Sunday, May 3, 2015

PUYB Virtual Book Club Chats with 'Peer Through Time' David T. Pennington

David T. Pennington grew up in a small northern California town called Paradise, but his home is in San Francisco. While his associate's degree in computer programming has helped pay the bills, his bachelor's degree in psychology has informed his writing. His love of fiction--mainly mysteries, science fiction, and thrillers--is balanced by his fascination with books on futurism, theoretical physics, and cosmology. Peer Through Time is his debut novel.

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About the Book:

In 2079, a time travel experiment sends physicist Carmela Akronfleck further back in time than she’d intended. Though she’s still in her small northern California town, the year is 1936 and she must learn
to live without the technology she’s come to rely on. Her neurological implants should be dormant, but she receives a cryptic message, periodically accompanied by an audio transmission from the future. It’s the voice of her former psychotherapist, an android named Kass, stating his innocence in a series of murders occurring in 2079.

When Carmela deciphers the code as a hit list, she’s shocked to discover her mother and sister are among the intended targets. Further evidence reveals the killer’s true identity, but the inoperative time portal prevents her from returning to save her family and vindicate Kass.

She considers another option: hunt down the killer’s ancestors and avert his existence without radically changing history. She devises a plan to protect her family, haunted by doubts that she’s becoming the kind of person she’s always loathed—one willing to take another’s life.

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  • Peer Through Time is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.
Thank you for stopping by the book club, David!  Can we begin by having you tell us how got you into writing science fiction?  Was it a genre you have always loved?

David: Thank you for having me. Yes, science fiction is a genre I’ve always loved, though I’m not as well read in it as many fans. I’m a big fan of mysteries and thrillers, too, but my favorites tend to be those that blend genres, like many novels by the late Michael Crichton.  

Can you tell us a little about your main character, Carmela Akronfleck?

David: Carmela is a victim of time travel, having been taken away from her family at a young age, so she refuses to be a victim in any other way. She always feels out of place but manages to fit in, wherever or whenever she finds herself. She’s motivated by her desire to reunite with her loved ones, and by her pursuit of justice.

She sounds like one tough little lady!  Can you tell us a little about the other supporting characters?

David: Carmela’s psychotherapist is a synthetic human, or android, named Kass. Even while helping others, he struggles to find his own place in the world. He likes to play the guitar. Her mother, Margaret Akronfleck, was in her late sixties when she adopted Carmela and another orphan named Della. Paul Camfield leads the company that created Kass, and he considers Kass his child. When Carmela goes missing, Paul wants to help Margaret find her daughter, in part to atone for his having bullied Margaret when they were children.

They say that all fictional books have at least one pivotal point in the story when the reader just can’t put the book down.  What’s one of your pivotal points?

David: One of the pivotal points in Peer Through Time is when Carmela, stuck in 1936, discovers that Margaret and Della—her mother and sister, in 2079—are in danger. Her motive is no longer to reunite with her birth family, but to save her adoptive family.

Who would you say is your toughest critic and why?

David: One of my beta readers has no fear of calling me out on unlikely character motivations or confusing dialogue. The best kind of critic a writer can have is one who criticizes story elements before the story is released to the public.

What would you say is your most interesting or unusual writing quirks?

David: I use a lot of spreadsheets. I might be an Excel addict. I use it to outline my plot, and to keep track of my timelines, my characters, and my word count.

What’s next for you, David?

David: I’m working on a sequel to Peer Through Time. The primary characters in book one become secondary characters in book two, while their children are promoted to main players. It takes place thirty years later, and is part of the overall story arc that will eventually be a trilogy.

1 comment:

  1. Looking forward to the sequel!