The professor would like to welcome Jaimie M. Engle, author of Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light, to the Punchy Lands!
Welcome, my dear!
Before we get started, please share with the PLF (Punchy Lands Family) a quick, brief, or short summary of the novel.
When history clashes with fantasy, there’s sure to be trouble.
Twelve year old Clifton Chase finds a strange arrow in his closet. When he launches it, Clifton is magically transported to England…in the year 1485! Now, he’s expected to save two snobby princes and defeat a great king, while figuring out why the arrow, carved from the Tree of Knowledge, chose him. If that isn’t bad enough, the king of the Merpeople and a crestback dragon are trying to kill him to take the Arrow of Light! Dwarves, mythical birds, and giants complete the cast of characters helping Clifton find his way through time before it runs out.
Now for some Punchyish questions:
1. State one Punchyish fact about yourself. (Example: The professor likes cashews with spaghetti.)
A. I once danced at the Aloha Bowl halftime show in Hawaii, where I made two gingerbread floats kiss in a parade.
2. What inspired Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light?
A. The first spark came with a scene of a boy getting ready for archery club in his bedroom. He found a strange arrow, while searching for his sneakers, and took it with him before leaving the room. Then, I saw a pointy nose press through the darkness of a closet, followed by the face of a dwarf. And all he said was, “But the boy had found it first.” This intrigued me to do some research, which led me to the discovery of two princes forgotten by time. I wanted to tell their story under the question: what if they had been rescued?
3. Do you write in the dark?
A. Physically, no. It’s bad for your eyes…I’d think as a Professor you should know this. But figuratively, yes. I ALWAYS write in the dark.
Well, I’m not the normal type of professor, so I cannot be blamed, you know.
4. Who’s your favorite author?
After God, I’d have to say it’s a toss up between Lewis Carroll and J.K. Rowling. They both created worlds that were so spectacular I would give up almost anything to live in them.
5. The professor was extremely interested by Dropwater. Can you explain what it is, and what inspired it?
A. Certainly. I had wanted to add something to the book, in the way Rowling had produced Butterbeer and the Hobbits had their ale. I think this aspect makes the characters and their lives more believable. Dropwater is a tea made from licorice root, or anise. I had discovered Dropwater on the web, and after publishing the book, I went back to look up the recipe and I couldn’t find any mention of it anywhere. Now, I know I’m not clever enough to have created this drink on my own. But apparently, I did.
6. In the novel, Clifton meets mermaids. Now, if this professor ever met a mermaid, his top hat would blow off in fear. Why wasn’t Clifton afraid?
A. Good question. Clifton was mesmerized at first by the beauty and perfection of the mermaids and their Romanesque city. It wasn’t until he met a certain mermaid, who was able to show him what was really beneath those shiny scales and flowing hair, that the fear kicked in.
7. Are any sequels planned for Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light?
A. I do have some ideas for a part two and three. They may or may not involve Excalibur, the Wild Wild West, the Ais Indians, the Bermuda Triangle, or the Spear of Destiny. But as a self-published author, I think I’ll let the first book hang around for a while before I get started on any sequels.
8. How do you go about the writing process? Do you plan, or just sit and write?
A. Most of the time I have a general idea of where the story is heading. For Clifton Chase, it was obviously heading toward a specific historical event, and all I was doing was filling in between the beginning and this moment. For the manuscript I’m currently working on, I know the last page and I know the scene I dreamt, which prompted the story. But besides that, I write blindly and don’t reread very much until the book is completed. I figure, if it surprises me that a plot twist happened or a character did something, than I am certain to keep my reader on their toes.
Many thanks for dropping in today, Jaimie. The professor is honored!!
A. The pleasure was all mine. Thank you for sharing Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light with your audience.
Make sure to drop by Jaimie’s website: www.jaimiengle.com.
MicP Studios put together an excerpt from Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light, and here it is:
NOTE: The VoiceMaster tends to be a bit redundant at times.