Today, we have a very special guest! K.C. Tansley is here to introduce her new book and to talk to us about her decision to write a novel featuring time travel. Take it away, K.C….
Why I Wrote a Time Travel Novel
by K.C. Tansley
I have always been fascinated by how people’s actions impact each other. Nothing happens in a vacuum. One person’s choice can set off a domino effect across others’ lives. When you trace a consequence back through the actions that led to it, there are always a few places where a few people could have made a different choice and it would have completely altered the outcome.
I wanted to play with the idea that one generation can make a choice that has unforeseen and devastating consequences on another. Time travel was essential to showcase this dynamic in action and have a rich sense of family going back centuries. I think it gave the story a bit of a saga feeling. By having my characters travel 129 years into the past, I could show how the past reached into the present and messed everything up.
What I find fascinating is that even the most researched and thought-out decisions can have a weakness: bad information. There is only so much information available when a decision is being made. Sometimes, what you think is trusted information is actually incorrect, and it brings so many consequences along with it.
We make choices every day. No matter how well thought out they are, the best intentions can lead to the worst outcomes. Sometimes the worst intentions have unexpected results. Many times the effects aren’t visible for years. A decision might seem right for a while. And then the repercussions come around on the next generation. Only then does it become clear that it was a bad choice. A decision made over a century ago can still impact people’s lives today.
In my head, I like to picture all the branches in a decision tree. It’s probably why I often wonder what I would change if I could. So I posed that question to my characters. What if you could go back in time? Would you change things? What if changing things risked your world’s existence? Would you still do it? Those kinds of tough choices show someone’s true nature. And the choices my characters made revealed so much about who they were at their core.
About The Book
She tried to ignore them. But some things won’t be ignored.
Kat Preston doesn’t believe in ghosts. Not because she’s never seen one, but because she saw one too many. Refusing to believe is the only way to protect herself from the ghost that tried to steal her life. Kat’s disbelief keeps her safe until her junior year at McTernan Academy, when a research project for an eccentric teacher takes her to a tiny, private island off the coast of Connecticut.
The site of a grisly mystery, the Isle of Acacia is no place for a girl who ignores ghosts, but the ghosts leave Kat little choice. Accompanied by her research partner, Evan Kingsley, she investigates the disappearance of Cassie Mallory and Sebastian Radcliffe on their wedding night in 1886. Evan’s scientific approach to everything leaves Kat on her own to confront a host of unbelievables: ancestral curses, powerful spells, and her strange connection to the ghosts that haunt Castle Creighton.
But that is all before Kat’s yanked through a magic portal and Evan follows her. When the two of them awaken 129 years in the past with their souls trapped inside the bodies of two wedding guests, everything changes. Together, Kat and Evan race to stop the wedding-night murders and find a way back to their own time and their own bodies before their souls slip away forever.
About the Author:
K.C. Tansley lives with her warrior lapdog, Emerson, on a hill somewhere in Connecticut. She tends to believe in the unbelievables—spells, ghosts, time travel—and writes about them.
Never one to say no to a road trip, she’s climbed the Great Wall twice, hopped on the Sound of Music tour in Salzburg, and danced the night away in the dunes of Cape Hatteras. She loves the ocean and hates the sun, which makes for interesting beach days. The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts is the first book in her YA time-travel murder mystery series.
As Kourtney Heintz, she also writes award winning cross-genre fiction for adults.
Connect wtih the Author:
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/kourtneyheintzwriter