Monday, December 5, 2011

Karen Mueller Bryson - The Incredibly Awesome Adventures of Puggie Liddell

Author Interview

1. Who is the plot based around?

The main character is the wise-cracking, whiz-kid Puggie Liddell. When his modified Gameboy accidently activates a time portal, he and his sibling rival, teen sister, Gigi, are forced to travel through time together.

2. What is the main idea of the plot?
Puggie and Gigi must learn to work together to find a portal back to the present before the eccentric scientist, Nikola Tesla, or his arch nemesis, inventor Thomas Edison, can steal the Gameboy and use it to complete a death ray machine, an invention powerful enough to disturb the very fabric of space-time and create an instantaneous world disaster.

3. When does the plot take place?
The plot begins in present day. When the siblings travel through time, they initially land in 1893 and then travel back to the America Civil War era.

4. Where does the plot take place?
Puggie and Gigi travel from Florida to Chicago by stage coach and train. They attend the great Chicago World’s Fair, then travel to New York, where they visit Tesla’s laboratory. When the kids accidently travel further back in time, into the Civil War era, they visit P.T. Barnum’s America Museum and then must take the Underground Railroad back down south.

5. Why did the plot develop the way it did?
I wanted to integrate the most interesting historical figures and events into a fast-paced and fun adventure story that would, hopefully, motivate kids to want to learn more about history.

6. How did you come up with the idea for the plot?
I’ve always been fascinated by Nikola Tesla and the rivalry he had with Thomas Edison. I wanted to write a time travel adventure for kids, so I made both Tesla and Edison the antagonists of the story. I initially had hundreds of ideas for historical figures I wanted Puggie and Gigi to meet but they would not all fit in one book, so there will be many more time travel adventures in the series.

Book Summary:

History made fun! The Incredibly Awesome Adventures of Puggie Liddell integrates historical figures and events into a fast-paced and action-packed time travel adventure for tweens. The novel is great for reluctant readers or kids on-the-go.

Price: $6.95 print / $2.99 eBook
Pages: 90
Genre: Tween Adventure
Publisher: Zeta Comics
Release Date: September 2011

Author Bio:

Karen Mueller Bryson, Ph.D. is an optioned screenwriter, produced playwright and published novelists. Karen has been writing since she learned to read and fell in love with books! Karen is the creator of Short on Time Books, a series of fast-paced and fun novels for readers on the go. When she’s not at her computer creating new stories, Karen enjoys spending time with her husband and their bloodhounds. For additional information, visit Karen’s website:

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