Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Introducing aspiring time-travel writer Lorie Langdon

Hello, Lorie, and welcome! It's so nice to meet other authors who love the time-travel genre as much as I do. So, let's begin...
First, could you introduce yourself and talk about your work? What time-travel fiction have you written or are in the process of writing?
I’m Lorie Langdon an unpublished author working on a series of time travel novels. The first in the Time for Every Purpose series is called A Time to Hope.
I have always been fascinated by the concept of time-travel and I have been in love with romance novels since I was a young girl. My story, A Time to Hope, combines these two elements within the dramatic setting of the maritime American Revolution.
My heroine, Julia Lucas, is a 21st century woman trapped in an abusive marriage to a powerful international arms dealer. Held captive aboard her husband’s yacht and forced to participate in illegal weapons deals, Julia is contemplating ending her life when providence intervenes transporting her over 200 years into the past to the year 1781.
Julia awakens aboard an American Privateer ship, The Fleetwood, finding herself at the mercy of their mysterious captain, who based on her skimpy attire, assumes she is a prostitute. Damaged and spiritually broken, Julia must make peace with her horrific past before she can move foreword and accept that she has been given a miraculous second chance at life. And that her new future is inevitably intertwined with the arrestingly magnetic Captain.
Privateer Captain Nicholas Tanner is a man bent on revenge and driven to win the fight against the British at any cost. Haunted by a recurring nightmare of a beautiful girl who is trying to drown him, Nicholas’ characteristic stoicism is shattered when the crew of The Fleetwood rescues an unconscious Julia from the sea. Realizing she is the woman from his nightmares, Nicholas determines to be rid of her at the first opportunity. But by the time they reach port, he is too beguiled to let Julia go; it is only when she is captured by his enemies, however, that he understands she has become everything to him.
As Nicholas and Julia finally accept they are meant to be together, fate again intervenes ripping Julia away from her love and back into present day where she must face her husband and confront her worst fears. Determined to no longer be the victim, Julia must find the faith and inner strength she needs to fight for her newfound freedom and find her way back through the past to Nicholas, her true destiny.

What are your favorite time destinations and why?
I’m currently writing about the Revolutionary War period, which I really enjoy but would like to branch out to other historical time periods, as well as, the future.

Where is your work available?
I am currently working towards the goal of publishing my work.

What got you interested in the genre? For how long have you been a fan, and who are your favorite authors of time-travel fiction?
From the time that I saw the Back to the Future movies when I was a child, I was hooked on the concept of time travel. But my love truly took root when I read Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I also enjoy Lynn Kurland’s time travel novels. I love the concept of a modern-day hero or heroine being thrown into a world that is familiar and yet foreign to them at the same time. It creates infinite possibilities for conflict between the time traveler and those they develop relationships with in their new time period.

What mechanisms do you use for time-travel? Do they vary from story to story?
My theory of time travel is unique in the fact that it is not controlled or created by man, but is a mechanism of divine providence, for the purpose of rescuing those without hope, the irrevocably lost. The Time for Every Purpose series is about three such individuals, who through divine intervention are given a chance at a new destiny.

What type of research do you do for the genre? Where do you find your sources?
My research is a combination of using the Internet and various books on the colonial period, 18th century ships and the Privateer’s role during the American Revolution.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?
“He changes the times and the seasons.” --Daniel 2:21
Okay, Lorie, thanks again, and keep in touch. Let us know when you get that book deal! -Laura Hogg


Keri Stevens said...

Diana Gabaldon also hooked me, Lorie!

Your story is fascinating and different. I think time travel is one of the most difficult of paranormal genres, but it sounds like you've gotten exactly right--letting the future/present reality inform what happens in the past/present reality (hah! It made sense in my head).

L.A. Mitchell said...

So great to hear about your novel. Maybe they were out in the Bermuda Triangle ;) I wish you much success with your series.

Catherine Bybee said...

Best of luck to you, Lorie.

Lora Innes said...

This was a great interview! Thanks for all the info on your story, sounds like a must read. :)