favourite?
I would have to say Roark in Geared to the Present and Marcus in The Demarcation of Jack.
What do you do for pleasure and work when you are not writing?
I do remodeling part-time for additional income and therapy. It’s good for me to work with my hands. For pleasure, we have a cabin on a lake where we can retreat, hang out, watch movies and discuss possible scenes for our books. Take time for one another.
What are your views on independent publishing?
I am 100% for indie writing and publishing. I am also 100% for hiring a good editor and keeping the quality of indie books as high as possible.
I didn’t see a kindle version of your book. Are you planning to produce one?
I actually have. There seem to be two issues with Amazon that delayed the live Ebook. Corrected one but the two versions have yet to be linked by Amazon. In the meantime Geared to the Present (Kindle)
What are your favourite animal/ colour/ outdoor activity?
My fav animal would have to our cats. My favorite color is the color of the Caribbean sea for the first two hundred yards off the beach. I really enjoy walking in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains.
What (not who!) would you take to a remote island?
A good bottle of wine, bread and cheese and one of Blakely Bennett’s books.
What are you writing at the moment and where would we find out about your next projects?
I am currently involved with Jones and Darcy writing the second book is the Jones Whitman time traveler series to be titled Geared to the Past. Geared to the Present FB page Geared to the Past will share the site for a while and when it grows up to become a manuscript, I will create a fan page on FB.
What else would you like us to know about you and your books?
They are fun. There is conflict wrapped in humor making the protagonists people you would want to hang out with. Right on? Write on!