In my latest series, THE TIME RETURNS, I have turned the expected on its head and time begins to flow backward as well as moving forward. In the first book of this series, WHEN THE FIRST QUAIL CALLS, it is 1967 when Natalie Winslow discovers the diary her grandmother had written during the 1860’s. Woven into the main storyline are the pages of Charity’s diary, revealing family secrets which had been buried for over a century.
And as she reads it, new questions are posed regarding the time leading up to it. What was Charity’s mother-in-law and husband’s story? What happened in the previous generation which shaped Charity and Silas? And how did their choices set the trajectory for the life Natalie would one day live?
In my current work in progress, the second novel in this series, WHEN THE SUN COMES BACK, time will move forward for Natalie while also moving backward for the reader yet again into the life and times of Eliza Winslow. This narrative will delve into the mysterious death of her husband and take a closer look at her son Silas’ relationships with three different women.
The past and the present are always interconnected. It is a matter of whether or not we are aware of how our brief moment in time has been shaped by the lives and choices of those who have gone before us. Likewise, let us also remember that our life’s decisions will have an impact on those who follow after us.