The Timeslip Series
Who doesn’t love to travel–be in it planes, trains, and automobiles or simply in your favorite armchair? I knew I would never give up writing historicals, but the stories coming to me from my world travels called out to be told, and so I was inspired to invent my version of the time-slip-novel. I am currently at work on my fourth, Cities of Pleasure.
The bonus: these novels are double romances: one love story is in historical time and produces long-term consequences; the other love story is in the present and is thoroughly enmeshed in those consequences. Furthermore, these novels feature three global locations and karmic pods of characters reincarnated from one time period to the next.
I read Science magazine every week, and each time-slip novel revolves around a central science mystery I have culled from my reading: cancer research (The Blue Hour), endangered coral reefs (The Crimson Hour), rubber tree blight (The Emerald Hour), and astronomy (Cities of Pleasure).
In the late 1990s, I was drawn to the articles I was reading on the enzyme telomerase, and I made sure that microbiologist Alexandra Kaminski, my heroine in The Blue Hour, was focused on understanding the role of telomerase and cancer. Let’s just say that I can pick ’em. The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2009 was awarded jointly to Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Carol W. Greider and Jack W. Szostak for their discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase. Listen to a podcast of Julie discussing her writing process and The Blue Hour.
Who knows, then, what important discoveries Hanes Reynolds, the hero of The Crimson Hour, may be onto in his study of the ocean’s red tides? And will Jordan Charles, the heroine of The Emerald Hour, find the elusive rubber tree species resistant to the leaf blight that currently threatens the world’s rubber tree plantations?