Title: THE MINE
Author: John A. Heldt
Genres: Romance-Time Travel, Historical Fiction.
Tell us about your book.
My debut novel, The Mine, has something for everyone: humor, history, adventure, romance, science fiction, and serious themes.
It is the story of Joel Smith, a handsome, charismatic, cavalier college senior who road trips to Yellowstone in May 2000, enters an abandoned mine on a lark, and emerges from that mine in May 1941. With little but his wits to guide his way, he returns to his hometown of Seattle and starts a new life within a tight circle of friends that includes his progressive 21-year-old grandmother and a beautiful, recently-engaged honors student named Grace Vandenberg. Joel possesses encyclopedic knowledge of the past and struggles with how to apply it. He knows Pearl Harbor will affect his friends in tragic, irrevocable ways. But he knows he is an interloper in another time and vows to limit his impact on the fate of others, a goal that becomes problematic when he falls in love with Grace. The Mine is a book that entertains, but it is also one that prompts readers to think and ask the big questions.
If you would become one of the characters of your book, who would it be?
Joel. He has the most fun.
What are one or two words that describe your book?
One sentence: Why we should read your book?
It will leave you with a smile on your face.
Music or Book? Why?
Music. Music is the currency of humanity. It cuts across every line.
Love or Life? Why?
Love. There is no substitute.
Reality or Fantasy? Why?
Reality. Fact is much more compelling than fiction. Well, most of the time ;-)
If I can’t sleep, I would . . . make some very strong coffee.
The craziest thing I did . . . was participate in a drag race in high school. I was a passenger in a car traveling 135 miles per hour. The experience was the inspiration for a scene in my second novel, The Journey.
My greatest dream is . . . retiring to a house on a lake in the next five years.
The place I’d like to go someday is . . . Australia.
One thing people don’t know about me is . . . that I triple majored in college.
I wish I had written . . . Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth.
Where could readers go to know more about you and your books?
They can go to my blog at: http://johnheldt.blogspot.com
Is there anything else you'd like to say?
I published The Journey, the second book in the Northwest Passage time travel series, on November 3. I published The Show, the third book and the sequel to The Mine, on February 16.
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