When I started writing Roxanne’s Ghost I had no plan of messing with the chronology of time. What fascinated me was parallel stories within a story. But as my tale unfolded, time bent by itself. And it worked. It’s only now, with hindsight, that I question what time-travel and time-bending actually is.
When either concept is mentioned, sci-fi movies immediately come to mind. In these, use is made of fantastic contraptions to travel through time, from a telephone booth in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure to a Delorean in Back to the Future. Reality
In reality, no such equipment is needed, as time is relative. We all know the three dimensions of space: length, width, and depth, but what we seem to forget is that time is the fourth dimension. Time has no meaning without space and the two act together as the space-time continuum. Whatever happens, it involves both space and time.
Here is a wonderful article I found that explains time travel far better and in greater depth than I ever can: http://science.howstuffworks.com/science-vs-myth/everyday-myths/time-travel.htm
Have you never wondered about people disappearing without a trace? Could it be possible that they got lost in time without intending to? But what about time bending to take a person from now to an alternative now in the past or the future? This is not the same as time-travel. Time seems to bend itself.
I found this article on how to bend time: http://www.mindpowernews.com/BendTime.htm
What do you make of that?
The next question I ask myself, is whether it is possible to be in the same place but at a different time – sort of on a different level or in a different dimension? Here is but one article – and there are many – on research findings into the levels of time: http://fqxi.org/community/articles/display/139
Can one be in two places at the same time?
So…is it possible to be in one place at two or more different times? Is it possible to move backward and forward in time when space remains constant? I would say that if one accepts that time isn’t flat (linear), then anything is possible.
Why am I telling you all this?
In Roxanne’s Ghost, Ben’s wife, Roxanne’ presumably dies in a car accident, but because her body is never found, her oddball sisters claim she is still alive somewhere. They make it their mission to find her and bring her home. Book 1 Find My Love is here: https://tinyurl.com/yytourk6
Related article: https://www.ghostly.co.za/meet-my-main-man/