Can Jade restore the Firestone’s powers before the First Men return to judge humanity?
Spending spring break in Peru with her grandmother isn’t sixteen-year-old Jade’s idea of fun. She’d much rather be with her friends at Lake of the Ozarks. Then she meets Felix, a museum director’s son. Jade discovers only she and Felix can telepathically access messages left on engraved stones in the age of dinosaurs.
Following the ancient stones’ guidance, they enter the Labyrinth of Time and–with a shapeshifting dog’s help–seek a red crystal called the Firestone. But time is running out before the First Men return on the night of the second blue moon.
Can you please tell us a little about THE LABYRINTH OF TIME?
When 16-year-old Jade Davis discovers only she and the son of a Peruvian museum director can telepathically access messages left on engraved stones by an ancient race, she embarks on a quest to save humanity from fiery destruction.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Keeping the book grounded in fact to balance the fantasy was a big part of what I struggled with. I wanted the situation Jade and Felix faced—as fantastic as it was—to be believable, so I checked out the facts about total lunar eclipses, double blue moons and comets.
What do you hope readers will take away after reading the book?
Ultimately, the book is about the power of love to save the world. But not the mushy kind of love—real love. I admit it—I’m an optimist.
What was your writing process while writing this book?
I was writing LABYRINTH while marketing my first book—a historical fantasy for adults, ZERO TIME—so it took longer than I would’ve liked. Here’s the process: after our critique group meeting (every other week), I immediately made revisions as needed, and moved on to the next chapters. I like to write first thing in the morning, and I’m usually up before daybreak.
Who or what was the inspiration for the book?
In September 2008, my husband and I toured Peru with a group led by Leslie and Charles Thomas Cayce of the Association for Research and Enlightenment. Promoted on the A.R.E. website as “A Tour Like No Other,” it lived up to its claim. After a prop plane took us on an aerial roller coaster ride over the world-famous Nazca Lines, we stopped at the not-so-famous Library of Stone Books of Ica. The engraved stones I saw at this tiny museum almost two hundred miles south of Lima inspired this story.
Have you had a mentor? If so, can you talk about them a little?
My critique partners—Cole Gibsen and Brad R. Cook—are both amazing authors, and my books wouldn’t have been nearly as good without their help. Their support and encouragement have kept me writing. Cole wrote the Katana samurai YA fantasy trilogy and is now focusing on contemporary YA; Brad’s YA steampunk novel, IRON HORSEMAN, debuts this month!
I have heard it said in order to be a good writer, you have to be a reader as well. Do you find this to be true? And if you are a reader, do you have a favorite genre and/or author?
Reading has always been my favorite hobby. Every summer, I spent my school vacation curled up with stacks of library books. Now I mostly listen to audiobooks (52 “read” so far this year), and like a variety of genres, but mostly fiction. Some of my favorite authors in the past couple of years have been Kim Stanley Robinson, Jim Butcher, Lisa Lutz, and Ransom Stephens. Some indie authors I like include Sandra Saidak, Sandra Ulbrich Almazan, Terri Bruce, Susan Kaye Quinn, Vicki L. Weavil, Cindy Sample, and Peter H. Green. And the list goes on and on…
Is there anything else you would like to share?
I encourage readers to try books by new writers, particularly those who write speculative fiction. Science fiction and fantasy foster broader thinking about possibilities, and that’s something our world certainly needs. As Albert Einstein said “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.”For More Information
T.W. Fendley is an award-winning author of historical fantasy and science fiction for adults and young adults. She began writing fiction full-time in 2007 after working twenty-five years in journalism and corporate communications. In October 2011, L&L Dreamspell LLC published her debut historical fantasy novel for adults, Zero Time.
She fell in love with ancient American cultures while researching story ideas at the 1997 Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop. Since then, she’s trekked to archeological sites in the Yucatan, Peru and American Southwest. When she’s not writing, T.W. explores the boundaries of consciousness through remote viewing and shamanism. She currently lives near St. Louis with her artist husband and his pet fish.
Her latest book is the young adult fantasy, The Labyrinth of Time.
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