Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Guest Blog - Sharon Ledwith

Please welcome Sharon Ledwith to the blog! She writes middle grade fantasy and I've read her first book, Last Timekeepers and believe it should be a big hit with the kids, if not some adults too! 

She has a giveaway drawing for those who leave comments or questions so please join in and enjoy Sharon's fun discussion about Atlantis!


Atlantis: Lost and Found…
No lost continent has a more powerful hold on our imagination than Atlantis. In fact, each generation has felt the need to search for the truth of its roots. Presumably, Atlantis was a flourishing island empire located in the present-day Azores. Or do the remains of this mystical place lurk deep under Antarctica’s ice cap? There’s also the possibility that remnants of this advanced civilization are buried under the marshes of Spain. Whatever the truth is, theories abound, and stories about Atlantis still flourish to this day. So much has been written about this legendary country that it was hard to lock down the information I needed to create my middle-grade/young adult time travel series. It was a challenge for sure, but I managed to find a handful of resources that allowed me to craft a master plan for the book series.

First Resource: Plato
The oldest and fullest surviving account of the great island’s rise and fall was provided by the Greek philosopher Plato, who lived from about 428 to 348 BCE. In his seventies, Plato composed two dialogues (the way he wrote out his philosophy) called Timaeus and Critias based on information passed down by word of mouth through his relatives, and a Greek statesman named Solon, about the lost continent. It was gleaning through Plato’s numerous descriptions about Atlantis that I knew I had collected enough information to form a blueprint of what this mysterious place would look like for me and my readers.

Second Resource: Shirley Andrews, Author and World Traveler
In her book, Atlantis: Insights from a Lost Civilization, Shirley Andrews uncovers a compelling new look at a legendary country she believes was once situated on the Atlantic Ridge. She traveled extensively to conduct her own comprehensive research to bring her idea of what Atlantis might have appeared like which included what the inhabitants wore and consumed, what they did for a living, their temples and homes, psychic abilities, and belief systems. This research richly added to what Plato had described.

Third Resource: Edgar Cayce, the Sleeping Prophet
Imagine the ability to channel past lives. This was one of Edgar Cayce’s gifts, and many of the past life readings he did were connected to Atlantis. Cayce even goes so far to name names, and yes, I used many of the names mentioned. He also shed an absolutely unique light on the inhabitants—frequently the movers and shakers of society—all who shared a great and terrible destiny. What a treasure trove of information I discovered through Cayce’s readings, which added to the authenticity of my series.
Through Plato’s story of Atlantis, Shirley Andrew’s research, and Edgar Cayce’s psychic insights I gained an incredible amount of data on the people, their appearances and lifestyles, what was important to them, the architecture, their influences, the way they used and manipulated energy, and even about the final destruction. Too much information filled my head until I sorted out what I could use to form the basis of my first story, The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis and the prequel of the series, Legend of the Timekeepers.
I’ve always had an insatiable interest in this mysterious country. In fact I, like Plato, Andrews, and Cayce believe that Atlantis did exist. How about you? Do you believe Atlantis was once a part of this world? Comment and don’t forget to leave your email address for a chance to win an ecopy of Legend of the Timekeepers!

Sharon Ledwith is the author of the middle-grade/YA time travel series, THE LAST TIMEKEEPERS, available through Musa Publishing, and is represented by Walden House (Books & Stuff) for her teen psychic series, MYSTERIOUS TALES FROM FAIRY FALLS. When not writing, researching, or revising, she enjoys reading, yoga, anything arcane, and an occasional dram of scotch. Sharon lives a serene, yet busy life in a tourist region of Ontario, Canada, with her hubby, one spoiled yellow Labrador and a moody calico cat.

 Tagline & blurb for The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis:
Children are the keys to our future. And now, children are the only hope for our past.
When 13-year-old Amanda Sault and her annoying classmates are caught in a food fight at school, they're given a choice: suspension or yard duty. The decision is a no-brainer. Their two-week crash course in landscaping leads to the discovery of a weathered stone arch in the overgrown back yard. The arch isn't a forgotten lawn ornament but an ancient time portal from the lost continent of Atlantis.
Chosen by an Atlantean Magus to be Timekeepers--legendary time travelers sworn to keep history safe from the evil Belial--Amanda and her classmates are sent on an adventure of a lifetime. Can they find the young Robin Hood and his merry band of teens? If they don't, then history itself may be turned upside down.

