A resident of New Mexico, CHARLOTTE BANCHI frequently uses the New Mexican desert as a backdrop for her novels. Her time-travel novels are character driven. The author removes her characters from their comfortable environment and drops them into a past (or future) time that is often filled with danger.
Banchi is a member of SouthWest Writers.
WHERE DID THE IDEA COME FROM?
THE WHOLE ENCHILADA: A Payton Claymore & John Raines novel.
This one all began one sunny afternoon in Carlsbad, NM when I was standing outside the courthouse. A man an woman were coming down the steps and I heard the woman say, "I told him that wasn't me, but they won't listen." I got to thinking "what-if" two women looked alike and one was killed but ...
COYOTE WIND: Payton Claymore & John Raines novel (Book 2): I really liked getting to know Payton, John, Del & Annie (in The Whole Enchilada) and felt their story wasn't quite finished. And from the way this one turned out, they want one more round. Book 3: work in progress
BEYOND THIS TIME: I wanted to write a ghost story and ended up traveling through time. I also have a great dislike for racism, in any size, shape, or form. I'll admit that I climbed on my soapbox during the writing of this novel. I wanted to make a point, and from the reader reviews and comments I believe I succeeded.
OUR PLACE IN TIME: A trip to White Sands, NM and a long time fascination regarding The Philadelphia Experiment got thrown into my mind blender and what came out is the novel.
ECHOES THROUGH TIME: I have always been fascinated by the Anasazi. The more I read of this 11 AD tribe the more I began to wonder what it would be like to have lived among them. A trip to Chaco Canyon sealed the deal. As I wandered the ruins I, like Jeremiah Dakota, began to have visions. I watched in awe as the Great House came alive. The idea was born, and soon put on the page.
CHILDREN OF TIME(young adult time-travel romance). To be honest I just wanted to see if I could write a teen heart throb novel. (Maybe I read too much "Twilight."
WINDOW IN TIME: Having always wanted the ability to cast spells, I decided a novel about witches and wizards was a must. I love San Francisco and the amazing fog. Passing over the Golden Gate bridge as literal wall of fog enveloped our car and I wondered, what if someone could travel IN the fog. The idea of being able to step through a portal into another time, or reality, is not a new literary device. But it still works! The photo of the house in Lincoln City, Oregon was the inspiration for Sebastian Darkus' Oregon home. I spent a great week there and just had to use it in the novel.
FOUL DEEDS: "WHAT-IF" I wake up one day with absolutely no memory of my past or who I am?
TIME IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR: Time-Travel Suspense Novel