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We’ve  asked authors Lisa Mason and Laura Vosika to talk with us about  their time travel books.

Lisa  Mason is the author of Summer of Love, A Time Travel, on Nook and Kindle,  and The Gilded Age, A Time Travel, on Nook and on Kindle. Summer of Love was a Philip K. Dick Award Finalist and San Francisco Chronicle  Recommended Book. Locus Magazine said, “Remarkable. . .the intellect on display  within these psychedelically packaged pages is clear-sighted, witty, and  wise.” The  Gilded Age was a New York Times Notable Book and New York Public Library Recommended Book.  The New York Times Book Review called The Gilded Age, “A winning mixture of intelligence  and passion.” Visit Lisa on the web at Lisa Mason’s Official Website or Lisa Mason’s  Blog.

Laura  Vosika is the author of Blue Bells of Scotland, on Kindle, Nook, itunes, and at Smashwords, lauded as a book in the vein of Diana  Gabaldon’s Outlander series, and earning many five-star reviews. Nan Hawthorne,  author of historical fiction, called Blue Bells of Scotland one of her  favorite books of the year. The praise was echoed by Robert Mattos of Book and  Movie Reviews, adding that it is a must-have for the book shelves of any serious  reader. The Minstrel Boy, Book Two in The Blue Bells Chronicles is  also out. Visit Laura on the web at www.bluebellstrilogy.com or www.facebook.com/laura.vosika.author

Q:  Do you employ time travel as social commentary or as a way to point out how  daily life has changed?

Lisa: Not  all time travel authors write about social commentary, but a lot have and I’m  one of them. What struck me about 1895 and 1967 were the pervasive sexist  and racist attitudes, which Chiron and Zhu each rail against. My time travelers  also take aim at the huge effects of the consumption of resources, pollution,  and overpopulation.

Each  year in the past I chose was a true time marker. 1895 was a pivotal year for the  woman suffrage movement, movements to recognize racial minorities and to protest  cruelty to animals, advances in medicine, like the germ theory and antiseptics,  and technology, like the telephone, telegraph, horseless carriages, and moving  pictures. 1967 was the birthplace of the women’s rights movement as we know it  today, the equality of racial minorities, the gay movement, the space race, and  the first computers. Both my time travelers stand as witnesses to those historic  moments and add their encouragement.

It  is one of the delights of time travel fiction to point out how daily life has  changed. Yet in both Summer of Love and The Gilded Age, my time  travelers eventually have to admit that those retrograde attitudes resurface  even in their enlightened future and those who forget the past are condemned to  repeat it. Both come to realize that, despite the wonders of far-future  technology, in many ways the quality of their lives is poorer than in simpler,  more natural times.

 

I  should add there’s also plenty of fun and romance in both  books.

Laura: I  definitely focus on social commentary and daily life. In Blue Bells of  Scotland, Shawn starts out as real womanizing, self-centered player. In  medieval Scotland, where he is mistaken for Niall, he finds that what he  considers having a little fun, what he considers fairly normal, is heavily  frowned on by fathers and sometimes by the women themselves. Coming from an age  where we express our displeasure with words and lawsuits, he is shocked to find  that people have no hesitation about physically harming him. And they don’t ask  questions afterward, either.

One  idea The Blue Bells Chronicles touches on is that of respect for women  and women’s strength, as Shawn sees the contrasts between the lives of medieval  women who appear very sheltered and protected in many ways, but must be very  strong to get through a hard life full of work, famine, war, and disease; and  the modern women he knows who are in many ways more independent, but suffer from  their own problems and societal pressures.

Thanks to Lisa Mason and Laura Vosika for a lively and  thought-provoking discussion. If you, the reader, wish to join the discussion or  have any questions or comments for our authors, feel free to contact them. And  please buy their books!

Summer  of Love, A Time Travel,  on Nook and Kindle,  and The Gilded Age, A Time Travel, on Nook and on Kindle, by Lisa Mason.

Blue  Bells of Scotland,  on Kindle, Nook, itunes, and at Smashwords, and The Minstrel Boy, Book Two  in The Blue Bells Chronicles by Laura  Vosika.

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And now, on to time travel talks!

 

We’ve  asked authors Lisa Mason and Laura Vosika to talk with us about  their time travel books.

