Gyngerbred, fyne cakes, mynce tarts, maids of honore and homemade wassail brought a medieval taste to the Invermere Library Wednesday, December 5th. More than 40 people packed the mezzanine to hear Maureen Thorpe talk about her recently-launched book Tangle of Time and snack on the medieval-themed treats.
The local author talked about the process of writing her book, how she came up with the ideas found within its pages, and some interesting anecdotes before reading the first chapter of her book to the engaged audience.
She shared that while the working title of the fictional tale was The Book That Wrote Itself, she quickly realized that would not be an accurate title; Ms. Thorpe went through an astounding 40+ drafts and countless hours of hard work to produce the final story that tells the tale of a woman who discovers she is a witch and has the ability to travel through time.
She says while authors such as J.K. Rowling plot out entire series prior to penning a word, Ms. Thorpe is known as a ‘pantser’: “You write by the seat of your pants,” she said, to the merriment of the audience.
She first got the idea in her head to become a writer when she was at a writing group session and a fellow attendee remarked that Ms. Thorpe was a natural storyteller.
“That set little bells in my head,” she says. Following that remark, Ms. Thorpe became quite ill, and went into a “weird state.”
“When I woke up, I had the book in my head,” she remarked.
Ms. Thorpe took the naming of her characters quite seriously. After all, she said, “You have to get the name right. If you don’t have the right name, it just doesn’t work.”
The lead character is named after her grandmother; her mother is in there as well.
Tangle of Time is the first in a series Ms. Thorpe is writing. Her second novel takes the time traveler into the Viking era, while the third, which she is currently writing, takes place in Roman times.
The book was released October 31st. It is available through Amazon and the publishing house Ekstasis Editions, as well as through Ms. Thorpe’s website, www.maureenthorpe.com. Bookstores also have the ability to order copies in for customers.