Hey, everyone! Michelle Garren Flye‘s new book (with the gorgeous cover), Out of Time, just released today, and I had a few questions that she was kind enough to answer; take a look!
My fascination with time, which began as a child, inspired this book. I like to think about time as a commodity. You spend it, you waste it, you save it. But how do you do that with something that doesn’t actually exist? I wanted to look at that phenomenon and the Synchronicity series, of which Out of Time is the first book, sort of grew from that.
Are there any characters with parallels to reality (based on real people)?
I try to avoid basing characters on real people, at least ones I know. I’m sure they’re all amalgams of people I know, people I’ve read about, actors and actresses I admire…
What was your favorite part about writing your book?
I liked writing the action scenes. I’ve always loved writing action. You can’t put too much in because if you do, you risk overwhelming the plot. I think of action scenes like hot sauce. Use just enough so it doesn’t burn your taste buds off.
What scared you the most while writing your book?
Well, this is a different genre for me. I haven’t tried writing fantasy since I was about twelve. I’ve never set out to write a full-length fantasy novel. So I guess what scared me most was that I really didn’t have a clue what I was doing!
Why do you think readers will like your book?
I think Out of Time is an escape, first and foremost. Today’s world is very serious, somewhat dangerous and a whole lot aggravating. You read to escape all that, and Out of Time is like a theme park for the brain. It’s meant to be fun. But I think readers will also find the deeper meaning in Out of Time, especially if they continue with the rest of the Synchronicity series: Time is valuable. Don’t waste it.
About the Book
Tucked away in the mountains of North Carolina, the people of the strange little
town of Sanctuary have enjoyed their status as a tourist attraction and Renaissance faire destination for decades. But on her twenty‐sixth birthday, Kaelyn Anderson discovers a dark secret about her hometown.
The only reality she’s ever known has proven false. Now, her last hope lies in an unusual alliance with the son of the enemy she didn’t even know she had. Under the protection of Jack, an Elf prince, Kaelyn plunges into Cherokee lore to find the answer that will protect her people from invaders from another world.
Can Kaelyn and Jack form an alliance between three factions to fight their common enemy, or are they out of time?
About the Author
Michelle Garren Flye is an award‐winning author of romance and women’s fiction. Reviewers have described her work as: “an engaging novel with charming and likable characters”, a story that “will make you believe in love and second chances”, and a “well‐ written and thought‐provoking novel.”
Michelle placed third in the Hyperink Romance Writing Contest for her short story “Life After”. Her short stories have been published by the romance anthology Foreign Affairs, Opium.com, SmokelongQuarterly.com and Flashquake.com. She has served on the editorial staffs of Horror Library, Butcher Shop Quartet and Tattered Souls.
Michelle has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s degree in Library
and Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is the mother of three and lives in North Carolina with her husband and their rapidly growing collection of pets.