One of the Beta Readers is an engineer and after he read the Future Girls he chastised me, saying – you need to build a time machine!
A day later, the other Beta Reader, a physicist, counseled, whatever you do, don’t build a time machine.
You can imagine how helpful that all was.
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
–Arthur C. Clarke
I chose not to build a time machine for two reasons: first, (according to both Beta Readers) I do not have extensive experience in time machine mechanics. And second, I did not want to unnecessarily slow down the story. I didn’t want the book to be all about whether or not time machines work, and invoke a long discussion about the ins and outs of time travel. Remember the episode of Big Bang Theory when our heroes argued over the Back to the Future Time line on a white board? Didn’t want that either.
What I wanted to do was send Charity back in time and have her get on with her adventure, that was the goal.
I also believe there are sacred, or mystery spots all over the world. I believe there are times, like Halloween night, when the veil between worlds is the thinnest.
There are things we don’t yet understand and as a fiction writer, I am happy to exploit that uncertainty. Can a sacred spot appear in the back room of a bar in the heart of a city? Why not? It doesn’t always need to be a rock in the middle of a continent, or a grove of sacred stones (although that is pretty likely). And I hope that my readers agree (if you bought the book, that makes you an Alpha Reader), or, if you don’t agree, and happen to have some blue prints for a time machine, drop me a line, let’s see if we can make it work!