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The Psychopath Time Traveler and Jamie

Inspiration can come at the oddest of times and in the most unexpected ways. I've spoken previously about letting characters define a storyline. They know more than me. (grin) Characters name themselves, and sometimes, unexpectedly, they whisper that they want to not only be in a book but that they want to narrate their own book. Doyle Dalton's Diary is the product of that.

I can assure you that every effort is made to ensure all details are accurate when it comes to the science, history, and mythology in Jamie Poole Lore. But the characters are given a lot of liberty, and that makes the storytelling fun! This is the time of year we do fewer book signings and do considerably more world-building in getting the next story ready for you the reader! The dragon door shown here was a story prompt for the upcoming novel to come out in paperback, Sisterhood of the Sword.

This will be the story of Walter Cornwall and the mysterious dragon door that guards his attic. Why use such a beautiful door for an attic? Why indeed? This house was the inspiration for Walter's home. It's a century's old house located in a Halifax neighborhood. Imagine that mysterious door at the very top and hiding unimaginable secrets. Now imagine all the surprises you might see on your way up there. The last we were there, the house looked like a museum inside, with many or the original furnishings.

Categorizing Jamie Poole is not straight-forward. There are clearly elements of historical fiction. I've written about World War I. The next book will be based during World War II. Other books have covered older wars. I've covered the demise of the Knights Templar and early Celt and Norse exploration. There are also elements of mythology. J.R.R. Tolkien has written phenomenal literature based on older writings, including the Poetic and Prose Eddas and a lesser known text called the Kalevela, which is Finnish mythology. Similarly to Tolkien I've woven mythology from different cultures, not simply Celtic or Norse. The Isle of Osiris is a give-away that there is strong Egyptian influence.

Add to all that time travel exists since Jamie Poole has visited the past, and "science fiction" has to be tagged, regardless of how historically accurate one might be.

When Diana Gabaldon began her Outlander series in 1991 her books were listed as romance. While there are elements of romance, her books are certainly broader than that. She has spoken frequently about the challenge she faced in getting her books listed as something otherwise. Essentially, she created her own genre.

In its own way, Jamie Poole is doing that. Here is a brief description and comparison to other books in related genres. In the end, Jamie Poole is its own thing. There is nothing else quite like it.

A psychopath time traveler splices reality into a Multiverse, and Jamie must stop him. But can she before she’s erased?

Herein this series lays a confession, breaking the fourth wall as Jamie challenges readers’ opinions. Jamie has always heard Voices. When she discovers an odd statue and the Voices sing louder, she is compelled to find her estranged dad, an Egyptologist. So begins a Tolkienesque journey-quest through alternate presents and pasts, and stranger places in-between: a Multiverse.

Jamie must stop a psychopath time traveler intent on destroying Time and her specifically. Although she doesn’t grasp his motivation, she knows it’s connected to her dad and the statue. Everything is connected. And everything changed when she resurrected that Druidess. Although an accidental act, she bears full responsibility. Jamie layers mythology atop a modern world like Ginther’s Thunder Road, while lacking the beer and cigarettes, thus broadening her audience. Wizardry melds with a modern world that has forgotten magic like Maas’s Throne of Glass. In this race around the world, in alternate histories as intricate as Clark’s A Master of Djinn, Jamie relies on the help of friends, ancient gods, ancestors, and ghosts. While there are fewer rules than Huff’s Seven Rules of Time Travel there are as many chances to get it wrong. And there is nothing else quite like it.

If you haven't gotten hooked by Jamie Poole yet, get the first in series book, The Isle of Osiris. It is available in many Amazon stores internationally, or contact me if you live in Nova Scotia and would like a signed copy:


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