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Travel Tales: A Guest Post from Author Pam Mingle

Last month, I shared my review of Kissing Shakespeare by Pam Mingle, which *yay* hits bookshelves today! The time travel tale focuses on Miranda, an aspiring actress, who is roped into going back in time to help save Shakespeare from making a decision that could change the world as we know it.

Author Pam Mingle was kind enough to provide a great guest post on writing historical fiction for young adults and also give us one copy of her new shiny book to giveaway! Coincidentally, Kissing Shakespeare fits in perfect with this month’s travel-themed event we are hosting with Alexa and Elena! We hope you enjoy what Pam has to say and enter the giveaway at the bottom.

Thank you Pam!

Kissing Shakespeare, as Stephen says about Miranda, has one foot in the present and one in the past. Indulge me and try to imagine a book with feet!

When I started writing this story, I intended it to be a straight historical. I love historical fiction, and doesn’t everybody? Unfortunately, it’s a hard sell for teens. Middle grade kids and adults love it…but teens, not so much. So I was back to square one, with no clue what to do. Me, clueless. Imagine that.

Initially, I planned to have two protagonists. Miranda, from the present, and Jennet, from the sixteenth century. The problem was, they’d be telling two completely different stories, and I wasn’t sure how they would intersect. That’s when the idea of blending the present and past jumped into my head. I decided to stick with Miranda as my main character, and use Jennet as a secondary, though still important, character.

Now I had to establish the link between past and present—Shakespeare—and the vehicle for getting my main character to the sixteenth century—time travel. Miranda has a strong connection to Shakespeare because of her acting background. And Stephen, her guide to the past, knows the workings of time travel.

Once the groundwork was laid, story took over. Miranda, the fish out of water, attempting to fit into the sixteenth century without anyone noticing she’s, well, different. Scrambling to prevent Shakespeare from making a huge mistake. Witnessing horrifying religious and political unrest. Receiving mysterious notes. Falling in love. Trying to keep it together despite fear and confusion and anxiety. I hope readers will identify with Miranda because her emotions are universal, and we all share them. All of us, in our own way, are attempting to make sense of the world, just like Miranda, Stephen, and a young Will Shakespeare.

Speaking of story, Estelle asked me to mention some of the great books I’ve been reading. I recently finished Why We Broke Up, by Daniel Handler. It’s different, but I liked it. An ingenious way to tell the tale of a break-up, through the memorabilia Min saved and is now dumping on Ed’s doorstep. I just started Warped, by Maurissa Guibord, and I can guarantee you, if you’re into Kissing Shakespeare, you will love this book. Fantasy readers, no news here, I loved Laini Taylor’s wickedly creative Daughter of Smoke and Bone (along with the rest of the world). Kristin Cashore’s Bitterblue is on my nightstand, along with The Fault In Our Stars, by John Green.

I freely admit to being a Game of Thrones addict, and I’m currently reading the third book, A Storm of Swords (it’s taking me forever because it’s so long). And I just finished Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn, a complex psychological mystery. I love mysteries and always have, ever since Nancy Drew!

Thanks to the gals at Rather Be Reading for inviting me to write a guest post. I hope all of you will love reading Kissing Shakespeare!

Where you can find Pam: website | twitter
Where you can find Kissing Shakespeare: goodreads | amazon

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December 28, 2012 - 1:11 am

Mya - This book sounds great!

August 30, 2012 - 9:00 am

Travel Tales: Welcome to the 60s Oh Oh - […] that we see a lot in books and movies. And one that I am absolutely fascinated with. After reading Kissing Shakespeare, I thought more about about time travel in books and how it helps us to learn about these certain […]

August 26, 2012 - 12:04 am

Magan: Shelve It -- August 26, 2012 - […] your reading adventures alexa: alaska with kristilynn (guest post) giveaway: kissing shakespeare by pam tingle (time travel) alexa: getting to your destination (through reading) novel sounds: let’s go visit harry potter […]

August 20, 2012 - 9:09 pm

Caitlin - I would have to say Salvador Dali, just because I can imagine the crazy things we could talk about.

