So, you've made it this far, have you? It takes dedication to find this page hidden deep within the Tagonist Knights Website.
As a reward, I present to you five new ways to immerse yourself within this novel. Some of it is insightful, other aspects of it is meant to make you laugh and smile. Hopefully, by the time you're done, you'll be eager to explore the book if you haven't already, or take a moment to read through it once again knowing what you do now.
“What do I have to do to convince you that I love you? I traveled through the space-time continuum just to meet you and did it again so that I could spend a lifetime with you.” – Felicity
Say Hello - The Cast of In a Heartbeat
“I’m empathic, not a mind reader, Christopher.”
“When the body cannot contain the intense emotion that the soul experiences, it cries for it knows not of any other way to express such a profound moment.”
A Man Near Death
“You’ve just proven the existence of time travel, and you’re already moving onto another project.”
“In our day and age, nothing is impossible, merely highly improbable.” – Lynx
“We are a culmination of the lives of those who came before us, their accomplishments and failures, everything they have done has laid the groundwork for the world we are so blessed to live in.” – Felicity
Am I important?
The concept for the novel is rooted in the idea that I was struggling with at the time, am I that important? Is anything I do with my life going to affect the world in any way? Am I going to die and that will be it? No legacy left behind, no impact made? If so, what's the point?
There was a time in my life that I did what Christopher created, I wrote down a chain of ideas from time travel, to multiple dimensions of existence, to a theory concerning deciphering human behavior. It was just ideas spilling out of me, one after another just to get it out on paper.
The idea of a man who was dying at a young age, who hadn't lived his life due to this long term health condition, somehow affecting the future in a way he would never realize made me wonder, what if? I just ran with it.
At the time I was lonely so I thought, time travel, romance... Why not? That led me to writing the original draft that reached the point where Felicity and Christopher vanished. I stopped because the thought of tackling what the future was going to be like was too overwhelming. It was too much for me to handle, so I gave up on the novel.
It wasn't until many years later, about two years before I started Tagonist Knights that I picked up the idea again and finished the first complete draft. Once I was ready for publication, I realized it was too short and ended up extending some of the scenes set in the future including the tree standing in the place of his original home's location, the interaction with the deer, and an explanation of animals no longer being pets, but roommates.
“Every time your species set limitations for themselves, you consistently break free from those boundaries time and again.” – Lynx
Easter Eggs and Inspiration
And now... My Favorite.
Christopher and Felicity's son is named after a famous author. Herbert George is the H.G. in H.G. Wells, the author of the novel “The Time Machine”. Often what an author introduces to the world in the form of fiction becomes reality. That was my hope, that one day the utopia that Felicity comes from will become our reality.
“Love is not complicated, nor should it be.” – Felicity