Beth has more than proven her merit when it comes to writing sensual, tantalizing, and breathtaking romance! Her time travels speak to the heart. Now listen up as Beth speaks to us.
“Man ... can go up against gravitation in a balloon, and why should he not hope that ultimately he may be able to stop or accelerate his drift along the Time-Dimension, or even turn about and travel the other way.” ~H.G. Wells, The Time Machine.
Thanks Faith for having me as a guest on your lovely blog. I’m here to share my love of time travel. As an historical romance author all of my stories are in a sense, but I first incorporated actual visits to the past in the form of flashbacks to early 19th century in my murder mystery/ghost story romance, Following that, my ultimate challenge was to set a time travel romance in .
Slight problem, and one that held me back for years, I’ve never actually been there, though many of my family have and told me all about its grandeur and charm. I’ve read, heard, and seen many descriptions of Scotland. Being a history buff I’ve read up on and watched numerous programs set in the .
I’m a British junkie, an anglophile, while equally preoccupied with early America. But then America and Great Britain are both tied together and were especially linked in the colonial time period. Virginia’s where I live and my family has lived for several hundred years resembles Scotland and Ireland and is partly why so many Scots/Irish settled here in the 18th century. So that gave me an ‘in.’
Until I’d set all my stories in America, past and present. This departure to Scotland was a challenge, but I drew deeply on my English/ roots, as I’ve been doing all along. Apart from the prominent Native American characters in my work ( ) the others are English/Scots-Irish with a smidgen of French. My ancestors have a smidgen of French in the meld—a Norman knight who sailed and fought with William the Conqueror.
But I digress. A little more about the inspiration behind light paranormal romance . As is often the case, the opening of this book was inspired by a dream, as was my recently completed light paranormal/time travel romance, These vivid dreams grab my attention and make me wonder where in the world I go from here. Inquiring minds like mine want to know the rest of the story, so I delve, plot, and lie awake nights trying to recapture the dream to see where it leads. Oh, and I finally dreamed the opening to the much pondered sequel to so maybe I’ll make progress and Fergus shall have his story.
Ultimately though,and my other works for that matter, evolve from lengthy research, in this case into my Scottish roots. Not only those hardy souls who journeyed to the New World via Ireland, but also those who came directly from Scotland as early as the 17th century. Along with my rich ancestry is a long-held absorption with the idea of actually being transported to the past, with a proviso that I can return to the present whenever the thrill wears off, of course. Say, by tea time. My characters are far more adventurous than I. I’d be fortunate to survive a week back then.
Doubtless, I’ve been influenced by my beloved C S Lewis in his that I grew up reading. I’m still looking for Narnia. Isn’t everyone? And movies like , , And countless other films and books, but I like to think I’ve achieved an original take on the oft visited time travel theme.
Certainly, my love for old castles and the also lent inspiration. The concept behind my SOMEWHERE series is that the story opens in modern-day, so far my home state of Virginia and I don’t see that changing, and then transports the reader SOMEWHERE else–either back to an earlier time in the same house, as in , or another place altogether, as in Sounds simple enough, right? But writing these stories isn’t. And then there are the questions that haunt me. Did I get the setting right? Only those of you who dwell in that beautiful land or have visited Scotland can say.
Neil MacKenzie’s well ordered life turns to chaos when Mora Campbell shows up claiming he’s her fiancé from 1602 Scotland. Her avowal that she was chased to the future by clan chieftain, Red MacDonald, is utter nonsense, and Neil must convince her that she is just addled from a blow to her head–or so he believes until the MacDonald himself shows up wanting blood. Mora knows the Neil of the future is truly her beloved Niall who disappeared from the past. Although her kinsmen believe he’s dead, and she is now destined to marry Niall’s brother, she’s convinced that if she and Neil return to the past, all will be right.
The only problem is how to get back to 1602 before it’s too late. The balance of the present and future are in peril if she marries another, and the Neil of the present will cease to exist. An ancient relic and a few good friends in the future help pave the way back to the past, but will Mora and Neil be too late to save a love that began centuries before?~