Born and raised in Minnesota’s heartland (unless you count a brief yet important stint in Wisconsin), Gina’s been working in nonprofit communications since 2001. In addition to her communications career, she’s a contributing writer for mediums such as Thrive Global, The Line Media, 507 Magazine and Rochester Women Magazine. Look for her debut novel in 2017.
Who will like your book?
Time in My Pocket is a bit of a mixed genre. Its time travel element lands it in the SciFi category. But its sarcastic humor – especially relatable to parents with small children – makes it seem light for that category. I’d say anyone interested in sociological, historical fiction will like this book. Those who wonder how people lived without the Internet or the difficult-to-measure ways daily life has changed in the past 70 years. Or just ladies who want to step into the life of being young, free and beautiful in the golden years of Hollywood!
What was the inspiration for this book?
I grew up adoring Back to the Future – like any kid in the 80’s. For years, ideas swam in and out of my consciousness regarding the possibility of ever traveling through time. Growing up, I would have told you my favorite actors were Jerry Lewis, Bing Crosby, Cary Grant and Doris Day. So it was clear what time I wanted to go back to visit.
Then in 2016, I heard about Stephen King’s 11.22.63. I saw the interest was still there. That there were people like me also wanting to grasp a bit of history. To relive a part of the past we were not privy to. So when I couldn’t find the exact time travel book I wanted to read, I wrote it.
About halfway through Time in My Pocket, I was talked into attending a past life regression through hypnotherapy. It completely altered the direction of my novel.
Thanks to the bursts of inspiration and the yearning to find time to write it, I completed my first draft in exactly six months to the day.
She woke up in 1947...in someone else's body.
When a sarcastic mother of two is offered the chance to go back in time through an antique locket’s mirror, she escapes the confines of her (imagined) domestic prison and comes face to face with the reality of life during the Golden Age of Hollywood. Now she must find a way to return to her life before falling through a mirror.