Steampunk Author, Karen Carlilse tagged me into answering a series of questions about time travel and books.
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What is your favourite historical setting for a book?
This is a bit like being asked who your favourite child is. At the moment, I would have to say 1871, in England and Australia, since that is the setting for my current work-in-progress. However, I would have to say my next favourites would be Edo-period Japan and Medieval China. I love the religion and mythology underlying these cultures.
What writers would you like to travel back in time to meet?
Oh, can I make a comprehensive list?
Isaac Asimov straight up. Mary Shelley. Mary Somerville. Charles Dickens. Kipling. H G Wells. Jules Verne. J M Barrie. Diana Wynne Jones. Terry Pratchett (though I have met him). I could go on and on.
What books would you travel back in time and give to your younger self?
So, what age is my younger self? Can I give twelve year old me my entire library I have now? If I have to pick just a few: The Willow Tree’s Daughter by Pamela Freeman, all of Barry Hughart’s books, The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle, everything Terry Pratchett or Neil Gaiman ever wrote, everything by Angela Slatter, Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, and a list of recommendations for future purchases.
What book would you travel forward in time and give your older self?
Dear me. I’d rather my older self travel back and give me her list of reading recommendations.
What is your favourite futuristic setting for a book?
Pern, created by Anne McCaffrey.
What is your favourite book that is set in a different time period (can be historical or futuristic)?
I will never be limited to just one book. Dodger, by Terry Pratchett, set in Victorian England, or any of the Barry Hughart books set in historical China.
Spoiler Time: Do you ever skip ahead to the end of a book to see what happens?
Sometimes. Mainly if the book is a little dull or confusing, and I need to see if the journey is worth it. Infrequently, because I am too terrified and I need to see if the book has a happy ending.
If you had a Time Turner, where would you go and what would you do?
I would go back to meet the Three Marys: Mary Somerville, Mary Shelley, and Mary Wollstonecraft, and Ada Lovelace/Charles Babbage.
Favourite book (if you have one) that includes time travel or takes place in multiple time periods.
The Time Machine by H G Wells is original and best! Though I am also a big fan of Doctor Who books. (Well, Doctor Who anything really. I run Osgood LIVES on Facebook).
What book/series do you wish you could go back and read again for the first time?
The Discworld series by Terry Pratchett (because that would mean Terry Pratchett would be still alive).