Joanne Renaud is an author/illustrator who graduated in illustration from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. She studied both graphic design at Central Washington University and art at the University of Ulster in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
She presently lives in the Los Angeles area. Recent clients include Simon & Schuster, Random House, Houghton Mifflin, Harcourt Inc., Compass Media, Arch Books, Macmillan/McGraw Hill, Delta Education, Zaner Bloser, Dark Valentine Magazine and Genius Publishing. Her first novel, A Question of Time, was released in November 2012 from Champagne Books.
Joanne is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and enjoys travel, history, costume design, old musicals and cheesy fantasy movies from the '80s.
Jackie Karam always knew her friend Orne was a weirdo, even before he enlists her help in opening a door to an alternate dimension. His theory is that if one could find a book one lost, a book one loved but can no longer remember anything about, it might open a door to another world. Jackie just happens to have such a book in her past. A science fiction novel her high school teacher had recommended to her before he died in a car crash.
Jackie loves hanging out with her handsome, charming, eccentric friend, so she agrees on a trip back to her hometown to look for Mr. Forrest's book. She finds it in the White Springs library, and just as Orne hoped, opens a door to another dimension, one altered from the world she knows. Not just altered, but better. Her career is a success, her old teacher is alive and well, and her relationship with Orne is so much more intimate. Her own world is so drab and hopeless by contrast, she's tempted to stay.
But does she truly belong in this other world? What happens to this world's Jackie if she stays? And what will happen to her, if she refuses to go back through that door?
Years later, successful author Celia Cavalotti is still mourning the death of her favorite teacher, who died in a car crash in 1989. But when a car accident of her own hurtles her back in time to the week of his death, she has a chance to change the future.
Finding herself in the 1980s is a shock to the extremely modern Celia-- but even more shocking is seeing her dead English teacher, Alan Forrest, alive and well before her very eyes. Alan is far more handsome than she remembers, and she can't resist the urge to flirt. After all, they have so much in common, like writing and a shared love of science fiction. Celia knows she's falling in love with him-- but can she use this opportunity to prevent his tragic death? What is happening to her? And why can't she seem to stay in one place and time?