Friday, April 3, 2015

Author Interview: Carlo Kennedy author of Time Signature

Carlo Kennedy, author of Time Signature, stopped by for an interview.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m an Irish-Italian-American author, and singer of traditional Irish songs.

What do you do when you're not writing?

I travel to Italy and Ireland, and sing Irish songs in Irish pubs.

When did your first start writing?

I’ve been writing non-fiction for many years. I started writing fiction just a few years ago when I started working on Time Signature, which is my fist novel.

What inspired you to write this particular book?

I’ve had the idea rolling around in my head for maybe ten years. Then a few years ago, I went to a writers’ conference at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and got inspired by all the writers there. I made myself a promise that by the next year’s conference I would write that idea and turn it into a finished novel - and I did! It took another year to get it polished and published, but thanks to my wonderful publisher, 220 Publications, I’m really proud of the final product, and it’s getting a lot of great feedback. 

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

There is a scene where the protagonist, Chris Agnello, has gotten himself stuck in the past - he wanted to go back in time to the 1980s, but he landed in the year 1742. He gets a job conducting a cathedral orchestra, and in a rehearsal, he gets the orchestra to play classic 80s songs. I loved writing that scene because I could see it in my head, as if it was a scene in a movie.

What is the best writing advice you can give?

I would tell any aspiring writer: Spend more time than you think you need on the outline, before you ever start writing the chapters. Having a detailed outline will prevent writer’s block and will ensure that your story is well-formed. It will also allow you to connect the early parts with the later parts by foreshadowing the things that will happen later. If you write the early chapters before you know how it will end, it’s harder to put that foreshadowing in there.

Is there anything else you'd like your readers to know about the book?

The way the time machine works - that it’s driven by music - is a new and unique twist on time travel that hasn’t really been done before. The time machine has an 8-track tape deck built into it. Play a song on the 8-track, and the machine follows the vibrations of that song back to the first time and place the song was played. So time travel has a fun, musical explanation that anyone can understand. It’s not super techy, but on the other hand its not one of those time travel stories where the time travel is never explained. This book finds that happy medium that will satisfy the sci-fi and time travel fans, but not alienate the folks who aren’t looking for complicated sci-fi details. 

About the book:

Chris Agnello is a struggling musician and loner college student who dreads the future, lives in the past, and longs for a mentor.

When his physicist sister builds a time machine that runs on music, he tries to use it to go back to the 1980's, but instead finds himself farther back in the past than he bargained for - stuck in the 1700's - on a journey of self discovery, and running for his life.

To get back to his own time, he must find a way to get from Dublin to London in time to catch his ride home... but in the meantime, he might just have found his future in the past.

Sci-fi and time travel fans will love this new and unique perspective on time travel. Fans of historical fiction will love the deeply human characters, the surprising realism of their journey, and the heartwarming love story.

About the author:

Carlo Kennedy is an Irish -Italian -American Author with an extensive background in early Christian History as well as the histories of Ireland and Italy, He is a music lover and avid writer.

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