Author Interview: MF Thomas & Nicholas Thurkettle

Title of Book: A Sickness in Time

A short description of book:

In 2038, the human race is in a death spiral, and most people do not even know it yet. Technology that was supposed to make us better and stronger instead is birthing a strange and terrible plague we may not be able to stop. When the young daughter of Josh Scribner, a wealthy tech entrepreneur, starts to succumb to the illness, he dedicates his fortune in a desperate effort to save her life. Working with a friend & celebrated physicist, Josh develops the ability to send objects back through time. Their goal to recruit an agent in the past who might change our fatal path.

In our present day, a broken and traumatized Air Force veteran finds a strange message in the woods, drawing her into an adventure spanning decades. All humanity is at stake, as she and her small group of friends become the unlikely heroes taking up the secret fight against our future doom.

What inspired you to write? And what was the inspiration for this book?

I’ve always enjoyed reading and as a kid I was inspired by Issac Asimov’s Foundation, Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers and Ray Bradbury’s short story Sound of Thunder. I wanted to tell stories. Throughout high school, I wrote extensively with a friend. Together we created dozens of movie scripts and made a few with an old Hitachi video camera. Although I pursued a different career, several years ago I found myself wanting to write fiction again. I was working in Switzerland and Germany extensively at the time and thus the idea of my first book, Seeing by Moonlight was born. I started working with Nicholas, first as an editor and then asked him to join me as the co-author.

We collaborated again to write A Sickness in Time. The inspiration for the story came as I was walking in Rome near the ruins of Mars Hill. On a road first laid down a millennium ago, I was an odd, glass and steel box. The contrast of this modern device in an ancient city made me start thinking about the reasons why someone would try to communicate across time – and that became the seed of the story of A Sickness in Time.

What is the last book you read?

I just finished was The Terror by Dan Simmons. It’s an entertaining, fictionalized account of a historical expedition to discover the Northwest Passage.

Who are your favorite authors?

In addition to Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, Stephen King and Orson Scott Card, I enjoy the intensity and creativity of China Mieville. Books like his The City and the City are simply amazing in their creativity.

What are your favorite books?

My favorite books are those that I can reread and enjoy even more the third, fourth or fifth time. I read Dicken’s A Christmas Carol every December. In addition to the supernatural elements, it’s a great reminder of the need to be grateful and appreciative of what I have. Other books like Heinlein’s Starman Jones and King’s The Stand are two more I’ll read every few years. It’s like seeing an old friend again.

After all of your hard work, how does it feel to be a published author?

I love it! I’m so fortunate to have the time and opportunity to write about what interests me and appreciative that others have found it enjoyable.

Rachel Beyer

I am a full time engineer and a part time blogger/writer. I am passionate about reading, writing, biking, volleyball, and my pets.