Time is Relative for a Knight of Time
by Brett Matthew Williams
Meet Rolland Wright – a seventeen year old orphan living out of his car in rural Woodland Hills, California. Aside from grappling with the fact of being abandoned by his drunken father two years previous following his mothers mysterious murder, his life mostly revolves around finding a warm place to sleep at night. When one day he is attacked by men claiming to have killed his father, Rolland discovers a strange ability to slow the flow of time around him, beginning a journey that takes him to places outside of time, space, and eventually to the early 19th century to fight the sinister General Andrew Jackson. With the help of a rag-tag group of historical and mythical figures with various supernatural abilities of their own (Joan of Arc, Jesse James, etc) known as the Knights of Time, Rolland solves the mystery behind his mother’s murder, falls in love, battles the evil Edward Vilthe – reaper of souls, and finds a home of his own in the paradise known as Eden.
The Time is Relative series chronicles the origin story of the mythical figure Father Time, beginning with the award winning first novel, Time is Relative for a Knight of Time. All dates and events are historically accurate. The participants… maybe not.
“What do you think, then?” came Judah’s voice, as Blaisey zoned back into their conversation.
Blaisey looked at him and saw him staring back at her. To her astonishment, Blaisey realized that Judah was asking for her opinion. Aside from his rather informal introduction, this was the ﬁrst time that Judah had addressed her directly. Her surprise must have been evident to him, as Judah’s lips crept into a thin, lopsided smile around the cigarette.
“I knew a man once,” Blaisey said, in a calm, soothing voice. Her father, Nahoy – leader of the Nabawoo, had told her that white people prefer when natives speak in a calm, slow, relaxing tone. He believed that it goaded the white man into a false sense of superiority that their people could use as an advantage.
Blaisey had seen this as slightly sneaky and underhanded, but those were thoughts from before the days of Jackson’s terror, before the days of people falling out of the sky at daybreak and being kidnapped by American soldiers in the middle of the night.
“This man, he rolled and smoked his tobacco, like you,” Blaisey continued.
“Oh, yeah?” Judah asked, the cigarette in his mouth bobbing between his lips as he spoke. “What brand? I’m a Luckys man myself.” He sniffed and lifted his head proudly, his chin held high.
“This I do not know,” Blaisey said, smiling out of politeness. “And we cannot ask him, for he is dead.”
At this, Judah stopped his search for the lighter and looked at Blaisey head on, giving her his full attention for the ﬁrst time. “From smoking tobacco, right?”
“No,” Blaisey said with vigor. “He was an ass like you, and somebody shot him.”
Very insightful interview with the Author:
Q: How long have you been writing?
A: When I was sixteen years old I attended the UCLA young screenwriters workshop and have been writing ever since. Always armed with a pen, I strike down deadlines with precision accuracy! Writing novels takes a long time, and are what I have been primarily working on for the last four years. Early on I realized that even though I feel a compulsive need to write every day, it would not always be possible. Therefore I adopted the following mindset:
“Failure only comes from a lack of progress.”
It might take me an hour, a day, a month, or even a year longer than I originally anticipated to accomplish something. Yet, as long as no day is wasted, no matter how small the effort, then I should not feel so guilty for not being ‘finished’ with a project.
Q: How long have you been a published author?
A: My first few works were published under a pseudonym due to contractual obligations with my (then) employer, NBC Universal – when they were still owned by General Electric. The books focused mainly on television history (comparing Happy Days to That ’70s Show as essentially the same program set twenty years apart) and pop culture trends from a millennial’s point of view. Time is Relative for a Knight of Time is my debut novel and first work in the fiction genre. This is where I plan to stake my claim and build a portfolio. Fantasy fiction is my favorite genre to read, followed by historical recounts and biographies. Time is Relative will blend these so seamlessly that the reader won’t realize they’ve been educated until it’s too late.
