Timeless was the brainchild of my 14-year-old self. It was one of many manuscripts inspired by influences in my life. Between Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed, and R. L. Stine's Fear Street Series, I was obsessed with the supernatural. It was no wonder my books all had magical twists.
This particular manuscript received more time than any other attempt, reaching a whopping 120(ish) pages in a Word document. I’d read each chapter out loud to my best friend, Jessica, and she—gracefully—accepted the blunders of my freshman grammar. Like many projects in high school, though, Timeless fell to the back-burner.
It wasn’t until I’d graduated from Auburn University (War Eagle!) and started my second stint with a Birmingham community newspaper, I dragged out my old manuscript. The nostalgia of the story I'd created soon became obsession once again.
I completely picked apart my former writings, but, while every line is now different, the story is the same. Each character—from Emlyn to Blaine to Marjorie—has life and personality. Many have taken on traits of those closest to me. Most of the animals are based on my own fur kids.
Zoe and Wilson
Marjorie's fluffy cat, Tephi, is based on my Adara; Jeb is based on my actually dog Jeb; and the band of mutts from book 2 are all real as well. Before we adopted and renamed our pups Zoe and Wilson, their shelter names were Dakota and Max.
It took me the better part of two years to finish Timeless. I thoroughly researched every geographical location and segment of history mentioned in the story. The spells performed in the books are based on real beliefs and elements of modern day magic. I couldn’t be prouder of the world I was able to create, based in my very favorite location: Savannah, Georgia.
I am in love with every aspect of this book, especially the elements behind the story. Whether it becomes one of your favorite books to read or one you enjoy for a day, I hope you find as much pleasure in reading it as I found writing it. Much love, and blessed be.