Join us as we peek behind the scenes of our upcoming anthology, ON TIME. Learn more about DJ Tyrer in his featured interview.
ABOUT THE STORY
What inspired your story?
Out of Time was inspired by a cliché in older time travel fiction that makes no sense when you stop and think about it. This time the characters do think about it and find it wanting.
Time is Relative is inspired by the old idea that we see our lives before we die – here, for very good reason as the protagonist recalls the events that have led them to where they are.
Can you tell us a little bit about your protagonist?
Out of Time doesn’t have an immediate protagonist (unless it is the poor pig at the heart of the temporal experiment!) as several scientists with big egos compete to be the centre of attention. Professor Sanderson, who is showcasing his invention, would certainly love to be the protagonist of the tale, but it is Professor Chiang who emerges as the protagonist by being the most forceful in attacking his flawed thinking.
The unnamed protagonist of Time is Relative struggled to build her perfect life only to see it destroyed when the man she loved died. Rightly or wrongly, she is certain she knows who is to blame and has set out for revenge.
What is the most interesting thing about the world you’ve created?
The thing I like most about the cloistered research environment of Out of Time is that the scientists don’t really have a clue about time travel, no matter how successful their experiments prove. They’re still very much at the beginning of their journey.
In Time is Relative, we’re seeing someone’s internal world, their thoughts and feelings as they relive their lifetime.
What genre or mix of genres does your story fit into?
Out of Time is science fiction with a dose of humour to it.
Time is Relative has elements of the thriller and character-driven fiction to it, although I’m not quite sure where I would place it genre-wise.
How have your personal experiences influenced this story?
I’d like to say that my many years in the field of temporal physics lay behind Out of Time, but that would be a lie! Watching Doctor Who would be the more honest answer.
Time is Relative spins off from a root of personal experience, but veers far from it (especially the ending!).
What would you like readers to take away from your story?
Readers of Out of Time will hopefully go away amused, but perhaps also thinking about the logic of the scenario.
I hope Time is Relative will leave readers thinking about other people’s lives and how a series of events can have both wonderful and tragic consequences.
What was your favorite part of the story to write and why?
I think the ending of Out of Time, where brilliance meets stupidity, is probably my favourite part.
The structure of Time is Relative is what I liked most about that story – the present counting down as the past adds up to the same awful moment.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
When did you write your first story, how old were you, and what was it about?
I’ve been scribbling down stories since I was tiny, so it’s impossible to answer that with any certainty. Not the earliest, but the oldest with staying power was a vampire story I created around the age of ten – The Legend of Harley. The setting spawned from that idea has been refined over the years into one in which I’ve placed a number of stories and the original spooky tale (rewritten when I was 17) appeared in my small press zine, Monomyth, and subsequently went on to form the background to my story Night Walker (published in the anthology Undead of Winter) and inspire a poem.
What is your writing survival checklist? (Aka, what helps your write the best: music, snacks, coffee, complete silence, a stress ball, a cat, or an outline, etc.)
After a couple of chaotic, stressful years, I no longer have much consistency other than the fact that I usually write at night. Just get the words down regardless of anything else.
What has influenced you most as a writer?
In relation to this particular anthology and my story Out of Time, I would say Doctor Who. Of course, more broadly, there are the writers whose work I love, such as HP Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith and the Brontes, my family, and my love of history.
What font do you prefer to write in?
The first drafts of most of my stories are done in longhand, but I type in Times New Roman.
What is your favorite and least favorite word, and why?
My least favourite word is ‘complicated’ when uttered by a politician. It’s always an excuse, when the truth is that most of the issues aren’t that complicated, they just require more time and effort than those in power are willing to expend.
I’m not sure I can pin down a favourite word – I love language and there are so many great words out there, whether in terms of sound or meaning, and I wouldn’t want to constrain myself to just English words.
DJ Tyrer is the person behind Atlantean Publishing and has been widely published in anthologies and magazines around the world, such as Amok! and Stomping Grounds (both April Moon Books), Altered States II (Indie Authors Press), Altered Europa (Martinus Publishing), and Destroy All Robots (Dynatox Ministries), and issues of The New Accelerator, Planet Scumm, Broadswords and Blasters, and Awesome Tales, and in addition, has a novella available in paperback and on the Kindle, The Yellow House (Dunhams Manor) and a comic horror e-novelette, A Trip to the Middle of the World, available from Alban Lake through Infinite Realms Bookstore.
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