The Incredibly Awesome Adventures of Puggie Liddell – author interview – Dr. Karen Mueller Bryson

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About The Incredibly Awesome Adventures of Puggie Liddell

History made fun! In this fast-paced and action-packed time travel adventure, the wise-cracking whiz kid, Puggie Liddell’s modified Gameboy activates a time travel portal and he lands in the 1890s with his sibling rival, annoyingly prissy teen sister, Gigi, who thinks history is like-totally-gross.

The kids must learn to work together to find a time travel portal back to the present before the eccentric scientist, Nikola Tesla, or his arch nemesis, inventor Thomas Edison, can steal the Gameboy and use it to complete a death ray machine, an invention powerful enough to disturb the very fabric of space-time and create an instantaneous world disaster.


Author Karen Mueller Bryson

About Karen Mueller Bryson

Dr. Karen Mueller Bryson is an optioned screenwriter, produced playwright and published novelist.

She is the author of several romantic comedy novels for adults and is the creator of Short on Time books, a series of fast-paced and fun novels readers can finish in one sitting.

The Incredibly Awesome Adventures of Puggie Liddell is Karen’s first novel for young people.

For additional information about Karen Mueller Bryson, visit her website:






Q:  Biggest Pet Peeve about the writing life.


I have too many stories I would like to tell and not enough time to develop all of them! I have a full-time job as a university professor and write in my “spare time.” If it was not for my wonderful husband, who does most of the housework and meal preparation, I would not have the opportunity to write as much as I currently do.


Q:  Worst rejection you’ve ever received?


In addition to writing novels, I also write stage plays and screenplays. One of the screenplays I co-wrote, Monsoon Season, is based on the true story of a female football coach, who led an inexperienced first-year boy’s football team to win their league championship. The contest-winning script was requested by a number of film producers (and was eventually optioned). One morning, I received an email from one of the producers, who had requested to read the script. The producer was quite blunt in expressing her disappointment in the script and basically admonished me for wasting her time. I was completely mortified and totally demoralized by the email. I considered giving up writing all together. Later the same day, another producer phoned me and praised the script! That experience taught me a big lesson. The evaluation of writing is extremely subject and I will never please everyone with what I write. Now, I write to please myself and I hope that others will enjoy my work.


Q:  What’s next for you?


I created Short on Time Books, a line of fast-paced and fun novels for readers on the go. All Short on Time Books can be read in an hour or two. They are great for commuting, sitting on the beach or traveling. So far, the line includes adult romantic comedy, teen romance and pre-teen time-travel adventures.  In the future, I would also like to add adult suspense/thrillers as well.


Q:  Who is your favorite author, and why?


I love to read and enjoy so many different genres it is difficult to choose just one author as my favorite. The two authors, who have influenced me both personally and professionally, are Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland) and L. Frank Baum (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz). Both authors wrote timeless tales with iconic characters and I certainly strive to live up to their greatness!


Q:  What are a few of your favorite genres and why?


I enjoy books that cross genres. For example, Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series is the perfect mix of mystery, romance and comedy. I love her work! I like to write books that also have comedic elements, whether they are romance or adventure stories.


Q:  Writer’s Block – If you have ever experienced it – how did you resolve it?


I don’t believe in Writer’s Block. I believe in sitting one’s butt in the chair and writing! One of my writing mentors, Hal Croasmun, said, “Give yourself permission of write crap.” I think writers need to feel free to just write and leave the editing and evaluation process for another time.



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2 thoughts on “The Incredibly Awesome Adventures of Puggie Liddell – author interview – Dr. Karen Mueller Bryson”

  1. Regarding rejection of books/plays: Everybody has different tastes in reading. I have no interest in sports or sport stories, unless there is a second story line of human interest and the sports are only a sideline. As the old saying goes whats meat to one is poison to another.

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