Book 1: The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis
When 13-year-old Amanda Sault and her annoying classmates are caught in a food fight at school, they’re given a choice: suspension or yard duty. The decision is a no-brainer. Their two-week crash course in landscaping leads to the discovery of a weathered stone arch in the overgrown back yard. The arch isn’t a forgotten lawn ornament but an ancient time portal from the lost continent of Atlantis.
Chosen by an Atlantean Magus to be Timekeepers–legendary time travelers sworn to keep history safe from the evil Belial–Amanda and her classmates are sent on an adventure of a lifetime. Can they find the young Robin Hood and his merry band of teens? If they don’t, then history itself may be turned upside down.
“I was more than satisfied by this energetic and inventive story…The author takes us on a trip from middle school America to medieval England, enlivened along the way by amiable humour and wry asides on clashing cultures. It took me back to my childhood – no bad thing!”
“This is the kind of book you would want to keep and reread whenever you need to laugh and relax. Suitable for readers of all ages, I wish I could give this book more than the five stars it most definitely deserves.”
Book 2: The Legend of the Time Keepers
Lilith was a young girl with dreams and a family before the final destruction of Atlantis shattered those dreams and tore her family apart. Now refugees, Lilith and her father make their home in the Black Land. This strange, new country has no place in Lilith’s heart until a beloved high priestess introduces Lilith to her life purpose—to be a Timekeeper and keep time safe.
Summoned through the seventh arch of Atlantis by the Children of the Law of One, Lilith and her newfound friends are sent into Atlantis’s past, and given a task that will ultimately test their courage and try their faith in each other. Can the Timekeepers stop the dark magus Belial before he changes the seers’ prophecy? If they fail, then their future and the earth’s fate will be altered forever.
CIR: What gave you the idea for this series?
LEDWITH: Both the idea and inspiration came to me through a dream I had around 1998. In this dream, I saw seven arches, and there were seven people (five kids, two adults) with crystals in their hands, walking up to these arches. It definitely had an Indiana Jones feel to it. At that time, I was writing a paranormal romance (before there was a distinct genre) and had no intention of writing a middle-grade/young adult book like The Last Timekeepers. But this idea kept growing in my mind, and wouldn’t leave, like some mystical force pushing you from behind. So, I thought I’d challenge myself and write a novel—a series—that would appeal to my son, who at the time was the target age of my audience. I’ve always loved the time travel genre, so I imagined the arches I saw vividly in my dream as time portals. It was a no-brainer for me.
CIR: What was the writing process like for you, given the inspiration and the switch in genres?
LEDWITH: Cut a vein and write. Kidding. Actually, my writing process is always the same for every book. First, I come up with an idea for a story, then create the characters and build the story around them. My characters must carry the story to completion, give readers closure. In order to do this, I begin writing out character tracking sheets (stats on characters appearances, clothing, likes and dislikes, etc.) which has served me well throughout the writing process. Then the fun begins. Research, research, and more research. When you’re writing time travel, you’ve got to know your facts to create the fiction. I love this part of the process too. Only when I have enough facts, and I feel my characters are fleshed out sufficiently, then I start the novel. Sometimes I’m a pantser (writing by the seat of my pants), sometimes a plotter (outline entire storyline)—it all depends on the tone of the book and where my imagination directs me.
CIR: What makes the book unique?
LEDWITH: Keyword: Atlantis. I wanted to create a book series for upper middle grade/lower young adults that had a different slant to the time travel genre. I love history. I also love myths and legends. There are many time travel series out there, but nothing that has roots leading back to Atlantis—at least what I know about and have read. And since there’s no concrete evidence that Atlantis did exist, then that left the door (or arch) wide open to possibilities.
CIR: What do you hope your readers will get out of the series?
LEDWITH: I guess the truth is that I wanted to be the change I would like to see in this world. Yes, I stole that from Ghandi, but those words have been my mantra, and have guided me to write stories I would have loved to read as an adolescent. My hope is to give my target audience (upper middle-grade and lower young adult) the kinds of stories the world needs now—force readers to ask why they are here on earth at this time, and what is their major purpose. I’m looking for ways to make the world a better place. I also want to make people laugh out-loud while they’re reading my books, and leave them wanting more when they turn to the last page.
CIR: Every series-lover wants to know…Is there more?
LEDWITH: Heck, yeah! I have another book in the series completed tentatively called, The Last Timekeepers and the Dark Secret, but there’s the fun job of reworking it into another character’s point-of-view. I’ve planned for a total of ten books, plus the prequel for the whole series. I have also signed on with literary agency, Walden House (Books & Stuff) in December 2012 to represent another young adult series I’ve created about teens with psychic abilities entitled, Mysterious Tales from Fairy Falls, so I’ll be one busy gal!
Learn more about Sharon Ledwith and her books at sharonledwith.com