Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Playing Book Trivia with Thomas White, Author of the Scifi Mystery THE EDISON ENIGMA


It’s time to play Book Trivia!  
Periodically, we scour the Internet for interesting authors who would like to play Book Trivia with us.  By answering our book trivia questions, we get to learn things about the author no one else knows!  So, let’s get ready…let’s play…Book Trivia!

Today our guest author is Thomas White, author of the scifi mystery, The Edison Enigma.

Thank you for playing Book Trivia with us! 

In the movie Castaway, if Tom Hanks unearthed a copy of The Edison Enigma, how would that help Tom find a way off the island?

Clearly, The Edison Enigma would be a tremendous find for the skinny Tom Hanks. If he could understand the physics involved, he could build his own Time Machine, much like Tony Stark built the Iron Man suit in that cave, and go back to the scene where he leaves Kelly in the car with his pocket knife. He would understand that he will need the knife and take it off the key chain. Back on the plane he would also know to keep his shoes on. Of course the smart thing would be to not get on the damn plane in the first place.  In any event, he would have kindling for his next fire, and that is always helpful!

Everyone knows Miley Cyrus is the wild child in the music business.  But she read your book and wants to let you know that it changed her life for the better.  Why did your book give Miley a new lease on life? 

Actually, in the original history of the world, Christina Aguilera was cast as Hannah Montana and Miley never had a career. What Miley was able to do was create her own Time Machine and she went back and pulled a Tonya Harding on Christina, making her miss the audition. Consequently, Miley was cast and her career was started. She has been forever grateful to The Edison Enigma for the inspiration to change her life.

A homeless man was caught stealing your book out of a bookstore. When asked why he did it, he opened the book and pointed a passage out. What was that passage?

This man points to the final chapter of the book. In this chapter the reader sees the effects of the protagonist’s actions back in 1904. It shows him that there is a brighter day ahead and fills his soul with hope and happiness. He leaves that library with the book, that the very generous librarian allowed him to take, he finds a shower, a clean jacket, gets a job, rents an apartment, eventually buys a house and marries the librarian.

You have a chance to appear on the hit talent show for authors, American Book Idol, and the mighty judges will determine whether your book will make it to Hollywood and become a big screenplay.  What would impress them more – your book cover, an excerpt or your best review – and why?
With all humility, I think the author would be the most impressive element of all. I did write the novel, after all, and I can hold up my end of a presentation. I can see the stage now, a giant blow up of The Edison Enigma cover as a backdrop, a podium, lit softly with proper back lighting to highlight my silhouette, and me reading the most powerful segment of the book where my protagonist outwits the bad guys and wins over the beautiful lady's heart.

Finally, you just got word that your book has received the 2024 NY Times Bestselling Book Award and you have to attend the ceremony at the Four Seasons Hotel in Manhattan.  Anyone who’s anyone will be there and it’s your shot for stardom.  On stage, you must give an acceptance speech.  What would you say and who would you thank?

I’d like to thank the Academy... no, wait, wrong award. I’d like to thank The NY Times for this honor. Actually, I’d like to thank everyone who bought the book and put it on the Best Seller list. If you enjoyed the book please tell your friends and have them buy it. If you didn’t, have your enemies buy it and let them be miserable. But seriously, this is truly an honor and I can only hope that it makes people want to go back and buy my previous books as well. 

Thomas White began his career as an actor. Several years later he found himself as an Artistic Director for a theatre in Los Angeles and the winner of several Drama-Logue and Critics awards for directing. As Tom’s career grew, he directed and co-produced the world tour of “The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Coming Out Of Their Shells”. The show toured for over two years, was translated into seven different languages and seen by close to a million children. Tom served as President and Creative Director for Maiden Lane Entertainment for 24 years and worked on many large-scale corporate event productions that included Harley Davidson, Microsoft, Medtronic Diabetes, and dozens of others. The Edison Enigma is Tom’s third novel following up Justice Rules which was nominated as a finalist in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association 2010 Literary contest, and The Siren’s Scream.

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Edison, a Chicago physicist, manages to successfully transport an object through time. Almost immediately following this success Dr. Edison is shut out of the facility and told by benefactor Raphael Barrington, to take a vacation. He is contacted by Don Rivendell, a grizzled old man with a secret. Rivendell explains to Tom that he is not the first person to discover time travel. Someone else went back and changed history by saving a young girl from dying in an internal combustion engine explosion.

Dr. Edison is tasked with going back and fixing history. He travels back to 1904 to find the younger version of Rivendell and stop him from saving the girl. 

You can purchase your copy of The Edison Enigma at Amazon at https://t.ly/_NOoo.


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