From hatred, Love. From many, One.
WRITER (Daughter of Time, Book 2): A love story and scifi epic about the beautiful and terrible destiny of profoundly star-crossed lovers with a galaxy's fate in their hands. Speculative fiction with time travel, metaphysical mysteries, action, adventure, cosmology, cybernetics, religion, and romance. Kindle, audiobook, paperback, and hardcover available.
"deeply thoughtful and exciting, warping the expectations of the genre."
—San Francisco Book Review
WRITER is the second book of the DAUGHTER OF TIME Trilogy.
When I began this series (then only conceived as a single novel), I wanted to write a "superheroine" book for my (then) middle school-aged daughters--the story of a "girl that saves the universe". What began as something with a strong YA flavor in the initial drafts, quickly turned darker. In addition, the ideas percolating in the first novel, READER, cried out for a follow-up. Hence, WRITER was conceived (as well as the final novel, MAKER).
With this trilogy, I was interested in exploring certain themes and ideas from a variety of science fiction authors and modern cosmology, trying to find my own "mythology" to harmonize some of the disparate conceptions of reality. Ideas of the subjectivity and limitations of human perception and understanding played important roles, as did ideas of causality, time, superstructure, divinity, and infinity.
Whereas READER was written very organically (and metamorphosed from a YA novel to something quite different), WRITER was more carefully plotted, involving several arcs of plot and character and complexities between many personalities that required more organization.
It was a huge "risk" to change the first person voice from Ambra Dawn in READER to her lover, Nitin Ratava, in WRITER. Indeed, both this change in perspective and the very different structure to the novel and character interactions, put a number of readers off. However, it also has been some readers' favorite novel of the three. Beyond subjectivity, there was a practical consideration of Ambra's powers and painting myself into an artistic corner with that, as well as a key element of the plot that called for a different perspective.
Finally, the ending challenges readers who have invested in Ambra's story. While difficult, it opens the door to something far more transcendent, wrestling with many deep questions for which no one has any solid answers. But the questions are as illuminating, or more so, than simplistic dogma about the universe that poisons so much intellectual exploration. That ending then leads to the third book, MAKER, where things get truly odd, indeed.