|A Matter of Time|
What is your destiny?
This question haunts 20-year-old Jamie Collins. A junior at Santa Clara University in 1986, Jamie has friends, a professor who mentors him, and a promising future as a writer.
Then the dreams begin – nightmarish visions that transport him back to a time and place fifty years before he was born: Titanic’s maiden voyage in 1912! Less than a week before the 74th anniversary of its sinking, Jamie discovers that his fate is inexplicably linked to that of the famous vessel. Somehow, the two timelines are overlapping, and when Titanic dies this time, Jamie will die along with it.
The dreams reveal something evil stalking the ill-fated ship, something that expedites the collision which sinks her. Jamie realizes that the only way to stop this evil and prevent his own death may be to prevent Titanic from sinking in the first place.
But how? How can he stop that ship from sinking in 1912 when he hadn’t even been born yet? And even if he can stop it – should he? What will be the effect on history if he succeeds? Jamie’s quest to fulfill his destiny ties friendsand family together in ways he could never have imagined.
A Matter of Time is an emotionally charged voyage into the value of friendship, the power of love, the impact of evil, and the vagaries of Fate.
Dream Cast of Characters
Jamie Collins – is a twenty year old junior English major at Santa Clara University; aspiring writer; at odds with his father who he feels has never understood him; he has a strong mentoring relationship with Dr. Denton, his chief writing professor; insecure about his looks and insecure within social situations; tends to live a lot in his own imagination as he conjures stories to write; he feels that true love is something that will likely elude him forever, but confesses he may be too in love with the ideal of love to recognize the real thing; tends to second-guess his own decisions; honorable and loyal and dependable – a man of his word.
Actor: Ezra Miller
|Actor Ezra Miller|
Dan is Jamie’s 18-year old roommate; freshman; tall, very handsome and athletic; rows for the crew team; babe magnet; funny and flippant personality; seldom gets too serious about anything; his strength of character is tested because of Jamie’s circumstances, and he proves to be loyal and dependable and the best friend Jamie has ever had; Jamie’s journey helps him grow up in ways he never could have imagined.
Actor: Liam Hemsworth
|Actor Liam Hensworth|
Dan’s sister; a junior history major; beautiful and fun-loving; enjoys having a good time; initially attracted to Jamie’s friend, Jay and they date awhile, but Jamie is the one she really wants and her change of heart creates a rift between Jamie and Jay; honest and decent and loyal, Maggie tires her best to help Jamie and make things right between them because she’s in love with him.
Actress: Emma Stone
|Actress Emma Stone|
27-year-old widow Jamie meets aboard Titanic; smart, insightful, beautiful, nobody’s fool, very independent, especially for 1912; she’d love to go to college; married at 16, but husband died shortly after their son was born; she’s been raising David on her own and has refused to remarry just because her parents feel scandalized; determined not to remarry until she falls in love again; despite Jamie’s being younger, Kate instantly falls for him, and vice versa.
Actress: Keira Knightly
Junior at Santa Clara; very cynical and condescending towards everyone and everything; makes a joke about anything; never takes anyone or anything seriously, a trait he acquired from his mother; very insecure about his looks, his abilities, his intellect; Jamie’s friend at the beginning, Jay fails to be helpful when Jamie’s troubles begin and later breaks from Jamie altogether over Maggie.
Actor: Keir Gilchrist
Jamie’s friend; junior physics major; shares Jamie’s love of fantasy and science fiction; very pragmatic and logical; looks for a scientific explanation for every occurrence, even Jamie’s feeling that there is another person living inside of him; Jamie’s journey forces Kevin to confront the reality that not everything can be explained through a physics equation.
Actor: Tom Felton
In his fifties; Jamie’s writing professor and mentor; very shy and buttoned-down; seldom makes eye contact when he teaches or converses; expert on literature and writing; never married – socially inept; emotionally stunted; keeps people at a distance, but recognizes Jamie as that one student in every teacher’s life who has true talent and has the desire to learn all that’s necessary to enhance histalent; against his better judgment, Denton allows himself to be drawn into Jamie’s situation on a personal level, and he grows emotionally as a result.
Actor: Liam Neeson
John and Amanda Collins
Jamie’s estranged parents; separated and living apart.
John is emotionally guarded and has created a rather large gulf between himself and his son – they don’t connect or understand one another; he has never encouraged Jamie’s writing aspirations because they aren’t practical and because he doesn’t understand where such desires even came from; loves his son, but doesn’t know how to show it.
Amanda is more emotional; has always encouraged Jamie’s imagination and writing aspirations as he was growing up; loves her son deeply, but doesn’t know how to help him; still loves John even though they live apart.
Jamie’s journey will ultimately help bring them back together.
Actors: Dennis Quaid and Elizabeth Shue
Captain of the fishing trawler Jamie hires to take him and Dan out into the Atlantic Ocean; middle-aged, Scottish descent; closed down emotionally due to a personal tragedy involving his family; more than anyone else, he understands Jamie’s desire to discover his destiny; despite not comprehending Jamie’s situation, he agrees to help the boy because Jamie reminds him of himself at that age; in the end,through Jamie’s ordeal, Ewen comes to a better understandingof himself, and even of his own son whom he’d never appreciated before.
Actor: Gary Sinise
Kate’s 10-year-old son; rambunctious; smart; very outgoing; takes an immediate liking to Jamie and sees the young man as perfect father material.
Actor: Jared Gilmore
Michael Bowler grew up in San Rafael, California. He attended St. Raphael’s School and Marin Catholic High School before attending Santa Clara University. Titanic and her tragic fate fascinated him for as far back as he can remember. He has a vast collection of artwork, memorabilia and virtually every book ever written about the disaster.
He majored in English and Theatre at Santa Clara and got a master’s in film production from Loyola Marymount University. He partnered with two friends as producer, writer, and/or director on several films, most notably “Fatal Images,” “Dead Girls,” “Hell Spa” (later re-edited and titled “Club Dead”), “Things” and “Things II.”
He has written a number of unproduced screenplays and is currently working on other novels he has outlined. He’s been teaching high school in Hawthorne, California for over twenty years.
He has also been a volunteer Big Brother to seven different boys over 28 years with the Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters program and a volunteer within the juvenile justice system in Los Angeles for 27 years. He is a passionate advocate for the fair treatment of children and teens in California, something that is sorely lacking in this state.
His first novel, A Boy and His Dragon, was originally written in the 1980’s before fantasy stories enjoyed a major renaissance, and has remained unpublished to this day. It is intended as the first of a trilogy.
A Matter of Time, his second novel, was originally written in the 1980’s and completed in the mid-1990’s as time permitted.
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