Tagline & blurb for Legend of the Timekeepers:
There is no moving forward without first going back.
Lilith was a young girl with dreams and a family before the final destruction of Atlantis shattered those dreams and tore her family apart. Now refugees, Lilith and her father make their home in the Black Land. This strange, new country has no place in Lilith’s heart until a beloved high priestess introduces Lilith to her life purpose—to be a Timekeeper and keep time safe.
Summoned through the seventh arch of Atlantis by the Children of the Law of One, Lilith and her newfound friends are sent into Atlantis’s past, and given a task that will ultimately test their courage and try their faith in each other. Can the Timekeepers stop the dark magus Belial before he changes the seers’ prophecy? If they fail, then their future and the earth’s fate will be altered forever.


The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis Buy Links:
Legend of the Timekeepers Buy Links:MUSA PUBLISHING
Learn more about Sharon Ledwith on her WEBSITE and BLOG. Stay connected on FACEBOOK, TWITTER, and GOODREADS . Check out THE LAST TIMEKEEPERS TIME TRAVEL SERIES Facebook page.

BONUS: Download the free PDF short story The Terrible, Mighty Crystal HERE.

18 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for hosting me on your blog today, Lisa! You are such a kind and supportive person, and wonderful friend and author! It was great to talk about my research material and to give readers an insight to this legendary place. Cheers and hugs!

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  2. You certainly did your homework with Atlantis Sharon. Enjoyed and learnt from the blog .

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    1. I did indeed, Susan! And I'm still finding more info as I go! LOL! Cheers and thank you for stopping by!

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  4. Thanks for agreeing to be my guest, Sharon. I loved your talk on Atlantis. I've watched several shows on TV about the mysterious island and it captures my wild imagination! Of course, so does anything about aliens lol! Thanks again!!

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    1. Wow, seeing double there! LOL! Is this a Djen thing? Hugs!

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    2. No its a screwed up site thing lol!

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  5. Sounds like a book right up my alley! What kid wouldn't want to find a mysterious portal to another world! :D Heck, I'm an ADULT and wish I would hear the wheezing sound of the TARDIS outside my house someday LOL

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    1. I'm with you, Shay! Thank you for surfing by Lisa's virtual home! Cheers!

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  6. Absolutely Atlantis existed! Congrats, Sharon, your research shows in both your books and enriches the stories. Obviously I'm no long a kid, but I still love reading your books.:)

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    1. You're a kid at heart, Sloane, that's all that matters! Thank you for your support and kind words! Cheers!

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  7. Love a writer who does their homework for that ring of truth. I used to think it would be so cool to discover Atlantis, still do. I think I was about the age of your target audience when it captured my imagination. Best wishes for your success!

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    1. Thank you for kind words, RG Calkins! Lots of research went into the making of my two books, now busy researching the next time travel mission. Hint - it takes place in WWII. Cheers!

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  8. An interesting post - I'll have to look up those references. I believe one of the real smoking guns for Atlantis's existence is the New World legends of the lost land with a very similar name. The traditional date for the sinking comes at the end of the last ice age, and there is evidence of geological upheaval in the mid-Atlantic at that time. Many people have put forward the Thera eruption as the source of the legend, but I think it's more likely that that incident simply revived interest in an older story, and the two got merged.

    One interesting aspect is that every era pictures Atlantis as more advanced than itself, whether it's Plato's advanced nation or modern images of Atlantean super-science. It seems likely that Atlantis was more advanced than the peoples around, but given the traditional date, that might mean they invented agriculture or were the first to build in stone or mud-brick. Not that it matters - I'm as much of a sucker for a fantasy Atlantis as anyone else.

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  9. Agreed, Nyki, many legends seemed to have merged and expanded. I watched a very interesting documentary about a group of scientists believing that the remains of Atlantis can be found under a marshy area at the tip of southern Spain. Others have said under Antarctica. As long as we're still searching the romance remains and our imaginations are stoked. Thank you so much for your opinions and support! Salute!

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  10. There, I fixed the doubles lol! i have no idea why the site was doing this!

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  11. This is a book I would enjoy. I love time travel and anything about Atlantis. Of course it existed! I am impressed with all your research Sharon. If I win, and I hope I do, my email is darlene dot foster at telus dot net

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment, Darlene! I hope you win too! Thank you for leaving us your email! Cheers!

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