…. of course, there’s always the possibility that years from now an entire generation will grow up thinking that Andrew Jackson practiced mass hypnosis to win the First Seminole War. But that’s future me’s problem to deal with. Screw that guy. Psshhh.
Q: What titles do you have available?
A: Time is Relative for a Knight of Time is available via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and direct from the publisher. The sequel, Time is Relative for Wavering Loyalties, should become available for pre-order in August 2015 via Amazon.com
Q:What made you choose the subject of this book?
A: I truly believe that fact is stranger than fiction.
Always the inquisitive sort, I’ve always wondered why certain improbable events in world history went the way they did. The Time is Relative series blends both historic fact (such as the only recorded tornado in Washington D.C. expelling the flames from the 1812 fire set by the British) with fictional characters that possess extraordinary abilities to create a world in which the line between fantasy and reality is blurred. In this there is peace. In this there is whimsy. Yet there is also an educational component that I hope is not overlooked. The first novel focuses on Rolland Wright (a young Father Time) battling General Andrew Jackson during the First Seminole War – an actual event in American history that is not taught in schools. By highlighting this as a backdrop for an (otherwise) fictional story the reader becomes familiar with dates and events; again, all of which are true.
Q: Do you have any new titles coming soon?
A: My newest novel, Time is Relative for Wavering Loyalties, is due to be released in October. The sequel to Time is Relative for a Knight of Time picks up six weeks following the final chapter, with our characters scattered in various lands and predicaments.
Q: What is your favorite genre and why?
A: Fantasy fiction and historic biographies. Folklore is also pretty fun to get into.
Q: What, to you, is the most exciting part of the writing process?
A: There is a certain anticipation I receive from being close to finishing a novel. Anyone who watches serialized television will know that producers always pick the season finales to introduce elements for the following season as an appetizer, or teaser if you will. I take a special satisfaction in leaving ‘Easter eggs’ and clues for readers throughout my novels as a preview of what’s to come. The most obvious example of this is Joan (of Arc) in the Time is Relative series. While it is not explicitly said that she (Joan) is in fact the maid of Orleans, there are heavy context clues that point to this conclusion.
Q: If you could co-author a book with anyone, who would you choose and why?
A: It’s questions like this that grind my gears. Our 21st century mindset had demoted the act of authorship to another form of ‘art’ akin to synthesized pop music and trashy, plotless sitcoms. It is not: let me be clear about that. Writing is an often times thankless, mind-numbing process that tries ones patience, wreaks one’s nerves, and generally preys upon your guilt for not meeting deadlines or quotas. That being said, I would never dream of spending my time on this Earth doing anything else. Why? Because I HAVE to; something within both my heart and mind tells me (repeatedly) throughout the day that it is my responsibility to write. Take away the fans, take away the contracts, take away the money – writing is my higher calling, and I am it’s tool.
So, when asked who I would chose to co-write a book with I can offer the names of my writing heroes. James A. Michener, David McCullough, Harry Turtledove, Doris Kerns Goodwin, Michael Crichton, and Stephen King would be very high on that list. But should I ever be fortunate enough to meet any of these fine individuals (much less work with them on a project) I would be the apprentice, not the master. Writing is a craft, a skill passed down from our earliest ancestors so that mankind may remember where they have been before we get to wherever it is we are going. I will learn all I can while I am young, then, if fortune and good favor allow me to have careers like any of theirs, I will consider myself to be blessed enough to also lead by example with my writing.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Brett Matthew grew up with a passion for both film and history. He began his career fresh out of high school as a Production Assistant/ football player on NBC Universal’s television series Friday Night Lights (of which he can often be seen in the first two seasons as a member of the championship team – Go Panthers!). He quickly moved on to serve as an Original Series intern with the USA Network in Studio City, California. Following work on shows like Monk, Psych, and Burn Notice, Brett returned home to Texas to continue his education, graduating with his degree in History from Texas State University. A proud Master Freemason, Brett thoroughly enjoys fantasy fiction, watching Netflix, running, baseball, Shakespeare, and spending time with his family and critters.
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