Today, we’re chatting with Julia Hughes, author of the novel A Ripple in Time, from Harefield, England, the last village in London. Writing under her maiden name—to spare her sons’ blushes—Julia enjoys writing the kinds of books she likes to read. As a storyteller since childhood, Julia has been writing almost as long—a lifetime of spinning tales. Her debut novel, A Ripple in Time, is just the latest proof of her story-telling journey (reviewed her last month, too!)
When asked where her inspiration comes from, Julia explains that it can strike her anywhere, anytime. Her thought process is best described in her own words:
“My world is full of ‘what ifs,” she says. “That’s how I came to write A Ripple in Time. By pondering what if the Titanic had never made that fateful collision? The Titanic tragedy signaled the beginning of the end of the ‘golden era’ culminating in the bloody brutal WW1. The Allied & Axis armies basically fought each other to a standstill. It was only America’s intervention that swung the tide. If somehow the Titanic not sinking prevented America from entering that war, what then? And this is how the novel began to grow.”
In A Ripple in Time, the main character Wren’s dreams collide with a young girl aboard the Titanic, accidentally alerting her to the disaster and inspiring her to change her fate. As the catalyst in a series of events that be undone for the sake of mankind, this incident sends Wren back in time to rectify the mistake. This paranormal romance suspends reality in favor of a well told adventure and brings to life an entire parallel universe in doing so.
If you would like to win a free copy of Julia’s debut novel, comment on this post. Five lucky readers will win! Look for the results on November 30, 2011!