A fun thought experiment, but I would guess that most - if not all - of us novelists on this blog feel as if we get in our tardis each day as we sit down to write. It is probably the simplest explanation of why we write in this genre: we are curious folk - in both senses of that phrase! Part of understanding ourselves and our present moment is to grasp where we have come from and books are arguably one of the best means of doing so. Films may do a good job of recreating the exterior world of the protagonists but books give you that direct living-behind-the-eyes of the character.
Dipping in to another genre - fantasy - and you can find the same time travelling impulse beats strongly. Thinking about this theme for this blog entry, I came across an excellent article on Wiki about the history of time travel in literature which takes it back far earlier than I expected. It also mentions some of my favourites - A Christmas Carol, The Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, and of course The Time Machine. I suppose what these books have in common is that the past acts as a light shining on our present, equally revealing about the person that travels as about the place to which they go.
As some of you know, when writing for younger readers I don my Julia Golding hat. In April I am beginning a trilogy called Young Knights. It draws on three folklore traditions: Arthurian legend, the Thomas the Rhymer missing-in-fairyland-for-a-hundred-years story, and changelings. Putting these together I asked myself what happened to the human children swapped for fey changelings in the old tales? If they were taken to fairyland where one year is worth a hundred here, they wouldn't be that old, would they? My main character is an Anglo-Saxon boy taken in the 700s so now thirteen. When sent back by the Fey to the present day, Elfric (Rick) time travels to his future. What would a Saxon make of modern schools, roads, buses, cook books, litter bins, coke cans? Our world becomes frightening and not a bit ridiculous when seen through his eyes. As you'll see in the trailer below, the biggest challenge is not his mission, but passing himself off as an ordinary teenager.
If you have a reader in the house of about ten and upwards who likes action packed fantasy with a sprinkling of historical details, then maybe they'd like this series. But warning: contains dragons...
To find out more about Young Knights, please follow this link to my website.