Guest Blogger: By Cheri Gillard, Author of Chloe’s Guardian and Chloe’s Watcher, a YA Time Travel Adventure Series
Have you ever wished you could time travel? I sure have. I think about where I would go and what I’d do there. Sometimes, I imagine what I’d change in my own life, and other times I think up things I’d do to change historical events. My favorite time travel books include Doomsday Book, The Time Traveler’s Wife, Time and Again, and 11/22/63. There are so many books with time travel, it’s clear many, many people love the idea of it.
When I got the idea for Chloe’s Guardian, Book 1 of the Nephilim Redemption Series, I was doing research for some freelance work and I came across a really short (and weird) story in the Bible. I’d never heard of it before. It was about angels marrying humans and having kids with them, and those kids being called Nephilim. Bizarre, right? Who hasn’t heard of Noah and the Ark, or David and Goliath? But angels and humans having babies? It caught my attention!
With more research, I found a lot of other literature about them. The angels who married the humans were fallen angels—a.k.a. demons. That made things more interesting. Their kids, the Nephilim, were giants. (Some think Goliath was one.) So I started brainstorming about it. What if Nephilim—you know, these half-angel, half-humans—could fly around like angels and demons, but sometimes be like regular (really tall) humans? What if they could fly into other dimensions, like where heaven and hell might be, and go in and out of time and time travel? My brain really started to whirl then.
What if they had powers to do miracles? What if they fought in battles with supernatural weapons? What if they could change matter, walk through walls, disappear and reappear, read minds, and change their appearance?
I love good love stories that make my heart swoon and yearn. So of course, Chloe’s just had to have some romance. I’m a musician, so I wanted to have music play a part in the story. I love historical Scotland (and current-day Scotland, too!). My family heritage includes the Scots. (Sadly, my last known Scottish relative was hanged for horse thieving.) Put all that together with my obsession with time travel, and that’s how my ideas for Chloe and her Nephilim companions came into creation.
Chloe is a high school cellist who just wants to be accepted and loved. Unfortunately, the one guy that she really hopes loves her cheats on her and leaves her totally heartbroken. So badly devastated, in fact, she is suicidal. That’s when her new Guardian Angel comes in—Horace. Well, he’s not a real Guardian Angel. Poor Chloe—she has to put up with an alcoholic, self-centered pretend Guardian who only agreed to watch over her because he’s trying to earn points with the real angels. He’s decided to leave the other demons behind to try to be good. But that leaves Chloe with more problems than she started with. Especially once Horace gets her in trouble with his vengeful demon father. Horace must hide her and decides the past would be the safest place. But when his father takes his powers away, Chloe is stuck in medieval Scotland with no one to help her survive—or get back to her real life in her own time.
Where would you go if you could time travel? Would you change anything? Something in your own life? Like take that stupid test again that you could have aced, if you’d just realized which chapters the questions would be about? Or maybe never say “hello” to that idiot you wasted six whole months dating when you could have saved yourself so much drama and pain? Or would you decide to try to change something bigger, like show up in just the right moment to stop a serial killer or warn someone to save them from death? What would you do if you were marooned somewhere in the past? In what time period would you want to be stuck? What if you could fly, change matter, or read minds? It’s fun to imagine what we might do. It says something about who we are, too, don’t you think? Tell me what you imagine! You can visit me on Facebook or my website.
You might want to try my time travel book quiz to see how many book title on time travel you can recognize. Some are classics you’ve probably had to read in school, and some are new and fun. Maybe you’ll find a new book you’ve never heard of that is about to become your next new-favorite title!
About Cheri Gillard
Cheri Gillard has been a freelance writer and editor for over twenty years, working for several publishing houses and companies writing or editing projects, books, magazines, and curricula. Before writing, she was an obstetric and pediatric registered nurse, but she hung up her nurse’s cap when she gave birth to quadruplets. She is also a musician, regularly playing violin in a folk-style band and in other venues when she can fit in the gigs between writing jobs. She lives with her family in Colorado.