The Time Traveler’s Guide to Modern Romance by Madeline J. Reynolds Blog Tour and Giveaway :)
The Time Traveler’s Guide to Modern Romance
by Madeline J. Reynolds
Publication Date: March 4, 2019
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Elias Caldwell needs more than his life in nineteenth-century England has to offer. He’d rather go on an adventure than spend one more minute at some stuffy party. When his grandfather gives him a pocket watch he claims can transport him to any place and time, Elias doesn’t believe it…until he’s whisked away to twenty-first-century America.
Tyler Forrester just wants to fall hopelessly in love. But making that kind of connection with someone has been more of a dream than reality. Then a boy appears out of thin air, a boy from the past. As he helps Elias navigate a strange new world for him, introducing him to the wonders of espresso, binge-watching, and rock and roll, Tyler discovers Elias is exactly who he was missing.
But their love has time limit. Elias’s disappearance from the past has had devastating side effects, and now he must choose where he truly belongs—in the Victorian era, or with the boy who took him on an adventure he never dreamed possible?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Madeline J. Reynolds is a YA fantasy author living in Chicago. Originally from Minneapolis, she has a background in journalism and has always loved storytelling in its various forms. When not writing, she can be found exploring the city, eating Thai food, or lost in an epic Lord of the Rings marathon.
What inspired you to write your first book?
My first novel was one I wrote years ago. It was a terrible high fantasy that was essentially me trying to write Tolkien-like elves. Even though the book won’t ever see the light of day, it was a lot of fun and taught me how to write a novel. Overall, I was inspired tow write a novel because of my passion for storytelling and my desire to create something that wasn’t there before.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I’m definitely more of a pantser than a plotter. Aside from that though, I just try to set aside time to devote to writing and try to get whatever I can on the page so that I have something to work with later on.
How did you come up with the title?
THE TIME TRAVELER’S GUIDE TTO MODERN ROMANCE was actually pitched to me by a former editor and as soon as he threw out the idea for the title, I new it fit perfectly.
How much of the book is realistic? The most fantastical part of this book is obviously the time travel element, but aside from that, most of the time is spent in the present and most of the challenges faced by the characters are very real and relatable. They struggle with relationship issues and crushes, feeling as if they don’t belong, family drama, etc.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I feel really lucky because, here in Chicago, I’ve found the amazing writing workshop called StoryStudio. It’s where I met my writing group and they have amazing authors on staff who teach workshops and classes. I have had the privilege to learn from many of these local authors and so in a way, I feel like I have several writing mentors. Chicago is sucha iterary city and so it is a wonderful place for writing mentorships.
What book are you reading now? I’m finally catching up on the other books in The Diviners series by Libba Bray. I loved the first one so much!
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I haven’t read it yet, but I still really want to check out GIRLS OF PAPER AND FIRE by Natasha Ngan. It looks so good!
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Unlike previous books, TIME TRAVELER’S GUIDE was an actually an idea that an editor pitched to me that I then fleshed out and wrote. I had never approached a book like that before and so it was definitely a challenge, but a great way to test myself and exercise my writing muscles.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
To any writers, I would say write the story speaks to you. Write the characters you love. Write the book that isn’t on the shelf that you desperately want to read. Don’t worry about things like how to market it or if it will impress an agent. If you love what you are working on, that passion will shine through your writing and the business side will come later. Also, find a writing group! That kind of feedback and support is invaluable and honestly, I would not have gotten published if it were not for my writing group.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I hope that you all enjoy reading these characters as much as I enjoyed writing them! Also, thank you so much for everything.
What genre do you consider your book(s)?
Do you ever experience writer's block? All the time. It’s one of those things that’s just kind of unavoidable as a writer. It’s frustrating but you just have to power through and know that eventually you’ll get something out and then you’ll be able to mold it into a finished product.
Do you write an outline before every book you write?
Not really. I’m a pantser and don’t really work in outlines. However, for each project, I buy a notebook that is specifically dedicated to the book I’m working on and that way if an idea about a character strikes me or if I think of a really good scene or line, I can jot it down because usually the ideas will come to me completely out of order.
Have you ever hated something you wrote?
Oh yeah. I would be lying if I said I didn’t. My first book that was published was actually the third novel I had written, My first two have been permanently shelved and are both pretty cringe-worthy looking back on them now. That said, I don’t regret writing because each attempt made me a better writer and helped me to grow.
What is your favourite theme/genre to write about?
I’ve noticed that one of my favorite things to play with in my writing is taking an actual historical period in our world but then finding ways to blend magic into the real world.
What is your favorite genre of book that you read?
YA fantasy. I always need a little magic in what I read.
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