It’s so great to see authors using Reddit’s Ask Me Anything subreddit as a forum to connect with fans! A few months ago, Neil Gaiman teased details of the rumored American Gods TV series. Yesterday, Raven Girl author Audrey Niffenegger took to r/IAMA to talk about her classic time travel love story The Time Traveler’s Wife and her other works. Most exciting was when she shared insight into her forthcoming sequel, which focuses on Henry and Clare’s time-traveling daughter Alba. (If you buy the ebook from Zola Books, you’ll be treated to a 25-page excerpt from the sequel!)
For one, Alba’s got two husbands, one of whom is another time traveler! Not to mention, we’ll learn more about Chrono-Displacement and even get to see a familiar face. Sadly, the book won’t be out until about 2018, so get all your details here. Plus, Niffenegger shares which books she loves reading over and over.
What inspired Niffenegger to write The Time Traveler’s Wife: “The phrase ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’ popped into my head, and I started wondering what sort of lady would marry a time traveler.”
What she read while writing: “I read some physics books for people who cannot cope with the math, that was very helpful. And I read quite a lot of articles that were coming out then about genetics.”
Whether she ever got confused working out all the minutiae of Henry and Clare’s lives together and apart: “No, I worked on the book for almost five years, so I had time to keep track of even the tiny details.”
Why she hasn’t seen the 2009 movie adaptation: “I did read the screenplay, and realized that the filmmakers were doing their own thing, so I decided to let go and I don’t feel the need to see it. I do think there have been good adaptations. I liked Cloud Atlas, both the book and the movie.”
Other books that mix sci-fi and fantasy elements with a contemporary love story: ” Jack Finney‘s Time and Again is about to be reissued; I just wrote an introduction for it. And certainly Little, Big by John Crowley is a masterpiece; it’s got several love stories and fairies, too.
Why she decided to follow up on Alba: “I started working on Alba’s life because Zola Books was issuing the ebook for TTW and they asked for an ‘extra.’ Then I got a bit obsessed with her, and decided to keep working on it.”
How the world will respond to Chrono-Displacement in Alba’s future: “I’m not sure yet, though it is implied in TTW that the world knows about this and it has become an acceptable thing, though perhaps still rare. Oliver, one of Alba’s husbands, is from the second half of the 21st century, so he has seen much more evolution in society’s ideas about time travel.”
Will we get to see Henry in the Time Traveler’s Wife sequel? “Yes, he does manage to show up here and there.” (We see what you did there.)
Niffenegger’s top books of all time, that she’ll read over and over: “ Harriet the Spy, The Woman In White, The Turn of the Screw, The Beast in the Jungle, The Secret History, Galatea 2.2, Gaudy Night, and The Goldfinch.”