Interview with Wayne Watson

Where did Meddlers in Time come from?
I was always fascinated by the concept of moving freely through time and space. This started at a very young age watching Doctor Who and having the crap scared out of me by the Cybermen! Then at age 12 I discovered the works of Robert Heinlein, who was my inspiration for this story.

In 2004 I was badly injured in a car smash and decided to use my down time productively and do something I had always talked about- write a novel.
How long did it take to write?
The original MIT of 85,000 words took three months, then another nine months to write what was then the second book- that was 115,ooo words. From there I spent several years tinkering with the story and editing it. Along the way the two books were combined into one.
Have you had any formal training in writing?
Very little, apart from high school to University Entrance level and a course in communication English that was once inflicted on all technician apprentices- in fact I used to hate writing until I discovered the word processer. I do have a background in business writing- producing technical and procedural manuals, writing formal letters and ISO 9000 documentation. I believe the latter qualifies me as a writer of fiction!
From the novel's ending it appears you have more to come- do you have any other novels planned?
Yes, I have a prequel to Meddlers in Time well underway- this time it will be serious Space Opera. I plan to write at least four novels in the Meddlers in Time series.
I see your main character shares your first name- is there a reason for that?
Yes, I found it easier to visualize in the first person- to see everything through Jamieson's eyes that way. Some peculiar part of how my mind works- I have to visualize everything I write about. I can close my eyes and see all the other characters, the scenery- everything. Sharing a name helped. I struggle with names, as a part of me does not want to attach a name with negative memories to a character I like. Mostly I have taken names from past friends although here I need to add the standard all-persons fictitious disclaimer! I might have used a name and a trade, but here the similarity ends- or is meant to!
The story certainly poses many questions- some of which are still unanswered by the end of the book.
I planned to unravel bits of the story and the backgrounds of the main characters as the tale unfolded. I had to leave a few posers at the end to get the readers to buy my next book- although they will be waiting a while to get ALL the answers!
I have heard the question asked- why use 20th century technology when you regularly have contact with the future?
Yes, there are several reasons for doing that.
• That would make life too easy for the characters!
• In the story, we have brought new people on-board and it was decided to use equipment from their time period.
• The main characters like to have better weaponry than the new players!
• We want to use technology that will be able to be duplicated by the end of mission.
• There are other reasons that will be revealed- but not yet!
Do you have a favorite character?
Jamieson for sure- I would like to be him! But all the main ones are old friends to me now. It's my story and my fantasy too! Jenny is fun to write and I'm about to start on her back story, which promises a few twists
Ok- you are a super rich time traveller- why bother with building sheds in the ninth century?
Part of this is that I'm exploring the lives of people who are practically immortal. I put myself into their situation and I would soon tire of living the life of luxury. They are doing what many so in their spare time- going primitive in the hills with re-enactor groups, learning obsolete trades and crafts- because they have the luxury of the time and money to do so. You have do a days hard work to really appreciate a few beers!

I could have had them using futuristic construction equipment, fighting of the bad guys with x-ray lasers and building automated robotic factories- but where is the fun in that!
So there will be more character development?
Yes, they continue to grow as the story unfolds. It had been remarked that my main characters did not act as might be expected, say, to having just been in a major battle. The reasons for that will become apparent. Jamieson may have appeared a bit too laid back in the first book- you will find that the events of that story are a bit of a holiday for him!
Can you give us a few hints as to what is coming up?
The back story continues- in the future! Most of the next book is set in an interstellar empire, in the 35th century. This is a challenge, creating a whole new society! You will see some of the events and circumstances that have shaped the main characters.
Published 2013-08-31.
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Books by This Author

Meddlers In Time- The Cockatoo River Incident
Series: Meddlers in Time, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 24,880. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Adventure » General
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
The third book in the Meddlers In Time series. The adventures in the 35th Century continue, with this second book in that series. In this episode, the story is told of how Jenny DeVries infiltrates the Empire under very deep cover, with the help of the Free Company 'Wotan's Fury'- Wayne Jamieson's command.
Meddlers In Time- Out of the frying pan, into the fire
Series: Meddlers in Time, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 35,690. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Adventure » General
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
Meddlers In Time- Out of the frying pan, into the fire. This is part one of the 35th century tales. It covers the period of when Wayne Jamieson is drafted into the Imperial forces, having spent the last forty years as a spacer, pirate, mercenary and lastly- as the commander of a successful privateer Free Company.
Meddlers In Time
Series: Meddlers in Time, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 199,610. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Adventure » General
(3.57 from 7 reviews)
You can’t change history- can you? No- but you can make a new reality when you alter events. ‘Meddlers in Time’ explores the shaping of a parallel earth, by altering events in 9th century England. Some were lured by money, other by the adventure- a few just wanted a new chance at life. One thing remains constant- time travel changes all who follow that path…