Susan Squires grew up among the giant redwoods of California. She thought she was being practical by changing her major in college from theater to English literature. Immersed in a PhD. Program, she slowly realized that none of her graduating friends had work. So she dropped out after receiving a Master’s degree to take an paying job in the business world.
6 Reasons Why Writing Time Travel is Fun
1. You get to research another time period—very thoroughly. If you are setting a book in a different time period you must do careful research. Time Travel readers want to know what it would really be like to live there.
2. You get to tweak history. I set myself a rule that I would always make events come out looking like they do in the history books. But HOW and WHY events happen can change. Or events can look the same, but really be very different. It’s like a puzzle! In Mists of Time, the characters actually do change history, at least for a little while. It was fun to figure out what the impact would have been.
3. Your main character becomes a “fish out of water,” faced with new situations and new dangers. How will your character adapt? Will they find new strengths and talents? What talents from their own time will help them in their present situation?
4. You automatically have a really big barrier to forming relationships if you are writing a romance. The hero and heroine come from different backgrounds, different cultural norms, and to get together one of them is going to have to give up everything they’ve known and loved from their own time.
5. There’s something very elemental and satisfying about imagining yourself in another time. Kids do it from a very young age.
6. You are joining a long tradition of some very fun books in many genres, not only Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, but Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, H.G. Wells’s The Time Machine and Robert Heinlein’s The Door Into Summer, to name but a few.
What’s your favorite time travel book? Come on, you know you have one.