Stop the presses! The second book in Carrie Jones's Time Stoppers series, Time Stoppers Quest for the Golden Arrow, is here!
Annie is one of the only humans who can control time. And thanks to her new guardian, Miss Cornelia, she’s found a home in the enchanted town of Aurora, Maine, and made three best friends, Eva the dwarf, Bloom the last elf, and Jamie, who might be a troll.
Then Annie wakes up one morning to discover that the wicked Raiff has kidnapped Miss Cornelia, putting Aurora – and Annie’s future there – at stake. To protect both her guardian and the home she loves, Annie must win the trust of a riddle-loving dragon and search for a magical bow and arrow. But as she and her friends embark on this mission, she learns some shocking secrets about her past and Bloom’s, too. Can they save the day before the Raiff destroys everything they hold dear?
Also, the first book, Time Stoppers, has just been released in paperback! Carrie Jones has stopped by the Launchpad to talk about her new book (yay!), and guess what you guys -- Spartacus is back, too!
Who's a good boy????
Thanks for joining us, Carrie and Spartacus! Sparty, we're paw-sitive you'll ask the hard-hitting questions. Take it away!
This is Spartacus, Carrie Jones’ dog. Yes. I can type. Don’t worry about that today. Let’s just say that some dogs are magic and I am one of those dogs. I am interviewing Carrie so that she won’t procrastinate and never get interviewed. Human writers are like this. They procrastinate. That is why they have dogs like me. We remind humans to take us on walks so that we don’t pee on the floor. We remind humans to step away from their computer. We also remind them that if they don’t sell books, then they can’t buy us dog food and bacon. Bacon is a motivating force in pretty much everything.
Spartacus: So, Carrie, why are there so few dogs in the Time Stopper books.
Carrie: Actually, there are a lot of dogs. There is Tala the magical white dog that lives in Aurora. There is Canin, who is a werewolf and owns a store.
Sparty: A werewolf is not a dog.
Carrie: It’s sort of related.
Carrie: Um… okay… So there are a lot of wolves and random dogs all throughout the books.
Sparty: There can never be enough dogs. Ever.
Sparty: And bacon, there can never be enough bacon. I have read these two books and there is no bacon at all involved.
Carrie: Obviously, I failed as a writer.
Sparty: You totally blew off the bacon demographic.
Carrie: Isn’t there, um… Aren’t there official interview questions you should be asking?
Sparty: Do you write in silence?
Carrie: I live with dogs. One is a barkaholic. I do not know what silence is.
Sparty: You forgot to mention that you play the Dmitry Shostakovich radio station lately and Gabby the dog howls along.
Gaby howling Shostakovich.
Carrie: I was sort of trying to forget that happened, Sparty.
Carrie: I am sorry that Gabby howls. I appreciate you for not howling along.
Sparty: Do you appreciate me enough to give me bacon as a treat for not howling?
Carrie: Yes. If this interview ever ends, I will totally give you bacon as a not-howling-to-classical music reward.
Sparty: YES! Okay… Next question… What’s your writing superpower?
Carrie: Right now it feels like I have no writing superpower.
Sparty: I would say your persistence. You latch onto a character and never let them go. Kind of like Gabby and a bone and/or Gabby and a ball and/or Gabby and a shoe. Also, you are quirky. You have the super power of quirky. I would name you Quirk Girl, that’s what everyone says when you have school visits.
Carrie: That works.
Carrie Jones (L) and friend showcasing many superpowers.
Sparty: What unusual swag would you make for this Time Stopper book, The Quest for the Golden Arrow?
Carrie: I think I’d make a magical telepathic dragon that likes the Red Sox. Or I would make a cow that turns into a unicorn, because that is cool. I would like either of those things and they are both in the book.
Sparty: I was going to suggest bookmarks that smell like bacon.
Carrie: That’s not in the book.
Sparty: That totally doesn’t matter! Do you know nothing about marketing? Next question… What would you tell a prospective VCFA student?
Carrie: I would tell them to go, to take the leap, to immerse themselves in the magic that is Vermont College, which is a big magic place full of beautiful people focused on making the best possible stories for kids. How cool is that?
Sparty: I would tell them there is bacon in the dining hall because that would totally make them go.
Carrie: There are always cookies.
Sparty: Almost as good. Okay last question, how did attending VCFA affect your writing life?
Carrie: I probably wouldn’t be a novelist if it wasn’t for VCFA. I had been a poet – a really bad poet – and a newspaper editor before Vermont and the intense mentoring, the supportive relationships from advisors who cared so much about craft and story? Well, those things just allowed me to blossom and I sold my first book halfway through the program. Vermont gives you what you put into it, so if you dedicate your heart and soul into learning craft, about trying to celebrate words and story and kids, if you put aside your ego and just focus on learning the craft to make your stories amazing? Well, amazing things will happen. Amazing stories will happen. Amazing friendships will happen.
Sparty: And bacon?
Carrie: There is a potential for bacon to happen too.
Sparty: Thank you so much writer human. If it hadn’t been for Vermont, you’d probably still be a newspaper editor, wouldn’t you? And you would have much less money to buy bacon.
Carrie: This is true.
Sparty: VERMONT COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS IS THE BEST THING EVER! Thank you so much for making Carrie a writer who earns enough money to buy me bacon even though she doesn’t like it. And thank you to the Launchpad for hosting us! You all are lovely.
Aw, shucks! Thanks so much for giving us the scoop on Time Stoppers Quest for the Golden Arrow, Carrie! And thank you, Spartacus, for taking time out of your walkies schedule to put on your interviewer hat!
Carrie Jones is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of the Need series, as well as After Obsession with Steven E. Wedel. She is also the co-editor of the teen anthology, Dear Bully. She is a distinguished alum of Vermont College's MFA Program, and a volunteer firefighter in Maine because … um… firefighting! In her spare time, she likes to pet dogs, fight polio with Rotary International, and make literacy festivals.