Interview with Author Maggie West
It is a pleasure to welcome Maggie West author of Abandoned in Time Book 1 in the Doorways to the Past series.
Welcome Maggie to The Adventures of the Everyday Fangirl and thanks so much for taking the time out your busy schedule to help us get to know you and your stories better.
What does the title of this novel, series or set of stories signify?
The series is called Doorways to the Past. It reflects the fact that the time travel in this three-book series happens in the past. The characters live in present day and travel to the past.
Do the names of the characters in your novel have some sort of significance or importance to you?
No, not really. The main character is Ali. I think I just liked the name!
What prompted you to write in this genre?
I am actually not a big science fiction fan as a rule, but I do enjoy time travel stories. I thought it would be fun to write some short stories where the same character has the ability to travel back in time and see what happens.
What kind of research did you have to do for the novel, series or set of stories that was different from others?
I did have to do some research for this series since first Ali travels back to the 1940s during World War II in Abandoned in Time. Then in Caught in Time, she travels to the 1970s (cool, man!), and in book 3 she visits her family farm in the 1930s. I love history so this was a labor of love to search for details I needed to tell the stories.
What are you a fan of and is this reflected in your writing?
A mysterious note on the library floor says to meet at the abandoned tire factory. Who is it meant for? Certainly not Ali, but she shows up anyway.
Like I mentioned, I love to read about history and this made writing about time travel to the past appealing to me. It’s fun to imagine what people from present day would do and how they would handle situations that are foreign to them.