Author Name: Carrie Pack
Book Name: In The Present Tense
Release Date: May 19, 2016
Miles Lawson goes to sleep dreaming of a future with his boyfriend Adam, but wakes to find he is married to Ana, an acquaintance from high school. When he learns he has been time traveling, Miles is consumed with finding a cure for his rare condition—and finding his first love. But will he be able to convince Adam he is telling the truth before it’s too late?
Pages or Words: 336 pages
Categories: Bisexual, Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction
Miles sat there and tried to make out shapes and colors in the dark room as he searched his brain for a memory of anything.
Nothing looked familiar. His desk, his drum set, the sheets—all gone. Not one thing looked the way it had when he’d fallen asleep, and Ana certainly hadn’t been in his bed.
He tried to replay the previous day’s events, but everything seemed fuzzy, like a fogged bathroom mirror that he couldn’t wipe clean.
Why was everything so fuzzy?
Last night… What happened last night?
Adam had come over and they were watching TV together, and Adam had given him a small stuffed giraffe because Miles was scared about having surgery. He reached for his left arm, expecting to find the cast that had been there for the last two months, but it wasn’t there. His heart began to beat so loudly he glanced over at Ana to make sure she was still asleep.
Unable to determine what had happened to his cast, Miles resumed his tally of the previous evening’s chain of events. At around ten-thirty, his mom said Adam had to leave because they had to get up early to go to the hospital. He had taken his pain meds and gone to sleep with the phantom of Adam’s goodnight kiss on his cheek. He’d been happy.
He’d gotten a text from Ana earlier in the evening, but she was only wishing him luck with the surgery. She hadn’t come over. In fact, as far as Miles knew, Ana had been several hours away in her dorm room.
So how had she gotten into his bedroom? And who had changed his sheets?
He threw off the covers and stood up, noticing he was only wearing a tight-fitting pair of boxer briefs instead of his usual basketball shorts.
He looked around the room for anything familiar, but it was still dark out, and all he could see were shadows and vague shapes. On the dresser opposite the bed, he found a few framed photos. Squinting to see without turning on a light, Miles studied the images carefully.
As his eyes focused, he recognized a couple of the photos. One was from last year’s prom: Adam wearing that ridiculous corsage Miles had bought him, Ana being dipped by her date, David, as all four of them smiled widely in front of a cheesy faux tropical scene. One of the frames held a collage of photos of his and Ana’s friends. He recognized Adam, Lucky, Antonio, Dahlia and Brienne. But the last one, the largest of all the photos, was of him and Ana—her in a flowing white dress and him in a black suit, both wearing broad smiles and flanked by Miles’s parents and a woman Miles had only seen once: Julia Espinosa, Ana’s mother.
A loud clatter echoed through the bedroom as the frame hit the edge of the dresser and fell to the hardwood floor. This wasn’t his room, and he didn’t remember that photo being taken.
“Go back to sleep,” Ana mumbled, her voice muffled by the pillow.
“Ana,” he whispered, risking her full anger, but unable to stop himself, “we’re married.”
“Thanks for the update. Now go back to sleep before I divorce your dumb ass.”
He dropped to the floor on his knees, barely even noticing the sharp pain of bare skin hitting the hard surface.
Married. To Ana?
What the hell had happened?
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INTERVIEW WITH CARRIE PACK
Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Carrie Pack author of In the Present Tense.
Hi Carrie, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
Hi and thanks for having me! My current book, In the Present Tense, is my second novel and it’s what I like to call contemporary sci-fi. It is the story of a young man named Miles whose dissociative disorder manifests itself as time travel. Miles has moved on from a bad break-up, but a younger version of himself is determined to make it right.
- What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Realistically, I’d just love to keep writing for as long as I have stories to tell. My big pie-in-the-sky dream is to have a best-seller, but that’s more luck of the draw than anything else. There are so many fantastic books that will never make the best-sellers list. I’m just happy to keep growing as an author and publishing more books. As long as one person enjoys what I write, it was worth it.
- How many published books do you have? Can you tell us something about them?
I have two published books and I’m working on my third. My debut was Designs On You, a contemporary romance about Scott, a graphic designer, and Jamie, an aloof male model. It’s very When Harry Met Sally because at first they don’t really get along, and then they’re friends and finally lovers. In the Present Tense is contemporary sci-fi with a hint of romance that looks at mental illness through the lens of a favorite trope of mine: time travel. It has elements of mystery in it as well, and it’s my favorite of the two, but that’s probably just because it’s the most recent.
- Give us an insight into your main character. What does he do that is so special?
Miles time travels as a result of a dissociative disorder. It’s a very rare condition and it drives the narrative forward because his motives change depending on which version of himself has taken control. His episodes started when he was a child and started to intensify in his teens. By the time we meet up with Miles in his mid-twenties, he’s at his wit’s end. His wife, Ana, is determined to help him find a cure and she’ll do anything to save him from himself. Miles is very loyal to his wife, but once she betrays him, all bets are off.
- What are you working on at the moment? What’s it about?
I’m working on a YA novel about a girl named Tabitha who falls in love with Jackie—someone who is her complete opposite and, yet, very much like her. I think my favorite part is that it’s set in the early ‘90s amid the feminist Riot Grrrl punk scene. It’s a moment in time that still feels relevant today but with hand-made zines instead of social media and blogs.
- Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
I don’t write every day, although I wish I could. On the days I write, I aim for at least 500 words. It’s a nice even number and it’s easy to hit even if my muse is feeling a bit elusive, which is sadly more often than I would like.
Meet the author:
Carrie Pack is the author of Designs On You and a part-time college professor who recently left her job in marketing to actively pursue her writing career. Carrie lives in Florida, which she fondly calls America’s Wang, with her husband and four cats.
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Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/mscarriepack
Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover Artist: CB Messer
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