Beyond the Fall with Diane Scott Lewis

Welcome Diane Scott Lewis!

What was your inspiration for Beyond the Fall, and time-travel?

Since a child I always thought going back in time would be a great adventure. After reading Outlander, I really wanted to write a story of my own. I love authenticity, so I had to make my character struggle through the realities of a primitive era. How would a person react to being faced with strange clothing, food, customs, and for a woman, a restrictive existence. A man could lock her in an asylum in the 18th c. if she became “troublesome.”

Do you find inspiration in your own life for your writing?

I have traveled all over the world with my navy husband, and explored the history of each place. History inspires me, and putting vibrant characters into difficult situations in the past, and watching them struggle to prevail.

Beyond the Fall can be found on  Amazon .

Beyond the Fall can be found on Amazon.

Now for a little fun! A character interview!

Interviewer: Tamara, I understand you came from San Francisco, in 2018? How is that possible?

Tamara: I’m flummoxed, as they say here in the 18th century. I was researching my ancestors in a cemetery in Cornwall, England, moved a fallen stone, a burning smell, and boom, I woke up in this primitive past. I thought time travel was…a fantasy, not a reality.

Interviewer: How have you adjusted to your predicament?

Tamara: Once I realized, and believe me it took a while, that I was really in 1789, I had no choice but to adjust. The clothing is so restrictive; and these women, they wear no underpants, why? Deodorant wasn’t invented yet, so many people are, pungent, to put it nicely. No running water, no electricity. The worst is that women have few rights. Men run everything. I have to keep my big mouth quiet, and don’t always succeed.

Interviewer: Speaking of men, I understand you’ve grown close to that farmer, Colum Polwhele?

Tamara: Ah, Colum, very handsome. He’s a good man, or, well, he does have his secrets. I better not say much more. He also has a fiancée, so I’m in danger of being hurt. Again! You know my narcissist husband walked out on me, though I discovered I didn’t love him so much anymore. But it was still a shock.

Interviewer: So this slip to the past happened just in time; sorry no pun intended. I hear you have a cousin here in Cornwall, an ancestor named Arthur Trembeth. Has he been of help to you?

Tamara: Quite the opposite. He immediately accused me of trying to take advantage of him, then demanded I prove who I was, which of course I couldn’t. I’d left my purse in my car, then my car vanished. Arthur, and his wife, are not nice people.

Interviewer: Are you trying to return home, to 2018?

Tamara: I did, a few times, but nothing worked. Now, well, Colum is heading for trouble with these grain riots, and I want to help, and I am drawn to him. But we both might end up in jail, or worse.

Any new projects on the horizon?

I have a sequel in the works for Beyond the Fall. This time, in The Tangled Branch, it’s Tamara who drags Colum into the future. How will an 18th century man respond to the modern world of noise and technology? Cars, Smart Phones, and women who can dress as they wish and speak their minds.

Words of advice for fellow writers in the trenches:

If you’re unpublished, keep trying and perfect your craft. Attend workshops, go to conferences, or take an online class. So many writers don’t even know the basic punctuation of dialogue. I learned many things from critique groups. I’m in an online group now I’ve been with for over twelve years.

What was the hardest part of the story to write/research?

How to transport Tamara back in time. I explore more of the nuts and bolts of this (clearly from my imagination, of course) in the sequel.

Speed-dating round:

Coffee or tea or wine? Can I choose all three? Coffee gets me going in the morning, wine relaxes at night.

What does your desk look like? Controlled chaos? Here’s a picture of my desk and my writing partner, Fritzie.

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 Describe a perfect writing day. A good night’s sleep so my mind is clear, and quiet in my house.

In an alternate reality, what would be your dream job (besides author)? Graphic artist.

You have a time travel machine: past of future? Where/when? The eighteenth century, for more in-depth research.

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why? Burgundy, I love the richness of that color. Most of my clothes are burgundy.

What are you known for? Authenticity in my research. I dig deep, books, libraries and the internet, to get my facts correct.

What comes first, character or plot (or other)? Character, era, and then the character usually tells me how to proceed with the story.

Favorite childhood book? Charlotte’s Web. I loved it for the story, but there’s much to learn about inclusion.

You’re on a desert island, besides essentials, what do you bring? Wifi, plenty of books, and my husband of course.

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Connect with Diane on her website.