Hey, y’all! Lila here and today I’m here to bring you a super exciting treat: and interview with Tara Sim, some sneak peaks of her debut novel, Timekeeper, and not one, but two (!) giveaways! This is all for the tour which the lovely Jess, at The Audiobookworm, has set up, so many thanks to her, the author, and the audiobook narrator, Gary Furlong, for their work! So I won’t keep you log, I know y’all probably want to get straight to it, so let’s jump right in!
Interview With The Author, Tara Sim
Hello and welcome to The Bookkeepers’ Secrets, Ms. Sim! My name is Lila and I’m so, so, soooo excited to have you here today! Your novel, Timekeeper, was one of my most anticipated releases of 2016 and I know many of my readers have been looking forward to it as well! So without any further ado, let’s jump right into the questions!
1. First off, can you tell us what Timekeeper is about in your own words?
Timekeeper takes place in an alternate Victorian world where clock towers control time. If anything happens to the towers, time malfunctions as a result. Enter Danny, a clock mechanic prodigy who’s desperate to free his father from a town trapped in time.
2. What were some of the influences and inspirations for Timekeeper and what was it about those things that made them special or interesting to you?
I was lucky enough to study abroad in London while in college. I often went to the Embankment area, which has a pretty nice view of Big Ben. I was always really fascinated by the tower, and it kind of helped with the homesickness. So a few years later, when I got the initial idea for Timekeeper, I knew that clock towers were going to be in the center of it–including Big Ben.
3. I like to think that everyone has a unique and special story of how they got where they are and became who they are. Can you tell us the story of how you became the writer you are?
I think this story breaks down into several segments, so the tl;dr version is this: when I was younger I really loved making up stories, to the point where I forced my dad to write them down while I dictated (since I couldn’t type then). When I hit high school, though, I started to understand that this was something serious, and it was what I wanted to do more than anything. Of course there were stages of learning how to write–English classes, reading as much as I could, using fanfiction as a learning tool–so when I wrote my first full length novel at 15, I was hooked on that format and knew I had to be an author.
4. What keeps you going on days when you’re discouraged or unmotivated as a writer?
I think the most important thing you can do in this situation is return to stories you love. For me, I like to rewatch certain movies or shows or anime, or reread certain books, or replay certain video games. They remind me what story elements I love and what I want to write about.
5. What is the most magical thing about being an author?
The interaction with readers. The fact that people go out of their way to create fanart or quote graphics blows my mind! But mostly, I love hearing about what the story means to them, and if they’ve found something important in it–whether it’s escapism or reassurance or finding a character they can relate to.
6. What songs would you choose as your characters’ theme songs and why?
Danny – Disloyal Order of Water Buffalos by Fall Out Boy, because he’s a bit of an emo kid
Colton – Maybe YOUTH by Troye Sivan, or Rooftops by lostprophets; they seem the right blend of optimistic and vulnerable
7. How would you describe Timekeeper’s aesthetic?
Gears and cogs, gold, Roman numerals, machine oil, pocket watches, the sound of cars, ticking clocks.
8. Is there any one scene that you particularly enjoyed that ended up being cut from the final product and if you can, can you share the gist of it with us?
Actually, all of my favorite scenes ended up in the final version, although I did have to alter some of them here and there as I revised. One scene I went over quite a lot was towards the end, when they’re inside Big Ben. I loved writing it, hated revising it.
9. What do you hope readers take away from Timekeeper?
I hope that they get a good story, first and foremost. I also that hope it might help them feel a little less alone.
And Now, A Sneak Peak At Timekeeper by Tara Sim
Author: Tara Sim
Narrator: Gary Furlong
Length: 8h 50m
Publisher: Forever Young Audiobooks
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release date: Feb. 14, 2017
Synopsis: Two o’clock was missing.
In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.
It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.
And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.
But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.
About The Author, Tara Sim
Tara Sim is the author of Timekeeper (Sky Pony Press) and can typically be found wandering the wilds of the Bay Area, California. When she’s not chasing cats or lurking in bookstores, she writes books about magic, clocks, and explosives. Follow her on Twitter at @EachStarAWorld, and check out her website at tarasim.com.
About The Narrator, Gary Furlong
Gary Furlong grew up in Wexford, Ireland. Throughout his life he has worn many a hat: He has worked as a teacher in Niigata, Japan; a puppeteer in Prague; an improv artist in Memphis, Tennessee; and as a singer and actor all over Ireland. He started narrating audiobooks in late 2015 and hasn’t looked back.
Gary made his acting debut in the musical Godspell as a student. Since then he has pursued acting both on the amateur and professional circuits. Notable roles include Tom Collins in Bare Cheek’s production of Rent in 2010.
Over the course of his five years in Japan, he was an actor, director, and audio producer. It was during this time that he discovered his interest in audiobooks and voice-over.
He now works full-time as an audiobook narrator and voice actor from his home in Ireland.
And Now For The Giveaways!
Check Out The Other Tour Stops
Mar. 19: The Book Keeper’s Secrets (Review, Spotlight, Audio Excerpt & Interview)
Tales of the Ravenous Reader (Spotlight, Audio Excerpt, Guest Post & Giveaway)
Mar. 20: Reading for the Stars and Moon (Spotlight, Audio Excerpt, & Giveaway)
Next Page Please (Review & Giveaway)
Mar. 21: Candid Ceillie (Review & Interview)
Gota Love Books (Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)
Mar. 22: BookstacksAmber (Review)
Mar. 23: Book Crushin (Review, Spotlight, Audio Excerpt, & Giveaway)
Lilly’s Book World (Review)
Mar. 24: The Desert Bibliophile (Review, Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)
Mar. 25: Chapter Break (Review, Spotlight, Audio Excerpt, Interview & Giveaway)
Mar. 26: Dab of Darkness (Review)
Blogger Nicole (Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)
Mar. 27: The Madhouse (Review & Giveaway)
Mar. 28: Rolo Polo Book Blog (Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)
Mar. 29: Mama Reads (Review & Guest Post)
Mar. 30: Novel Ink (Review)
Mar. 31: Glorious Panic (Review & Giveaway)
Apr. 1: The Broke Book Bank (Review)
A New Look On Books (Spotlight, Audio Excerpt, Guest Post & Giveaway)
Apr. 2: Jories Loves A Story (Review & Interview)
Apr. 3: The Hermit Librarian (Review)
Up Til Dawn (Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)
Apr. 4: Here’s to Happy Endings (Review)
My World In Words and Pages (Review & Giveaway)
Apr. 5: Hall Ways (Review & Giveaway)
terriluvsbooks (Review & Interview)
Apr. 6: A Book and A Latte (Review)
Apr. 7: Desert Rose Reviews (Review & Giveaway)
Bound 4 Escape (Review & Giveaway)
Holed Up In A Book (Review & Giveaway)
Apr. 8: Zach’s YA Reviews (Review)
The Autumn Bookshelf (Spotlight, Audio Excerpt & Guest Post)
The Queen Reads (Review)