Today’s guest author is Irina Shapiro. She’s talking a bit about her favorite novel to date, The Hands of Time.
and lived the life of a model communist child until my family immigrated to the
United States in 1982. Like most
teenagers, I eagerly embraced the new culture and did my best to shed the old,
restrictive ways, frustrating my parents to no end. Despite my love of history and literature, I
majored in International Business at Bernard M. Baruch College and pursued a
career in Import/Export until I left the work force in 2007. I currently reside in New Jersey with my
family. Since then I have written five
novels and explored some other interests that I didn’t have time for while
movies to see, and exotic places to visit I will never be bored.
Hands of Time is a time travel romance. It’s the story of Valerie Crane who travels to England with her sister in
order to escape her painful divorce and her ex-husband’s upcoming wedding. While shopping for souvenirs, Valerie wanders
into an antique shop and picks up an ormolu clock, which is set to the wrong
time. As Valerie turns the hands of the
clock she is instantly transported to the year 1605 where she becomes entangled
in a passionate love triangle with the Whitfield brothers, who take her in, and
must learn to navigate the volatile political climate of 17th
Valerie’s sister, Luisa, is desperately searching for her missing sibling. Through unexpected clues Luisa finally begins to piece together what happened to her sister and come to terms with losing her forever.
inspired you to write this book?
the idea of time travel. What would any
of us do if suddenly transported to a different time? How would we survive? Would we be able to adapt if faced with the
prospect of spending our life trapped in another century, much more dangerous
than our own? Might we possibly find
some things in the past that were missing from our lives in the present?
difference between the relationships of today and the courtships of the
past. Men and women had such different
expectations of each other, yet their relationships were not as transient as
the “hit and run” encounters of today, or were they?
exciting story are you working on next?
Folly. It’s a romance/murder mystery
set in 19th Century England. The story explores how far people are willing to go for love and
revenge. Although this book does not
have the supernatural element of my other books, it has a few twists and turns
of its own.
did you first consider yourself a writer?
a writer. I feel a little self-conscious
about using that title.
you write full-time? If so, what’s your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and
how do you find time to write?
I can’t manage a single sentence.
five years ago to stay at home with my autistic son, so I write while the
children are at school. Once they come
home, I devote my time to them.
would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
absolutely no idea what’s going to happen or how it’s going to end. The characters start taking on a life of
their own and eventually reveal to me what they want to do. I know that sounds a little strange, but that’s
how I roll.
a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
fragments of the past and piecing them together seemed like a very exciting way
to spend my time. If that didn’t work
out, I was planning to join the circus.
additional you want to share with the readers?
and I never intended for anyone to see my work. It was just for me. I’ve come a
long way since then and it has been an amazing journey, mostly into my own