Today, we are so lucky to have Timekeeper author Tara Sim to join us for the Q&A. Her debut is one of the most anticipated novels of Fall 2016, and we’re excited to chat with her to learn a little more about the woman behind this intricate clock-controlled alternate Victorian world.
Q: Why did you gravitate to the genre that you write in?
I’ve always been more interested in made up worlds than our own, mostly because I felt like more was possible in those worlds–magic, adventure, what have you. Two very early influences were Harry Potter and the Song of the Lioness series, which were both magical and fun and far more interesting to me than contemporary stories. I mean, wizards and lady knights, come on. Ever since reading those series, I’ve been a fairly consistent fantasy reader/writer. One day, I decided that I wanted to write my own worlds, my own magic systems, and my own adventures.
Q:What are you reading right now?
I just finished The Midnight Star by Marie Lu, and right now I’m turning to my backlist and finally picking up Uprooted by Naomi Novik.
Q: If you could be a character in any children’s book, who would you be and why?
I would love to be Inej from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. She’s insanely awesome and sneaky, and gets to hang out with Kaz.
Q: Where’s your favorite place to write?
In my bedroom. I have a tiny desk by my bookshelves that faces a window, which is great for when I need to sit back and stare into space/admire my book collection.
Q: What’s your favorite classic movie?
I actually don’t watch very many classic movies, but my favorite movies of all time are The Lord of the Rings. Also anything by Hayao Miyazaki, and a ton of Disney, of course.
Q: If you could have any animal as a pet (current or extinct), what would it be?
A wolf! I’ve always loved wolves. They’d probably make bad household pets, though.
Q: Milk, dark, or white chocolate?
Dark chocolate. Milk is good too, but white chocolate is made of lies and sin.
[Editor’s note from Tara’s actual editor: I knew I liked you.]
Q: What’s your favorite holiday?
Christmas. Not just because of the presents (although those are pretty nice), but because it’s in my favorite season, with my favorite weather, and it just looks pretty. It makes me feel happy and nostalgic.
Q: What’s your favorite GIF?
Q: What did you want to grow up to be when you were 17?
An author. 😉
Tara Sim can typically be found wandering the wilds of the Bay Area in California. When she’s not chasing cats or lurking in bookstores, she writes books about magic, clocks, and explosives. Timekeeper is her first novel.
I was in an accident. I got out. I’m safe now.
An alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, where a damaged clock can fracture time–and a destroyed one can stop it completely.
A prodigy mechanic who can repair not only clockwork but time itself, determined to rescue his father from a Stopped town.
A series of mysterious bombings that could jeopardize all of England.
A boy who would give anything to relive his past, and one who would give anything to live at all.
A romance that will shake the very foundations of time.
The first book in a dazzling new steampunk-fantasy trilogy, Timekeeper introduces a magical world of mythology and innovation that readers will never want to leave.
“Timekeeper is an extraordinary debut, at once familiar and utterly original. Between its compelling world, its lovely prose, and its wonderful characters, the pages flew by.” —Victoria Schwab, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Alive with myth, mystery, and glorious romance, Timekeeper will keep hearts pounding and pages turning til the stunning conclusion. Reader beware—there’s magic in these pages.” —Heidi Heilig, author of The Girl from Everywhere
“Timekeeper is a triumph . . . If you read only one such book . . . let it be this one.” –Bustle
“Part mystery and part romance, this fantasy novel delves into what it means to grow up and make important decisions. With an easily relatable main character struggling to fit in, the novel has a realistic and contemplative voice. VERDICT: A must-have richly written fantasy novel that will have readers eagerly anticipating the next volume.” —School Library Journal
“Sim creates a cast of complex and diverse characters, as well as a mythology to explain how the clock towers came to exist . . . an enjoyable, well-realized tale.” —Publishers Weekly
“[M]ystery, LGBTQ romance, and supernatural tale of clock spirits and sabotage that explores how far people might go for those they love. Its strongest elements are the time-related mythology and the supernatural gay romance.” —Booklist
“This LGBTQ steampunk romance sports a killer premise and admirably thorough worldbuilding, helpfully annotated in the author’s afterword. The characters—even the bad guys—are sympathetically drawn and commendably diverse in sexuality and gender.” —Kirkus Reviews