David T. Pennington grew up in a small northern California town called Paradise, but his home is in San Francisco. While his associate’s degree in computer programming has helped pay the bills, his bachelor’s degree in psychology has informed his writing. His love of fiction–mainly mysteries, science fiction, and thrillers–is balanced by his fascination with books on futurism, theoretical physics, and cosmology. Peer Through Time is his debut novel.
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About the Book:
In 2079, a time travel experiment sends physicist Carmela Akronfleck further back in time than she’d intended. Though she’s still in her small northern California town, the year is 1936 and she must learn to live without the technology she’s come to rely on. Her neurological implants should be dormant, but she receives a cryptic message, periodically accompanied by an audio transmission from the future. It’s the voice of her former psychotherapist, an android named Kass, stating his innocence in a series of murders occurring in 2079.
When Carmela deciphers the code as a hit list, she’s shocked to discover her mother and sister are among the intended targets. Further evidence reveals the killer’s true identity, but the inoperative time portal prevents her from returning to save her family and vindicate Kass.
She considers another option: hunt down the killer’s ancestors and avert his existence without radically changing history. She devises a plan to protect her family, haunted by doubts that she’s becoming the kind of person she’s always loathed—one willing to take another’s life.
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Would you call yourself a born writer?
Yes and no. I wrote stories from a young age, but I didn’t come back around to it until many years into my adulthood.
What was your inspiration for Peer Through Time?
Many things inspired me, but one significant inspiration was when the TV series Lost began its fifth season and finally began exploring time travel in earnest. My passion was sparked and I was inspired to write a time travel novel.
What themes do you like to explore in your writing?
I like to explore cause and effect, friendship, and what it means to be human.
How long did it take you to complete the novel?
It took two and a half years.
Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.
I’m not as disciplined as I’d like to be, but I plan to get there. A typical writing day for me is squeezing in as much writing as possible in the morning, before other demands take over.
What did you find most challenging about writing this book?
Keeping track of my two timelines was most challenging.
What do you love most about being an author?
I get massive satisfaction in revising. Taking writing of questionable value, and turning it into something meaningful and intriguing, can be a reward in itself.
Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?
I self-published Peer Through Time. The process was overwhelming at first, so much so that I postponed getting started. Once I educated myself on how to present a professional product, I took it step by step and found the process enjoyable. I’m happy with my decision.
Where can we find you on the web?
I blog occasionally on my website, http://davidtpennington.com/, I’m on Facebook nearly every day, https://www.facebook.com/david.pennington.90, and I tweet every now and then. https://twitter.com/davidtaj68