The Mortal Beloved Time Travel Series are the books of my heart.
I had this idea for a story about a girl, Madeline, who was emotionally fractured from a devastating childhood accident. Her world changes forever when she travels to a different time – 1675 – King Philips War in the Americas.
Here she learns she is meant to be a ‘MESSENGER’ a traveler tasked with slipping through time’s fabric and delivering messages that could change, or even save one life.
“Me, a time traveler? Me, with the anxiety who couldn’t move through a crowded room without breaking into a sweat was supposed to be a Messenger? Me, who could barely cross bridges, or climb a ladder? Did this sound like someone who catapulted through years and careened through lifetimes?” Madeline in The Messenger (Book One).
Unlike Bella in Twilight, who appeared passive, or Katniss in The Hunger Games, who was emotionally wounded but possessed mad warrior skills, I wanted Madeline to live the ‘Hero’s Journey’.
At the beginning of Book One, Madeline is flawed, fearful, and incapable of movement. She quickly learns she’ll have to step up to the plate to find her birthright as a Messenger, let alone stay alive.
As I started writing the Messenger series, I watched my favorite themes start popping up. Themes about hatred and isolation. That one group or class of people is better, and deserves more in life than another.
I brought my young lovers, Samuel and Madeline, together in spite of their differences. The most obvious hurdle might seem to be that they live in different lifetimes. But their real struggle will be their separation by class, race, and religious differences.
The Assassin (Mortal Beloved, Book Two) was featured in Glamour UK.