posted by Aunty Cindy aka Loucinda McGary
Not long ago, I was guesting at an online readers community. One of the commenters said that she felt The Wild Sight, in addition to being a contemporary romantic suspense, had a very distinctive historical flavor, particularly in the scenes where the hero interacts with Bronze Age Celts in his 'visions.'
I loved reading this comment because that was exactly what I was trying to achieve in those scenes! Some reviewers have gone so far as to label The Wild Sight as a time-travel novel. While I don't think this is exactly accurate (especially in comparison to traditional time-travel romances like Diana Gabaldon's Outlander or Jude Deveraux's Knight In Shining Armor), I did purposely set out to stretch the time boundaries within my story.
The shadowy world that Donovan inhabits in his 'visions' is called 'between' by one of his childhood compatriots who happens to be a Celtic Druid. Spirits and visions that inhabit this 'between' world can be decades or centuries old, or completely present day. That was my way of stretching the boundaries of time to fit the constructs of my story.
In my September release, The Treasures of Venice, I go one step farther. In this book, I actually have dual story lines that take place in Venice. The contemporary romantic suspense story features a couple who may or may not be reincarnated 15th century Venetian lovers. And then there are actual scenes in 1485 Venice of the star-crossed Renaissance pair. The two story lines parallel each other in terms of the characters' relationships and some of the things that happen to them.
Talk about pushing those boundaries! And yes, I did set quite a task for myself, but as it turned out, a lot of the parallelism just happened without much conscious effort from me. I'm only the writer after all! (wink) Gotta love when the characters and story 'take over.'
What about you? What do you think about books that stretch time boundaries? Have you done any boundary pushing lately? Please share!