Interview with Tara Sim [FBCYA Timekeeper Blog Tour]

Howdy y’all! A huge thank you to Tara Sim and Sky Pony Press for giving our book cub the honor to review her debut novel, Timekeeper, and to Bianca for making the club’s dreams and goals take its first step to realization.

I am downright ecstatic to have had the opportunity to interview Tara Sim about her feelings about the book, what inspires her and other stuff. Enjoy!


  • Let’s talk about casual things first. Timekeeper is your debut novel and it’s coming out on November 8th of this year.

How do you feel now that Timekeeper is finally published and is out for the rest of the world to read?

A mix of things, actually! Excited that it’s finally out in the world, nervous for people to read it, and relieved that I never have to revise it again (so many revisions…).

  • In Timekeeper, we get to read about two characters sharing an unconventional love story. 17-year old Danny Hart meets and falls in love with his apprentice whom he soon discovers is a mythical being- a mere clock spirit.

Did you find it difficult writing a love story like this?

I did find it difficult at first, because I’d never written a romance between a human and a non-human before. It took a while to figure out how it was going to work, and how both characters would react to one another as the story goes on. I largely focused on their personalities and how they played off of one another, forming a unique bond.

  • There are already lots of positive reviews from people who have received advanced copies of your book. (Which makes me even more excited to read it myself.)

What inspired you to write a steampunk book like this?

The idea surprised me, since I’d never written steampunk before. But when I got the original idea of the clock towers controlling time, I knew the gears and clockwork were a very steampunk aesthetic. When I decided that the setting would be Victorian London, the steampunk genre became an even more obvious direction to go in.

  • Were there any specific people you were picturing while you were thinking of the characters for Timekeeper?

Not particularly. I actually don’t like basing my characters on people I know in real life, although I do pick up certain habits and quirks from people I know and may sprinkle them across my cast from time to time. I actually tend to use other fictional characters as inspiration. So, for example, the character of Cassie was inspired by Winry from Fullmetal Alchemist and Kaylee from Firefly.

  •  If you were given a chance to travel back to 10 years ago, what would you say to your past self?

I would tell myself to keep doing what I was doing: writing as much as I can, reading as much as I can, and not giving up.



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Thanks for reading!