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Unclaimed Legacy Blog Tour ~ Interview and Giveaway

Unclaimed Legacy
By Deborah Heal

Abby and Merri want to embark on another Time-Surfing adventure, but unfortunately the House Beautiful program is no longer working.  When Abby and Merri tell John about the program he acts as if he thinks they are playing an elaborate joke at his expense.  

But when Merri's dad again pulls a no-show John has a friend fix Merri's computer, but the House Beautiful program can't be repaired.     

When Abby and Merri agree to house-sit for a week the House Beautiful program begins working on John's laptop and instead of Merri's house it is the house that they are house-sitting! The program opens on the year 1897 and Abby shows John how the program works forwarding them into the 1940s and the next door neighbors Beulah and Eulah are young women.

As Abby, Merri and John help the twins look for their Edwards family lineage they are stymied when they are unable to find a marriage record for Frances Ann Edwards and Reuben Buchanan or a birth record for their son Albert William Edwards. 

But what they do find shocks them -  Reuben was not only accused of arson and the death of a neighbor he was found guilty.  Abby, Merri and John are determined to prove Reuben innocent.  But their search for the truth is not pretty.  Frances and Reuben's neighbor is a cruel man who uses Scripture as an excuse to beat his wife.  

As Abby and John push forward in their quest for the truth, John discovers something that could reveal even more in the Edwards/Buchanan line that could bring to light an important piece of American history.  

Unclaimed Legacy looks at a few harsh realities in American history. Issues that are never too far from the surface - bigotry and domestic abuse.  But through it all Abby, Merri and John learn more about America's history through the House Beautiful program and they further delve into the history they observe using local resources such as libraries, museums, and genealogy records.

Check-out my review of Time and Again

~ The Interview ~

First off, Deborah, I'd like to thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions about your writing.  Now on to the questions.

1) How did you come up with the idea of Virtual Time Travel? 

I've wanted to time travel ever since I read my first time travel book, Parcifal Rides the Time Wave, when I was eight. When the Peabody and Mr. Sherman cartoon show came out I desperately wanted my own WABAC Machine. I always wanted to go back in time, never forward, which to me would be entirely too scary. My interest in the past stems from living in an old, old house when I grew up. I loved to daydream about what it must have been like in the olden days. I thought it would be kind to allow my characters to do what I had always longed to do.

2) There have been so many different takes on time travel what in particular about this method appealed to you?

As for why I chose virtual time travel, well, I'm not smart enough to figure out all the physics of ordinary time travel. I sure didn't want to mess up the future. (I saw what happened to Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd in Back to the Future.) I figured virtual time travel (I call it time-surfing) would be almost as awesome as the real thing. Abby tells John that it’s like being there only no one sees or hears you. Merri explains that it’s like reading a good book, when you know what the characters think and feel.

3) This book seems to deal with some potentially heavy issues - bigotry, domestic abuse.  Do you like to touch on issues in your writing for a particular reason?  If so what is your reasoning behind this? 

I think young people want to read about important issues. They're way too smart for me to be talking down to them. Maybe that’s why so many adults tell me they like the books. Bigotry and domestic abuse (especially the type founded on misuse of Scripture) are issues I find horrifying. So when I needed bad guys for my stories…well, that’s what my brain came up with.

4) What is the historical accuracy of Time and Again and Unclaimed Legacy, in other words are your main characters real people and how much historical data were you able to unearth about them?

I’m glad you asked. I did a lot of research for both Time and Again and Unclaimed Legacy. Charlotte and her father Jonathan Miles are based on actual people who once lived down the road from where I grew up. Sergeant Ordway and the three young privates were actual members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Miles Station, Shake Rag Corner, and Camp Dubois are all real places. I tried to weave in as many historical tidbits as I could. Sometimes, of course, I had to do a little fictional hocus pocus to get the story to come out right, but I tried to be as accurate as possible.

5) As a writer what is your favorite aspect of writing - research, developing the plot and/or characters, or putting word to paper?

 I’m having a hard time answering this question. I enjoy all three aspects. There are times the sentences, paragraphs and pages seem to flow effortlessly, but other times the composing can be difficult. You didn't mention editing/revising, but unlike some writers, I actually enjoy that part of the process.

6) Can we expect a third book with further time surfing adventures?

Yes! I just finished the research portion of book three of the series, which I enjoyed tremendously. And am now hard at work composing. (I’m on chapter six today.) There’s a lot left to do—including coming up with a title—but it’s coming along. I hope to have it ready for publication by next summer.

Again Deborah, thank-you for sharing some background on both you and your writing

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About the Author:

Deborah Heal is the author of the young adult novel Time and Again. She lives in Waterloo, Illinois, where she enjoys reading, gardening, and learning about southern Illinois history.  

She is married and has three grown children, three grandchildren, and a canine buddy named Scout (a.k.a. Dr. Bob). Currently, she is working on book three in the Time and Again trilogy.

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