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Saturday, October 8, 2016

BREACHING THE TIME TUNNEL by Charlene Raddon

 To write time travel gives the author the best of two worlds—the present and the past. I could say three worlds and include the future, but I don’t write futuristics. My fascination is with the past.

The first book I wrote was a time travel romance. In 1989, time travel was not selling. All my book ideas then were time travels. But I set them all aside and went on to write several other romance novels, figuring I would get that first book published some day. Still mean to do that.

The trick with writing time travel is, of course, how to get your characters back to the past, and if the plot calls for it, returned to the present. Finding a fresh, believable approach takes some doing.

In my book, she returns to the present.

The first thing a writer must deal with once she has her hero/heroine in the past is how they react. Are they horrified, thrilled, scared? Most likely all three. But these reactions must be shown in a believable way. By the same token, the writer must show the reaction of the characters in the past to this strangely dressed invader into their world.

  • Should the heroine admit where she came from? Is she believed? 
  • Does she try to return to the present or accept her new home? 
  • All these questions must be answered to the satisfaction of the reader.


Recently, I was asked to write a time travel novella for an anthology entitled The Good, The Bad, and The Ghostly. Historical western ghost stories. My hero, a ghost hunter, travels to a location where he hopes to banish a ghost and winds up in the past. Great fun to write. My particular story in this anthology is A Ride Through Time. 


CHARLENE RADDON


Charlene Raddon is an award-winning author of historical romance novels set in the American West, and a book cover designer who specializes in historical covers.




15 comments:

Charlene Raddon said...

Sarah, thank you for hosting me today. I love your header. If you want more blogs on time travel, I know other authors who'd be glad to jump in.

Patti Sherry-Crews said...

Thank you for hosting, Sarah. Love the look of your blog! I had the pleasure of working on this anthology with Char and the others. Char, you did such a good job hitting the points you made above. I thought Burke had a believable reaction to finding himself in the past. When I read your story both the past setting and the present setting felt so real, I felt I was right there. Well done! All the stories are so good and perfect for Halloween reading.

Keta Diablo said...

Hi Char and ladies of Romancing the Genres,

Thanks so much for hosting Char's story from The Good, The Bad and The Ghostly. We had a fun time collaborating and tying all the stories to one single thread...Psychic Investigations Agency (P.S.I.).

Char's story was unique and wildly entertaining (hint: I think readers will like it).

Thanks again, and we hope your follower will enjoy reading the stories as much as we enjoyed writing them,

~Keta~

Charlene Raddon said...

Thanks, Keta and Patti, for dropping by. It was so fun working on this project with you both.

Andrea Downing said...

Char, as your fellow time travel writer in the anthology, I welcome reading about your method and thoughts on writing time travel, even though we took slightly different slants. Loved your story!

Charlene Raddon said...

Thanks, Andi. Loved yours too.

Sarah Raplee said...

You have me hooked, Char! Can't wait to read your story and the others. Thank you so much for Guesting here at RTG.

Charlene Raddon said...

You're welcome, Sarah. Any time.

Blaire Edens said...

I loved your story, Char. Time-travel, when done well like in your story, is magical. Literally and figuratively. :-)

Courtney Pierce said...

Thank you for the great guest post, Char! With the popularity of OUTLANDER, the timing moght be right to publish that first book. Sounds like a boatload of fun.

Courtney Pierce said...

Thank you for the great guest post, Char! With the popularity of OUTLANDER, the timing moght be right to publish that first book. Sounds like a boatload of fun.

Charlene Raddon said...

Thanks for dropping by, Courtney. I think you're right about the need to get my first book published. I plan to work on that soon.

Judith Ashley said...

Thank You for guesting with us Char. The anthology looks to be a very fun read. Were the other authors in the anthology western romance authors like you?

Marcia King-Gamble said...

Enjoyed your post. It made me think abut all that goes into time travel to make it believable. Well done!

Kristin Holt said...

Thank you for guest posting on Romancing the Genres, Charlene. I'm so glad to see you here. =) Congratulations on the success of this anthology, ladies, and the ideal timing as Halloween and spooky stories are upon us.