Please welcomed Terry Segan to the blog. She is sharing her experience writing dual timeline & give us an inside look into her #NewRelease Precious Treasure...
WRITING DUAL TIMELINES
Everything I write has a paranormal twist—time travel, a ghost, an odd occurrence. To create a story which flows when adding tidbits from the past, I dig into research. For me it’s like taking a trip. Half the excitement is in the planning. The closer the event gets, the more I want to learn, so I get the most out of my travel.
It’s the same with my writing. I want my readers to get the most out of their experience as they journey along with my characters. My first book, Photographs in Time, involved a couple who were matchmakers. They paired women from the present with men in previous decades. While trying to stop a menace, with his own evil agenda, my main characters traverse the decades to seek guidance from predecessors. Appropriate wardrobe and accessories were donned to avoid notice.
My recent release, Precious Treasure, takes place in current time, yet also weaves in the life of a Confederate soldier during the Civil War. My main character, Janie Holcomb, has never gotten closure as to what happened to her husband, who disappeared eight years ago. When she finally has him declared dead, she receives a packet from his lawyer. Among the items is the diary from a Confederate soldier named William.
William’s timeline is displayed in the form of journal entries. To denote facts about the life of a Confederate soldier, I did extensive research to document uniforms, daily routines, rations, and battles. The funny thing is I’m not much of a history buff. But give me a well written dual-time line story of the past affecting the present, and I’m in heaven. This is what I hoped to achieve with Precious Treasure. I give readers a glimpse of the hardships endured by soldiers of that time while tying William’s life to the plight of my heroine in present day.
Ready to take the journey?
Eight years ago her husband disappeared. Does a hundred and fifty-year-old journal hold the answer as to why?
Janie Holcomb prays for closure once the courts declare her missing husband dead. Instead, she's sent spiraling down a dangerous path.
When her lawyer delivers a package held in trust, she finds a cryptic warning along with a Civil War journal promising buried treasure. While seeking a connection between her spouse and the decades-old diary, Janie attracts the spirit of a Confederate soldier pleading for help.
Enlisting her brother's assistance to chase down clues, they discover that not everyone they know should be trusted. Janie overlooks potential threats when the promise of new love stirs her emotions. Will her digging uncover the answers she craves or doom her to a similar fate?
Sneak Peek from Precious Treasure
Janie dragged herself out of bed and into the bathroom. Turning on the tap to fill the sink, she bent over and splashed cold water on her face. The refreshing drops rolled down her forehead, cheeks and chin, pulling her out of her funk. Sightless, Janie reached for the hand towel hanging nearby and dried her face as she stood upright. Opening her eyes, she leaned in to examine the damage of the late night on her complexion. Her reflection looked back, as well as that of a young man standing behind her. Janie’s heart leapt to her throat as she whipped around and found no one there. Looking back in the mirror, she saw only herself.
This is too much, she thought. First nightmares and now hallucinations. Janie shook her head. With the assault of information thrown at her in the last twenty-four hours, her imagination cartwheeled out of control.
Knowing the visions were a result of the wine, newspaper articles and journal, didn’t calm the raised hackles on the back of her neck. The foreboding in Brian’s letter snaked its way up her spine threatening to encircle her throat and squeeze tight. His writing had a tone of uncertainty and fear—uncharacteristic of the man she had married.
About the Author
Terry Segan resides in Nevada. The beach is her happy place, but any opportunity to travel soothes her gypsy soul. The stories conjured by her imagination while riding backseat on her husband’s motorcycle can be found throughout the pages of her paranormal mysteries.
Author Website: https://terrysegan.com/
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/AuthorTerrySegan