My grandmother was born four days after the turn of the 20th Century and grew up in a very upper middle-class Victorian household. I loved to hear stories about her life, but there were often those moments of horror when my world view clashed with hers. For instance, she told me with much pride that no one could tell she was pregnant with my father until she reached her ninth month because she wore a corset and took diuretics to stay thin. According to the Victorian mind-set pregnancy, even in wedlock, was unmentionable because it was caused by… well, you know… marital intimacies.
I think those striking moments of dissonance are what make the idea of time travel so fascinating to us. We love to explore what is unusual. When we go on holidays, hear someone reminiscing about their life, or pick up a book about someone/somewhere/somewhen else, we get to explore worlds and world views that are different from our own.
Every time we read about the past or the future we are in a way time travelling in our imagination to those places. And just like tourists in a foreign land we bring our customs and mind-sets with us, and they often jar with what we discover in new places. This is what makes time-travel a wonderfully unique genre: the reader gets to consider and explore these differences as the characters are doing so.
Understanding how people think and see the world has been a life-long study of mine. Along the way I’ve discovered I’m good at stepping outside my own world-view and seeing through other people’s eyes. I’ve used that ability with male prison in-mates, street-kids and those with mental health issues.
I’ve also used that skill in my writing, to get inside the heads of imaginary people from the past and future, to see the world as they would. Whether it’s seeing the present world through the eyes of a man from a post-apocalyptic future, or seeing gladiatorial combat in Imperial Rome through the eyes of a modern woman, it’s endlessly fascinating to me.
And it’s what has me reading historical and time travel romances by other authors, many of whom are here on this blog with me. Because, the bottom line is, we may only have one life to live, (although that’s contentious), but when we read we can vicariously live and enjoy so many more.
Yet no matter where in time and space we go, along with the differences we experience there are also core human needs we can always relate to. For those addicted to Romance, like me, love is one need that crosses all boundaries, and its expression is endlessly diverse and engrossing. It’s the key ingredient a novel must have to keep me coming back for more.
To continue our launch celebration, we’re giving away:
- (1) eBook of New Atlantis Time Travel Romance Bundle, Books 1-3 by Nhys Glover (Int’l)
To win, comment below with the answer to this question: What keeps you coming back for more time travel romance?
We will pick the winner tomorrow!