Friday, September 2, 2016

Crystal Stuart from Time Trap by Danele Rotharmel

An interview with Crystal Stuart
Character from Time Trap by Danele J. Rotharmel

Today, I’m talking with Crystal Stuart, a lab technician from the Temporal Counseling Program at National Science University. Crystal, I’ve heard that there’s an emergency at TEMCO. Can you confirm that two cadets have been kidnapped and that Director Peter Matthews and Dr. Laura Nelson have been sent through a time portal to investigate?

I’m sorry, Lisa, but I’m not at liberty to say. Commenting on the current situation could be extremely dangerous. As you know, TEMCO deals with time travel, and if we don’t handle things with extreme caution, the entire timeline could be jeopardized. I’m sure you understand.

Yes, I do. Let’s change topics. Marc Kerry, a professional time counselor with the TEMCO program, has become a popular figure in Washington D.C. Is it true that you’re dating him?

Wow! I’m not sure how that particular rumor started. Marc and I have never dated. Our interactions have been rocky, to say the least. In fact, we didn’t even speak to each other for four years. In the past, I wouldn’t even classify us as friends.

You said “in the past.” Have things changed recently?

Well… Lately, we’ve gotten along better. I used to think that Marc was pretty egotistical, but I’ve discovered that he’s actually a very nice man with an extremely kind heart. I’ve been told that we’ll be working together in the future. I’m looking forward to it.

Would you be willing to date him?

I can’t deny that Marc is extremely handsome. Nor can I deny that I like him now. But, Lisa, look at me! I’m not his type at all. He always goes for glamorous, gorgeous girls. I’m just a lab tech with big glasses. He’s out of my league, and I know it. It’s nice of you to think I could catch his eye, but we’re not living in a fantasy dreamland. Things like that just don’t happen in real life.

What would you say if I told you that I’ve heard he’s attracted to you?

I wouldn’t say anything, Lisa. I’d just laugh. If your sources told you that, you may need to check them for accuracy. You know that I enjoy crunching numbers, and I’ve run the statistics. Statistically, there’s less than a 7.8 percent chance of Marc asking me for a date.

You may be surprised.

Possibly, but not likely. I deal with facts, and it’s a fact that I’m not Marc’s type. Gracious! It’s also a fact that I’m late! It’s been a delight talking with you, Lisa, but I need to get back to the lab. I can’t talk about TEMCO’s current situation, but it’s extremely urgent. I’m sorry, but I have to go.

I understand. Thanks for speaking with us, Crystal. Best wishes with the current situation.

About Time Trap:
When problems arise during a field exam, Director Peter Matthews and Dr. Laura Nelson are sent through a time portal to investigate.  While they search for their missing cadets, they encounter an enemy who is calculating and brutal—a mysterious nemesis who is holding a grudge against the TEMCO program.  As Peter and Laura race to unravel clues directing them to their kidnapped cadets, their own survival comes into question.  A deadly trap has been set, and they are forced to pit their wits against a serial killer who is intent on playing a deadly chess game through time itself. 

Prism Book Group
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About the Author

Danele Rotharmel grew up with a love of the literary word, and by age five, she knew she wanted to be a writer. However, her life took an unexpected turn when a mysterious illness brought her close to death. Eventually, she learned that a low-level carbon monoxide leak from a faulty furnace in her home was slowly poisoning her. This poisoning triggered severe Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and partial amnesia.
During this time, the hardest thing she faced was a crisis of faith. She had to quit her job and stop going to church. She couldn’t write, couldn’t drive, and could barely remember who she was. To say she was upset with the Lord was an understatement. She began reexamining her faith in light of her illness, and eventually, she came to the firm conclusion that God is real, God is good, God is interested and involved, and God is trustworthy regardless of tragedy.
When her illness became even more severe, she was put into quarantine and could only talk to friends and extended family through the glass of a window. This quarantine lasted for seven years. During this time, she wrote the first six books in The Time Counselor Chronicles.
Danele currently lives in Colorado where she continues to write. Although her journey back to health was long and difficult, it provided her with the opportunity to grow closer to God and to write her books. For that, she is forever thankful. You can learn more about Danele by visiting

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  1. Dear Lisa, thank you so much for talking with Crystal today! Crystal is one of my favorite characters, and this interview was a blast! Thank you again! It has been a delight working with you!

  2. I love Crystal!! Will she and Marc ever fall in love? I'm waiting (impatiently) for that book!

    1. I love Crystal too, Carlene!!! She's one of my favorite characters. Hold on to your hat, and get ready for fun! My third book, "Time Search," has a Cinderella element in it. Crystal gets all dressed up for a fancy occasion and completely turns Marc's head. Watching Crystal and Marc's relationship grow throughout "The Time Counselor Chronicles" has been extremely enjoyable for me. I'm so glad that you're enjoying it too! Thanks so much for your wonderful comment! I hope you have a lovely day! (P.S. "Time Search" should be released sometime soon.)

  3. Thanks for the fun interview with Crystal! I've read Time Trap and thoroughly enjoyed it!

    1. Dear Gail, I have such a blast with character interviews! They're so much fun to do! I'm glad that you enjoyed learning more about Crystal and that you liked "Time Trap!" "Time Trap" was SO MUCH fun to write. It makes me happy knowing that it's giving people joy! Thanks for commenting! I hope you have a great day!

  4. Fun interview with Crystal. Loved the book.

    1. Dear Ann, I'm so glad that you enjoyed this interview with Crystal! Working with Lisa was lots of fun! I'm also glad that you enjoyed "Time Trap!!!" Your kind words have made my day!

  5. Great interview! I've never met Crystal, but now I feel as if I know her a little bit. I guess I'm going to have to meet her properly and get the book(s). ;-)

    1. Dear Shelley, I'm so glad that you enjoyed this interview! It's wonderful that you feel as if you know Crystal! I hope that if you get a chance to read Crystal's adventures in "Time Tsunami" and "Time Trap" that you enjoy every minute! I hope you have a wonderful day! Thanks for your lovely comment!

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  6. Dear Lisa, thank you again for having me on your wonderful website! It's been a true honor!

    1. It's been an honor. I hope you made some new fans. I adore your character profiles. You as the author know how to let them tell their stories without getting in their way.