I participated in the Book Blitz Tour of this book, you can read that post and Teaser HERE. Unfortunately, I couldn’t review this book as it wasn’t compatible with my devices 😦 It looked so good! Sorry, Brooke!
Scarlet Woods by Brooke Passmore (Scarlet Woods #1) Published December 2012
Past, future, and love all exist in the door through time.
Modern and independent seventeen year old Morgan Westbrook thought she had seen all there was to her home town of Scarlet, Georgia, but one day while walking in the woods behind her house she discovers a mysterious door masked behind the trees. After admiring the door’s timeless beauty she walks through its entrance to venture into more woods, but what she doesn’t know is that the door is a gateway through time that takes her back to the year 1863 during the days of the Civil War in Scarlet.
Without knowing that she had traveled back in time, she stumbles upon Danny Carson, an attractive young man who is appalled to see that Morgan is wearing skimpy modern clothes instead of a nineteenth century dress. Although they find each other completely different than anyone they’ve ever known, they cannot help but feel drawn to one another. After spending time in another century, she discovers that she’s time traveled back to the year 1863 and that the door took her there. For months she and Danny journey back and forth through the door to experience the joys of traveling to both of their centuries. When dilemmas of unwanted marriage, slavery, and war are thrown at them, they must face the perils that time travel has delivered them in both the future and the past.
Author Interview with Brooke Passmore:
1): How often do you write?
I am on my laptop constantly. I try to write every day, but sometimes that doesn’t happen and on those days I’m a little sad that I didn’t get to spend time writing. I usually write late at night or early in the morning when I have time to myself.
2): How long did it take to write Scarlet Woods?
I came up with Scarlet Woods whenever I was in eighth grade but I was still too young to know what all I really wanted in this book and could never get the beginning of the story right. I officially started writing this book when I was in my first year in college. That year I finally got the beginning the way I wanted and it took off from there. I’m now 22 years old, so the whole process took me a year and a half to write and maybe another year to edit.
3): Can we be expecting a sequel any time soon?
The second book is coming along much faster than the first one and I hope to have it out by the end of the year.
4): What type of books do you like to read?
I like young adult books with some romance and adventure. I tend to go for epic romances where the main couple can’t be together for some reason. I don’t know why I’m like that just am. I love The Hunger Games, Wolves of Mercy Falls, Harry Potter, Wither, and Divergent.
5): If Scarlet Woods was made into a film, who would you cast to play the main characters?
If there was a movie of Scarlet Woods I would choose Lyndsey Fonseca for Morgan. (She’s on Nikita. I don’t watch the show but I’ve seen her in other things and think she’s a great actress.) She has the perfect look that I describe for Morgan and has the exact features that I picture Morgan to have. It would be very hard to decide who could play Danny. I picture him as a young Matt Damon type but I can’t really pin down who would play him nowadays. He’s one of those guys in my head who you know is hot but can never paint a clear picture of his face. For Roy, my blond bad guy, I picture Alex Ludwig playing the part. He had a good anger and cockiness in The Hunger Games playing Cato, and I think he would have the right temperament for Roy. And for Bruce, Danny’s father who I always loved writing dialogue for, I would want Ed Helms who plays Andy on The Office and the dentist guy in The Hangover. Ed is hilarious and has the right age and look to him to play a perfect Bruce, although you’d have to picture him with a large, old fashioned, curled mustache.
6): If you could meet any author (dead or alive) who would you like to meet and why?
Jane Austen! She’s a brave woman author from so long ago who was able to have her work still popular to this very day. Also J.K. Rowling for her brilliance in making the Harry Potter series. Oh what a day that would be if I met her.
7): Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Reread your work constantly! I don’t know how many times I reread my book but it was needed. I always thought I had gotten all the errors out but nope there’s always more. Heck there are errors in the finished version of Scarlet Woods that I didn’t catch, but I almost published a version of the book that would have been atrocious since I hadn’t edited it enough. But overall I’m glad how Scarlet Woods turned out.
8): Would you like to say anything to your readers?
Thank you everyone who has taken the time to read my self published work. I know it’s not on a bookshelf at the store and I know it isn’t by a big publisher, but you still read it and hopefully enjoyed it. Thank you! I have loved this world of writing and I plan to dive more into it as I continue to write more books.
Thankyou for agreeing to be interview by me! Hope you publish many more books!
Moving onto the Guest Post:
I came up with Scarlet Woods whenever I was in eighth grade but I was still too young to know what all I really wanted in this book and could never get the beginning of the story right. I officially started writing this book when I was in my first year in college. That year I finally got the beginning the way I wanted and it took off from there. I’m now 22 years old, so the whole process took me a year and a half to write and maybe another year to edit. The second book is coming along much faster and I hope to have it out by the end of the year.
I had read/seen time travel books and movies but usually the main characters in the story time travel maybe one time and that’s it. I wanted to create a world where time travel wasn’t just a one time occurrence. I wanted it to be where the main characters got to go back and forth to really experience everything in both centuries. I also knew that I didn’t want time traveling to be a science fiction thing. I wanted it to be magical more so than anything else. And as for the old, beautiful door that takes Morgan and Danny through time, I am not really sure how I came up with that being their portal through time. I just think a beautiful door that stands alone in the woods is very surreal and haunting. It’s also something timeless that could be from either century but has this magic, fantastical thing about it to where it made the perfect gateway through centuries. In Scarlet Woods I don’t really explain the reasoning of how the door can make them time travel in the book, but I plan to go into more detail about how it works later in the trilogy.
Since I wrote a time traveling book readers have asked me if I have ever wanted to time travel back in time myself. And the answer is a definite yes! I used to daydream about being from another century and thought that I was born in the wrong time period since my heart belonged to the romantic age of the 19th century. But strangely as I grew older I have learned to appreciate the era we live in today. Women weren’t well off back in the nineteenth century. They had to rely on men in order to survive. I wouldn’t want that life. I would rather want a man in my life rather than need one. Also I am thankful for air conditioning and movies! The nineteenth century didn’t have those and I would have been lost without them. If I found a door in the woods and had the opportunity to time travel back to the year Morgan goes to I would totally do it, but I’d want to still live in the 21st century so I can still have the freedom as a woman to do and be who I want, and that’s an author.
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