Today, I’m part of the tour for a fascinating-sounding book, by Louise Wise, Wide Awake Asleep. Here, Louise tells us her own experience of timeslipping…
I believe in time travel.
There I’ve said it. You heard it and you’re thinking, ‘Has she lost the plot? Time travel is impossible.’
Yes, in the sense that we’ve been led to believe it is impossible, but what about ghosts? Aren’t they a kind of time-travel (spirits of our past). Not the ghoulies from our childhood that made us terrified at night, but the odd and scary moment of seeing someone or something that you know couldn’t be there. That moment.
Now, my belief is that these aren’t ghostly spirits or lost souls, we’re not being visited at all. It is us who are the visitors, not vice versa; we are glimpsing the past. Still not sure?
Okay, when I was a child I visited an elderly relative in her home. A visit I found incredibly boring. My parents and the relative were chatting over cups of tea and my eight-year old self was bored, bored bored.
My mum told me, with some exasperation, to go and play in the garden. So I took myself outside and mooched around the tidy lawns, eyeing the gnomes and wondering why I had to visit my aunt whereas my older sister could stay home.
I remember looking up at the house and in one of the bedrooms, looking out of the window, was a face of a child my age. I was excited. Someone to play with! I ran back into the house and up the stairs. The girl wasn’t there anymore, but the room was furnished with a metal-framed bed and topping that was a circular pink blanket (at the time I didn’t know, but it was a crocheted blanket). I remember seeing an old dolls’ pram with one of those freaky dolls inside. The entire bedroom décor seemed dull to my eyes; the furniture was all dark brown which included a large round standing mirror. It reflected my image as I stood in the doorway, scowling that the girl, who’d obviously seen me in the garden, had vanished like that.
My name was called from downstairs, and I turned from the room towards the stairs. At the door, I turned for one final look for the girl. The room—I can remember it clearly—now had an ordinary bed with a floral duvet and not the metal-framed bed with its circular topped blanket of before. The mirror was gone, the wardrobe was light oak and modern looking. The entire room was different; brighter.
Know what I did? I shrugged, and walked away. As a kid I accepted that a girl who I’d seen had vanished and a room could change within a blink of an eye.
It wasn’t until I was older when I remembered that moment and began to question it. I have since learned that my old aunt’s house had been there since before the second world war, so had I time-travelled back in time to visit a girl’s bedroom in that very house, and seen for myself her bedroom furniture as it was back in those days?
I firmly think I’d time-hopped momentarily, in fact, I’d go as far to say that most of us can, and have, time-travelled!
Wide Awake Asleep
Can you really be on the WRONG path in life?
No one knew she was driving on that stretch of road. No one saw her car leave the highway and crash into a watery ditch. No one heard the car’s windscreen smash or saw the tree branch come through to impale her to her seat. No one heard her screams.
Julie Compton’s life should have come to an end that day, but instead, that moment was the beginning of her new life as she wakes, unharmed, back in 1972 and primed to relive her traumatic childhood all over again. One flaw. She’s in the body of a stranger.
Journey back to the 70s and 80s England where Julie is forced to jump through the eras, occupying and controlling other people’s bodies she knew as a child. She must work out which destiny path was the wrong one all while wondering if her body, back in 2016, was dying in her car.
With each momentous change, her memories transform and she realises she’s not only changing her future but of those around her. She’s finally ‘living’ but does that mean she must die?
About Louise Wise
Louise Wise is a British writer and has been weaving stories all her life—and for many years, she was a ‘closet writer’ with a cupboard is full of ageing manuscripts depicting fantastical romantic adventures!
Most of her books have an element of romance, but tend to cross over into other genres, giving them a unique edge.
Her debut novel is the best-selling sci-fi romance EDEN, which was followed by its sequel HUNTED in 2013.
A PROPER CHARLIE is a romantic comedy written purely for the chick lit market, but then she decided to unite her love of all things supernatural with romance and OH NO, I’VE FALLEN IN LOVE and WIDE AWAKE ASLEEP came along.
Her other works include SCRUFFY TRAINERS (a collection of short stories with a twist). She has written numerous short stories for women’s magazines including Women’s Own and Take a Break.
She loves hearing from her readers – the good, the bad and the ugly stuff they want to share!
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