Wednesday, 27 March 2013

PK Hrezo - Speculative Fiction Writer

This week's Speculative Fiction Writer is teen and tween writer PK Hrezo, who by coincidence was the first Blog Blitz recipient yesterday. Congratulations and over to you, PK.


Thanks so much to Ellie for having me here! Today I’m talking about time travel, and this is your chance to weigh in. That’s right, I want to know YOUR thoughts. And not just because my current WIP is about time travel … well, yeah, actually that is the reason why. So here’s your chance to tell me what you like, dislike, find impossible to believe, are building in your garages, etc. 

A couple weeks ago on Twitter for #SciFiChat (which is every Friday at 3pm EST) we talked a lot about time travel, and everyone has their own fave stories: The Time Machine, Back to the Future, Star Trek, The Time Traveler’s Wife, Looper, etc. The question came up as to what it is about time travel stories that pull you in. For most, it was the forbidden fruit appeal of changing something from the past. 

I know I have plenty I’d change if I could go back and knock some sense in Past-PK, but what that question did, was reminded me to look at the big picture in my own time travel story—to think theme and character, and not get so bogged down with the logistics of how time travel works, though that has to plausible too. Do you find that easy to forget when writing sci-fi or other speculative fiction? Do you get more concerned with whether or not your time machine (or insert own component here) will work, then whether or not your character has the right goal, or that she’ll transform by the end of the story? (For more on those per PlotWhiperer, see this link.

Which brings me to my next point: time travel has been done so many ways, from brainwashing oneself in Somewhere in Time, to traveling around the sun in Star Trek IV, to simply jumping in and out of time in the blink of an eye like The Time Traveler’s Wife. A souped-up delorean is a fun way to go, complete with plot device flux capacitor, or for Whovians around the world, a disguised TARDIS takes the cake. Which means for us writers hoping to conjure up something new, our job is extra hard. Seems everything’s been done. 

I’ve got a few ideas up my sleeve, but now I’m asking YOU: 

What thrills you most about time travel? Does the science (fiction) behind how it could work make a difference to you? Or are you more interested in how the main characters interact in alternate time periods? Little of both? More or less of one? Does the actual device that allows time travel matter to you? Anything you’d like to see more of? 

I’d love to hear your feedback! 

You can find me on Twitter @pkhrezo, as well as my blog and website where I do more than just write. I make stuff too. 

Thanks again, Ellie! (Who BTW has the bestest avatar EVER!) #WishIWouldaThoughtOfThat 

PK Hrezo is a fearless fiction writer, and creator of Pixie Patrol. Part time airline agent, and full time wife and mom. Her BFF is a 70lb labradoodle named Ripley. She's repped by Jordy Albert of The Booker Albert Agency. And can quite easily while the hours away discussing books, movies, and writing like nothing else in the world existed.

Thank you, PK. I've spent the last few minutes recalling all the great time travel films I've seen. I'm glad you included Somewhere in Time - it holds a special place in my heart for personal reasons. It's also a terrific movie.

As a writer I'm more interested in the consequences of time travel to both characters and the world itself than the mechanics of how it works. I guess if I were to write a time travel story I would need to give the science some consideration, though. As you say, it has to be plausible. 


  1. Thanks again for having me today, Ellie!! :D

  2. You make an important point about writing your own time travel story: don't get bogged down in all the time travel logistics, but concentrate on character, theme, and plot.

    Thanks for hosting PK, Ellie!

  3. I'm not as concerned with how it works as what is done with it. Since we can't actually do it, I think there are many plausible ways we can make people travel through time.

  4. My favorite thing about time travel is all the possibilities it brings with it. I also enjoy the glimpses it gives into character's lives 'way back when'.

    While I'm not really a history buff, it's cool to see how characters act when out of their element...whether going backwards or forwards in time.

  5. I too am more concerned with the story of time travel than the mechanics, but, the mechanics have to sound believable - unless you're Audrey Niffenegger, then you can have your character pop about willy nilly and still have it work perfectly, divinely even.

  6. I like reading about the interactions of those who've traveled in time and those who are from that time, especially the funny or dangerous moments offered because of the time travel.

    Interesting topic!

  7. To me the mechanics of time travel are important in a story. My WIP has time jumping incorporated in it. Although H.G.Wells and Jules Verne wrote tales of it, their writing style was a bit stiff on character interaction and devolopment.

    I thought Stephen Kings 11-23-64 was a good treatment of the effects, I just didn't care for his treatment of Sadie.
    Mz. Ma Nature has hardwired our DNA with some pretty rigid boundries.

    I am using the first law of physics; for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, as a guideline for limitations in time jumping.

    Maybe a little less than 2 cents worth. Nice blog.

  8. @ Sheri-- thanks! It really is most important!

    @Alex-- exactly! While it's still fiction, we have free reign!

    @Mark-- totally agree! How modern/primitive characters adjust in alternate times is always a hoot!

    @Marcy-- yep there's enough about the mechanics that has to be determined and plotted even if it's never fully delved into.

    @Barbara -- yep me too! The idea in and of itself is enough.

    @french sojourn--thanks for weiging in! I'm not familiar with that King story. Will have to check it out! I like your guidelines. I've made up a whole bunch of my own too.

