Partners In Time - David Groflo
The idea of time travel has always fascinated me. I love reading books about it and I love hearing scientists discuss possibilities.
David Groflo takes a different approach in his book, Partners in Time. Two sets of characters are connected through time and decisions that they each make affect the other.
It's an overall intriguing concept that invokes both emotion and speculation about the possibilities.
I enjoyed both sets of characters and found them to all be well developed. The plot flowed smoothly, and I had no trouble keeping up with the jumps back and forth between the different characters.
Very well done.
Some Bio Information
I was raised in Ohio and, by ten years old, was already fascinated with the potential aspect of time travel when becoming enamored by a television series, “The Time Tunnel,” in mid 1960s. This fascination continued throughout my life, branching into further studies on the subject and beyond. With a passion for writing also developing as the years went by, it ultimately led to creating this novel, “Partners in Time.”
1. What inspired you to write this book?
I’ve had a lifelong passion with the potential aspect of time travel. I first became fascinated with this concept when I was young while watching a television series called, “The Time Tunnel.” This show aired in the mid-1960's.
My whole life from that moment was a building block that began with that TV program even if I didn’t realize it then. As the years went by I got into studies of a personal nature that led me to expand on this concept.
This book, “Partners in Time,” actually is loosely based on unfolding experiences that my wife and I uncovered about ourselves over the past 30 years. It is however strictly a fictional story.
Writing this book was a way to express my passion on this subject.
2. Can you tell us a little bit about your writing process?
My writing process starts with an idea. A spark of inspiration. I usually begin by jotting down a quick outline initially on how I think the story will unfold. However as I’m writing the book that outline shifts and is redefined constantly as new ideas and direction of the story develop. I also do research on the conditions I’m going to use in the story to make sure that everything is structurally sound. This actually continues throughout the writing process as deemed necessary. For example if I’m writing about the 1800’s than I make sure everything included in the story is as accurate as possible.
When I initially record the story I write it in notebooks by hand. This is my rough draft. I write every day at the same time, usually about 10.00 P.M. I force myself to write even when occasionally the incentive isn’t there. I usually only record a page or two a day so I’m very deliberate in my process.
After about seven months when the rough draft is completed I then go back and type the entire manuscript in my word processor. This is where I fine tune the writing and the story further. I record one page of the rough draft a day. Again a deliberate process taking about seven more months.
When this is complete I now go through the chapters over and over to make final adjustments in the story and wording. The book is now ready to submit for professional editing and then publishing.
3. Describe your favorite scene in this book.
My favorite scene is in the next to last chapter when Lester returns home after being away for an extended amount of time because of work. After dinner he tells his wife that he isn’t returning to the Chesapeake Bay again. This is where he had been for months in order support his family. After lingering for a moment in stunned silence his wife Clara reacts with utter surprise and the two embrace in overwhelming ecstasy.
4. What does the perfect writing environment look like to you?
My perfect writing environment is to sit in my room which is sort of a make shift office and den located next to the living room. I relax there every night at the same time when I’m working on my book. Usually about 10.00 P.M. There are no other sounds within a short distance so that I can concentrate completely. That is my space and time to create my painting in the form of writing.
5. How would you describe your writing style?
I write what I feel inside and usually at a very deliberate pace. I create the characters in a way where I express myself through them. However I want it to be done so that anyone who reads the book can create the characters and scene with their own personal effect. I want the person reading it to become the story.
6. What would you like readers to take away from your book?
I would just like readers to enjoy the story. To feel it was worth their time to spend on something that I had a passion for in writing. I also hope that readers would find a bit of themselves as they create the scene in their world.
7. What’s your ultimate writing goal?
I had written another book before, “Partners in Time,” that I have not as yet published for various reasons. That story has a time warp theme also, where an individual through mediation makes contact, unbeknownst to him initially, from a future self.
I also am about ready to start a third book that will be about a down on his luck middle aged man who mysteriously quantum leaps to any earlier part of his life. After sorting out this perplexing and even frightening dilemma he realizes he has a chance to relive his life over again. Consequently this is what he does only this time he avoids all the pitfalls that he encountered the first time around.
All of my books that I may write will probably have a time warp theme. They will have an understanding within the main characters that ultimately lead them to some form of enlightenment or renewal within themselves