Author: June Kramin
Release Date: August 1, 2010
Publisher: Champagne Books
Genre: Sci-Fi/Paranormal/Fantasy/Time Travel
Genre: Sci-Fi/Paranormal/Fantasy/Time Travel
Blurb: A successful veterinarian, Kaitlyn thought she was content with her life. That is, until she turns thirty and realizes that her current 'boy toy' is simply not the father material she was looking for. As her biological clock ticks loudly in her ear, both her 'toy' and fate strongly disagree.
But something happens and over the next several days, she starts traveling between her birthdays of an altered present and those of her past, leaving her more confused than ever. With the help of a kindly old custodian named Frank, Kaitlyn comes to terms with her feelings for Dustin. And can Dustin Time quiet the ticking she's trying so desperately to ignore?
Welcome to Sizzling Releases, June Kramin I’m so pleased you could join me today. What is your Sizzling Release?
It’s my first published novel, Dustin Time.
What is Dustin Time all about?
My main character doesn’t take turning thirty very well. She tries to break up with her twenty-five-year-old “boy toy” but fate has other plans for her. She travels between an altered present and her past, always running into him at different stages. He wins her over again and again but it doesn’t stop her from time traveling.
That sounds fascinating. How did you come up with the idea?
While I was writing another novel, an idea popped into my head. I wrote down one sentence then retuned to it when I finished the current project. It wrote itself from there. I wish I’d saved it. It was along the lines of “MC goes to an altered future where she has a baby and hops around different times struggling to get back to it…” or something like that. I had no idea what it would turn into.
This is your first published work, which must be very exciting for you. What was it like for you to write your first book and get published?
The day I got the acceptance letter was up there with the best days of my life. For me, the writing is the easy part. Getting published is the struggle. I was about ready to give up when I opened up the e-mail. I ran outside to tell my husband, then spent the night on the phone texting and calling just about everyone. Every stage of this process is exciting and makes it that much more real. I see my name on my cover and it’s still sinking in. This is actually the fifth novel I completed. I have just a handful of people I let read my work and this was the favorite so I dropped the others and hit Dustin Time hard with agents and publishers and it finally paid off!
What are you working on now?
Right now I’m taking a breather. I just finished my ninth novel and am waiting for the muse to hit again. The last one I completed was triggered on a single sentence as well, so I guess I’m waiting for that to be thrown at me again. I learned so much while editing Dustin Time that I am going back and cleaning up all the others. I also have nine kids’ fantasy books that I’d like to get serious about cleaning up and submitting as well. It’ll keep me out of trouble for a while. * wink *
Do you have an evil day job, and if you do, how do you find time to write?
I have to laugh here because my evil day job is where I do 98% of my writing. I work for a printing company alone in a “sister” office. Most of the work is repeat orders so that leaves a lot of free time. My boss said, “It can get boring there; bring a book,” so I write them instead.
What is your typical writing day like?
I have a few friends from my writing forum that I like to play “word wars” with. One of us gives a “1,2,3 go,” and we’re off and running. A good day is about 5,000 words but I have done as much as 9,000 when I was really rolling. I don’t outline or ever seem to know where I’m going with the story. I open up my laptop and my characters usually take over.
What does your family and friends think about you being a published author?
Everyone is so excited for me. I can’t even express how awesome it feels. I have classmates and old friends crawling out of the woodwork on Facebook. They say they can’t wait to buy it just because they know me. I have a lot of writer friends online. The support I have received there is just amazing.
What are you looking forward to for the rest of the year?
I’m really anxious for my book signings. It’s a great excuse to plan trips to two places I still call home. I’ll get to see as many family and friends as possible in Philadelphia where I was born, and Maui where I spent from ages 4-27.
Thank you so much for being here. Is there anything else you’d like the readers to know?
I hope everyone enjoys reading Dustin Time as much as I loved writing it. Dusty was one of those characters that took over my WIP and kind of did his own thing. I double dog dare you not to love him.
And before we go, can we get a juicy excerpt from Dustin Time here?
Here’s a scene from Kaitlyn’s first trip back to her college days. In her “normal” time frame, she and Dusty hadn’t met yet.
Kaitlyn walked into the coffee shop and smiled wide again. It was all so familiar. At least this time she’d know what to expect. She noticed her shoe had become untied so she bent down to tie it. When she stood up, she looked into a familiar face--only it was a few years younger as well.
“Fancy meeting you here,” the man said, then smiled wide, obviously happy to see her.
~ * ~
She woke up on the couch of the coffee shop with Dustin at her side and a washcloth on her forehead. She tried to sit up but he gently pushed her back down.
“Just lay back there, cupcake. Take a few minutes to gather yourself.” He turned to the manger, who was also standing there as if he worried that there would be a lawsuit coming. “You can go. She’s fine.”
Kaitlyn stared at Dustin’s profile as he talked. He was just as gorgeous four years younger. He looked closer to eighteen than he did twenty-one. His beautiful brown eyes glistened with the same gold flecks. He was still muscular, just slightly smaller and a little skinnier. His brown hair was a little longer too. She did always say she preferred short hair on men, but she wanted to run her fingers through it just the same. She watched his Adam’s apple as he talked and longed to give it a kiss.
Never mind, she thought. If this is a dream, let me sleep.