    @Ellie--Somewhere in Time is one of my fave movies... so romantic!

  9. I've always enjoyed movies, TV shows, and books with time travel elements. I actually have an element of it in my WIP. I guess I love the thought of being able to go back and interact with people from the past. The future is equally as intriguing. The main thing for me is it has to be executed with purpose...a character-centered, life-death-love-sacrifice kind that brings either closure or sets the stage for a

  10. I guess I would be more interested in how the characters react to past/future time, than about the technicalities of time-travel. I mean, we all know it is impossible, at least now. So, why bother with technicalities anyway?

    One of my favorite short story about time-travel deals with how time-travel may not make any difference to our lives at all! Philosophy. You could try to get in some philosophy/message as well, using time-travel.

    Destination Infinity

  11. D.I. take it a step further...say you had characters from the present that were "leapfrogging" through time, hibernating for say...15 years at a time; repeatedly.
    If you lept far enough ahead, you could encounter the possibility of time travel and theoretically travel back to your time, 200 years in the past/present.They could ostensibly be DNA coded to where they could return to their past.
    Just a thought. cheers

  12. What I like about time travel stories is that the possibilities seem endless and you can really exercise your imagination. Sure you have to have well written characters, but the plot has to "Wow" me, simple because there so much potential. Great guest post, Ellie! (:

  13. @Kellie--absolutely! Goals for time travel make it much more fun than just showing up. Thank so much for weighing in.

    @Infinity--philosophy mixed in always makes for a great story! It's crazy how tangled up in the plot deets I get trying to work out whether or not tampering with the past/future will make a difference. Thank you for weighing in!

    @french sojourn--you bring up an excellent point that has a part to play in my current plot. Great minds think alike! It makes sense when working out the intricacies. Thanks again for weighing in!

    @Elise--I agree! I like characters who totally don't fit the situation trying to duke it out and make some sense of things. That's what makes a great plot for me. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  14. I get hung up the most where Time Travel is concerned around the plausibility of the plot. In my experience, very few get it right and leave gaping logic holes. Didn't stop me from making THE TIME TUNNEL one of my most watched TV shows when I was a kid! :)

  15. Great point. I always end up over thinking the rules of time travel...and then it hits's make believe! Just enjoy the story. I am such a dork sometimes!

  16. I can buy into many ideas as long as the author gives me some indication as to why I should buy in. Great post!

  17. I am so impressed with how much publishing is happening here in Blogland.Awesome!

    It's fatal to over-think things like the rules of time travel because then the inner editor comes in and spoils the magic.

  18. @DL-- Eww to logic holes. Have to go thru mine with a fine toothed comb!! Thank goodness for awesome CPs. Thanks so much for stopping by!

    @Elizabeth--Right?! I'm terrible at overthinking thing sometimes, but you just dont wanna be that writer who leaves a "gaping logic hole" as DL above would say. ;)Thanks, Elizabeth!

    @Tasha--Agreed! The power to suspend disbelief is what separates good writers from mediocre ones! Thanks for stopping by!

    @Madeleine--darn that inner editor! So much to juggle when writing good fiction. Creativity vs. logic. Ouch! Thanks for weighing in, M.!

  19. lovely to see PK on here! And what a great post. Certainly makes me think. The idea of being able to travel through time and witness history unfolding is just so cool in my mind:)

  20. LAte to the party, but I made it. :) I prefer the science of time travel. Nothing gets me going more than a good time travel machine. I guess that's why I wasn't much into The Time Traveler's wife. There was not enough hard science to hold my interest and I was left with rather bland characters who held no appeal for me. Great post though, I loved reading everyone's thoughts.

  21. The Doctor is what thrills me about time travel. ;)

    Heh. Though, it's interesting to think what might happen if something was changed. Would that create an alternative reality, or change your world as you know it?

  22. Nice to meet you, Ellie!
    PK- time travel is one of my favorite sci-fi topics, as is post-apocalyptic stories. To me, the time travel device doesn't matter so much, though the Tardis IS the best ever, but the whole conundrum of changing time lines and the consequences of what happens if you go back MUST, in my opinion be dealt with. But none of this matters if the characters aren't engaging, and the plot has giant holes, etc. It still has to be a well-written story. Just having a time machine isn't enough. My WIP progress is a space opera, and has no time travel, but since I'm so fascinated about it, now you've got me thinking about starting something else...but in MAY. Egads, the Challenge starts Monday!!!!

    Tina @ Life is Good
    Co-host, April 2013 A-Z Challenge Blog
    @TinaLifeisGood, #atozchallenge

  23. @nutschell--no doubt, right? I know where or when I'd go for sure! Thanks for stopping by!

    @Melissa--love your two cents. Interesting to hear the other side of it. Really and truly they both have to work or their story will fall short. Thanks for sharing!!

    @Christine--MM,mm,mm love the Doctor!And creating that parallel universe/alternate timeline is what boggles and thrills me into tangles of web.

    @Tina--thanks weighing in!I the TARDIS. And great time vessels are part of the fun of time travel. Those aside tho, it's messing with that timeline that makes or breaks a great story. All bases must be covered. Now your wheels are turning, eh? That's what happened to me when the time travel idea struck!

  24. Nice to meet PK. Love the idea of Time Travel.


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