Today, I’m going to do something different and interview Gil and William, characters from my new novel, Time Tsunami. Time Tsunami was released Friday, January 15th in a very successful book launch. I’m very grateful to all of my family and friends for their efforts in promoting my book! I really appreciate you all!
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Danele: Hello, Gil and William! It’s so nice to have you with us today. Did you enjoy your flight from Washington D.C.?
Gil: (Laughing) We didn’t fly, we used a Wave Trapper portal. You see, I was running late, and Doc decided that—
Gil: (Snorting) Unauthorized? Danele thought the trappers up. She knows all about them! Quit going all professorish on me! There’s nothing wrong with talking about—
William: I’m not worried about her, but other people are reading this interview. You shouldn’t—
Gil: (Rolling her eyes) Stop being so stuffy. You sound just like Dr. Moosly.
Danele: I’m sorry to cut in, but I do have a schedule to keep. You brought up Dr. Moosly. What did he have to say when you told him you were being interviewed?
Gil: (Groaning) What didn’t he say? For Pete’s sake, he practically blew his top. He was still quoting passages from the Fifth Edition of TEMCO’s Code of Conduct when we went through the portal. I thought he was gonna have a stroke. He’s threatening to report us when we get back. Doc will be lucky to have a job if ol’ Moosly has anything to say about it.
Danele: I’m sorry I created trouble for you. Should we cut things short?
William: I don’t see why. I can handle Dr. Moosly.
Danele: In that case, why don’t you two introduce yourselves. Tell my readers who you are and what part you play in the Temporal Counseling Program.
Gil: (Leaning forward in her chair) Shall I go first? I’d like to go first.
William: Could I stop you if I tried?
Gil: (Eyes twinkling) You’d have to try pretty hard, and I still don’t think you could do it.
William: (Chuckling) I don’t think I could either. Go right ahead—ladies first.
William: Shouldn’t you tell them your full name?
Gil: (Huffing and flipping her hair over her shoulder) I don’t see why! Just because my parents saddled me with a silly name doesn’t mean I have to share it! Danele’s readers don’t need to know it! No one does!
William: (Laughing) Gil’s full name is—
Gil: Hush! I mean it, you cheeseball! It’s no one’s business what—
Danele: (Loudly clearing her throat) Gil, can you explain what the TEMCO program does?
Gil: (Shifting in her chair and glaring at William) I can try, but only if the doc will stop interrupting me! I’ve never met a more infuriating man!
Danele: I’ll make him behave. Go on, Gil. Tell everyone who you are and what you do.
Gil: I’m a graduate student earning my master’s degree through NSU’s Temporal Counseling Program. TEMCO exists to train time-traveling cadets. Our job is to intervene in the lives of troubled individuals before they embark on a career of crime.
Danele: So basically, you go back through time and counsel people before they become criminals?
Gil: (Nodding) It’s super-exciting! We go back and straighten people out when they’re young—you know—before they embark on a wicked road. Through our efforts, crime rates are down all across the nation. You see, if you go back and help a bad person become good—that act ripples through time creating tons of good side effects. Victims aren’t victimized, crimes never happen, death-row inmates transform overnight into scientists, pastors, teachers—you name it. Society is better all the way around because of our efforts. I love the TEMCO program! I can’t wait to be put on staff…at least…I hope to be put on staff. (Gulping) I have to pass another test first.
Danele: You’re talking about the field exam, right?
Gil: (Nodding and grimacing) I’m so excited—and a bit freaked out. You see, I’m a senior cadet, and I have to do well on the final field exam in order to earn my Time-Counselor License. If I don’t earn it, I haven’t a chance of being put on TEMCO’s staff.
Danele: Do you think the field exam will be hard?
Gil: Hard? It’s gonna be murder! But it will also be incredibly fulfilling.
Danele: Can you explain what the field exam entails?
Gil: I’m going to be traveling twenty-four years into the past to counsel ten-year-old Danny Winston. Danny is a wonderful kid, but he’s about to make a dreadful mistake—a mistake that will launch his career of crime and lead to his eventual execution on death row. If I can get through to him, I’ll be able to help him change his future. I just hope I can do it! I’m a little nervous.
William: Gil, you’re going to do a great job with Danny!
Gil: (Chewing her lip) I sure hope so!
Danele: Now, William, can you explain your role in all this? What part do you play at TEMCO?
Gil: (Snorting) Classes? They’re more like hours of enforced torture. Your last final nearly fried my brains.
William: (Smiling) Watch it!
Danele: How do you and Gil know each other?
William: I’m her advisor, and she’s my teacher’s assistant. We’ve been working together for a long time. Actually, we’ve known each other for years. We’ve become good friends.
Gil: (Raising an eyebrow) Friends?
William: (Averting his eyes) Friends.
Gil: (Snorting) You know, Doc, you could ask me out. Its not against the rules, and I don’t think a Time Tsunami would occur if we ate a slice of pizza together.
William: This isn’t the time or the place for that discussion.
Danele: (Clearing her throat) I’ve heard that some assignments can be dangerous. Is your counseling assignment going to be dangerous, Gil?
Danele: Even if it means putting yourself in harm’s way?
Gil: Even then. I knew the risks when I signed up for the TEMCO program. I want to make a difference in this world. I’m not a quitter.
Danele: So, when will you be taking your field exam?
Gil: (Laughing) That depends entirely on the person reading this interview. My field exam will begin as soon as they reach the 6th chapter of Time Tsunami. I hope they decide to read the book soon—anticipation is practically killing me! The butterflies in my stomach are going crazy!! I can’t wait to see if I earn my Time-Counselor’s License!
Danele: (Smiling) Both you and William are Christians. Is there anything you’d like to tell my readers about God?
Gil: I’d tell them that God is able to give you the courage you lack. He can make you strong when you feel weak. He can lift you up when you fall down. And He can give you wisdom when you need it.
Danele: What about you, William? What would you like to say about God?
William: (Hesitating) God is faithful. I’m counting on the fact that He answers prayer.
Danele: (Nodding) Those are all good points. Well, I suppose I’d better let you two get back to NSU. I’m so glad you stopped by to talk with us.
Gil: (Laughing) I’m glad you invited us. In fact, I’m awfully glad you created us! I’m having a blast living out my adventures!
William: (Smiling) That goes for me too—although I might have put it in less “gushy” terms.
Gil: (Huffing) I don’t gush! I explain vigorously. There’s a difference!
William: (Laughing) If you say so. Come on, Gil, let’s head back to campus.
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If you would like to ask Gil or William a question, simply leave a comment, and they will get back to you!
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Friends, I had so much fun “interviewing” my characters today. I hope you come to love Gil and William just as much as I have! If you would like to read about their adventures, pick up a copy of Time Tsunami today. I hope you have a wonderful week! And thanks again for all of your prayers and support.