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Friday, October 18, 2013


Janie Emaus writes time travel romance, young adult novels, and humorous essays. She's also a staff writer for In The Powder Room and blogs frequently for The Huffington Post, Better After 50, and Generation Fabulous and was named a 2013 BlogHer Voice of the Year. Janie believes that when the world is falling apart, we're just one laugh away from putting it together again. Learn more about Janie at her website. – AP

Time Traveling Possibilities

Lately, I’ve been thinking a great deal about the future. And not the near one where my granddaughter will become a teenager (Ohmygod, already?) or where I’ll celebrate my thirty-fifth wedding anniversary (Ohmygod – even louder).  No, a future several centuries from today. One in which time traveling could possibly be a reality.

Imagine if there existed an organization called the Time Traveling Matchmakers Inc., whose mission statement would beto bring soul mates together, to live as one, in harmony, peace, and love.” 

This is the premise of my latest novel, Before the After. Of course, even in the future, nothing will be perfect. And a matchmaker sent after his own soul mate could turn  the entire future upside down.

Writing about what may be possible ahs caused me to reflect on how much has changed in the past one hundred years.

I’m sure my grandparents could never imagine a world in which almost everyone walked around with a handheld electronic device. Where people were constantly scrolling up and down a screen, communicating with people they’ve never seen in person.

Sometimes it’s even hard for me to fathom how much has changed since my high school days.

Take this scene for instance. I walk into my daughter’s house and in a boisterous voice, I yell, “Hi everyone.”


My granddaughter is texting on her  iPhone. My grandson is playing on his Kindle. My son-in-law is on his computer. My daughter is on her iPad. Even the toddler thinks he’s on a “real” phone, sliding his thumb across his toy.

Why, the only one who acknowledges my presence is their crazy, sixty pound boxer. He could knock me down for all they care.

And this has me worried about the future.  Have we become so plugged into our cyber worlds that we are ignoring the “real” one around us?

What about that “heart pounding, groin pulsating, got-to-have-it now” feeling?  The one where we actually touch each other.

If this ceases to exist, if people become satisfied by “virtual” love-making, then I do hope time traveling becomes a reality.

I’d employ the services of the Time Traveling Matchmakers, Inc. and travel back in time, perhaps to the 1950s, to once again experience life before technology took over the world.

How about you? Where would you go?  

Before the After
Love takes on a new meaning when soul mates are brought together through time and space.

Like every goal-oriented twenty-something, Jessica Singleton, an aspiring filmmaker, is obsessed with finding her future as quickly as possible. Tick Tock. What she doesn't know is that the future is obsessed with finding her, too. Renn Porter, an agent with Time Traveling Matchmaker's Inc, blasts back in time—and into her life—in order to transport Jessica to the soul mate who has paid for this service...in the future. But things turn dangerous when it's revealed that Renn has been sent after his own soul mate.

Jessica wants nothing to do with this strange guy and his crazy romantic notions. Who has time for a soul mate anyway? But tell that to her heart.

Caught between two times, Jessica and Renn must struggle to stay alive. Falling in love is the biggest risk either of them has ever taken—because, as they are destined to learn, the very existence of Time Traveling Matchmakers, Inc. rests in Jessica's hands.



TinaFerraro said...

If I had a chance to time travel, I might venture back to the roaring twenties, buy some long beads and flapper dress and dance the Charleston! Great blog here.

Vamp Writer said...

Time travel is an interesting concept indeed and using it to find one's soul mate is a great idea for stories! I'm developing a time travel story for my five year old granddaughter who loved all the dinosaurs. It will allow her to see different creatures in various epochs starting with the Devonian Era. (-;

Linda O. Johnston said...

I love the concept of time travel. I'd like to visit some of the eras I've written about in my own stories--maybe the court of King Charles II of England to visit the forerunners of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels!

Susan Macatee said...

I love time travel stories, especially romances where people of different eras find love.

I'd love to go back to the late Victorian era in America just after the Civil War. I've actually written and set a few time travel romances of my own in the Civil War and post period.

Time travel is just too darned fun!

Angela Adams said...

If I could travel in time, I would want to go into the future. I'm more curious about where I'm going rather than where I've been. Great post, Janie. Thanks!

Janie Emaus said...

Thank you all for stopping by.

Walker Thornton said...

Enjoyed hearing Janie's thinking about the lost connection with people-lovely segue into her book!

Gemma Juliana said...

I enjoyed your post, Janie. I believe we all know how to time travel, we've just forgotten. Good luck with your new book!

Janie Emaus said...

Thanks Walker - If you buy it, I hope you enjoy it!

Janie Emaus said...

Hi Gemma - I love your way of thinking.