Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Author Nancy Pennick and Time Travel

Nancy Pennick is here today to tell us about the complexities when writing a time travel book. She is the author of "Waiting for Dust" and "Call of the Canyon" in the same series. 

-----------------------------------------------------------------------First, I want to thank Cindy for inviting me to guest blog about my series today. Since she loves science fiction, I thought I’d use it as a springboard to introduce my young adult books, Waiting for Dusk and Call of the Canyon. 

Time travel.

In 1895 H.G. Wells wrote of it in The Time Machine and it still piques our interest more than one hundred years later. The Time Traveler’s Wife is a recent addition to the genre and even became a movie.

Waiting for Dusk slowly grew and changed into a time travel novel in my mind. My original idea included a dream world and reality. As I continued on, I thought, “Why not make this real?”

The first thing I discovered was that time travel needs rules. You definitely need them and have to stick by them. There can be amendments and add-ons but the mainframe has to be set in stone--how the character gets there and how they return.

Grand Canyon

Since Waiting for Dusk is a young adult romance novel, time travel becomes an important part of the story because it’s the only way she can get to see the boy she loves.

In the beginning, she doesn’t know she’s time traveling and it becomes one of the main plot points of the books. Katie slowly begins to realize she’s not dreaming and that this world she visits might be real.

Call of the Canyon continues the story of Katie and Drew. It explores more in depth the affects of time travel on people’s lives. Their biggest worry is to not change history and just be observers. Somehow that doesn’t quite work out. It’s difficult to go somewhere and not interfere, participate or make suggestions. As soon as that happens, history changes.

Questions also arise about age and returning to the same time period over and over again. Will there be multiples of one person? Do people remember you if they met you before? Do you stay the same age? Since my characters return to only one period in time, these questions needed to be addressed.

With the resurgence of the “Doctor Who” television show, time travel is becoming popular again. In my third and final book of the series, Stealing Time, there’s a shout out to the show. Fans, I hope, will chuckle at the subtle reference.

Many people wish they could travel through time. Some would choose the past and others the distant future. Although we realize this could never happen, we can’t help wondering if there’s a slight possibility it could. And that’s why we read. To escape. To explore strange new worlds. To seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no man has gone before. To go back in time. To see the future. To time travel.


Thanks for being a guest on my blog, Nancy!

Be sure to check out Nancy's books.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Time travel is always fascinating. Do you stay in the same timeline or do you create more?

Rusty Webb said...

I've always been a fan of time travel tales. Good luck with this one!

Nancy Pennick said...

Thanks for having me today, Cindy!

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

Wow, what an interesting story for a book. I love time travel, but yeah, it definitely needs to have rules. There's nothing that spoils suspension of belief more than when a clearly identified paradox occurs.