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.” Continue reading