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Interview with Kate Mascarenhas, author of The Psychology of Time Travel


Please welcome Kate Mascarenhas to The Qwillery as part of the 2019 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. The Psychology of Time Travel was published on February 12, 2019 by Crooked Lane Books.



Interview with Kate Mascarenhas, author of The Psychology of Time Travel




TQWelcome to The Qwillery. What is the first fiction piece that you remember writing?

Kate:  I remember stapling together my own books about ponies when I was a little girl.



TQAre you a plotter, a pantser or a hybrid?

Kate:  Pantser, at least for the first draft. Usually when I start I have a few characters in mind, and a predicament that they’re in, but I work out everything else as I go.



TQWhat is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Kate:  Sending it out into the world. I enjoy all stages of researching and drafting and editing. But once it’s published, it belongs to everybody else.



TQWhat has influenced / influences your writing?

Kate:  In general, my favourite writers—Shirley Jackson; Muriel Spark; Josephine Hart. For this book specifically, I’d add Doctor Who, the books of Diana Wynne Jones, and the movie Peggy Sue Got married.



TQDescribe The Psychology of Time Travel using only 5 words.

Kate:  Queer, time-travelling murder mystery.



TQ:   What inspired you to write The Psychology of Time Travel? What appeals to you about writing Science Fiction?

Kate:  I’d been reading about the involvement of psychologists in recruiting astronauts, and wondered what qualities they’d be looking for if time travel had been invented in the sixties instead of the space race. My academic background is in psychology, and science fiction is a great genre for exploring psychological questions.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for The Psychology of Time Travel?

Kate:  Mainly desk-based research; I read lots of physics papers to develop my world-building rules, particularly the work of a physicist called Igor Novikov. I also spent time reading old psychiatric manuals to understand how mental health categories have changed over time.



TQPlease tell us about the cover for The Psychology of Time Travel.

Kate:  One of the time travellers in the story modifies an embroidery sampler to include both her birth, and death dates. The designer Helen Crawford-White used that concept to create a cover based on embroidery art.



TQIn The Psychology of Time Travel who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Kate:  Grace was the easiest—she grew up near my own home town so I had a very intuitive sense of her background. She’s quite eccentric, and that can be fun to write. Margaret, who assumes leadership of the time travellers, was probably the character who went through most rewrites. It took a while to pin down her motivation.



TQDoes The Psychology of Time Travel touch on any social issues?

Kate:  Yes – the stigmatisation of people with psychiatric diagnoses is an important issue in the novel.



TQWhich question about The Psychology of Time Travel do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Kate:  Timelines are fixed in the novel—it’s impossible to change the past or the future. I’d quite like someone to ask me if the characters have free will. The answer is, they might do—but they don’t feel like they do. I really wanted to explore the impact that has on the characters’ outlook.



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from The Psychology of Time Travel.

Kate:  Time travellers have their own slang, collected in a small phrase book. “Many of the words describe living a life out of sequence. To live an incident you’ve already read about is called completion. Returning to an incident you’ve already experienced is called echoing. Feeling angry with someone for things they won’t do wrong for years is called zeitigzorn.”



TQWhat's next?

Kate:  I’m currently working with my UK editor on my next novel, The Thief on the Winged Horse, which is about the theft of a doll with magical properties. It’s set in Oxford, England in the present day.



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.





The Psychology of Time Travel
Crooked Lane Books, February 12, 2019
Hardcover and eBook, 336 pages

Interview with Kate Mascarenhas, author of The Psychology of Time Travel
In 1967, four female scientists worked together to build the world’s first time machine. But just as they are about to debut their creation, one of them suffers a breakdown, putting the whole project—and future of time travel—in jeopardy. To protect their invention, one member is exiled from the team—erasing her contributions from history.

Fifty years later, time travel is a big business. Twenty-something Ruby Rebello knows her beloved grandmother, Granny Bee, was one of the pioneers, though no one will tell her more. But when Bee receives a mysterious newspaper clipping from the future reporting the murder of an unidentified woman, Ruby becomes obsessed: could it be Bee? Who would want her dead? And most importantly of all: can her murder be stopped?

Traversing the decades and told from alternating perspectives, The Psychology of Time Travel introduces a fabulous new voice in fiction and a new must-read for fans of speculative fiction and women’s fiction alike.





About Kate

Interview with Kate Mascarenhas, author of The Psychology of Time Travel
Photo by Matt Murtagh
Kate Mascarenhas is a half-Irish, half-Seychellois midlander. Since 2017, Kate has been a chartered psychologist. Before that she worked as a copywriter, a dollhouse maker, and a bookbinder. She lives with her husband in a small terraced house which she is slowly filling with Sindy dolls.










