Author takes romance on trip through time

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Dawn Jones, a Murfreesboro marketing agency owner, is the author of several books, including the "Ditch Lane Diaries" romance series I have written about previously.

Now, she has a time travel romance book, "Spinning Time." Jones, whose pen name is D.F. Jones, talks about the book in this Q&A.

T-G: Tell me briefly about your story.

Jones: Natural time portals open and close every day and all around the world.

Spinning Time rips Julia decades apart from Phillip, but their love inextricably binds them together as they fight for a way to reunite.

In 1948, Southern debutante, Julia Boatwright has everything a 21-year-old desires, a wealthy family, close friends, and Phillip, her handsome fiancé. Until one day, Julia plunges into the deep pools of Burkett Falls trapped in a natural time portal that propels her 70 years into the future.

ATTRA (Alien Time Travel Research Agency) Commander Adams runs a secret agency controlling time events, and she wants Julia. Julia holds the key that may break the time space barrier into the distant past shaping the future outcome for the inhabitants of Earth.

With the help of time tracker Ruben Callaway and his team, a window of time approaches which may allow Julia to spin through a loop of time between the parallel universes back home.

Will Julia find a way back to Phillip before time runs out?

T-G: Talk about your decision to set a romance in time travel. Are you a fan of the genre?

Jones: I am a true fan of time travel fiction from the greats like H.G. Wells to Diana Gabaldon.

I began the book in the spring of 2015 under the title, Burkett Falls. I set the manuscript aside to complete the "Ditch Lane Diaries" but kept researching and making notes.

While my editor had the "Ditch Lane Diaries," I wrote scenes for Spinning Time. I truly enjoyed developing the narrative.

T-G: How difficult was it to write about the science aspect?

Jones: I am not a scientist or physicist but I did research numerous documents and articles including Einstein's and Tesla's theories.

Einstein's Theory of Relativity made us aware for the first time that space wasn't nothingness but bends with time. I use an analogy of spandex in the book.

Tesla develops a tower that creates wireless electricity for seven miles. We can't do that today. I could do an article on Tesla's genius which he is now getting the recognition he deserves.

I briefly write about Einstein and Tesla working on the Philadelphia experiment together.

Scientists negated Tesla theories because he believed in other civilizations we refer to as alien.

Scientists and engineers are using Tesla's coils to create energy today.

I do not write about scientific methods but touch on the amount of speed it would take to time travel using a positron reactor.

In "Spinning Time," I develop an idea using the velocity of a tornado with the propulsion of a raging waterfall to create time travel into the future.

The fact is we prove time travel happens every day because time marches on.

T-G: In the book, you write that your husband helped somewhat.

Jones: My husband and I enjoy reading and watching documentaries regarding space and the possibility of other worlds with advanced civilizations. The idea is intriguing and thought provoking.

I was trying to come up with the agency name that oversees the time travelers in the book, and my husband came up with ATTRA, Alien Time Travel and Research Agency.

He also came home one evening and said, "I think you need to include an alien dog. I don't think anyone has used an alien dog before."

Thus, the idea of Klock, my talking alien dog from Jarulean, was born. Klock is my comic relief. He's like a mix between a Jack Russell and English Bulldog with a blue spot over his eye.

Oh, my aliens look human with varying skin tones. Their language requires a gold translation chip inserted into the wrist of the Time Tracker or they'd lose their hearing.

T-G: Talk about the setting in Burkett Falls, circa 1948. Why there and then?

Jones: I wanted Julia to go forward in time, not back, and I didn't want her going into the far future but a time relatable to my readers.

The idea for the fictitious Burkett Falls came one evening a couple of years ago at Christmas watching, "It's a Wonderful Life." The small town where everyone knows each other. Bedford Falls, I thought, hm-hmm, Burkett Falls. I made up Burkett.

My mom graduated from high school in 1948: A true beauty and my muse for Julia Boatwright. My dad graduated in 1949. I pulled out their old year books and photos, and I talked with them about what they did for fun. I love listening to them reminisce of a bygone era.

T-G: What have I not asked that is relevant?

Jones: I use alternating point of views when I write with the main narrative and secondary plots.

The Lord Supreme and Prince Aelius come from an advanced civilization that lived on Earth one million years before humans and fled before a giant meteor strikes.

The Lord Supreme and the prince are left in charge of the Milky Way Galaxy. They live in the Empyreal Palace located in the Universe with coordinates that change frequently.

The narrative intertwines multiple storylines and characters to help Julia find her way home but Commander Adams has other plans for Julia which could change past and future world events.

-- Jason M. Reynolds is a staff writer for the Times-Gazette. His email address is jreynolds@t-g.com.

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