Jen: Today we welcome the writing team of T.C. Archer to Romancing the Book. Can you tell us a little bit about you?
T.C.: T. C. Archer is comprised of award winning authors Evan Trevane and Shawn M. Casey. They live in the Northeast. Evan has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, and Shawn is a small business owner. Their collaboration began on a lark with the post WWII film noir story The Pickle My Little Friend, and has evolved into nearly a dozen works, which includes their new series The Phenom League, and the Daphne Du Maurier winner, romantic thriller For His Eyes Only.
We met at an online advance writer’s workshop. We didn’t know one another in the ‘real’ world at that point, but each fell in love with the other’s work. We were in several online classes together and formed a friendship. About six months into our friendship, we attended an online class where our teacher mentioned a title that she and Shawn and come up with during a previous conversation: The Pickle My Little Friend. Shawn commented that this was a title looking for a story. Evan said “Write it.” She told him “You write it.” They went back and forth like this until the teacher said “Why don’t you both write it?” Evan did, indeed, write the first draft. Shawn revised, and the post WWII hard-boiled detective, film noir short story The Pickle My Little Friend was born. The story sold, and they started another ‘short story’ that turned into a novel, then another novel and another. That was about a dozen novels ago. You really never know where the smallest comment will take you.
Jen: Tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
T.C.: Chain Reaction is the first in our Phenom League series. We were kicking around the idea of some sort of superhero story. Mid-nineteenth century heroes represented justice, truth, freedom and, of course, the American way. We were intrigued by the idea of writing novels set during WWII, a simpler time when community meant everything. Evan was inspired and wrote the first chapters of Chain Reaction. From there, we were off and running.
Jen: Who has influenced your writing?
T.C.: Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen King, Charles Dickens, Ray Bradbury…to name just a few. We read–a lot.
Jen: If this book was made into a movie, who do you see as its stars?
T.C.: Bruce Willis as Jordan Pierce and Scarlet Johansen as Dr. Gladys Pierce.
Jen: What’s next for you?
T.C.: We’re working on the next two books in The Phenom League. The first is entitled Desert Fox and takes place in El Alamein when Rommel marched across Egypt. Our hero is a five thousand year old mummy who has been guarding his pharaoh. The second novel takes place in Chauny, Francey, with the underground Chauny Line where Allied soldiers were hidden from the Germans. Our hero is a WWI pilot who was shot down and killed, but he never passed over. He must discover the secret weapon that the Germans are reported as having. You might even see a space ship in this book.