A Life in Books: Tara Sim

Posted by Goodreads on October 31, 2016
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The seeds of Tara Sim's much-anticipated historical fantasy, Timekeeper, were sown when she was studying abroad in London and became obsessed with Big Ben. She bought a keychain of the world-famous, 19th-century landmark and was looking at it a few years later when she had a sudden thought: What if clock towers could control time?

The world of her ambitious debut was born, an alternate Victorian England where historic timepieces regulate the passage of time, stopping it completely if they break. Watching over them are clock mechanics such as Danny, a gifted worker trying to rescue his father, who is trapped in a time-stopped city. Danny also must resist growing forbidden feelings for his apprentice, the handsome clock spirit Colton.

Meanwhile a bombing campaign is targeting the towers, and time itself, in this inventive meld of mystery, mythology, GLBT romance, and steampunk—the first in a trilogy.

California-based Sim tells Goodreads about her favorite fantasy worlds, love stories, and the series that hooked her on reading.


Timekeeper takes place in an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers. What's your favorite alternate book world?

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Keeping with the England setting, I absolutely love the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling and the Shades of Magic trilogy by Victoria Schwab. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater is also high on my list, and I'm utterly enthralled by anything by Neil Gaiman.


Alongside fantasy, you've managed to fit mystery, mythology, and steampunk into your debut. What's your favorite multigenre book?

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The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon immediately comes to mind, which is a wonderful blend of historical, romance, adventure, and fantasy. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is a fantastic fantasy melded with contemporary/historical. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh is another great example, which weaves together fantasy, mythology, romance, and a dash of historical.




And there's the romance between Dan and Colton, of course. What's your favorite love story?

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I adored the romance between Achilles and Patroclus in The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (although keep some tissues handy when you read it because there will be tears). Kestrel and Arin's relationship in The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski is also swoonworthy. And giving another shout-out to Outlander here because Claire and Jamie are such a power couple.




What's the book that hooked you on reading?

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There are three book series that turned me into a reader and eventually a writer: The Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce, Harry Potter, and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. All of these books took me to new and fantastic worlds and made me ache for more.






What's the best book you've read recently?

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Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, hands down. It's the sequel to Six of Crows, one of my favorite books ever, which is a delicious YA fantasy/heist story told with multiple points of view. Also Nevernight by Jay Kristoff, which is a great new addition to the adult fantasy world.




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Lea (drumsofautumn) No surprise I loved Timekeeper with all these amazing inspirations :D


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