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Guest Blog Post: Interview with a Character from Pamela Schloesser Canepa’s ‘Detours in Time’

I’m excited to have had the opportunity for author Pamela Schloesser Canepa to write a great blog post about her new book, Detours in Time. Before we jump into an interview with one of the novel’s characters, let’s learn a little more about the book.

DetoursTimeRevisionV6[1625]On a whim, feisty Tabitha takes a trip to the future with her trusted friend Milt, an awkward science professor. Wonders and curiosities abound. However, their fun journey soon leads to a challenging maze of danger and difficult decisions. On an unplanned “detour,” the two set events into action that could save one life and destroy another. Can these friends of completely different mindsets agree on a course of action? Detours in Time starts as a fantastic escape and grows to present many moral dilemmas that could either ruin the best friendship or bring two people closer together.

Now that you have an idea of what Detours in Time is about, let’s jump in to the character interview.

Pamela, take it away!


Elise Winters is a side character in Pamela’s new sci-fi release titled Detours in Time, a novel of time travel and the moral dilemmas it can create. We’ve teleported her to the present for a brief interview about herself and the novel’s protagonists, Pinky and Milt.

Background: Elise Winters, age twenty-five at the time of her appearance in Detours in Time. Birthdate: Jan. 8th, 2022. Profession: Nanny. Education level: High school diploma.

Interviewer: Welcome, Elise. Make yourself comfortable. Would you like some water?

Elise: You mean aguafer? No, I’m fine.

Interviewer: I really love your outfit. Where did you get it?

Elise: This jacket came from one of my favorite shops. Domingoe’s. They specialize in vintage styles. The scarf used to be my mothers. The jeans, again from Domingoe’s. The blouse came from a thrift shop somewhere, I can’t remember the name.

Interviewer: Very nice style there. It looks reminiscent of the 1940s.

Elise: Well, not everyone dresses like me now, but it sort of reflects my interests.

Interviewer: What would some of those interests be?

Elise: Mostly ballroom and swing dancing. Swing is my favorite. We’re reviving some favorites from a happier time. It’s gotten really popular again in the last ten years. Let’s see, another interest is I love to read and watch the news. I love to learn about my world and what’s going on. I don’t really read books unless they’re about our history.

Interviewer: That’s great. So, you graduated from high school. Why didn’t you go to college?

Elise: College wasn’t really an option for someone of my social and financial standing. My dad worked on a quality-control assembly line for a robotics company, and my mom was a seamstress. I’m happy with my life; it’s okay.

Interviewer: You like being a nanny, then?

Elise: Well, yes. The hours are great. The kids are at a good age where I can take them out to the park. It’s not bad at all. There’s also a Nanny-bot that does a lot of the menial side of it. That thing can’t replace me, though. It’s hard to motivate a kid to stay in their seat through mealtime. I have a way with them.

Interviewer: Tell me about some of the recent news that has interested you.

Elise: Well, General Steven Pring, the one who reunited our nation again and ended the war, is running for president. Let’s see, there’s also a mission to Mars. We’re going to Mars! There’s a space shuttle, and they’ll be sending everyday people! You have to be able to pay the ticket, though. So I may not go, but I have entered the lottery. There are two tickets that can be won. I won’t hold my breath.

Interviewer: Wow! That is amazing. Tell me about the strangers you met in October of 2047, Milt and Pinky.

Elise: I’m not being watched for my involvement with them, am I? I mean, we just had a conversation.

Interviewer: No, we’re just curious as to how it fits in with our story.

Elise: Milt was a trip. An older guy, but cute. Very curious. He asked a lot of questions. Pinky was nervous, timid. She seemed to not really know where she was. They were both pretty interested in my Matt and the newsplastic. It even has plastic pages to make the images easier to see, side by side. Then I get it erased and they upload the latest news. Oh, Milt still wears eyeglasses, would you believe it!? Pinky wore this strange t-shirt and was dressed all casual. Pretty girl, though. They didn’t even understand our monetary system. You could tell they were from somewhere else.

