The Romance of Time Travels
Posted by oliviaventura
Everyone say hi to Claire Delacroix, my guest today! I’m a huge fan of Claire’s time travel romances, so it’s a thrill to have her here!
The Romance of Time Travels
by Claire Delacroix (http://www.delacroix.net)
I love time travel romances. There’s something inherently romantic about the idea of a love that transcends space and time, of two people finding love in the most unlikely of places. As a writer, I like time travels because they offer a natural combination of both comedy and tragedy. There has to be humor in finding oneself in a different – maybe even incomprehensible – place and time, and there will be mistaken assumptions galore. But there’s also a potential for tragedy, either in the character yearning for someone or something left behind, or needing to choose between their new love and their former life. I love stories that offer the opportunity for both laughs and tears.
I’ve written four time travel romances, and (of course) I had to play with the variables. Is there a character who comes forward in time? One who goes back? Where do the characters end up – now or then? And what kind of choices can the characters be confronted with, as a result of their newfound love and time travel?
ONCE UPON A KISS was my first time travel romance. It’s a Sleeping Beauty story, of a woman who falls into an enchanted sleep. She can only be awakened by her one true love, who turns out to be the modern owner of the castle where she was snared in this spell. Of course, it’s not so easy as a single kiss leading to happily ever after. It takes some persuading to convince Aurelia that Baird is neither her father’s arch enemy or a sorceror who is deceiving her, while Baird has some issues in finding a woman so attractive, especially as she believes she’s an 8th century Pictish princess. I enjoyed playing with stories in this book – Aurelia has become the subject of a local song, her beauty and her curse immortalized in verse. As you might imagine, she finds this song shocking – while Baird wonders whether she’s latched on to its romance to help herself deal with a traumatic loss. This book is available again digitally – you can read more about it here: http://www.delacroix.net/ouakX.html
THE LAST HIGHLANDER was my second time travel romance. In this story, the hero, Alasdair, comes forward in time and problems are created in history because he’s not where he’s supposed to be. In the meantime, he restores the heroine’s faith in love and men – to the extent that Morgan is determined to get him back where he belongs, regardless of the cost to herself. This story is not yet available in digital release, but it’s coming soon!
My third time travel romance is THE MOONSTONE. This book resulted from a classic writer’s question – what if? What if BOTH characters travelled through time? In this story, Vivianne, escapes execution by fleeing through time, leaving Niall, the knight in charge of delivering her to the gallows, with no prisoner to deliver. While he’s enchanted by her, Niall is also a man who does his duty. The pendant that she used to make the journey is left behind, so Niall uses it to pursue her. I enjoyed having both of them work together to figure out their way in the strange world of the future. (Niall has a fascination with indoor plumbing, which makes me chuckle every time I read that scene.) That they fell in love and agree to go back together in an attempt to make things right in the past only made me cheer for that pair all the more. You can read about THE MOONSTONE at http://www.delacroix.net/tmsX.html
Finally, I wrote a magick romance. LOVE POTION #9 isn’t technically a time travel – the heroine Lilith finds the secret of immortality in order to wait for her destined lover to return to her. (He promised on the gallows to do so.) By our time, she’s run out of patience and conjures a little magick to try to hurry him up. Instead of her destined lover turning up on cue, she gets a new neighbor – Lilith makes quite an impression on Mitch when she drags him into her foyer, relieved to finally see her lover true, and has her way with him. Again, destiny doesn’t come together quite that simply. I love this book for a couple of reasons, mostly because the chapters are named after individual tarot cards – Lilith reads fortunes for a living – and the events in those chapters are governed by those cards. I worked through the higher arcana in order, which was both challenging and fun. The other reason I love this book is the interplay between the characters. It’s a romance, but there are strong secondary characters who each play their part in the resolution of the story. Now I can see that LOVE POTION #9 was a stepping stone to the contemporary romances that I wrote subsequently. You can can read more about LOVE POTION #9 at http://www.delacroix.net/lpX.html, and you can read more about those contemporary romances – the Coxwell series – right here: http://www.delacroix.net/contemps.html
What about you? Do you like time travel romances? If so, why? If not, why not?