ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN DE MODE NOVEMBER 2023 VOL VI. ISSUE XXXVII | LITERATURE
Article Published on: 08TH JAN 2024 | www.demodemagazine.com
"WALKING OUT OF TIME" - BY AUTHOR D. R. WELLS
Jaymes Welch, a military brat turned lawyer, stands up for the underdog. Despite having everything she desires, Jaymes prefers to live a solitary life free of romantic commitments. Beah Stewart is a computer whiz who works for the British government. She’s energetic and unafraid to show her true colors. Beah has had boyfriends throughout the years, but she has yet to find “the one”. Fate brings them together when Jaymes’ brother becomes ill with a mysterious condition that has claimed the lives of several men in her family. In the process, they find their futures in the past. Together, Jaymes and Beah unravel an intricate web of intrigue laced with love, magic, and betrayal.
Wow! This book has a little bit for everyone to enjoy from it’s richly developed characters to history, adventure, and romance. Once I started reading, it was difficult to stop. The author’s ability to bridge the past with the present is brilliant. I am hoping there is more to come! - Reviewed in the United States
Amazing! This rollercoaster of suspense, mystery, love, and triumph had me on the edge my seat! I struggled to keep myself reading once I got to a certain point because I didn’t want the story to end but you cannot put this book down. I cannot wait to see where this story goes next! - Reviewed in the United States
First-time author D.R. Wells presents us with an enthralling tale that spans centuries. The flames of medieval witch pyres in Scotland cannot extinguish true love, which will defy time and space to spark anew in modern times. Set in Scotland, England and the US the reader follows the exploits of two strong female protagonists as they connect across an ocean on their quest to solve a decades-old mystery that could save a life. The author eloquently combines historical fiction and exciting mystery to give the reader a "bonny good" read! I enjoyed the book immensely and believe you will, too! - Reviewed in the United States
Well woven story – a good read. Well written and a quick read. - Reviewed in the United States
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JOURNEY OF THE AUTHOR D. R. WELLS
Originally from North Carolina in the United States, David Wells joined the U.S. Air Force after high school, eager to serve. During his first assignment, he met Sharon Brown, who would become his wife. Now together 40+ years, David maintains marrying Sharon was the best decision of his life. Their partnership provided mutual support.
David served honourably in the Air Force Medical Service Corps for over two decades, with numerous deployments. He worked his way up from enlisted airman to Major. His work ethic and care for fellow service members made David a decorated veteran.
After retiring, David began a second career with a medical company, rising to regional vice president. He oversaw care for thousands of patients and led local recovery efforts after disasters like Hurricane Michael. This allowed David to utilize his military experience in leadership, organization, and efficiency.
David's transition from a long-established career into the realm of creative writing was nothing short of a profound personal transformation. The decision to leave behind the familiar and embrace the uncertainties of a writer's life was a testament to his unrelenting dedication. Drawing from his experiences and his profound connection to the world, David crafted a narrative that transcended the boundaries of conventional storytelling. "Walking Out of Time" was more than just a book; it was a reflection of his inner world, a chronicle of self-discovery, and an exploration of the human condition. As the pages of his novel turned, readers embarked on a journey through the intricacies of the human psyche, exploring themes of identity, time, and existence. It was the beginning of David's mission to touch the hearts and minds of his readers, a mission he was determined to continue. As a father and grandfather, David is an advocate for equality. He resides in North Carolina with Sharon. Though not all nearby, David remains close with their daughters and granddaughter, his proudest accomplishment.
NAME OF AN UPCOMING BOOK- “Whispers in the Mist.”
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW OF AUTHOR D. R. WELLS WITH DE MODE
Q: Please share a bit about your journey from a career in the US Air Force to becoming a full-time author. What inspired this transition?
A. Since childhood, David's passion was reading, and he wrote stories and poems that were never revealed to anyone. His military service and subsequent role as a healthcare executive, with its exposure to diverse cultures and compelling narratives, deepened his storytelling perspective. Reading "Aurora's Angel" by Emily Noon inspired his leap into writing, leading to "Walking Out of Time," a blend of history, fantasy, and romance.
