By: Claire Fullerton
The idea for “A Portal in Time” came from a trip my husband and I took up the California coast to Carmel-by-the-Sea. It was our one year anniversary, and we’d made reservations at an historic hotel. Everything about the lobby of the hotel piqued my interest, and as my husband checked us in, I let my imagination roam, taking in every inch of the opulent lobby with its travertine floors, sand-stone fireplace, and sweeping Mediterranean tiled staircase.
As I walked through the lobby, I pretended I was in my own house. I followed a particular hallway from the lobby where sepia tinted photographs depicted people in period clothing beside horse drawn carriages. Beside the pictures were architectural plans of somebody’s home, and as I looked closely, I realized the hotel began as a private residence.
Walking up the staircase, a wooden cathedral door loomed ominously at the end of the hall. “Surely,” I thought, “this was once the master bedroom.” I considered the position of the room and decided there must be a window that looked out to the sea. Visualizing myself in period clothing, I imagined standing before the window, scanning the grounds below intently.
I believe energy lingers in historic sites, that memory is retained within walls like an indelible record of history. So firm am I in this belief, that on our first night, I tapped my 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 story of an imagined life that brought me to that window at the top of the stairs in Carmel-by-the-Sea’s historic hotel. I knew the story
could only be told in alternating time periods with an uncanny destination. I wanted to give my readers a paranormal experience, to take them on a journey that could only be reached through a portal in time.
“A Portal in Time”(Vinspire Publishing) is available on Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, Overdrive, and Kobo.