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November 5, 2015

If You Could Meet Someone From the Past, Who Would It Be and Why? --- Guest Post by Renee Collins


Cassandra --- the progragonist in Renee Collins' new novel UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN (Sourcebooks, November 3, 2015) --- meets a cute boy in the sleepy Massachusetts town where she's staying the summer before senior year. He's not just any boy, though; first, he claims that the private beach where they meet is his, not hers. Second, he claims the year is 1925. Come again?

To celebrate the publication of this mystical, time-crossing tale of young love, we asked Renee to put herself in Cassandra's shoes: "If you could meet someone from the past, who would it be and why?" See her answer below, and be sure to check out the book!

Fun Fact: I majored in history in college. As such, to ask me which era in history I’d like to visit, or which historical figure I’d like to meet, is almost as difficult as a question as asking me to pick a favorite book! There are simply too many amazing options to choose from.

I’ve given this some careful thought, and I decided I have to go with F. Scott Fitzgerald. There are a few reasons for this. As anyone who reads UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN can see, I have a fondness for the 1920’s. Part of my love was inspired by THE GREAT GATSBY. It’s one of my favorite novels ever, and as it happens, I love Fitzgerald’s other works as well. So that’s my first reason for wanting to meet him. I adore his work, and it would be amazing to talk writing with him.

Another reason I’d like to meet F. Scott Fitzgerald? Because he seems like a fun guy! I read a biography about Fitzgerald a few years ago, and the guy sure got around. He and his wife traveled Europe among groups of other talented writers and artists. They knew how to party. And I do appreciate a good party.

The last reason I’d like to meet F. Scott Fitzgerald is so that he could get to know me and then write me my own personal short story. It sounds silly, I know! But the man created such vibrant characters, with such beautiful prose. Talk about an amazing souvenir, right?

Semi-related final note: The movie Midnight in Paris features F. Scott Fitzgerald as a character played by Tom Hiddleston. This doesn’t seem like a legitimate reason to want to meet him, but I would be lying if I said it didn’t play a role . . .

Renee Collins grew up on a beach in Hawaii. Sadly, she never met anyone from the past on those shores, but she did go on to get a degree in history, which is almost the same. She currently lives in Colorado with her family. Visit her at