by Claire Fullerton
The idea behind “A Portal in Time” by Claire Fullerton
Inspiration for a novel can come from the most unusual of circumstances, and the idea for “A Portal in Time” is no exception. In the year 2000, my husband and I took a trip up the California coast to Carmel-by-the-Sea, on the hauntingly beautiful Monterey Peninsula. Since we’d married in Carmel, and as it was our one year wedding anniversary, we’d made reservations for the weekend at Carmel’s historic La Playa Hotel—a hotel we’d never stayed in before. Everything about the lobby of the historic hotel piqued my interest, and as my husband checked us in, I let my imagination roam free, taking in every inch of the opulent lobby with its travertine floors, sand-stone fireplace, and sweeping Mediterranean tiled staircase.
I am the sort who likes to try on new places as if I were trying on a new dress. As I walked through the lobby, I pretended it was the foyer of my own home and I imagined myself belonging to the space heart and soul, as if it were I who had chosen every area rug, every porcelain lamp, and every picture on the wall.
I followed a particular hallway flowing back from the lobby where sepia tinted photographs dated in the year 1904 depicted people in period clothing standing on unpaved roads beside horse drawn carriages. Beside the pictures were architectural plans of somebody’s home and as I looked closely, I realized the La Playa Hotel started out as a private residence.
I turned, looking up the Mediterranean staircase, and imagined myself having right of ownership. I disregarded the off-limits sign and walked up the staircase. There at the end of the long hallway, a wooden cathedral door loomed ominously. “Surely,” I thought, “this was once the master bedroom,” and I took into consideration the position of the room and decided there must be a large window within that looked out taking advantage of the view to the sea. Placing myself in the clothing I’d seen in the pictures, I imagined myself standing before the bedroom window, scanning the grounds below purposefully.
I believe energy lingers in historic sites, that memory is retained within the very walls like an indelible record of history. So firm am I in this belief, that on our first night I tapped my sleeping husband on the shoulder at two in the morning. “It’s so haunted in this place, I can’t sleep,” I reported. I ruminated for the following hour while the story of “A Portal in Time” unfolded in my mind’s eye.
“A Portal in Time” is the entire story of an imagined life that brought me to that window at the top of the stairs in Carmel-by-the-Sea’s historic La Playa Hotel. I knew the story could only be told in oscillating time periods that had the same destination. I wanted to give my readers an experience, to take them on a journey that could only be reached through a portal in time.
A Portal in Time, published by Vinspire Publishing, is available on Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, All Romance, All Romance E-Books, Overdrive, Kobo and coming soon, Audible audio books.
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