Author of the very fun The Fifty-Seven Lives of Alex Wayfare, M G Buehrlen agreed to drop by and do a guest post for Bibliotropic, talking about where, when, and why she’d travel back in time if she had the same powers as the main character of her novel. Many thanks to her for this!
If I could travel back in time — like the main character in my debut novel THE 57 LIVES OF ALEX WAYFARE — I’d love to explore the Renaissance. Here are five quick reasons why I want to set foot in that time period and explore all it had to offer:
Quite possibly the most important invention of all time. I would love to be there when the written word became freeling distributed. This is a main reason we authors have jobs today.
I could meet Leonardo Da Vinci and maybe convince him to make me his apprentice. He’d totally hang out with me and paint my portrait like in the movie Ever After, right?
I’d love to live in a time period where the arts were just as important as the sciences. Modern America values industry over art, which is why most of us are “starving artists.” We’re expected to give away our art for free. I wish being an artist wasn’t a risky career choice, and that all artists could make a living equal to those in industry jobs.
I also wish modern America valued artistic architecture over cheap/affordable, cookie-cutter construction. I feel we’ve lost the love for making our cities beautiful as well as functional. I’d love to live during a time when each new building project was seen as a chance to create something beautiful. Something that would stand the test of time.
Before the Renaissance, education was considered elitist, but the Renaissance paved the way for everyone to benefit from scholarly learning. It’s one of the reasons we believe everyone has a right to an education today, and why the public school system exists.
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The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare is her debut novel. M.G. lives nestled away in Michigan pines, surrounded by good coffee and good books, with her husband and son and three furbabies. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr.