Hello Readerlings! Today we are privilaged to have the author of LOOP, Karen Akins, here with us to talk about her new book, and about writing Time Travel! Check it out below and make sure read about LOOP below!
Thank you so much for having me on your blog today to celebrate the release of LOOP!
And thanks for asking me to discuss some of the research that went into writing time travel. At times, it’s given me a bit of a headache. When I first thought of the basic plot of LOOP, I literally sat down and asked myself, “Do I really want to attempt this?”
Present Karen is thankful that Past Karen answered that question, “Yes.”
The first thing I did was write the first draft, creating whatever rules of time travel I wanted in my own story. Thankfully, my first round of beta readers were sci-fi sticklers who asked some wonderful (and incredibly difficult questions). One of them actually addressed how the slight tilt in the Earth’s axis over two-hundred years could potentially affect where and how time travelers land in the past. So the second thing I did was decide just how detailed I wanted to get into the mechanics of time travel.
Answer: enough to tell the story I wanted to tell. Not so much as to drive me crazy. I respect my readers, and I respect their imagination.
So then I had to decide, did that mean getting neck-deep into logistics…
Or leaving it a little more hazy?
My freshman year of college, I took a class in Botany, and one thing that struck me was that when my professor got to a certain step of explaining the process of photosynthesis, she kind of wiggled her fingers in front of the overhead projector (Yes, I’m that old) and said, “We’re not sure exactly what happens here.”
She was talking about one of the simplest, most basic processes of nature—something that happens every moment of every day in every blade of grass—and scientists haven’t figured it out.
Or have they?
No, really. They haven’t.
Because time travel might be at play.
Most of the scientific musings of time travel I came across (and thanks to Einstein’s Theories of General and Special Relativity, there are many) agree on one thing. It is much more likely that we will, with the right technology, be able to time travel into the future rather than into the past.
Unless there’s a wormhole involved.
Given these facts, LOOP’s time travel (an inherited ability in which Shifters are able to travel to their past but not their future) is pretty much the opposite of what is genuinely plausible. But it’s also a heck of a lot more fun. :D
At a school where Quantum Paradox 101 is a required course and history field trips are literal, sixteen year-old time traveler Bree Bennis excels…at screwing up.Goodreads | Amazon
After Bree botches a solo midterm to the 21st century by accidentally taking a boy hostage (a teensy snafu), she stands to lose her scholarship. But when Bree sneaks back to talk the kid into keeping his yap shut, she doesn’t go back far enough. The boy, Finn, now three years older and hot as a solar flare, is convinced he’s in love with Bree, or rather, a future version of her that doesn’t think he’s a complete pain in the arse. To make matters worse, she inadvertently transports him back to the 23rd century with her.
Once home, Bree discovers that a recent rash of accidents at her school are anything but accidental. Someone is attacking time travelers. As Bree and her temporal tagalong uncover seemingly unconnected clues—a broken bracelet, a missing data file, the art heist of the millennium—that lead to the person responsible, she alone has the knowledge to piece the puzzle together. Knowledge only one other person has. Her future self.
But when those closest to her become the next victims, Bree realizes the attacker is willing to do anything to stop her. In the past, present, or future.
Karen Akins lives in the MidSouth where she writes humorous, light YA sci-fi. When not writing or reading, she loves lightsaber dueling with her two sons and forcing her husband to watch BBC shows with her.
Karen has been many things in her life: an archery instructor, drummer for the shortest-lived garage band in history, and a shockingly bad tic-tac-toe player.
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