I have to be honest and tell you that Time Travel isn’t a genre that normally appeals to me as a reader, although of course I inhaled the first few Outlander books.
So how did it happen? By accident really. I’m a pantser. I write by the seat of my pants, which means I never quite know until a story is finished what’s going to happen. While writing Pride of the Clan, I decided the heroine, Margaret, would have to travel far from home to meet her betrothed because of the drowning deaths of her three older bothers. Just a simple idea.
But then later in the story, it becomes apparent her hero (not her betrothed) will have no chance of tracking down a king’s assassin hiding near a remote loch, unless someone from the future reveals the hiding place. The murderer must be found or Margaret will be held complicit in the King’s murder.
In 1437, Robert Graham, one of the regicides of King James Stewart, was in fact ultimately tracked down near a remote loch at a place now known as Graham’s Rock.
Enter one of the drowned brothers who appears to the heroine and informs her of Graham’s lair. How does he know? The whirlpool that claimed his life was actually a portal to the future.
Obviously, having planted this notion in the minds of the readers I had to carry on with his story in the second book of The Caledonia Chronicles.
Here’s a blurb
Charlotte Tremayne is an independent eighteenth century woman, a clandestine novelist, creator of a famous picaresque hero. She has little sympathy for the defeated Jacobites who languish in her uncle’s cells after Culloden, but her interest is piqued by tales of a prisoner who claims to be from the fifteenth century. His far-fetched story might provide material for her next novel.
Braden Ogilvie drowns in 1436 and wakes up in a jail cell accused of Jacobite sympathies. He comes to realize he has been transported more than three hundred years into the future. Drawn to the woman who eventually believes his story, he must nevertheless return to his own time to establish the innocence of his sister accused of a crime she didn’t commit. If he leaves, will he ever find his way back to Charlotte?
Highland Tides will be available for preorder at a special price until August 17th. If you didn’t get a chance yet to read Book 1 of the series, I’ve included buy links for Pride of the Clan.
BTW, did I mention three brothers drowned? Highland Tides also reveals what happened to the other two. That’s a whole other part of the story but I can reveal one of them DIDN’T travel to the 18th century.