Modern and independent seventeen year old Morgan Westbrook thought she had seen all there was to her home town of Scarlet, Georgia, but one day while walking in the woods behind her house she discovers a mysterious door masked behind the trees. After admiring the door’s timeless beauty she walks through its entrance to venture into more woods, but what she doesn’t know is that the door is a gateway through time that takes her back to the year 1863 during the days of the Civil War in Scarlet.
Without knowing that she had traveled back in time, she stumbles upon Danny Carson, an attractive young man who is appalled to see that Morgan is wearing skimpy modern clothes instead of a nineteenth century dress. Although they find each other completely different than anyone they’ve ever known, they cannot help but feel drawn to one another. After spending time in another century, she discovers that she's time traveled back to the year 1863 and that the door took her there. For months she and Danny journey back and forth through the door to experience the joys of traveling to both of their centuries. When dilemmas of unwanted marriage, slavery, and war are thrown at them, they must face the perils that time travel has delivered them in both the future and the past.
I live in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and am a 22 year old young woman who probably will never fully grow up. As a kid I played with Polly Pockets, swam in my swimming pool practically every day during the summer, and went on vacations to Disney World with my family (favorite days of my life). I loved telling stories as a kid by playing with my Polly’s and dressing up like princesses with my friends. Eventually everything that went on in my busy imagination I wrote down on paper in the late hours of the night.
When I was in sixth grade I moved into a new house with woods directly behind my backyard. I’d walk about the woods and loved trampling through the creek or getting lost in the trees. These trips through the woods gave me my inspiration for my book trilogy Scarlet Woods. My main character in my book is Morgan who lives in a house where the woods are right behind her backyard. My love for trees and anything woodsy definitely shows in my book and I hope I painted a pretty picture in readers’ heads about what Scarlet Woods looks like.
My favorite candies are Skittles and M&M’s. I put ketchup on practically anything with meat (even with chicken quesadillas). I’m a great fan of Florence and the Machine, The Beatles, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Birdie, and recently The Civil Wars. My favorite books are The Hunger Games, Shiver, and Wither. My favorite movies are Titanic and Gone with the Wind. The Vampire Diaries is the wonderful TV show I’m obsessed with (I’m a Delena lover!!). I hate ads on youtube that I repeatedly have to skip every single time I want to listen to the newest song from Glee. I love to smile, laugh, and purposefully sing loud and off key whenever my brother is around just to pester him. I have a cat named Phoebe who we named after Phoebe from Friends, a yorkie named Coco who we named because he likes to eat Cocoa Puffs, and a shih tzu maltese we named Indy after Indiana Jones. My favorite princess is Cinderella but I think my personality is a tie between Ariel and Belle so they’re all my ultimate faves. If I could choose a century to time travel to I’d probably choose the Victorian age, the roaring 20’s, the 1950’s, or the 1940’s. I think the Victorian age and the 1940’s were probably the most romantic eras in history and the 20’s and 50’s would probably the most fun!
I came with Scarlet Woods whenever I was in eighth grade but I was still too young to know what all I really wanted in this book and could never get the beginning of the story right. I officially started writing this book when I was in my first year in college. That year I finally got the beginning the way I wanted and it took off from there. I'm now 22 years old, so the whole process took me a year and a half to write and maybe another year to edit. The second book is coming along much faster and I hope to have it out by the end of the year.
I had read/seen time travel books and movies but usually the main character in the story travels maybe one time and that's it. I wanted to create a world where time travel wasn't just a one time occurrence. I wanted it to be where the main characters got to go back and forth to really experience everything in both centuries. I also knew that I didn't want time traveling to be a science fiction thing. I wanted it to be magical more so than anything else. And as for the old, beautiful door that takes Morgan and Danny through time, I am not really sure how I came up with that being their portal through time. I just think a beautiful door that stands alone in the woods is very surreal and haunting. It's also something timeless that could be from wither century but has this magic, fantastical thing about it to where it made the perfect getaway through centuries. In Scarlet Woods I don't really explain the reasoning of how the door can make them time travel in the book, but I plan to go into more detail about how it works later in the trilogy.
Since I wrote a time traveling book readers have asked me if I ever wanted to time travel back in time myself. And the answer is a definite yes! I used to daydream about being from another century and thought that I was born in the wrong time period since my heart belonged to the romantic age of the 19th century. But strangely as I grew older I have learned to appreciate the era we live in today. Women weren't well off back in the nineteenth century. They had to rely on men in order to survive. I wouldn't want that life. I would rather want a man in my life rather than need one. Also I am thankful for air conditioning and movies! The nineteenth century didn't have those and I would have been lost without them. If I found a door in the woods and had the opportunity to time travel back to the year Morgan goes to I would totally do it, but I'd want to still live in the 21st century so I can still have freedom as a woman to do and be who I want, and that's an author.