Today I’m excited to welcome Ivan D Wainewright to the blog as we kickoff The Other Times of Caroline Tangent Book Tour presented by Storytellers On Tour! This week we’re showcasing his Time Travel novel, The Other Times of Caroline Tangent, a book that immediately piqued our interest as soon as we saw the beautiful and intriguing cover, as well as the promise of a musical adventure through time. I can’t wait to hear what readers have to say about this one, so stay tuned for some fantastic features from our Roadies – it’s going to be an awesome week.
Ivan D Wainewright graciously stopped by to give us insight into the inspiration behind this unique book of his. There’s no better prompt than ‘what if’, right? So, keep scrolling to learn more about the book and author, and check out the awesome guest post!
We’ve enlisted a group of wonderful and talented bloggers and Bookstagrammers to help us feature The Other Times of Caroline Tangent. This is what we have going on, so make sure to check out each and every one throughout the week for some brilliant content, including reviews and more.
MAY 26TH – THE KICKOFF
Whispers & Wonder (@whispersandwonder)
Jorie Loves A Story
33 South Textworks
Fantasy Book Critic
Potentially Lethal (@potentiallylethal)
JUNE 1ST – THE ENCORE
Queen’s Book Asylum
For more info, visit the official tour page at Storytellers On Tour.
If you could travel back in time to see any concert, who would you go to see?
Caroline Tangent’s husband, Jon has invented a time machine so they can visit iconic gigs in history: Woodstock, David Bowie, Edith Piaf in 1930’s Paris – an inexhaustible bucket-list. But they can’t tell anyone they’re doing so; Caroline’s life as an artist in North London goes on with her friends and family, and their concerts remain a secret.
As their trips to the past continue, they begin to realise how Jon’s invention could change a devastating moment from their own past. And for Caroline, it’s clear that she and Jon don’t want the same outcome.
Until, on a trip to 1978, one of them does something unthinkable which will change both their lives forever.
For fans of Matt Haig, Audrey Niffenegger, Stephen King’s 11/22/63 – or anyone who likes time travel or music!
Ivan lives in Kent (England) with his partner, Sarah and their neurotic rescue Staffie. Before moving to Kent, Ivan lived in North London, Leeds and Singapore. When not writing, he can be found watching (and occasionally) playing football, running, attending gigs (when that’s possible), arguing over politics and trying to cook. He has been an independent IT consultant for many years, working solely with charities and non-profit organisations.
The Inspiration Behind The Other Times of Caroline Tangent
by Ivan D Wainewright
One day a long time ago (i.e. Pre-Covid…), I was doing my usual “writing activity” of surfing the web, and I started Googling for gigs I wanted to go to. I’ve always loved live music, and this was pre-lockdown so we could still do that! While doing so, I came across a forum discussing people’s favourite ever gigs, and gigs they wished they’d been to. And it just popped into my head: what if someone invented a time machine so you could go to see any concert in history?
Music is such an evocative and influential thing for most people, and for some, like me, thinking back to the bands we did see, who we went with, what we were doing in our lives at the time, what it meant to us, is a core part of our lives. Music is a soundtrack to our lives.
But what would it mean if I could now also go to gigs which I wished I had seen many years ago, or even those before I was born?!
It meant I had so much material to use: What could happen when the characters went to a past-concert? What would that mean to them, the past, their ‘real time’? Would they meet the artists? Could they meet themselves at a gig they went to when younger? Another dozen ideas and sub-plots immediately shot into my mind. The challenge was making a story out of it all.
And of course, the butterfly effect is always there, although I wanted to avoid some of the more usual sci-fi tropes. But you can’t avoid the question of how time might change in the future if someone does something in the past. For me, that turned out to be a bonus in terms of developing the plot and the characters…
Of course, I started thinking of all the gigs I would want to go to, but then I began to consider the possibilities and challenges of time travelling to historic concerts. Was it just about the music? Of course not, the characters would have to learn something about what they could do with a time machine, and what it might mean to themselves and their lives in the present day. What it might mean to events which happened to them in their younger days…
And then I wondered, what if… and almost immediately thought of the ‘major twist’ in the book.
At that point, I couldn’t quite believe that no one had incorporated either concept in their novel, i.e. time travelling to past concerts, nor my twist. So I spent two hours Googling and looking at various book sites trying to find out. When I realised my idea might be new, I thought I’d better write it quick!
That’s all I got for ya! Be sure to keep an eye on the official The Other Times of Caroline Tangent tour page over at Storytellers On Tour to see what the other bloggers and Bookstagrammers have to share!