Interviewer: Did that scare you?

Elise: No. I’m an open book. I love to meet new people, and I can get a feel for their aura. By the way, can I smoke in here, or is there someplace closeby where I may smoke? Didn’t mean to interrupt, but, you know…

Interviewer: Well, you can step outside.

Elise: Outside!? You’re kidding! Wow, now I feel like the fish out of water! I can wait a few minutes, though.

Interviewer: That’s right. You’re not used to being able to step outdoors and just light a cigarette, are you?

Elise: No way! I’d feel bad about it, too. We have designated businesses that allow it when you happen to be away from home. You should see the people piling in there! But if outside is the only place you allow it…. I won’t be here for long anyway.

Where was I? Oh, Milt and Pinky. Like I said, Milt had this kind look in his eyes; he just seems like a really caring person. Pinky looked sort of scared, so I had no reason to be scared of them. I tried to help them out. They had lots of questions.

Interviewer: Are they the sort of people you’d enjoy hanging out with?

Elise: Hanging out! You really talk different. Spending time with them would be fun. Yeah, I’d like “hanging out” with Milt; he seems fearless and like he’d be a lot of fun. Pinky just needs to loosen up a little. She seems like she doesn’t trust people. I’m sure I could get them to my dance club and show them a great time!

Interviewer: Elise, I thank you so much for your time. I do hope you return to a pleasant day, whether you’re working or having fun.

Elise: I’ll definitely be at the dance hall later!

Interviewer: Excellent. Enjoy, and thanks again, Elise!

Read more about Elise, Pinky, and Milt in the new novel, Detours in Time, available at


Author Bio: When not writing, Author Pamela Schloesser Canepa is an instructor of middle school English. She also enjoys time with family and her dog. Pamela has been writing for various reasons including self-entertainment and expression throughout her life. She has been self-published since 2016, with her series of sci-fi books focusing on sci-fi romance and family identity. Pamela has plans to write a sequel to Detours in Time in the time-travel, sci-fi genre. Visit the author’s Facebook page at or visit her website at for more information.

Obsessed with and Fascinated by Outer Space
October 6, 2015, 6:14 pm
Filed under: Books, Literature, News, Science Fiction | Tags: , , , , , ,

Warning: Slightly sentimental talk ahead.

When I was in high school, I would sit on the back patio to stare at the moon. (Okay, staring at the moon was a secondary reason…the main reason was to sneak cigarettes.)

moon in dark blue sky

And at some point, I realized something very serious about myself…

if i were all alone

(…except that’s just not the way NASA does things…)

In college, I fell in love with Elton John (his music and his sparkles). And guess what one of my favorite songs was and is?

And, of course, there are the movies–all the wonderful movies about space! Ah. I won’t get into it. Let’s skip to…

Outer Space in Literature

I haven’t read a ton of books involving space, other planets, and the like, outside of Ray Bradbury and astronomy textbooks. And then I read Andy Weir’s The MartianWhat a freaking completely amazing novel. I might be slightly obsessed.

If you liked physics in high school or college, you love sci-fi, and you haven’t read this book, what the hell are you waiting for? It’s seriously awesome. In the actual meaning of the word – it inspires awe.

And now there’s a movie:

I don’t have high hopes (okay, maybe I do), but I am looking forward to seeing it.

Space is neat.

Space is neat.

And now, with all the talk about water on Mars, outer space is at the forefront of my mind once again. I’m always looking to watch a sci-fi movie, and this quiz about Mars in literature made me realize I have a lot of reading to do.

How do you feel about science fiction? Building colonies on Mars? Total Recall (the original – always the original)? Share in the comments section below.

Extra Stuff for Shits and Giggles

Whatever you take away from this post, remember this:

And I think it’s gonna be a long, long time
‘Til touchdown brings me ’round again to find
I’m not the man they think I am at home
Oh, no, no, no
I’m a rocket man

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