When Dr. West asked me to write about a theme I explore in my newest novel, WISHING CROSS STATION, and to expand on why I wrote about it, I was stunned for a little while.
There are a few prominent themes in this book, which one should I write about?
Then I realized there was one theme that really stuck out in my mind (besides the messages in the book about love— entwined with the following—please bear with me) and that is the thought our actions have consequences… sometimes rippling out beyond the point we can possibly begin to imagine when we are making our choices.
In WISHING CROSS STATION, Keigan Wainwright finds himself, through a series of amazing events, a hundred and thirty-five years out of his proper time, back in 1880.
When he first gets there, his needs are immediately obvious; he has no choice but to risk interacting with the local population of the town of Wishing Cross. As he tells us in the story:
What does a nineteen-year-old college student do when he’s a hundred and thirty-five years out of his proper time?
Well, if he’s me, the first thing he looks to do is to secure a place to sleep before night falls, because it’s bloody cold outside.
Keigan’s needs lead him to a greater amount of interaction with the locals than he had anticipated initially, and all the while he wonders what possible damage he could be doing to the future, just by being where he is.
I am not sure that we ask ourselves that question often enough in life: “What good, or ill, am I setting myself up for in the future by making the decision to…” (fill in the blank.)
By the age I have reached now, (44) I have learned a few things about actions and consequences. I have also learned there are always variables you cannot control, and sometimes you just have to do the best you can, where you are with what you have on hand to work with.
Then you hope for the best possible outcome.
I’ve been asked why this book is called a ‘dark’ fantasy romance; that is to indicate to my readers that this book has a different tone than previous novels I’ve written.
It is called dark because it is dark; but then, often so is life. Sometimes the only way to tell the stories that are really in your heart, the ones that have that grain of painful past experience at the root the story grew from, is just to tell it and see where it falls. Sometimes it falls on the lighter side. This time… not so much.
This book also has (as do all my books) a strong, romantic storyline, and covers another entwined thread across timelines: the experience of loss. Keigan finds he has more in common with the people of the past than he imagined; and he learns a lot about himself along the way.
How does it all turn out for him? Well, I don’t want to give it all away here.
Let’s just say that some of life’s harder lessons, and most difficult emotions, are the ones my heart dictated I write this time. So I just sat down, took a deep breath, and wrote them.
I hope you’ll find the emotional journey of WISHING CROSS STATION to be one worth taking, and one that will stay with you after you’ve read the last page.
If you’re as intrigued as I am, here’s the back blurb from the book!
A dark fantasy romance from the author of GODSPEED and OF STARDUST…
Don’t stay a moment longer than you have to. Don’t say too much. Don’t pollute the timeline.
When nineteen-year-old college library page Keigan Wainwright is sent to pick up a private donation of books for the school’s collection, he has no idea where one of those books will take him, or what it will take from him.
Retracing a powerful man’s footsteps through the past, Keigan finds himself caught in the same dangerous trap: falling in love with a woman he was never meant to know, and uncertain he will ever find his way home.
February Grace is an author, poet, and artist from Southeast Michigan. In previous novels, she has introduced readers to characters with clockwork hearts, told of romantic modern-day fairy godparents, and reimagined a legend, centuries old. Now, in her fifth novel with Booktrope, readers will board the special at WISHING CROSS STATION and embark on a trip through time. She is more than mildly obsessed with clocks, music, colors, meteor showers, and steam engines.