Craig Vann is the proud father of three strapping sons who thankfully take after their mother, Audrey, in the looks department. They feel blessed to live in beautiful Vancouver, Canada, with its vibrant literary community. Craig retired in 2015 after 33 years as a transit planner. He has always had an interest in words and history. He is the grandfather of two future bookworms whose imaginations are already blossoming.
Thanks to the author’s son, Clark Van Alstyne, who penciled the portrait of the author.
Ticking: A Tale of Two Time Travellers was Craig’s first novel, and the beginning of the series. The tale describes the adventures of chrononauts Skypilot Sewell and Zachary Burling in their historic inaugural mission to England in the year 1766.Ticking: The Hawking Sequence continues the time travel adventures of the pair, this time travelling inadvertently into another dimension. Ticking: Finding Jesus has the two travel to ancient Galilee in an attempt to find Jesus Christ. In their upcoming fourth adventure, the chrononauts return to Southumbria, this time accompanied by an awe-struck Beatrice, who needs to find out more about time travel in the 4th Dimension.
Ticking: A Tale of Two Time Travellers (2018 -- available through FriesenPress or available at Amazon or on your Kindle)
Skypilot Sewell loves the past. It’s no surprise then, that when his brilliant inventress aunt Beatrice provides him with the opportunity to time travel, Sky is immediately on board. His best friend Zac Burling will take a little more convincing…
So begins the young men’s journey through time, space and 18th century England—where, separated from each other immediately, they meet a host of fascinating characters. Among them are people of fancy and fact, including the charming and roguish highwayman Jacques DuTemps, the beautiful Lady Rachel, and Brummbär the famous bear, as well as history’s own Henry Cavendish, the celebrated scientist and natural philosopher, and John Fielding, the ‘Blind Beak’ of London and co-founder of Britain’s first police force, the Bow Street Runners.
The pair has 39 days to find each other and enjoy what history has to offer without being found out… or hanged for witchcraft. Will Sky and Zac have the wits to survive the 1700s? Can Sky really leave Helena to the history books? And how to explain their Nikes?
Ticking: The Hawking Sequence (2019 -- available at Amazon or on your Kindle)
The Hawking Sequence continues the time travel adventures of Skypilot and Zachary after their historic inaugural mission to England in the year 1766.
Sky’s Aunt Beatrice developed time travel. Now, she reveals to her friend and colleague, Alim, that she has sent two people back in time and that a young woman, Helena Harrison, was brought to Fraserdale from 1766.
The story unfolds at the theme wedding of Sky and Helena, two young lovers who traversed through time to be together. Invited to witness their vows is family friend Sam Richter, a CSIS agent, who is not in town just for the wedding; he has been directed to investigate the work of the scientist, Beatrice Westover.
Bea outlines for Sky and Zac a mind-numbing mission; “to go to Jesus’ time, find him and record him, to prove his existence. You’ll have to learn Aramaic from Alim. He will go with you and will help if your Aramaic fails.”
Dressed in tunics, the three are ready inside the K2 phone booth. But, just as the time travel process is engaged, Beatrice’s cat, Hawking, steps on the unattended keyboard, sending the chrononauts to the wrong time and space.
Richter witnesses the glitch and confronts Beatrice, who has no choice but to have Sam attempt a rescue. Richter follows the chrononauts, who have been captured. What wonders will they see? What characters will they meet? Will Zac ever forget the taste of Sassafras?
Oh! Bring your goggles…
Ticking: Finding Jesus (2021 -- available at Amazon or on your Kindle)
Finding Jesus is the third time travel adventure of chrononauts Skypilot Sewell and Zachary Burling. This time, they journey with the scientist Alim to ancient Galilee in search of Jesus Christ to prove his existence. And to confirm his family lineage; they carry with them a DNA kit, to try to get a sample. An overwhelming task by itself, but they may have underestimated the influence of the Roman Empire at that time.
Zachary is kidnapped by the Roman Legion and forced to become a trainee, a tirone. He learns how hard, and how fleeting, life can be for a soldier in a marching camp; a hard life, but one that many made by choice.
Kaleidoscopic, the story is set on a background of sea blue and blood red, the latter being the colour of Mars, the Roman God of War. Throw in the oily silver of tilapia, or St. Peter’s fish, taken from the Sea of Galilee and the rich brown of garum and you have the basic palette used to paint the story.
The story seems to fit with recent global events. The tragedy of the pandemic may be offset, somewhat, by a healing process that includes a viral appreciation of the goodness in people and life's fragile essence. And, perhaps of a higher being.
Will the chrononauts meet Jesus? Will they get a sample of his DNA? Will they rescue Zac from the clutches of the Roman Legion? And eww…did they really wash their clothes in urine?
Ticking: Southumb Pride (Spring 2022) -- soon available at Amazon or on your Kindle
The fourth adventure of chrononauts Skypilot Sewell and Zachary Burling finds them returning to Southumbria, a world that resembles our world in the late 1800’s, with a whirring steampunk vibe. This vibe includes the ticking of clocks, the clicking of gears, the sheen of burnished metal, the softness of velvet, and steamy goggles everywhere. This time, Sky's aunt Beatrice joins them, leaving a nervous Alim in charge in her basement laboratory.
They land in the middle of a civil war, and reconnect with their friend Nelly Lovelock, the captain of a privateer airship and leader of the rebellion. They also reconnect with Sam Richter, the spy who decided to remain in Southumbria on their previous trip there.
Sam had stayed to be with Tabitha Tremaine, whom he married. Tabitha is expecting their first child. But, she is kidnapped as a victim of the war. Sam is desperate to find her.
Ticking: A Tale of Two Time Travellers
306 pages, Black & White, 6 x 9 inches
Ticking: The Hawking Sequence
432 pages (including a hand-drawn map), Black & White, 6 x 9 inches
Ticking: Finding Jesus
309 pages, Black & White, 6 x 9 inches
Paperback ASIN: 1697447465
eBook ASIN: B0824BXLG5
Paperback ASIN: B08YNPM8Q9
eBook ASIN: B08YNP65PK
Historical action and adventure
Eighteenth century England
Inter-dimensional time travel
Roman marching camps