Author Interview Janie Emaus: The Time-Traveling Matchmaker

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Author Interview Janie Emaus

1. How did you choose your genre? What made you write this book?

I write in various genres: Picture books, Middle Grade, Adult. And I also write short stories and essays. So, it depends on what’s going on in my life, my mood, the stars, and the weather. I had the idea for this book after reading about a missing girl. I began to wonder if maybe aliens had picked her up or if perhaps, she had been transported by a Time Traveling Matchmaker. The story started out as a YA novel, but then throughout the years morphed into the book it is today.

2. Writers write what they know and must observe the world. Are you a first born, middle, or last child and how does this shape your view of the world?

I am the first born, twenty-one months older than my sister. I credit her for my positive view of the world. From the time she could stand in her crib, she was easily entertained and has been my biggest fan. In high school, we made up an older brother who attended college. I have no idea what he’s doing today, but my sister continues to make appearances in my books.

3. Where is your favorite place to write?

I have an office with a lot of light. My decorating style is “organized chaos.” I know where everything is, although to my grandchildren it looks like a fortress of papers. Opening the door each morning and walking in with a cup of coffee always makes the world seem right.

4. How do you feel about killing your darlings, and what do you do with the remains?

I don’t ever kill them. I simply move them to another file. But sometimes it takes a while to realize they need to be moved. Like a favorite sweater that you know you’ll never, ever wear again, but can’t seem to give away because you almost lost your virginity while wearing, like sixty years ago. One day that “save for another story” file will show up in one of my books.

5. You are introduced to your favorite author. Who is it, and what is that one burning question you must ask them?

I have too many authors to choose from. But I’d love to meet Anne Tyler and talk about family dynamics.

6. Inquiring minds want to know…tell readers something about you that no one knows.

My life is pretty much an open book, seeing as how I write personal essays. But not everyone knows that I used to write ad copy for an adult video company. I can describe a naked body in more ways than you would think possible.

7. You are stranded on a deserted island with only a backpack for company. What three items are in your survival pack?

A long, long book. A magnum of vodka. And a video recording with all the voices and faces of my family members along with a solar-powered battery charger.

8. If you could have one superpower in your existence, what would it be?
I’d love to be able to soar through the sky, into the clouds, and beyond.

9. Favorite snack? Sharp cheddar cheese and crackers with an extra cold, extra dry martini, preferably with blue cheese olives.

10. Indy 500 – Do you know how to get where you’re going, or do you drive the speed limit?

My sense of direction is great if I know where I’m going! Otherwise, GPS is my faithful friend. She gives directions in a more friendly manner than my husband.

The Time-Traveling Matchmaker

by Janie Emaus


GENRE:   Time Travel Romance



In The Time-Traveling Matchmaker, love takes on a new meaning when soul mates are brought together through time and space.

Like every goal-oriented twenty-something, Jessica Singleton, an aspiring filmmaker, is obsessed with finding her future as quickly as possible. What she doesn’t know is that the future is obsessed with finding her, too. Renn Porter, an agent with Time Traveling Matchmaker’s Inc, blasts back in time – and into her life – in order to transport Jessica to the soul mate who has paid for this service…in the future. But things turn dangerous when it’s revealed that Renn has been sent after his own soul mate.

Caught between two times, Jessica and Renn must struggle to stay alive. Falling in love is the biggest risk either of them has ever taken – because, as they are destined to learn, the very existence of Time Traveling Matchmakers, Inc. rests in Jessica’s hands.



Renn was coming toward me now and our eyes met. Fireworks went off inside my chest. He wasn’t avoiding me this time. This time I would learn the truth.

I raised my hand in a small wave.

“Watch out!” A bicyclist shouted as he sped down the sidewalk, completely out of control.

He clipped Renn’s shoulder, pushing him up against me. Renn’s coat got caught on the buckle of my purse. I heard a rip. No, more than that – I felt a rip down the center of my body, jagged like a piece of broken glass. Beneath my feet, the sidewalk tilted, and I lost my balance.

A strong wind kept me from falling. Once steady, I turned to find Renn.

This all happened in less than a second. And in that second Renn was gone. Vanished. Just like that. All that was left was his lemony scent. And the memory of his hand on my arm.

I didn’t see him in either direction. My head throbbed as if something heavy kept knocking into it.  

A minute later a mother with her little girl walked past me. I knew before she stopped, that the little girl was going to bend down to tie her shoe. Time was going to repeat itself. Again.

She giggled, just like before. “Thanks, Mommy,” she said. “Tomorrow I can do it myself.”

I held on to the desire I had seen in Renn’s eyes, wondering about my tomorrow.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Janie Emaus believes when the world is falling apart, we’re just one laugh away from putting it together again. The Time-Traveling Matchmaker is her debut adult novel. She is also the author of the blended holiday picture books, Latkes for Santa Claus, and the forthcoming Matzo Balls & Easter Eggs. Her essays, stories, and articles have been published in numerous magazines, anthologies, and websites. In 2016 she won an honorary mention in the Erma Bombeck Writing Competition. To learn more about Janie visit her at

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13 thoughts on “Author Interview Janie Emaus: The Time-Traveling Matchmaker”

  1. It’s a pleasure to have you here Janie! Congratulations on this exciting release!

  2. Great interview, I enjoyed the excerpt and The Time Traveling Matchmaker sounds like my kind of book and I like the cover! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a wonderful day!

  3. Thank you for sharing your interview and book details, I have enjoyed reading about you and your work and I am looking forward to reading The Time-Traveling Matchmaker

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