Bill Garrison is a CPA by day. But by night, he’s a writer. And he likes to pose what-if questions. For example, what if you got the chance to re-live parts of your life? And what happens to yourself and others if you change key decisions you made?
It’s a question we’ve all wrestled with–“I shoulda done it differently.”
In his Amazon #1 genre bestseller The Day She Died, published by Castle Gate Press, Bill’s protagonist is a middle-aged coffee-shop owner who has been regretting a decision he made 20 years before. A simple decision–to leave town with the guys on a particular weekend to attend a particular football game.
Maybe if he’d stayed, his sweetheart wouldn’t have vanished. But she did, never to be seen again, presumed dead.
Struggling with regret, he lives his life, loves and marries someone else, has two beloved children, and runs a small business.
Then one morning he wakes up in shock. He’s in his dorm room of 20 years before, in his skinny college-student body, madly looking for his cell phone and not finding it. What day is it? He finds a newspaper and discovers it’s the day his sweetheart died.
But it’s in the morning. He can change his decision. He can skip the trip out of town, find her, and guard her.
But he has children now with someone else. He loves them and his wife. What would happen to them?
Time travel stories address these what-if questions. What if the time traveler changes history? Maybe there are parallel universes where different versions of ourselves live a variety of lives. What if you could live in one for a while, then another? What if you can’t get back to the “home” universe? What if you don’t want to?
What’s your favorite time travel story?
Phyllis Wheeler, CEO of Castle Gate Press, loves a good story, particularly Bill Garrison’s book The Day She Died. Thousands have enjoyed it. How about you? Available here in a choice of formats: http://www.castlegatepress.com/books/the-day-she-died-bill-garrison/