Time Waits Blog Party – Post 4

May 15, 2015

Still me, still waving my little flag for my new novel, Time Waits (click the title for links)

Janos Nagy, one of the main characters in Time Waits, has been in my character library for several years. I can barely even remember where I picked him up, but he has always been one of my favourite and most contradictory characters. I always knew that he was a gay Hungarian soldier in World War II, even if I didn’t have somewhere to put him. When I started working on Time Waits, when I needed a character from the past, it seemed like all the stars had aligned at once, and finally, I had a home for him.

janos This photo certainly didn’t hurt as inspiration, when I went looking for Hungarians from the era in question :)

The trouble was that while I had his general background, I didn’t have the details, which meant it was time for an epic research party. Conveniently, Hungary is one of my favourite countries to visit in Europe, and I have invaded way too many museums, which gave me locations, clothing, even work tools and vehicles he might have used.

Once I started getting more of a feel for what the country and the people would have been like, it was possible to start padding out the character, giving him a family, a home, a role in his community, even places where he would have spent time while growing up. It’s always something special when your character goes from a loose template to fully-formed and three-dimensional.

It also meant that I was able to spend time around Hungarians who were kind enough to speak in English, rather than trying to understand my pidgin German. While I really try to steer clear of writing accents phonetically, I like to use sentence structure and word choices to give the character an accurate voice. With Hungarian, it meant focusing on how native speakers use tenses, which is one of the most complicated elements of the Hungarian language.

Hopefully, you’ll enjoy the character as much as I have (and maybe even see him in the sequel :D )

And I have to ask, have any of you done anything like this in the name of research? Or just in the name of finding a place that you saw mentioned in a book that one time? Because I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one ;)

Length: Novel (330 pages)
Release Date: May 15, 2015
Genre: Sci-fi, historical, futuristic

Buy as eBook ($6.99 ISBN: 978-1-63216-853-5) / Buy as Paperback ($17.99 ISBN:    978-1-63216-852-8)

One Response to “Time Waits Blog Party – Post 4”

  1. Angela says:

    It’s always nice to see how and why the author gets inspired to write the story, so it was nice to read about your inspiration and read a little more about your research.

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