Website  ~  Twitter @KatemMascarenhas


2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March Debuts


2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March Debuts


Each month you will be able to vote for your favorite cover from that month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2019 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is published in the US. Cover artist/illustrator/designer information is provided when we have it.

I'm using PollCode for this vote. After you the check the circle next to your favorite, click "Vote" to record your vote. If you'd like to see the real-time results click "View". This will take you to the PollCode site where you may see the results. If you want to come back to The Qwillery click "Back" and you will return to this page. Voting will end sometime on April 6, 2019, unless the vote is extended. If the vote is extended the ending date will be updated.

Vote for your favorite March 2019 Debut Cover!
 
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2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March Debuts
Cover by Stephen Mulcahey





2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March Debuts





2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March Debuts





2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March Debuts





2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March Debuts
Cover Art by Jaime Jones





2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March Debuts
Book Design by Jennifer Lum
Cover Image © Lenore Humes /  Arcangel Images





2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March Debuts
Cover Art and Design by David Wardle





2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March Debuts
Cover Illustration by Matt Taylor





2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March Debuts
Jacket Illustration: © Kai and Sunny





2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March Debuts
Cover Photo by Larry Rostant





2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March Debuts





2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March Debuts
Jacket Art by Chris McGrath
Jacket Design by Katie Anderson





2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March Debuts
Cover Art by Adam Burn





2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March Debuts





2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March Debuts
Cover Design by Blanca Aulet. Cover photographs by Getty 
Image: © Jitalia17/E+; © Ray Massey/ Photographer's 
Choice. Photo illustration and photography by Scott Nobles.  
Cover copyright © 2019 by Hachette Book Group, Inc.

2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February Debuts


2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February Debuts


Each month you will be able to vote for your favorite cover from that month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2019 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is published in the US. Cover artist/illustrator/designer information is provided when we have it.

I'm using PollCode for this vote. After you the check the circle next to your favorite, click "Vote" to record your vote. If you'd like to see the real-time results click "View". This will take you to the PollCode site where you may see the results. If you want to come back to The Qwillery click "Back" and you will return to this page. Voting will end sometime on March 7, 2019, unless the vote is extended. If the vote is extended the ending date will be updated.

Vote for your favorite February 2019 Debut Cover!
 
pollcode.com free polls





2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February Debuts





2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February Debuts
Cover art by Lisa Perrin
Cover design by Katie Anderson





2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February Debuts
Cover art by Chris Thornley





2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February Debuts
Cover art by by Kate Forrester





2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February Debuts
Cover illustration by Tony Mauro
Cover design by Lex Maudlin





2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February Debuts





2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February Debuts
Cover art by Lars Grant-West





2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February Debuts
Cover design by Peter Mendelsund

2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Winner


The winner of the January 2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars is The Gutter Prayer by Gareth Hanrahan from Orbit with 63% of the votes. The cover art is by Richard Anderson.


The Gutter Prayer
The Black Iron Legacy 1
Orbit, January 22, 2019
Trade Paperback and eBook, 560 pages

2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Winner
A group of three young thieves are pulled into a centuries old magical war between ancient beings, mages, and humanity in this wildly original debut epic fantasy.

Enter a city of saints and thieves . . .

The city of Guerdon stands eternal. A refuge from the war that rages beyond its borders. But in the ancient tunnels deep beneath its streets, a malevolent power has begun to stir.

The fate of the city rests in the hands of three thieves. They alone stand against the coming darkness. As conspiracies unfold and secrets are revealed, their friendship will be tested to the limit. If they fail, all will be lost, and the streets of Guerdon will run with blood.

The Gutter Prayer is an epic tale of sorcerers and thieves, treachery and revenge, from a remarkable new voice in fantasy.





The Results

2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Winner





The January 2019 Debuts

2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Winner

2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts


2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts


Each month you will be able to vote for your favorite cover from that month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2019 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is published in the US. Cover artist/illustrator/designer information is provided when we have it.

I'm using PollCode for this vote. After you the check the circle next to your favorite, click "Vote" to record your vote. If you'd like to see the real-time results click "View". This will take you to the PollCode site where you may see the results. If you want to come back to The Qwillery click "Back" and you will return to this page. Voting will end sometime on January 31, 2019, unless the vote is extended. If the vote is extended the ending date will be updated.

Vote for your favorite January 2019 Debut Cover!
 
pollcode.com free polls



2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts
Cover art by Richard Anderson





2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts
Cover art by Emmanuel Polanco





2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts
Cover design by Lex Maudlin
Cover photographs © VICTOR HABBICK VISIONS/Getty Images;
© Tithi Luadthong/Shutterstock (city)





2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts





2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts
Jacket design by Michael J. Windsor
Jacket photograph © Johanna Negowski
Interview with Kate Mascarenhas, author of The Psychology of Time Travel2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - March Debuts2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - February Debuts2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Winner2019 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - January Debuts

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