Chronomancer and the Time God (Author Interview)

Chronomancer and the Time God looks like a great young adult fantasy book.  Any plans to turn this into a series?  

Yes, I have written two sequels to the Chronomancer and the Time God. The title of the second book is "Betrayal in the Reigan Woods" and the third book is "Champions of Rael". 

Can you tell us a little about Zarethea?

Zarethea is a world torn apart by religious and political warfare. Over a millennia ago, a prolonged conflict known as the "God Wars" resulted in the world being torn into four sections, each dedicated to the followers of a single god. These powerful theocracies are separated by a mystical barrier called the Shimmering. Anyone who passes into the Shimmering finds themselves in the land of Nextrak, a fortified city which serves as the gateway to all other kingdoms. While this has stymied some of the direct conflict between the races, their continual bickering and hatred has left the world is a state of perpetual feuding.

Since the countries have been divided for centuries and relatively isolated from each other, the human race is divided into four separate races. Each is a reflection of their religion and culture: Lamorians, a powerfully built militant order; Moravians, a entirely double-jointed race that look like living Marionettes; Mystasians, a tall slender race of sorcerers; and Nextrakians, a race adapted for living in the border land of perpetual mists and rain. Finally, there is a non-human race called the Reigans, who are mobile, plants.

What inspired you when writing Chronomancer and the Time God?   

As a former army linguist and a former philosophy major, I was inspired by the many cultures and philosophies I encountered throughout my travels. I wanted to represent those different viewpoints and philosophies into my story in a way people could understand. Sometimes by placing things into a fantasy world, people are less judgmental than when they encounter them in a real world setting.

Many of my characters were inspired by a Dungeons and Dragons campaign I led in college. The campaign was filled with inter-party conflict and boasted a unique dynamic which I found both entertaining and fascinating. I felt that taking those characters, complete with their strengths, weaknesses and other quirkiness, and putting them into this war-torn world would make for a fun adventure.

When did you decide to become a writer?

I've wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. My parents still tell stories of how, when I was little, I would fold a bunch of papers in half, staple along the folds to make a small book, and then fill every page with my stories. They still have many of these books from when I was small.

My passion for fantasy literature didn't develop until I was in middle school, however. I had just moved to a new town and was struggling to adjust when my English teacher handed me a copy of the Chronicles of Narnia. I became hooked. 

When writing Chronomancer and the Time God did anything stand out as particularly challenging?  

The biggest challenge that I encountered with Chronomancer and the Time God was finding a way to present the vibrant and complex world inside my mind without relying upon narrative. I wanted the readers to learn about the world from the words and views of the characters rather than from my own description. I felt this was more personal and helped build a closer connection to the characters and an understanding of their world.

What do you like to do when not writing?

When I am not writing, I like teaching cybersecurity courses at Rice University. I enjoy helping students develop their skills and learn more about the fascinating cyber events around us. There is a whole cyber war taking place, much of which doesn't get reported in mainstream media and the average person isn't aware.

I also enjoy spending time with my family. I grew up playing board and card games and these remain a favorite activity for my wife and I to share with our children.

Where can readers find out more about your work?

Readers can learn more about my work by checking out my website at or by visiting my Facebook page: "Chronomancer and the Time God". They can also follow me on twitter at @jamesmeadowsiii.