What Time is it There? by Christine Potter
Publication Date: November 29, 2017
Publisher: Evernight Teen
Just over a year ago, Bean and Zak headed for colleges two thousand miles apart, promising to write, but to see other people … until Bean fell for the wrong guy and Zak fell off the planet.
Now, Bean’s got two weeks’ worth of Zak’s year-old letters that she still can’t bear to open—and a broken heart. Her new best friend, a guy named Amp, wants her to read the letters and be done with it, but he may have his own reasons for that.
When Sam shows up at Bean’s school unexpectedly and Bean tumbles into the 19th century from the cellar of a ruined church, things start making a bizarre kind of sense. That is if she can just fit all the pieces together again…let’s see–there’s a cult…and the Flying Singing Angel With No Feet…and of course, The Grateful Dead…
From early in the book. Bean has lost track of Zak at the beginning of the story. They’re
both in college, him in Seattle, she in upstate NY. The year is 1972; Bean’s a
sophomore. She can only see Zak by time traveling back to high school.
I will never, ever forgive myself, thought Bean, and allowed herself to
daydream once more about the gorgeous guy’s shirt she’d seen at Constant
Karma in Stormkill. It was green and blue and printed with elephants walking
trunk to tail. Zak would have loved it…but she had absolutely no idea where he
was. There were rumors he’d dropped out of college, like Sam. Call his mother
and ask? She simply couldn’t!
I bet he found someone else, Bean thought. I went silent and didn’t say
why. He’ll never want to hear from me again. Ever. Downstairs, Tone and
Julia were listening to opera. She shut her door.
She pulled the stack of Zak’s unopened letters out of her suitcase, and even
though they might contain a hint of what had happened, she couldn’t bear to
open even one. Instead, she got out her guitar and began dropping it into an
open D tuning for Joni Mitchell’s Marcie. There was probably a no less
Christmas-y song in the world.
As for Zak’s letters, Bean brought them back to college with her. And
home again at the end of the year. And then back to school for her sophomore
year: still sealed, every last one.
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OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES
The Road to Publication
What Time Is It There is the third book in the time-traveling young adult Bean
series. By the time I was drafting it, I felt like an old hand at writing young adult
novels—well, maybe an old hand…ish. Okay, I’ll be honest. I felt like a sorta-kinda- old hand, and that more on some days than others. The Bean Books were my first published fiction, and writers are incredibly insecure!
The Bean Books (Time Runs Away With Her, In Her Own Time, and What Time
Is It There?) have a sweet story behind them, though. I’d been trying to get Book One, Time Runs Away With Her, into print forever. One of the first people to read it all the way through was Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Jane Austen Book Club. In an enormous flash of good luck, I’d gotten accepted to her weeklong master class at a woman’s writing retreat on an island off Washington State. She liked the very early
draft I showed her, taught me how to write a mean-enough antagonist, and gave me the courage to withstand about eight hundred and fifty million rejections before my heroine Bean Donohue and I finally found our happy home at Evernight Teen.
I got Evernight Teen’s acceptance for that first book while I was on vacation on
Prince Edward Island. My husband and I were actually staying in a cottage that is
owned by the family of Lucy Maud Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables. Any writer of YA books has to be an Anne fan, and I couldn’t believe the way my life suddenly felt like fiction! I promptly visited Lucy Maud’s geranium-lined gravesite that July day, and spent a few quiet moments thanking her for the inspiration.
Book Two, In Her Own Time, started as a National Novel Writing Month project,
as did the last of the trilogy, What Time Is It There? November is National Novel
Writing Month, and it’s the perfect time to plant your posterior in a well-designed desk chair and pound the computer keys. Get that book done! The holidays are coming and you’ll be too distracted to revise much until January—which is how it should be. You won’t be able to see the holes in the plot until then, anyway.
Which, I guess, brings me to another point: revision. I didn’t revise every time I
got rejected, but I did revise a bunch. You hear about writers who claim things just pour out of them and it’s all about sitting down to let the words flow. Yeah, you may hear about those writers, but they don’t exist. In the very early stages of writing a book, maybe it’s like that. But the road to publication is not without traffic lights and speed bumps and stop signs. That’s what revision is.
I’ve gotten used to working with the really good editors at Evernight Teen. They
don’t miss much. They don’t let me get away with nonsense. When I get an accepted
but marked-up draft back to work on, I take note of what I can learn from it, and try to internalize that editor’s voice in my head for next time. And I thank all that is good and holy that the road that I’m traveling has led me to write—and publish—The Bean Books.
I hope you enjoy the conclusion to the trilogy, What Time Is It There?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Christine Potter is a writer and poet who lives in a very old (haunted) house on a creek in Rockland County. She has an organist/choir director husband (Ken) and two spoiled tomcats. One of the house’s two ghosts lives in the room behind her office.
Christine’s newest book is a YA time travel novel, What Time Is It There? (The Bean Books, Book 3), newly released by Evernight Teen. The first book in the series is Time Runs Away With Her, and the second is In Her Own Time.
Her two poetry collections are Zero Degrees at First Light (2006) and Sheltering in Place (2013). She has also had poems published in Rattle, Fugue, The Irish Examiner, HOOT, Eclectica, and The Pedestal, among other magazines. Her third book of poems, Unforgetting, is due out this spring from Kelsay Books.