Join us in congratulating author and past SR contributor, Thomas Legendre! His newest novel Keeping Time is set to be released from University of Cincinnati Press on March 15, 2020. The book centers around Aaron Keeler and his time-traveling journey where he meets a younger version of his wife. During his travels, Aaron must face the challenges of his marriage, save his family and deal with the ancient mystery that launched his career. The book is inspired by his shorter fictional piece “Ultraviolet” which was published in Issue 18 of Superstition Review.
Thomas is also the author of a novel entitled The Burning, various critical and creative essays, and a few dramatic writing pieces. In his everyday life he works as a professor at the University of Nottingham.
To learn more about Thomas and his writing, visit his website and find more information about Keeping Time here.
Today we are pleased to feature author Thomas Legendre as our Authors Talk series contributor. Thomas discusses the context of his fiction piece, “Ultraviolet,” which was featured in Issue 18 of Superstition Review. He reveals that “Ultraviolet” is actually an excerpt from his novel, Living in the Past.
Living in the Past explores an affair between an archaeologist and his wife after the archaeologist travels back in time, and the chapters take place in both 1988 and 2006. However, “Ultraviolet” is an exception, as it takes place in 1986 when the couple first meets. It acts as an interlude that plants the seeds that will grow into the powerful issues of the novel.
Thomas also discusses his own inspiration and interest in the topics at the core of the novel, like archaeology and music. He even delves into his “a-ha!” moment, when a long-forgotten memory came back to him and helped the story take shape.
You can access Thomas’s piece in Issue 18 of Superstition Review.