Charley leads a comfortable life with her best friend and perfect match, Michael, a man with whom she shares two lovely pet children (canine and feline), and a home in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She’s fortunate to have a caring and supportive family, and two amazing friends, Inez and Becks. Professionally, she holds a secure position as editor of a respected healthcare magazine. Her life is settled, as is her future.
Acquiring this existence of hers hadn’t been easy. For at least twenty years she felt like a wind-up toy, methodically following preprogrammed rules—step one … step two. She even imagined herself as a minuscule, but essential, cog inside a big machine with the mechanical brain. No matter what she tells herself, it hasn’t helped since another thought flutters through her mind as frequently: Going through the motions is the same as coasting toward nothingness.
It is 2025, the time is right. Technology, in a rapidly advancing world, makes it possible to reimagine the future by recreating the past or, more aptly, by creating another past.
Charley must either embrace her well-earned, sedate lifestyle, or invite a change that could alter her future irreversibly. It’s a difficult decision, one that could destroy all she has endeavored for, turning their life not only upside down, but backwards, forwards, and inside out.
Raised in Chicago, she relocated to the Pacific Northwest where she currently lives with her husband and three beastly, furry children.
She is a writer of fiction and poetry and the internationally published author of Regeneration X.
Ellison Blackburn’s Top Ten
Smell of lilac
Reading a good book
Lord of the Rings movies
W.H. Auden poem, Stop all the Clocks
Charlotte Rhys (Charley): Mandy Moore or Anne Hathaway
Michael: Ioan Gruffudd
Miles: Richard Armitage
Parker: Rupert Penry Jones
Inez: Eva Green
Becks: Kristin Wiig
Dr. Rickard Baum: George Clooney
Melissa (Mel): Candice Accola
Sima: Rebecca Grant
Annabelle: Michelle Ryan
Loren: Katie McGrath
Alex: Joseph Morgan
Robert: Jessie Eisenberg