The Story behind ‘In Time for You’ by Chris Karlsen

In Time for YouXXThis is an easy tale to tell. When I began Knight Blindness, the book prior to In Time For You, I knew early on that I would give Roger Marchand a story of his own. Although Roger was the enemy antagonist in Knight Blindness, he wasn’t a villain in the traditional sense. Like my English knight hero, Stephen, in that book, Roger was fighting for his king and country. He fought for what he believed in and was a brave and honorable man.

In Knight Blindness, I gave the heroine, Esme, two sisters, one younger, Emily, and one older, Electra. Once I decided to give Roger the next book, I knew I’d give him Electra as his love interest. In the end of Knight Blindness, I just introduced her to him. I didn’t develop the romance as it wasn’t their love story. That book belonged to Stephen and Esme.

I originally didn’t plan on giving Emily much page time in In Time For You as it was supposed to be focused on Electra and Roger. Once I began I realized Emily had quite a personality and she deserved to have a hero of her own. I drew up Simon, the gruff knight from Journey in Time. For those who read Journey, he was Stephen’s friend who didn’t like Shakira, the heroine. He was very serious and somber and had little to no sense of humor. I wanted to show him in a different light and thought this was the perfect opportunity to do so. He was a strong character and I enjoyed fleshing him out.

This story was also my way of showing heroines of a kind that we all might be given the same set of circumstances. Emily and Electra aren’t super women. They don’t know martial arts or how to use any kind of weapons. They have skills though and they’re clever. I wanted to take these ordinary women who have been thrown into an extraordinary situation and make them shine. They don’t panic and by letting them use their wits and skill they make themselves worthwhile in a world that is totally alien. I like to write heroines with a lot of intestinal fortitude.

What is always especially fun is writing the support characters. I had a couple in my head when I began that I thought could bring a smile here and there. A couple happened along as a surprise and I was pleasantly surprised by their appearance!

About the Author


Chris Karlsen is a Chicago native. Her family moved to Los Angeles when she was in her late teens where she later studied at UCLA. She graduated with a Business Degree. The daughter of a history professor and a mother who was a voracious reader, she grew up with a love of history and books.

Her parents were also passionate about traveling and passed their passion onto Chris. Once bitten with the travel bug, Chris spent most of her adult life visiting the places she’d read about and that fascinated her. Her travels have taken her Europe, the Near East, and North Africa, in addition to most of the United States. She most frequently visited England and France, where several of her books are set.

After college, Chris spent the next twenty-five years in law enforcement with two agencies. Harboring a strong desire to write since her teens, upon retiring from police work, Chris decided to pursue her writing career. She writes three different series. Her historical romance series is called, Knights in Time. Her romantic thriller series is Dangerous Waters, and he latest book, Silk, is book one in her mystery/suspense series, The Bloodstone series.

She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and five wild and crazy rescue dogs.

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While horseback riding in the English countryside, sisters Electra and Emily Crippen find themselves trapped in a tear in time. Thrown back to 1357 England and caught by a local noble, they are in a place that is home but as frightening and unfamiliar as an alien world would be. With no idea how the tear in time came about, the one thing they do know is: they must stay together and stay near to where the event took place in hopes of discovering the way back to their modern life. That certain need to stay together is the first certainty taken from them when one sister is forced to remain in England and one is sent miles away to Wales by royal order.

There is one other hope for help the sisters don’t know exists. It’s Electra’s lover, Roger Marchand. A time traveler himself, he never told her of his past. When he realizes what has happened to the sisters, he enlists the help of a scientist friend to help him open the suspected passageway through time. Any effort to save Electra and Emily will likely cost him his life. This was the time Roger came from, a time when his country, France, was at war with England. If he is discovered on English soil while searching for the sisters, he will either be killed or taken prisoner of war. Any risk is worth saving the life of the woman he loves.

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