Upon discovering a 1958 book titled “Account of Time Travel on Earth Using Wave Theory”, 42-year-old Max Thorning’s life is thrown into chaos. Seeking answers to the book’s cryptic clues, he discovers Dr. Time, a seemingly benign alien who has control of the Time Weaver, a remarkable device that can command any scene from Earth’s past. Dr. Time offers him a choice to go back into Time, to any point in his lifespan that he can vividly recall. The catch: he can only bring his memories, and can only live the future one day at a time. Follow Max’s dilemma as he goes back to his 16-year-old self and tries to forge his destiny into a new one called Life II.
“Very competent writing, coupled with a super story and convincing technical explanations as to how one might travel back in time, leads me to predict that here is a writer who is destined to become a household name.”
“What Spotson delivers is a very neatly balanced discussion of time travel wrapped inside an emotionally gripping story. This is not the neat time travel, it is no holds barred, raw and turns out not to be an easy journey. There are many twists and surprises in “Life II”. I was deeply impressed by the story line and found it difficult to drag myself away from this book.”
“This is one of the most original novels I’ve read in quite some time, and I devour a lot of them.”
CIR: What gave you the idea for this particular twist on time travel?
SPOTSON: I’ve always visualized “what if” I went back into my past. What would I change? Would the outcome actually be desirable if I made the change, or would the opposite happen?
CIR: What was the writing process like for you, given all the time elements?
SPOTSON: I jotted down many notes as the ideas appeared in my head. For this book, I even used a calendar like schema because dates and timing of events are so important in this book. I also had to check old calendars (on-line) to make sure that the date I chose made sense (i.e. school would have been on a Monday to Friday).
CIR: What makes your book unique from all the other time travel stories out there?
SPOTSON: It is one of the very few books that actually goes back to a time in one’s life and re-lives that, as contrasted to taking off in a time machine. Also, the character can only live the future one day at a time. In that sense, it is much like Replay by Ken Grimwood.
CIR: What themes do you address, and what do you hope readers will take away from it?
SPOTSON: Longing, missed opportunities, regret, depression, yet at the same time determination and loyalty, as well as excitement at the opportunity to re-make the future. I hope readers will take away the fascination of a life lived over again and how the characters grapple with the alternative future as contrasted to the previous ‘future’ that the main character already knew.
CIR: Is there anything that might concern readers looking for a “clean” read?
SPOTSON: This book is pretty clean. A little profanity and a few sentences of mature themes, but that’s about it.
Find out more about Scot Spotson and his books at www.scottspotson.com.