Today I am taking part in the blog tour for Neverland Blog Tours. It's for a book called The Curse of Time by M. J. Mallon and I have a guest post from the author.
Fifteen-year-old Amelina Scott lives in Cambridge with her dysfunctional family, a mysterious black cat, and an unusual girl who's imprisoned within the mirrors located in her house. When an unexpected message arrives inviting her to visit the Crystal Cottage, she sets off on a forbidden pathway where she encounters Ryder, a charismatic, but perplexing stranger.
With the help of a magical paint set, and some crystal wizard stones she discovers the truth about a shocking curse that has destroyed her family's happiness.
Writing has changed my life in ways I would never have imagined. Who would have thought I’d meet one of the greatest living inventors, of our time, Dr. John C Taylor OBE?
This intriguing gentleman is also a pilot, adventurer, photographer, architect and philanthropist. His striking invention the Chronopage clock was one of Time’s Best Inventions of 2008. Dr Taylor invested five years and £1 million in the Corpus Clock project, and a team of two hundred people, including engineers, sculptors, scientists, jewellers and calligraphers were involved in its creation. http://www.johnctaylor.com/the-chronophage/
During, our lunch meeting we chatted about many subjects. It amused me to discover that Dr Taylor also invented the components of the cordless kettle! There is nothing as important as a good cup of tea.
I was fascinated to hear about his three wonderful clocks.
Isn’t it magnificent? So magnificent that I paid tribute to its brilliance by writing The Curse of Time.
Dr Taylor mentioned his delight that his much admired Chronopage had inspired me to write The Curse of Time. We had a lovely lunch and later we strolled to the clock on Kings Parade to take photographs. On, our merry way Dr Taylor and his PR lady stooped down to collect conkers. I couldn’t believe it! One of the finest inventors of our time has a fondness for the simple pleasures of life such as collecting conkers! In no time at all we arrived at the clock. He suggested that I should wave at his invention, and I did. For a moment the clock mechanism stopped. He commanded obedience as its master and it did his bidding. It was magic!
Dr Taylor studied Natural Sciences at Corpus Christ College at Cambridge University. What synchronicity! How extraordinary that I had inadvertently incorporated a naturally occurring form –crystals- into my story. The idea to do so had arisen after a visit to a sculptural park - Juniper Artland in Wilkieston, Edinburgh. The beauty of the crystal grotto, the Light Pours Out of Me by Anya Gallaccio transfixed me, and I knew that this had to play a central part in the narrative.
I share Dr Taylor’s view that time is indeed a greedy monster sucking our vitality, and youth. The grasshopper escapement commands our attention with its strange beauty but repels us with its hideousness. Could I create a character that would be beautiful and enthralling but have a hidden aspect too? Would this protagonist be vulnerable to the mercy of light and time and have a dark, mysterious side?
The clock continues to fascinate me; it is a much celebrated and admired piece of living, modern art, popular with tourists and residents of Cambridge. How could I rise to the challenge of imagining these intriguing elements in an altogether new and unique story? The Curse of Time reflects upon the unforgiving nature of time using five central elements: time, beauty, art, light and darkness. Whether we are young or old, the ticking clock is gruesome. It never stops.
About The Author
I am a debut author who has been blogging for three years at my lovely blog home Kyrosmagica: https://mjmallon.com. My interests include writing, photography, poetry, and alternative therapies. I write Fantasy YA, middle grade fiction and micro poetry - haiku and Tanka. I love to read and have written over 100 reviews: https://mjmallon.com/2015/09/28/a-z-of-my-book-reviews/
My alter ego is MJ - Mary Jane from Spiderman. I love superheroes! I was born on the 17th of November in Lion City: Singapore, (a passionate Scorpio, with the Chinese Zodiac sign a lucky rabbit,) second child and only daughter to my proud parents Paula and Ronald. I grew up in a mountainous court in the Peak District in Hong Kong with my elder brother Donald. My parents dragged me away from my exotic childhood and my much loved dog Topsy to the frozen wastelands of Scotland. In bonnie Edinburgh I mastered Scottish country dancing, and a whole new Och Aye lingo.
As a teenager I travelled to many far-flung destinations to visit my abacus wielding wayfarer dad. It's rumoured that I now live in the Venice of Cambridge, with my six foot hunk of a Rock God husband, and my two enchanted daughters. After such an upbringing my author's mind has taken total leave of its senses! When I’m not writing, I eat exotic delicacies while belly dancing, or surf to the far reaches of the moon. To chill out, I practise Tai Chi. If the mood takes me I snorkel with mermaids, or sign up for idyllic holidays with the Chinese Unicorn, whose magnificent voice sings like a thousand wind chimes.
Authors Website: https://mjmallon.com
Collaborative blog: https://thesistersofthefey.wordpress.com
Twitter: @Marjorie_Mallon and @curseof_time
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