Here's an introduction to WENDY NIKEL
1. Tell us about your newest release.
THE CONTINUUM is a sci-fi time travel novella, published by World Weaver Press.
It's all about Elise Morley, an expert on the past who's about to get a crash course in the future.
For years, Elise has been donning corsets, sneaking into castles, and lying through her teeth to enforce the Place in Time Travel Agency's ten essential rules of time travel. Someone has to ensure that travel to the past isn't abused, and most days she welcomes the challenge of tracking down and retrieving clients who have run into trouble on their historical vacations.
But when a dangerous secret organization kidnaps her and coerces her into jumping to the future on a high-stakes assignment, she's got more to worry about than just the time-space continuum. For the first time ever, she's the one out-of-date, out of place, and quickly running out of time.
2. Can you tell us a little about your favorite scene in the story?
My favorite scene features a secondary character who's aboard the Titanic in the year 1912. He's just been dealt a pretty big blow, and his brother's trying to cheer him up. It's not going well.
I've been fascinated with the history of the Titanic since I was young, so when I wrote this book, I knew I wanted to include a scene aboard the great, doomed ship. I also knew, however, that I didn't want it just to be another story about the Titanic's sinking, so I took it in a bit different direction. (No spoilers!)
3. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your story?
How long it takes to turn a story into a book!
THE CONTINUUM was my first attempt at writing a novel and even though the first draft took just a month to get on paper (thanks to National Novel Writing Month), the revisions and edits and rewrites and new versions that followed it have taken place over the course of five years — much longer than I expected when I first sat down to write.
4. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?
For this particular book, I was inspired by the works of Jack Finney. I loved how his stories explored so many different variations on time travel, focusing on the people involved without getting too caught up in the technical aspects.
So many people have been with me along this journey, and each of them have done a part to teach, encourage, guide, and support me. I started out posting at Absolute Write, a forum for writers, and there I connected with the critique partners who have stuck with me through the years. It's a great place for new writers to find advice, inspiration, and camaraderie.
5. What does your family think about your career as a published author?
My family's been incredibly supportive, even when finishing a draft or working on a revision means that dinner's a little late or the house doesn't get vacuumed as often as it should.
I have a lot of great encouragement from my extended family as well. I love that they're all so excited for me.
6. Besides writing, what other interests do you have?
I'm fascinated by history, which ends up spilling over into many of my other interests: genealogy, road trips, reading, and learning new things. I love exploring new places and asking "what if" questions. I'm also fond of coffee, tea, and board games.
7. How can readers connect with you online?
Wendy Nikel is a speculative fiction author with a degree in elementary education, a fondness for road trips, and a terrible habit of forgetting where she's left her cup of tea. Her short fiction has been published by Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, Daily Science Fiction, Nature: Futures, and various other anthologies and e-zines. For more info, visit wendynikel.com or subscribe to her newsletter here! Social Media Links Facebook Twitter
Elise Morley is an expert on the past who's about to get a crash course in the future. For years, Elise has been donning corsets, sneaking into castles, and lying through her teeth to enforce the Place in Time Travel Agency's ten essential rules of time travel. Someone has to ensure that travel to the past isn't abused, and most days she welcomes the challenge of tracking down and retrieving clients who have run into trouble on their historical vacations. But when a dangerous secret organization kidnaps her and coerces her into jumping to the future on a high-stakes assignment, she's got more to worry about than just the timespace continuum. For the first time ever, she's the one out-of-date, out of place, and quickly running out of time.
“Nikel is a solid writer with vivid description, an imaginative future, and a command of accurate historical speech.” —Unreliable Narrators
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“The spinning slows. Suddenly, everything stops.
My legs flail, searching for solid ground, until I plunge abruptly into dank, smelly water. I gasp, and my mouth fills with brine. I'm being dragged in one direction, but instinct pulls me the opposite way. I kick against my heavy skirts and break the surface. For one dizzying moment I'm utterly confused. The concrete slabs of the nearby docks sharpen my fuzzy memory.
I Extracted while on the gangplank—a gangplank that doesn't exist in 2012. This is exactly why our travelers are encouraged to use pre-approved Extraction locations. The Wormhole dumps travelers at the same place they've left from, which can make for some awkward (or dangerous) entrances.
Across the way, Marie does a frantic doggie-paddle towards the steel rungs leading up to the dock. With labored strokes, I swim after her, clutching the sphere in one hand. When I reach her, she's still clinging to the bottom rung, too exhausted to climb to safety.