Myra McEntire: Hourglass Q&A Part 1

This week, we’re delighted to bring you our exclusive interview with Hourglass author Myra McEntire — in three parts! Many huge thanks to Myra for answering all our crazy and insane questions (in addition to all the other help she’s given us this month, putting together all these features). And now, on with the good stuff!

HOURGLASS is described as a “time-slip” novel, which seems to be a bit different from the traditional “time travel” concept. How would you define “time-slip” as it relates to HOURGLASS? 

Time slip in HOURGLASS is actually a person caught on a loop in time. You’ll learn more about that in book two. 🙂

Talk about the role your setting plays in the story of HOURGLASS? 

I knew I wanted to tell a story that was set in the south, but I wanted a southern setting that actually looked like the one I live in. Not backward, not stuck in a time warp, but rich in history with an eye toward the future.

What sort of influences helped shape HOURGLASS? 

It’s based on the town of Franklin, Tennessee. (Nicole Kidman lives there. And Faith Hill – and Gwyneth Paltrow is almost her BFF.) So that shaped setting, for sure. The rips Em sees come from the history of the town, the Battle of Franklin took place there – the bloodiest battle of the Civil War – but other things have happened since then. I tried to work those in.

There’s some smokin’ chemistry among characters in HOURGLASS. How difficult is it to write that? Do some characters come easier than others?

This is such a perfect place to clear something up! I’ve seen several comments about the “sparks” between Em and Michael. There might be physical/sexual chemistry, but those “sparks”? THAT. IS. PHYSICS. To be able to navigate the time travel bridges together without imploding, their bodies have to react to each other in a molecular way. I didn’t think it was something I needed to explain to the reader. Most of them got it. But some … did not. HOWEVER. The sexual chemistry between Kaleb and Em just showed up. Kaleb was supposed to be younger and not in contention for Em at all. Kaleb confuses Em. He’s not part of a love triangle. He’s part of a love … two-angle and a half. It’s largely one-sided.

Tune in tomorrow for lots more with Myra!

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