26 March 2017

Author Interview & Book Giveaway: P.L. PARKER on RILEY'S JOURNEY TRILOGY

This week, we're pleased to welcome author P.L PARKER with her three-part historical time-travel series, the Riley’s Journey Trilogy: Riley’s Journey, Into the Savage Dawn and Beyond Tomorrow. One lucky winner will receive the novels in the series, format to be determined by the author. Here's the blurb about the series.

The research project was only supposed to be for an "extended period." No one said anything about forever! Sent back 40,000 years to the ends of the last great Ice Age, the time travelers embark on a journey of survival and discovery. The brutal and cannibalistic Cro-Magnons discover the small band and attack. Forced to flee from their high mountain encampment, the tribe heads into the dawn, towards the Pacific Ocean and their dream of ultimately reaching North America. Survival of the fittest - that is the law of primordial earth.

**Q&A with P.L. Parker**

What inspired you to write time travel novels?

I’ve always been a fan of time travel.  One of my favorite old movies was The Time Machine with Rod Taylor and Yvette Mimieux.  My preference is the older version as opposed to the newer one.  I grew up imagining myself stepping through a portal (consciously or accidentally) and ending up somewhere vastly different from the world today!

How did the idea for the Riley’s Journey Trilogy originate?

            Ancient history, not the ancient history of the Romans or Greeks, but the less “civilized” groups—the Tartars of Russian Steppes, the Celts, the Vikings, etc., is a favorite subject of mine and nothing catches my attention more than some small bit of unusual historical data unearthed and brought to life.
           After a particularly engrossing chapter of the Discovery Channel about the discovery of the Oetzi, the frozen mummified body in the Alps,  http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2008/08/22/oetzi-iceman.html, the idea for my time travel trilogy came into being.  I was captivated by the trials and tribulations this ancient man must have endured before his eventual death.  Why was he in that place, frozen for all time? 
The Iceman was shot with an arrow--the head of which remained lodged in his shoulder -- that fatally severed his left subclavian artery. He also suffered a traumatic cerebral lesion, the consequence of a trauma from a blow or a fall onto the rocks.

What would modern man require to survive 40,000 years ago?

            My creative juices flowed.  How would modern man measure up under the same circumstances?  Would he fare better?  Worse?   Without modern conveniences, would he even survive?  My personal opinion was…perhaps.  But it would have to be individuals skilled in living off the land, comfortable with crafting and using ancient weaponry, and the daring to go forth and multiply.  A lone person might survive (Nathan in Riley’s Journey, Geena in Into the Savage Dawn), but without human society, would he or she have the will to continue?  Okay, so perhaps a band of time travelers, each with skills essential to begin life in a prehistoric setting would be a better fit under the circumstances.

Why did you pick the time period you did for the Trilogy? 

            In the beginning, I contemplated the trilogy taking place at about the same time period as the Oetzi mummy.  Ultimately, I went back even farther, to 40,000 years ago during the last great Ice Age when Cro-Magnon and Neanderthals both inhabited the earth. 

What about location, why did you select the location that you did?

I needed to set up the location where the time travelers would ultimately end.  Early man is thought to have migrated from Africa and spread out.  See, for example, The Real Eve, Modern Man’s Journey Out of Africa by Stephen Oppenheimer.  Research into the nearby land masses led me to decide on an area of the Far East, in what would eventually be the southern areas of China.  This area’s climatology 40,000 years ago would support the basic needs of life in primordial Earth.  (Id.)
            Early humans were hunter/gatherers.  What animals existed in that time and place and which were predators and which were prey?  In Riley’s Journey, the antagonists were the aggressive Cro-Magnon and their influx into the primitive Neanderthals’ territory.  In the sequel to Riley’s Journey, Into the Savage Dawn, the antagonists are still the Cro-Magnon but with the added twist of a giant cave bear who stalks Geena and Seth (hero and heroine) after they involuntarily intrude on his territory.  In the third of the trilogy, Beyond Tomorrow, once again the antagonists are the savage Cro-Magnon who kidnap Rachel, much to the half-breed Hawk’s dismay.

What fascinates you about this time period?

            Research into primordial Earth is fascinating.  Cave bears, saber-toothed cats and giant sloths were just a few of the many creatures who have suffered from the effects of evolution along with the giant megaloceros (elk), the wooly mammoths and the wooly rhinoceros.

Are any more books planned in this series?

            Not at the moment, but you can never tell!  I’ve had a lot of requests for the series to continue and I’ve played around with a few ideas for another book.  We shall see.
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