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Today, Diane Capri Reveals one of my favorite story themes: time travel. Although I’m not a science fiction fan, I’ve always been fascinated by time travel tales. It’s such a pleasure to introduce you today to my friend Jennette Marie Powell, author of time travel and paranormal romance novels, including the Saturn Society novels.
Jennette is a lifelong resident of the Dayton, Ohio area. She may be an archeologist of sorts because Jennette likes to dig beneath the surface to find the extraordinary below the mundane.
Diane Capri: We wonder, of course, whether you write time travel tales because you want to change the past?
Jennette Marie Powell: Not so much. *laughs* But I enjoy learning about local history, particularly the early 20th century. Right now, my preferred places to time travel are from my computer or Dayton’s Carillon Historical Park.
Diane Capri:I’m told that by day, you wrangle data and websites between excursions to search for the aliens and spacecraft that legends say are stashed away on the military base where you work. What takes up the rest of your real life time?
Jennette Marie Powell: My husband, daughter, two Rottweilers, and assorted small critters, mostly. But also learning about local history and riding my Harley. And I love classic cars. My brother owns dad’s original 1969 Camaro, and my 2010 Camaro is one of the first 15,000 produced!
Diane Capri: Your Saturn Society series has been called “Not your typical time travel romance.” Maybe it’s because of the secret society of time travelers, which sounds a bit exotic. Tell us a bit about the series.
Jennette Marie Powell: My books feature ordinary people in ordinary places, who do extraordinary things and learn that those ordinary places are anything but. The Saturn Societyincludes unwilling time travelers who do what they must to make things right… and change more than they expected in the process.
Diane Capri: About your characters, are their names significant?
Jennette Marie Powell: My characters usually name themselves, and they pick great names that play on their personality or background. A lot of writers say their characters come easily to them, and don’t stop talking once they start. Unfortunately, mine are just the opposite—they give up their names easily, but I have to pry everything else out of them.
Diane Capri: Does listening to music help you with the prying?
Jennette Marie Powell: Yes! If my husband’s home, the TV is on… and if the TV is on, headphones are a necessity. If no one’s home and it’s deathly quiet, music is still a necessity – I have tinnitus, so I’d rather listen to something besides the ringing in my ears! Usually I listen to headbanger music – classic metal like Megadeth, or something electronic and more modern – my favorite is Front Line Assembly. But sometimes, old progressive rock—Rush, Genesis, Pink Floyd—is just what the doctor ordered. I get a lot of ideas and inspiration from music, which is probably why there’s so much conflict and angst in my books (but always a happy ending!).
Diane Capri: What’s that over there in the corner? When’s the last time you played that thing?
Jennette Marie Powell: Oh boy… too long! When I was a kid, I didn’t want to be a movie star or professional athlete like most kids—I wanted to be a rock star, specifically, a guitar goddess. When I was in high school I bought an awesome guitar for $250—a 1967 Rickenbacker 345 that I only recently found out is somewhat rare and worth a fair bit of money. I played it through college, put it aside for a while afterward while I was busy getting a life—then picked it up again after I got married, when a good friend’s husband taught lessons. But a strange thing happened. Almost overnight, it seemed I got extra fumble-fingered, and could hardly play. A week or so later, I learned I was pregnant. My daughter is 17 now, so… yeah. That’s the last time.
Diane Capri: We don’t call this segment Diane Capri Reveals for nothing. What is this photo here, anyway? Is that you?
Jennette Marie Powell: *laughs* Yep. Me playing at a dorm party for Halloween in 1985. I can’t for the life of me remember the names of the air-drummer girl, or the vampire singer and pianist. I still have the top hat, though, and the guitar—it’s just too cool to sell. Who knows? I might take it up again.
Diane Capri: Maybe you should time travel back to 1985 and find out who those other rockers are, hmmmmmm? *laughs* Or we can all come with you. After all, The Saturn Society is a secret society of time travelers. We might all be members!