August 20, 2012 - 8:49 pm

Sara (of the Page Sage) - I’d be torn between F. Scott Fitzgerald and Jane Austen. They’re both brilliant writers and to get to speak to them for even a moment would be amazing!

August 19, 2012 - 2:12 am

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - Love this post! If I could go back in time, I’d meet Michelangelo! I was in Florence, Italy in May and got to see the original David. And I saw the Sistine Chapel ceiling in Rome in April! That man was a total genius. I’d LOVE to take art lessons from him and discuss his methods. Heck, sitting and watching him for hours would be enough for me!

August 18, 2012 - 12:26 pm

kala - I would have to pick my favorite painter, Lee Krasner, her work is so amazing!

August 17, 2012 - 10:19 pm

Nisha - This book sounds great! Can’t wait to read it! If I could meet anyone I would have to say Amelia Earhart – I’ve always had this interest in her and her story.

August 17, 2012 - 10:56 am

Elizabeth - Would love to read this!
I would have to say I would love to go back in time to meet Eleanor Roosevelt. If for nothing else, then good quotes. 😉

August 17, 2012 - 10:26 am

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - Great guest post! This made me even more excited to read Kissing Shakespeare. Which is saying something because I love the cover, Shakespeare, and romance. So, really, this book has been calling to me for a while now. 🙂

As for the question, I don’t know! It’s difficult because there are so many choices. I think I would like to meet Cleopatra, simply because I’ve been fascinated by her since I was a little girl and read her Royal Diary upwards of 10 times.

August 17, 2012 - 1:39 am

Kristen - Oh, this book sounds SO fun! I haven’t heard of this one yet. Great guest post! 🙂

I would want to meet/be best friends with Jane Austen if I were to go back in time.

August 16, 2012 - 9:02 am

Travel Tales: Where We Come From - […] sounds: soundtracking your reading adventures alexa: alaska with kristilynn (guest post) giveaway: kissing shakespeare by pam tingle (time travel) alexa: getting to your destination (through reading) novel sounds: let’s go visit harry potter […]

August 16, 2012 - 2:29 am

Emilia S. - I would actually love to meet Nicholas Flamel. I am really curious to what information and stories he has to offer. I think I would want to get to know him more.

Thanks for the giveaway :)!

August 15, 2012 - 11:54 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Thank you Pam for this awesome guest post! It’s definitely a pleasure hearing a little bit more about Kissing Shakespeare – I honestly can’t wait to read it.

August 15, 2012 - 9:18 pm

K. Bo Baron - Great post! If I could go back in time I would want to meet Jane Austen! She is one of my faves! I really want to read Kissing Shakespeare!

August 15, 2012 - 11:11 am

Kim - I would want to meet William Shakespeare and ask him how he came up with all his plays.

August 15, 2012 - 5:19 am

VeganYANerds - I really love reading about how authors come up with their stories and it was interesting reading about Pam changed her story – it really sounds lovely, I remember your review 🙂

August 14, 2012 - 9:21 pm

Cari Bella - I have several people I’d love to go back and meet – Joan of Arc, Emily Dickinson, Tennyson, and so many authors. It would be so cool to get to talk to them and hear their stories.

August 14, 2012 - 5:42 pm

Caroline - Interestingly, I find I’d rather speak with well-known people today than with people from other times. I’d probably travel back to around 2004 or so, and meet up with Taylor Swift before she got famous.

August 14, 2012 - 10:03 am

Tara - Round 2… 🙂 I would go back in time and meet Cleopatra. I’m fascinated with Egyptian culture and just to be in that time period alone would be amazing.

August 14, 2012 - 9:59 am

Tara - Great guest post! I loved learning how Pam decided on her protagonists and the time travel element. I’m putting Kissing Shakespeare on my TBR list as we speak 🙂

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