Sunday, October 30, 2016

Guest Post - Donn Shoultz - Why A Time Travel Series?


Hello Everyone!

Welcome to the first Always Trust In Books guest post. Hopefully you have come here from the Q&A session I have held with Donn Shoultz about himself, his work and his writing style/habits. If not the please check that out here. Donn has also written a guest post for me to post here all about the reasons he chose to use time travel in his Miles Stevens book series. He tell us how Steven King inspired him to use time-travel and how he makes it work in a real world setting. It is a great piece to outline his book series so lets get to it!

Why a Time Travel Series?
by D.R. Shoultz, Author

The idea of a time travel series came to me several years ago after reading Stephen King’s 900- page novel, 11/22/63.  The protagonist, Jake Epping, finds a “rabbit hole” behind a diner that he slips through to travel back to the late 1950s.  From that point, he assimilates into his new surroundings as he attempts to alter the tragic course of events leading to John Kennedy’s assassination.

King’s method of time travel is magical more than scientific with the rules briefly described to Epping by Al Templeton, the diner’s owner.  King doesn’t need to offer much detail on how Epping finds himself years in the past; the story is more about Epping’s journey to prevent JFK’s murder than it’s about time travel.  

In the Miles Stevens time travel series, Miles and his CIA partners are sent back in time from the Department of Historic Intervention (DHI) headquarters in Langley, Virginia.  The DHI is a new department created by the CIA in the year 2050.  An actual time machine is used to send agents to wipe tragedies from the history books. The agents and their possessions are fractured into subatomic particles and shot at multiples of light speed to predetermined destinations weeks before the disasters.  

I like King’s premise of going back in time to alter historic disasters, but I prefer not to write about actual tragedies. Doing so brings real people into the context of the story, along with real loss and real feelings, and I don’t have King’s resources to research the actual events.  So, I invented disasters yet to occur, those feared as possible, and I placed them on a time horizon between today and 2050.  Thirty-five years and the possibility of time travel give me incredible latitude as a fiction writer to select subject matter, plots, and outcomes.

In MELTING SAND, it’s a Middle East nuclear war that has Miles Stevens and his partner Dr. Terri King propelled back to 2028 to alter history. In CYBER ONE, it’s an apocalyptic cyberattack targeting U.S. electrical grids that sends Miles and his new team further back to 2020 to chase down the source of the deadly attacks. GOING VIRAL (planned release next year) reunites Miles with Terri King and takes them to the 2032 Olympic Games in Sydney.  The games had been the target of a biological terrorist attack.  In each, Miles races against time to identify the source of the epic disasters and wipe them from history.

Time travel provides a great foundation for an action/adventure series.  The possibilities are endless. Miles’ subatomic particles can travel just about anywhere for any number of disasters yet to occur.  Join me to discover where Miles will travel next.

The novels in the Miles Stevens series and other D.R. Shoultz books are available on You can learn more about D.R. Shoultz and his novels at 

Thank you again for coming to check out Donn Shoultz and his work! Please check out the Q&A if you didn't get a chance and please visit Always Trust In Books again for more interviews, book posts and reviews!

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