 

Laura  Vosika is the author of Blue Bells of Scotland, on Kindle, Nook, itunes, and at Smashwords, lauded as a book in the vein of Diana  Gabaldon’s Outlander series, and earning many five-star reviews. Nan Hawthorne,  author of historical fiction, called Blue Bells of Scotland one of her  favorite books of the year. The praise was echoed by Robert Mattos of Book and  Movie Reviews, adding that it is a must-have for the book shelves of any serious  reader. The Minstrel Boy, Book Two in The Blue Bells Chronicles is  also out. Visit Laura on the web at www.bluebellstrilogy.com or www.facebook.com/laura.vosika.author.

Lisa  Mason is the author of Summer of Love, A Time Travel, on Nook and Kindle,  and The Gilded Age, A Time Travel, on Nook and on Kindle. Summer of Love was a Philip K. Dick Award Finalist and San Francisco Chronicle  Recommended Book. Locus Magazine said, “Remarkable. . .the intellect on display  within these psychedelically packaged pages is clear-sighted, witty, and  wise.”The  Gilded Age was a New York Times Notable Book and New York Public Library Recommended Book.  The New York Times Book Review called The Gilded Age, “A winning mixture of intelligence  and passion.”Visit Lisa on the web at Lisa Mason’s Official Website or Lisa Mason’s  Blog.

Q:  What drew you as an author to time travel?

Laura: I’ve long been drawn to time travel, most likely as a result of a very active  childhood imagination and a few really good children’s novels that involved time  travel. In the Keep of Time was one, by Margaret J. Anderson, and Time  for Andrew: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn was another. In the  first, four children go into a deserted Scottish keep and come out into the dead  of night in medieval Scotland. In the second, two boys who look alike, but have  very different personalities, switch places in time, Andrew Tyler coming to1990  and Drew, his great nephew, going back to live Andrew’s life in 1910. I  consciously drew from In the Keep of Time in my own novel, but it also  has some strong elements of Time for Andrew, in the concept of two very  different men trading places and lives.

 

Lisa: Like Laura, I’ve always been fascinated with time travel. From H.G. Wells’s The Time Machine (1895), Jack Finney’s Time and Again (1970),  Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series (begun in 1991), Connie Willis’s  multiple award-winning The Domesday Book (1992), and on to Audrey  Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife (2004), the concept of time travel  has offered authors a rich and complex source of inspiration and readers with a  century’s worth of reading pleasure.

 

Laura: I loved The Time Traveler’s Wife, too. What I liked about it in  particular is the way it focused on character and personality, on facing life’s  problems, with time travel being central, and yet incidental, to the deeper  story. This is something I try to do in my own writing. And of course, I also  enjoyed Diana Gabaldon’s books and the look at historical  Scotland.

 

Lisa: I  enjoy historical fiction but the problem is, as an author, you have to stay  within the mindset of the period. It’s vital you do that to maintain veracity.  With time travel, though, you get to have it both ways, immersing the story in  the era as well as providing a modern perspective, often a critical  one.

 

Laura: These  differing mind sets are one of the things that I think make time travel so  fascinating–the exploration of how the time we live in impacts our thinking,  more so than I think most of us in the modern time would like to  admit.

 

Lisa: Absolutely.  A reflection on how our own time shapes us and our thoughts in profound ways is  so important in keeping an open mind and exercising your own judgment about the  issues of the day. With Summer of Love, I wanted to carve out my  own territory in time travel by positing that my time traveler, Chiron Cat’s Eye  in Draco, comes from the far future on a mission to save Susan Bell, a teenage  runaway in 1967 San Francisco. In The Gilded Age, Zhu Wong comes from a  far future two decades later than Chiron’s and returns to a more distant past,  1895, to save a Chinese slave girl. Against all her better judgment, she falls  in love with a scoundrel, Daniel J. Watkins. Need I add that neither time  traveler is very happy about the era he or she has been compelled to travel to  and none of the locals think much of the time traveler.  Trouble!

 

Laura: That’s  half the fun, isn’t it! Get your characters up a tree…in the wrong  century…and then throw rocks at them. Neither Shawn, the modern-day musician  who ends up in medieval Scotland, nor Niall, the medieval warrior who spends a  couple of weeks in the present day, is very impressed with the others’  era.

 

Thanks to Lisa Mason and Laura Vosika for a lively and  thought-provoking discussion. If you, the reader, wish to join the discussion or  have any questions or comments for our authors, feel free to contact them. And  please buy their books!

 

Summer  of Love, A Time Travel,  on Nook and Kindle,  and The Gilded Age, A Time Travel, on Nook and on Kindle, by Lisa Mason.

Blue  Bells of Scotland,  on Kindle, Nook, itunes, and at Smashwords, and The Minstrel Boy, Book Two  in The Blue Bells Chronicles by Laura  Vosika.

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