TIME IS RELATIVE FOR A KNIGHT OF TIME
by Brett Matthew Williams
Meet Rolland Wright - a seventeen year old orphan living out of his car in rural Woodland Hills, California. Aside from grappling with the fact of being abandoned by his drunken father two years previous following his mothers mysterious murder, his life mostly revolves around finding a warm place to sleep at night. When one day he is attacked by men claiming to have killed his father, Rolland discovers a strange ability to slow the flow of time around him, beginning a journey that takes him to places outside of time, space, and eventually to the early 19th century to fight the sinister General Andrew Jackson. With the help of a rag-tag group of historical and mythical figures with various supernatural abilities of their own (Joan of Arc, Jesse James, etc) known as the Knights of Time, Rolland solves the mystery behind his mother's murder, falls in love, battles the evil Edward Vilthe - reaper of souls, and finds a home of his own in the paradise known as Eden.
The Time is Relative series chronicles the origin story of the mythical figure Father Time, beginning with the award winning first novel, Time is Relative for a Knight of Time. All dates and events are historically accurate. The participants... maybe not.
Fire quickly engulfed the limestone building that locals had come to call the White House, forcing the frantic women out the large front doors and into the wide-open marshland beyond the carefully manicured grounds. The night air hit Dolley’s skin with a damp unevenness that made every hair on the back of her neck stand on end. Looking over to Hannah, she saw her own terrified expression mirrored on the young girl’s face, watching as the girl gazed out into the darkness of the tree line. There, in the light of the blazing White House, stood a man so still the trees themselves surpassed him for movement.
The dark ﬁgure walked towards them, seemingly impervious to the chaos that surrounded the nation’s capital, the shadows and light from the inferno behind them dancing across him. As he neared, they saw that he was an older man with bits of silver streaking through the black mass of hair sitting atop his slim and polished frame. He was dressed in a dark crimson sweater vest over a pressed long-sleeved button down shirt, and what looked to be crisp and freshly tailored pantaloons.
“Good evening, Lady Madison,” said the man, pausing for a moment to bow to her before continuing in their direction. His face was expressionless, eyes mimicking the darkness of the night around him. The man was not especially scary looking, especially in his elegant dressings. Still, there was an aura to him that spoke to the survival instincts within the two women, evoking impressions of jackals – sharp teeth, claws, and minds.
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AN INTERVIEW WITH BRETT
-What inspired you to become a writer?
I used to play with action figures as a kid and found that my stories were often more entertaining that whatever was on television. The prospect of documenting my ideas seemed like the next logical conclusion. That was, what, twenty years ago or so. I wish I had a better story, but I don't. I've always known that I was supposed to be a writer. It's not an ego thing, trust me. I'm a writer, period.
-If you could visit your book’s world for a day, what one thing would you do?
In the Time is Relative series the time line, time as we know it in its linear form, is embodied by a literal stream of swirling, white rapids that run the entire duration of the planet Eden. Although this remains a mystery to Rolland, I can tell you with certainty) that if you were to jump into the time stream you would land wherever the time stream happens to be at that moment in time. This could range from 10,000 B.C.E. to 2014 C.E.
So, if I were to randomly wake up in Eden, or be able to visit for a day I would no doubt visit the marketplace and the ancient structures that span almost 12,000 years of recorded human history. It boggles my mind that we only have a few thousand years worth of world history. That's ridiculous. There has to be more to the story! I would use the time stream to travel back before recorded history, figure out what the hell happened, record it somehow, and make my way back. Do you think the ancient mankind had oral history sparknotes?
-Give us a fun or interesting fact you learned researching this book.
Going into this novel I was under the impression, due mostly to what I was taught in public school, that what I learned about historical figures was fact. I quickly learned that many thing I learned, such as many of the things about one Andrew Jackson, were outright preconceived notions. Historical hindsight and research has shown a very different side to Andrew Jackson than the rogue statue of a horseman sitting on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Andrew Jackson was an evil, manipulative, dishonest, bull headed, selfish individual who was hell bent on getting his way in every argument he ever had, both on the battlefield and in the White House. He was technically a bigamist, often attacked enemies troops with excessive zeal, and Thomas Jefferson warned others not to trust his character due to his "unrestrained passions."
Basically, Andrew Jackson made the perfect first villain for a teenage Father Time to rally against. Time is Relative for A Knight of Time tells that story and gives a new insight into why the seventh president of the United States was such a disgraceful character. But more than this, we examine the world that made Jackson such a distasteful individual.
-Which of your characters would you go out for drinks with?
I want to say that I'd love to hang out with Judah Jacob Raines, given his quick wit, charming personality, and technological genius. But, knowing me, I would just hit on Joan of Arc.
-If you could go back in time and give your pre-published self one piece of advice, what would it be?
Failure only comes from a lack of progress.
-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?
Sensationalized magazines. The sort you might find near the check-out isle at the grocery store. I really don't care what celebrities are doing, or how their beach body is better than mine. To be honest, I'm never sure if those stories are even sort of serious, and if they are, how do they go about doing research into their chosen topic? Do they have to pitch the article subject to their editor before its approved? IS Batboy really THAT interesting? Enquiring minds need to know... but I won't tell them. I'll stick to fantasy fiction.
Time is Relative for Wavering Loyalties will be released Autumn 2015.
Brett Matthew grew up with a passion for both film and history. He began his career fresh out of high school as a Production Assistant/ football player on NBC Universal’s television series Friday Night Lights (of which he can often be seen in the first two seasons as a member of the championship team – Go Panthers!). He quickly moved on to serve as an Original Series intern with the USA Network in Studio City, California. Following work on shows like Monk, Psych, and Burn Notice, Brett returned home to Texas to continue his education, graduating with his degree in History from Texas State University. A proud Master Freemason, Brett thoroughly enjoys fantasy fiction, watching Netflix, running, baseball, Shakespeare, and spending time with his family and critters.
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