It’s my stop on the blog tour for Paul Ian Cross’s latest novel, The Lights of Time.
He’s joining me today to shine the spotlight on one of his characters.
Thank you for inviting me to your blog! I’d like to introduce you to Eddie Reyes, a key character from The Lights of Time. We first meet Eddie at his home in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, when he’s thirteen years old. Eddie lives with his mom Maria.
When did you create Eddie?
I knew early on in the writing process that I wanted to introduce a third character who would join the two main characters on their journey through space-time. The first character who came to mind was Maria Reyes, Eddies mom, and it wasn’t long before Eddie appeared in my mind. I imagined Maria running a restaurant in New Mexico and her son, a keen photographer, taking photos of animals in the desert.
Did you write the book to accommodate Eddie or Eddie to accommodate the book?
As soon as I’d decided to create a third main character to join Engella’s adventures, I was able to plot Eddie’s story quite quickly. When your writing flows, you know you’re telling the right story!
What do you like most about him?
I like how Eddie shows no fear and is always keen to learn. He enjoys photography and he often snaps images of the local wildlife. He prefers taking images of landscapes and animals rather than people, except one day when he photographs some unusual lights on the mountainside…
What do you like least about him?
Eddie likes to think he’s older than he is, and hates being called ‘kid,’ even though he’s only thirteen. He’s probably a little too sure of himself sometimes which can get him into trouble.
Did your early readers/editorial team like him to start with or did you have to change him in any way?
My early readers and editorial team liked Eddie, but they felt his story was a little broken up. Eddie’s story happens over several years, so my beta readers and editors felt that I needed to revisit Eddie more often than I had originally intended. I’m glad I listened to their advice as I feel the changes I implemented have enhanced the novel greatly! As always – readers and editors know best! 😊
Does he have any similarities with anyone real?
I’d say I’ve based Eddie’s love of photography on my partner Adrian’s hobby. Adrian is a keen landscape photographer, so I’ve based a lot of Eddie’s skills and interests on Adrian’s!
What are your plans for him?
I have so many plans for Eddie! In fact, after reworking Eddie’s story based on beta reader/editor feedback, his story has developed considerably, and I can already see where it will take him next. I now have an exciting plot involving Engella and Eddie for the second book in the series.
Would you be friends in real life?
I’d say so, yes. Eddie becomes a loyal friend to Engella and watches out for her when she needs him most. We all need friends like Eddie!
I think Eddie sounds amazing! Thanks so much for sharing this with us today, Paul! Huge thanks to Rachel over at Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot on the tour!
Now for the book stuff …
Would you sacrifice your future to save your past?
Engella Rhys is alone, adrift and on the run. Pursued by a secret agency, known only as the Hunters, she must stay ahead to stay alive.
As she travels through space-time using dangerously experimental technology, she only has one wish: to be reunited with her lost parents. After a close shave with a Hunter on the streets of New Shanghai, Engella escapes to find herself on a deserted beach. When she meets a kind stranger, who offers her food and shelter, Engella feels safe and protected for the first time in years.
But who is this woman? And why did their paths cross at the most convenient of times?
Engella soon discovers their lives are intertwined in more ways than she could ever imagine.
About the author …
PAUL IAN CROSS is an award-winning children’s author and scientist from London, UK.
Paul works in clinical research (developing new medicines) and he’s also involved in science communication – presenting science to non-scientists. Paul enjoys his science career but he also has a real passion for writing stories! He enjoys introducing children to the wonders of science, especially reluctant readers. By introducing science creatively, he aims to spark their interest, allowing them to gain confidence with their reading. As a previous reluctant reader himself, he understands how hard it can be. But it’s all about making reading fun and interesting!
In his spare time, Paul loves visiting new and exciting places where he’s always looking for his next story. One of his favourite places is Scotland, especially the Isle of Skye. His latest adventures include a trip to Japan as well as two months travelling around the South Pacific – including Los Angeles, French Polynesia, New Zealand, Australia and the Cook Islands.