Q: "Walking Out of Time" is a unique blend of romance, mystery, and magic. What sparked the idea for this unique story, and how did it evolve during the writing process?
A. The author's passion for history and fantasy inspired "Walking Out of Time," blending these genres with romance and mystery. As the author wrote, the characters and plot took unexpected turns, organically evolving into a multidimensional tale that captivated readers. Like mixing paints, the author found that combining genres creates something more vibrant, unique, and compelling.
Q: Your advocacy for equality is admirable. How do you incorporate themes of equality and societal challenges into your writing, and what messages do you hope your readers take away from your books?
A. Bearing witness to unfairness deeply troubles and motivates David. He works to craft empathetic tales exploring discrimination and prejudice through thoughtful characters. His hope is these stories inspire greater acceptance, compassion, and courage in readers. Though fiction alone cannot erase injustice, he aims to nurture our shared humanity through writing.
Q: The protagonist of your book, Jaymes Welch, is described as a lawyer who stands up for the underdog. What inspired the creation of this character, and what qualities do you admire most in Jaymes?
A. Jaymes reflects the author's values shaped by his life experiences supporting a fellow service member outed under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell." Though it initially hurt his career, that defining moment opened his eyes to injustice. Like Jaymes, he tries to use his skills and voice to tirelessly advocate for the vulnerable. She embodies his belief that one person can stand up, speak out, and bend the arc toward justice.
Q: Beah Stewart, the other lead character, is a computer whiz working for the British government. Can you tell us more about Beah's character development and how she complements Jaymes in the story?
A. Reserved and relationship-adverse Jaymes contrasts with outgoing, impulsive Beah and her lively love life. Beah's warmth helps guarded Jaymes to embrace intimacy, while Jaymes encourages Beah to slow down and gain perspective. Their opposing natures highlight their individual growth arcs as introspective Jaymes opens up and candid Beah thinks beyond the moment. Together they find balance.
Q: "Walking Out of Time" combines elements of time travel and historical exploration. What research or preparation did you undertake to ensure the accuracy of these elements in your narrative?
A. While not traditional time travel, Walking Out of Time explores spiritual time travel and forbidden love's strength over centuries. Most research focused on the North Berwick Witch Trials, immersing in the era. The author's wife Sharon, a history buff and superb genealogist, meticulously vetted all details and even created family genealogies back to Eden through her immense expertise. Together they worked to bring that historic setting to life while crafting a novel about familial bonds' strength over time.
Q: "Walking Out of Time" has achieved remarkable success on Amazon. What has been the most rewarding part of this journey as an author for you, and how has this success impacted your writing career?
A. The most rewarding part for the author has been hearing from readers who connected deeply with the characters, knowing the story resonated enough to touch lives, which is profoundly humbling. The author set out to explore universal human bonds, so this reaction affirms that goal. While accolades are wonderful, the real reward is the community of readers and authors. The author's hope is that success inspires more people to step out of their comfort zones and discover new perspectives. The author feels honoured to build enthusiasm for stories that reveal timeless truths.
Q: As an advocate for equality and a writer of diverse characters, how do you approach the representation of diff backgrounds and perspectives in your work?
A. With empathy, nuance and care, the author tries to craft diverse characters. The author aims to transcend tropes and capture universal truths, guided by friendships with Sapphic fiction authors whose perspectives shape the approach. Backstories honor real struggles while highlighting shared humanity. The goal is to resonate with stories that speak across backgrounds. If these perspectives catalyze more inclusion and understanding, the author has succeeded.
Q: Can you give us a glimpse into your future writing projects? Are there any upcoming books or themes you're excited to explore in your next literary endeavours?
A. The author is currently working on the follow-up tentatively titled "Whispers in the Mist." Like its predecessor, it has diverse characters and blends genres with magic at its heart. It features a new protagonist, Blake Sinclair, a Pulitzer-winning author with a difficult past, plus endearing new characters. Old friends reappear too.