T.W. Fendley

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?

2. Tell me about your travels.
Over the years, I've had the good fortune to be able to travel to many places in Mexico and Peru. I visited the Maya ruins in Tulum, Uxmal and Chichen Itza. Some of the highlights of my trip to Peru were Caral, the Museo Cabrera in Ica, the Nazca Lines, Ollantaytambo and, of course, Machu Picchu. Seeing these amazing archeological treasures made me even more passionate about sharing the legacy of those ancient cultures.

3. Coffee, tea, or milk?

4. What else can you do besides write?
In 2009, I learned about remote viewing--a scientific protocol to apply precognition that was developed by the military during the Cold War. Since then, I've been active in Associative Remote Viewing and even host a website: www.ARV4fun.com. Yep, I do ARV for fun.

5. Who are you reading right now?
6. Pop culture or academia?
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?

8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
I like to make connections, so putting together ideas in new and unusual ways is fun for me. I'm a big fan of cycles (sunspots, history, weather...you name it!) and metaphysics, which often bridges science and spirituality (without getting into religion). And, of course, I'm passionate about the ancient American cultures--particularly the Maya and Inca.

9. Food you could eat everyday.
I'm crazy about guacamole, salsa and chips. Not having chips in the house is a crisis!

10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
11. What kind of music speaks to you?

12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
At the 1997 Clarion workshop, one of my favorite authors, Tim Powers, talked about using colored index cards to plan his wonderful, complex stories. I'd love to do something like that--or at least be able to outline BEFORE I start writing a story instead of after I finish it. I keep trying from time to time, but it hasn't worked yet. I'm definitely a pantser.

13. Celebrity crush.
14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?

15. Do you still watch cartoons?
Watching cartoons is definitely one of the perks of being a grandmother. The kids have introduced me to Pokemon, Phineas & Ferb, Spongebob and Pinky & the Brain. And I've introduced them to a few, too, like Scooby Doo!

T.W. Fendley writes historical fantasy and science fiction with a Mesoamerican twist for adults and young adults. Her debut historical fantasy novel, ZERO TIME, was voted Best Science Fiction/Fantasy Novel in the 2011 P&E Readers Poll. Her short stories took second place in the 2011 Writers' Digest Horror Competition and won the 9th NASFiC 2007 contest. Teresa belongs to the St. Louis Writer's Guild, the Missouri Writers' Guild, SCBWI and Broad Universe.

Thanks, Heidi, for being a Party Host in my Virtual Book Tour Party!

As Zero Time nears, only Keihla Benton can save two worlds from the powers of Darkness. But first she must unlock the secrets of Machu Picchu and her own past.

When Philadelphia science writer Keihla Benton joins an archeological team at Machu Picchu, she learns the Andean prophesies about 2012 have special meaning for her. Only she can end the cycle of Darkness that endangers Earth at the end of the Mayan calendar. As she uncovers secrets from the past, which threaten her life and those she loves, Keihla struggles to keep the powerful Great Crystal from the Lord of Darkness and his consort.

Xmucane leads an expedition to Earth to overcome a genetic flaw that threatens the people of Omeyocan with extinction, but she soon finds herself involved in a very personal battle that pits mother against daughter and sister against sister. With the help of the time-traveling Great Serpent Quetzalcoatl, she leaves the Southern Temples to arrive in present-day Machu Picchu as the expedition’s time-window closes.

Xmucane and Keihla work together as Earth and Omeyocan near alignment with the galaxy’s dark heart for the first time in 26,000 years. They must seize the last chance to restore the cycle of Light to Earth and return to the Pleiades with a cure, no matter what the cost to their hearts.

The ZERO TIME 2012 Virtual Book Tour Party is here!

To celebrate, T.W. Fendley is giving away a Maya-Aztec astrology report, a Mayan Winds CD, ZERO TIME tote bag and fun buttons. Check out the prizes and other posts on the Party Page.

THREE WAYS TO ENTER (multiple entries are great!):

1) Leave a comment here or on any of the other PARTY POSTS listed on the Party Page.

2) Tweet about the Virtual Party or any of the PARTY POSTS (with tag #ZEROTIME2012)
EXAMPLE: Join the Virtual Party for historical #fantasy novel ZERO TIME by @twfendley for a chance to win prizes! #ZEROTIME2012 http://bit.ly/x91NgP

3) Facebook (tag @T.W. Fendley) about the Virtual Party. (NOTE: tag must have periods to work)
EXAMPLE: Join the Virtual Party for historical fantasy novel ZERO TIME by @T.W. Fendley for a chance to win prizes! http://twfendley.com/?page_id=510

You can find ZERO TIME at:
Ebook $4.99
Fictionwise (multiformat)

Paperback $16.95
Barnes and Noble
Main Street Books (St. Charles, Mo.)
Garden District Book Shop (New Orleans)
Octavia Books (New Orleans)


  1. I am so excited about ZERO TIME, T. W.!

    My husband and I had actually applied to Pitt's graduate program for Mayan Studies, but went into writing instead.

    We both still have a huge interest in the subject, though, and a vast library of books.

    Thank you for stopping by on your tour!

    :) Heidi

  2. Thanks so much, Heidi, for a fun interview and for being a wonderful host for my book tour party!

    I love finding out how many share an interest in the ancient Americas. I've taken a few courses and workshops, but a graduate program in Mayan Studies would be awesome. The latest additions to my library have been books on hieroglyphs--I'd love to be able to read them!

    I'm looking forward to reading GREENSHIFT!


  3. We have definitely studied our share of hieroglyphics! I'm a language person anyway, so that stuff was like candy to me.

    Enjoy GREENSHIFT! You'll recognize a few characters in there. ;)


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