Watsonville author releases second novel

WATSONVILLE — If time travel was possible, it would seemingly be easier for a historian to travel to the past and adjust to the period. After all, they have done enough research on the past to know what to expect.

But what happened if it was the other way around?

Author Jesse J. Elliot, also known as Julie Hanks of Watsonville, explores the topic in her latest novel, “Lost in Time.” Elliot will be signing copies of her book on Saturday from 1-3 p.m. at Kelly’s Books, 1838 Main St.

An anomaly sends a Santa Cruz woman living in 1989 to one hundred years into the past. At the same time, a woman living in 1889 is hurtled to 1989.

“Each one of them has to learn to survive in their new role,” Elliot said. “Everybody talks about going back in time, but not too many people talk about how difficult it would be to adjust to television, cars, rocket ships ... everything.”

A fan of the Old West, Elliot’s work always features a female protagonist. She has published seven stories in Frontier Tales Magazine. Another short story, “Timeless,” was published in A Mail-Order Bride for Christmas anthology in December 2015.

“Death at Gran Quivera,” her first novel, which followed a woman sheriff in New Mexico in the 1880s, was published in 2017.

A retired teacher, over her career Elliot taught kindergarten through sixth grade, reading at Cabrillo College, and educational methods at the University of New Mexico.

“Lost in Time” is available for purchase at Kelly’s Books.


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