Thank you to author Tara Sim for stopping by my blog to share her thoughts on writing Timekeeper! The book was released earlier this month, so check out the bottom of this post to win a copy.
Two o’clock was missing. In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.
It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.
And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.
But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.
Tara Sim is a YA author found in the wilds of the Bay Area, California. When she’s not writing about magic, clocks, and boys, she drinks tea, wrangles cats, and sings opera.
Tara grew up in California, but braved the elements of Virginia to study English/Creative Writing at Hollins University.
Half-Indian and full geek, she eats too many samosas and awkwardly dances to Bhangra music.
• What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Besides goofing around on my computer, I love listening to music, watching movies/catching up on TV shows (hello Netflix), going out and trying new restaurants (or maybe just hitting up my favorites again), and traveling.
• What was your favorite scene to write?
My favorite scene happens about a quarter of the way through the book, when Danny realizes something very shocking about his strange apprentice. It was such a joy to write, mostly because I was laughing at Danny the entire time.
• What’s one song that reminds you of Timekeeper?
Shatter Me by Lindsey Stirling.
• What are some of your all-time favorite books?
The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, The Song of the Lioness series, Darker Shades of Magic trilogy, Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom, The Song of Achilles, The Raven Cycle, Outlander, and I’ll Give You the Sun.
• Any advice for young authors looking to be published?
There are two things you need to be doing constantly: reading and writing. Read as much as you can, and read widely/diversely. Also write as much as you can, which doesn’t mean write every day, because that normally doesn’t work, but do as much as you can in a given week. Constantly challenge yourself and keep setting new goals. Be stubborn–don’t give up.
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