Time travel is sometimes considered cliché. So why do you write about it?
If you chase what is popular without writing about what you love or what inspires you, it will affect your work. It’s easier and more natural to write about something you want to read. I do think that there has been a saturation of time travel in the past couple of years. But readers and viewers are fascinated with the idea of what it would be like to be dropped into another time and place. Besides, I always try to put my own spin on things, and while this series appears to be time travel, it’s really more reincarnation.
Who is your publisher?
Solstice Publishing. They are one of the fastest growing mid-market publishers in the USA and they just finished #2 right in the The Preditors & Editors™ Readers' Poll.
How did you get published?
I began doing online pitch contests about a year ago. I participated in approximately three and saw a lot of success beginning with #Pitmad. They run 3 times a year, March, September and December. I got many requests for partials that eventually turned into requests for full manuscripts from both agents and publishers. The last one I participated in was the September #Pitmad and two days later I received a contract offer from Editor in Chief Kathi Sprayberry at Solstice Publishing.
In your debut novel, The Temple of Indra’s Jewel, your main character Sophia Marcil finds herself pulled into the body of a Princess. Does she go back to 1857 again in the second book? No. The second book in the series mostly takes place in modern day Ireland where she lives with her fiancé. She does experience another moment when her boyfriend proposes with the very ring that’s cursed her. This drops her into her own family’s history in the 1920’s and leaves her with one big question. How did Cullen get a piece of the Purple Delhi Sapphire?
I’ve heard of the Purple Delhi Sapphire and you open with a prologue in book two giving the backstory on the cursed gem. Is it true?
There is truth to the legend. It really is thought to have been looted from the Temple of Indra during the horrific Indian Mutiny of 1857. The temple is devoted to the Hindu god of war and weather, and it is strongly believed that through its theft from the ancient idol, a curse was cast. The Sapphire was brought to England by Colonel W. Ferris, a Bengal Cavalryman who would go on to regret taking the precious stone home with him. Soon after returning to England, the entire Ferris family seemed to be beset by health and financial trouble. They blamed their problems on a series of failed investments made by Mr. Ferris and his son, which left the family in near financial ruin. Things took a grave turn for the worse when a friend of the Ferris family unexpectedly committed suicide whilst in possession of the sapphire. The gemstone went on public display at the vault in the Natural History Museum in London in November.
Will there be more books in the series?
Yes, I’m writing the last book now. Part of the book is from the perspective of Sophia’s daughter, sixteen year old Alanna O'Kelley, who is crushed at the age of sixteen when her mother Sophia is killed. Raised for the last few months by her father Cullen along with her mother's best-friend Leslie, she begins to suspect that they're keeping a secret from her. The search for the truth becomes an adventure of monumental proportions, taking Alanna from dusty libraries to the castles of Eastern Europe as she trails after her father all in the hopes that her mother might still be alive. One question remains, if they find her, can they rescue her from the past?
Do you have any upcoming media events?
Yes, I have a book blog tour happening now until February 23rd. You can check out the links and dates on the media page of my website www.rachaelstapleton.com. I was also recently interviewed by Charlene Jones at "Off the Top" at Whistle Radio. I’ll be embedding a copy of the interview on the interview shortly.
Curse of the Purple Delhi Sapphire
Genre: Adventure, Romance, Mystery, Time travel
Publisher: Solstice Publishing
As a librarian, Sophia Marcil loves reading, especially books about ancient curses and reincarnation, but she never imagined the legend of the Purple Delhi Sapphire was true until she inherited it and was transported back to a past life where she was murdered. Now she knows that not only is reincarnation real, but so is the devil’s magic locked inside the precious gem. Just as she’s about to tell her boyfriend Cullen about it, he proposes with an engagement ring made from a piece of the very sapphire that’s cursed her. Reeling from the shock and surrounded by his family, she allows him to place it on her ring finger. As soon as it touches her skin, she feels herself being wrenched back in time.
Before she knows it, she’s wandering the hallway of an old Victorian house in the body of her great aunt. Unfortunately, her nemesis has also reincarnated in 1920—as one of her family members. Sophia struggles to locate the Purple Delhi Sapphire in time to prevent the deaths of those she loves, but she fails and returns to her present-day life, to the precise moment she left, with a deep understanding that her killer’s soul is also tied to the sapphire and every life she has, he is resurrected as someone close to her. Her stalker ex-boyfriend Nick seems like a prime candidate this time but she’s convinced she’s a step ahead of him, thanks to a tip from a medium, she knows that if she uses the magic of the stone correctly she can trap Nick’s soul in the sapphire and save herself. But when Nick is murdered, she finds evidence that has her questioning everything she thought she knew. Is Cullen husband material or is history doomed to repeat itself.
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He lowered to one knee and grinned up at me—so charming and gorgeous. His green eyes, as always, were mesmerizing. They had flecks of gold in them that clung to the edges and danced in the center, like they were on fire. My heart beat so loudly in my ears that it almost drowned out the “awws” and “oohs.”
“Ye’re already mine, lass, in every way possible and I am yers, but I want the world to know,” he said, taking my free hand. Someone took the glass of champagne from the other one, as I was shaking so badly. The black velvet box squeaked open, and his aunts gasped in unison, as if on cue.
“Will ye make me the happiest man in Ireland, Aevil, and join our O’Kelley Clan?” He kissed my fingers as I stared down at him.
The marble-sized rock in the box swirled, and doubled in front of my eyes. Deep purple amethyst with a thin frame of diamonds, set in pink gold and accentuated with a slender shank and crescent details.
I looked past the ring, into his eyes, and found him still staring directly at me. He’d removed the ring from the box and was holding it out, ready to place it on my finger.
He cleared his throat. “It was my great-great-great-grandmother’s and I thought ye might appreciate it, since ye were so intrigued with her portrait.”
I nodded, trying to smile through the confusion, but my head swam with random bursts of chatter, the fiddle, and all the thoughts flooding me at once, mostly that Cullen had just proposed to me with the missing Purple Delhi Sapphire ring. A bead of sweat ran down the side of my cheek as the ring touched the tip of my finger.
Cullen’s face began to distort. A shimmery haze had fallen over the room as if the desert were closing in. The vibration from the ring traveled up my arm, and the room began to shift and blur at the edges. Another room, a darker room, was coming into focus. I could still hear Cullen’s aunt ordering someone to get me a glass of water.
There was something I should remember. Water. Rochus said water was necessary to ease the pain of time travel. Maybe this was what it felt like without. I tried to blink away the heat, tried to stop myself from going, but I couldn’t. The edges of the room were burning away fast now, like a Polaroid scorched by flames. I could hear the trickling of the fountain in the corner. I ran for it, or at least I intended to, but it was too late.
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