I wrote The Sun, the Moon, and Maybe the Trains for the fun of it.
Who isn’t intrigued by the idea of time travel? I got my inspiration to become a writer at the age of nine watching The Twilight Zone on a small black and white TV set in Selma, Indiana. I can remember three or four episodes involving time travel, though I’m sure there were more. The one that most sticks in my mind is the one that takes place in the Old West, called A Hundred Yards Over the Rim, where a man leaves his covered wagon to look for help for his ill son. As in my story, Rod Serling’s character stumbles unwittingly into the future. There were a lot of years, however, between my seeing that TV show and writing this story—about forty.
I came up with the idea for The Sun, the Moon, and Maybe the Trains while hiking in Vermont. I was in the woods around Lowell Lake when this thought popped into my head: What if I was living in 1875, walking these same woods, and suddenly, without knowing, stepped into 2009, what environmental differences would I notice? This got me paying close attention to details that would likely puzzle a person from the nineteenth century. A story began to unfold in my mind. I was finishing up my first novel at the time, but this time travel idea had me fascinated. On subsequent hikes I carried a small notepad and pen with me and jotted down any ideas that came to me. Once I’d finished my first story, I immediately started writing this one.
My first novel was a difficult, laborious task, which I had to push myself to complete. I wanted the writing of my second novel to be fun, and it was.
I currently live in Richmond, Indiana, where I spend a large portion of my time writing. I have four novels completed and am well into my fifth. I also write a blog called Nothing but the truth… mostly, which I have a lot of fun with. For recreation, I go hiking, backpacking, camping, and bicycling. To wind down, I listen to music (old records, mostly) and will often enjoy a shot of fine bourbon and a chunk of dark chocolate while doing so.
Thank you so much for having me on Miki's Hope, Michele.
Thank you Rodney!! This book can be purchased in e-book or paperback at Barnes and Noble.com and through the publisher, Red Adept Publishing.
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