Today I am interviewing Pamela Schloesser Canepa, author of the new dystopian time-travel novel, Detours in Time.
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DJ: Hey Pamela! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Pamela Schloesser Canepa: I live in the southeast United States and have a young adult son, a patient significant other, and a cute little dog that gets me outdoors regularly. I am a teacher of Middle School English, and writing keeps me busy on the weekends and during summer.
DJ: What is Detours in Time about?
Pamela: A struggling artist and an awkward Science professor set off on a journey to the future. What was supposed to be fun soon turns quite intense when they make discoveries about their future selves and end up on other “detours,” as well as disagreeing on actions they should take when their appearance seems to threaten a life.
DJ: What were some of your influences for Detours in Time?
Pamela: Bladerunner, Back to the Future, and Fringe, the TV show. I’m quite a sci-fi fan. Yet, I’m still inspired by my nightly walks with my dog and observing his behavior. There are some interesting animals as well as people in this novel.
DJ: Could you briefly tell us a little about your main characters? Do they have any cool quirks or habits, or any reason why readers with sympathize with them?
Pamela: The main characters are very different from each other, yet there is an attraction. They disagree on many things, but at the heart of it, they trust each other. Pinky is a petite little fireball, independent, stubborn, and unstoppable. Milt is brilliant, awkward, a little aloof, and sweet, just sweet and loyal. He is also disturbed by the fact that Pinky sometimes skips meals. He has an Italian mother and regular meals are always a necessity for him. As he would say, “A body has to eat. It’s just Science.”
DJ: What is the world and setting of Detours in Time like?
Pamela: 2047: They first visit a beautiful South Dakota that is still different from that of today. They also visit North Carolina, which is much more crowded and unfriendly. The government is torn, as certain states have seceded. So they encounter different types of people depending on where they are. Keep in mind, though, that they will visit an alternate 2047 as well. When they return to the present, they are in Alexandria, VA, with its hills and cherry blossom trees.
DJ: DJ: I am a big fan of time-travel stories, and I have noticed that there basically two types of stories: those that focus heavy on science and go in-depth into the mechanics and technology behind it; and those that use it a plot piece/tool that is major to the story or used to enhance the story. Which of these does Detours in Time fall into?
Pamela: I would say mine is of the second type. It relies heavily on character development. We learn a lot about our main characters as the story develops. At the same time, they are learning about each other.
DJ: What was your favorite part about writing Detours in Time?
Pamela: Imagining Milt. He would be so fun to take a journey with. When I spoke of my inspirations, I didn’t mention that the character of Walter Bishop from Fringe is someone I had in mind when I built the character of Milt. He is not uptight at all, yet he tries to adhere to rules of Science and time travel. Milt is not a stuffed shirt, he does not always tuck in his shirt or get regular haircuts. I imagined him to have the brilliant, childlike curiosity like that of the character of Walter from Fringe. He probably is not quite as flawed or conflicted, though. He knows his morals, and he knows what he wants.
DJ: What was your goal when you began writing Detours in Time? Is there a particular message or meaning you are hoping to get across when readers finish it? Or is there perhaps a certain theme to the story?
Pamela: One message is that mankind is not in control. I might add, there are likely a number of themes one could glean from this story. There is also going to be a sequel. I will say that Fate vs. Free will is also a thread that runs through Detours in Time.
DJ: When I read, I love to collect quotes – whether it be because they’re funny, foodie, or have a personal meaning to me. Do you have any favorite quotes from Detours in Time that you can share with us?
Pamela: Here are two: “Do you remember telling me once, Milt, that all possibilities existed within any given moment, but the possibility we get to live is the one we choose?”
He nodded. “Yes, I was explaining the theory of multi-verses.”
She went on, “And that all other possibilities still exist, we just won’t live with them in our reality?”
He nodded again.
“Maybe that’s the case with Brandon, and his parents.”
The second quote: “He was twenty years her senior, but from his childlike curiosity and goofy sense of humor, one wouldn’t know it, and they got along very well. Of course, traveling back in time and meeting his twenty-two-year-old-self did not help matters for Pinky at all.”
DJ: Now that Detours in Time is released, what is next for you?
Pamela: This summer I will focus on spreading the news, getting blog exposure, and selling this book. I may work on some short stories, since I’d like to publish some paranormal stories in an anthology later this year. I also think that during NANOWRIMO I’ll work on editing and fleshing out the sequel to Detours in Time. Perhaps I’ll get it published next year.
DJ: Where can readers find out more about you?
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Pamela-Schloesser-Canepa/e/B01E0KV716
Author Newsletter and Website: http://pamelascanepa.weebly.com
DJ: Before we go, what is that one thing you’d like readers to know about Detours in Time that we haven’t talked about yet?
Pamela: Detours in Time will take you away, and it will make you think. It is humorous and somber at different points. One of my early readers said it was “captivating.” I hope you will agree!
DJ: Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to answer my questions!
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On a whim, feisty Tabitha takes a trip to the future with her trusted friend Milt, an awkward Science professor. Wonders and curiosities abound. However, their amusing journey soon becomes a challenging maze of difficult decisions. When an unplanned detour occurs, the two set events into action that may save one life and yet destroy another. Can these friends of completely different mindsets agree on a course of action?
Amid the backdrop of a future that reveals great wonders and horrors, Detours in Time starts as a fantastic escape and grows to present many moral dilemmas and surprises that can either destroy the strongest friendship or bring two people closer.
Author Pamela Schloesser Canepa is an instructor of Middle School English. She has enjoyed writing for various reasons ever since childhood, when she realized writing and making up stories would provide entertainment for long trips and keep her company. Her tendency toward fantastic stories was reflected in tales of discovering modern day dinosaurs and talking horses that would give her advice. The writing of poetry provided an outlet for private thoughts and emotions for years until she decided to self-publish fiction in 2016. Pamela’s genres include science fiction, paranormal fiction, and poetry of all types. The Made for Me series is Pamela’s first published fiction series. Her first full-length novel, Detours in Time, is being released in the summer of 2016. Currently, Pamela is working on a sequel to her time travel novel and developing more ideas for the character of Norrie from her Made for Me series.