I met Roxanne Lambie at a reading association conference in El Paso, if I remember correctly. She was at a table with her first book, Quantum (Clean Reads) and I had a moment between responsibilities, so I began to chat with her. When I learned she was a pilot, we chatted more. And something she said made me think that Quantum would be the perfect book for our then 5th grade neighbor, Ainsley, an avid reader. And I was right; Ainsley devoured the book in a weekend and couldn’t wait to tell me how much she loved it!
QUANTUM is my debut novel. For that reason, it will always be close to my heart, of course. It bends romance and science fiction in a young adult speculative genre. It’s actually two books in one. I spent about a year writing part 1, which was originally book 1. After many, many edits I finally queried. Just a few at a time, but with no luck. I’d already started writing book 2, which is now part 2, when I pitched my book on Twitter. It wasn’t the first time I’d tried pitching my book there. I received several likes that day from agents and small presses. Ultimately it was Clean Reads that I signed with and I’m thrilled that I did. They have been a pleasure to work with. Quantum is a unique book and I really didn’t know where it fit on the shelf. Clean Reads was willing to combine book 1 and 2 into what is now out for the world to see, and I couldn’t be happier.
I think every writer takes bits and pieces of themselves and places them on the page when they are writing. Hopefully I’m not alone on this? QUANTUM is in no way, shape or form about me, but it does have pieces of me there. Maybe a place I’ve visited. A name I know, or in the case of my main character, there are several memories of my early days of being a student pilot. It was fun to write and relive those memories from so long ago. Yes, so, so long ago. My MC is much more self- assured than I was at her age. I wish I could’ve been more like her.
This was such a fun book to write. Not only because of old memories, but also I felt as if I got to explore places that I’ve never been. YouTube is a pretty amazing tool for us writers. There are places in Ireland that I feel like I’ve been to because of all the research and description that went into writing about them. Now I’ll just have to go and find out if I did justice to the beautiful places that I wrote about.
Seventeen-year-old student pilot, Willow Ryan, can be in two places at once, but she doesn’t know it.
While on a solo flight, she is transported from Texas to Ireland where she meets a stunning Irish local, Liam Tyl. During her visits, he tries to help her unravel the mystery of how she appears and disappears, but their time together is always short lived.
At home, she has no memory of Liam or her travels to Ireland. There are chunks of time that she can’t account for—moments with her friends and family. Most importantly, memories with her ailing Mom that can’t be replaced.
Liam reaches out to her through letters, and together they discover there are two versions of Willow. Now she must learn how to navigate between her two realities without losing the new love in her life or her family back home. An accident proves that she may be too much like Schrödinger’s cat, and leaves Liam and Willow both questioning her survival.
From an early age, Roxanne Lambie fell in love with books and storytelling. Her work as a professional pilot kept her busy, but she never gave up on her dream of writing. It was the combined love of both that sparked QUANTUM. When she isn’t sitting at the computer or flying high in the skies, you can find her relaxing at home with her family and dreaming about their next vacation.