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Emae Church Author Interview

Earth 101: Time to Run Jayne as she unravels the mystery behind people that have been erased and finds something sinister behind it. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

Jayne came to me during a trip from home to London. I travel a lot for work and on this particular day, I was sad about leaving home. As I sat watching out of the carriage window, I visualised a girl doing the same, but she was travelling away from Earth. But why was she leaving? And why was she so sad to leave? This should be a great adventure, but it wasn’t. So, she told me her story and has hijacked my life ever since.

Jayne is an interesting character that was fun to follow. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

Jayne has been with me for many years now; she feels real inside my head. When I run, she partners along and I mull over ideas of the story. I will often scan the web for inspirational images, which remind me of her. I love the goth scene and I see her as a “gentle” goth. The music by my favourite band, Evanescence, is the soundtrack to Jayne’s world, especially the Open Door album.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

I love space and time travel. The thought of the endless possibilities of the undiscovered universe holds great wonder to me. I believe we have a lot to learn about black holes and I would have loved to meet Stephen Hawking to discuss this particular subject in detail. As far as Jayne’s personal life goes, it was important to me she has a loving and supportive family, with older and younger siblings. I feel too many young adult stories feature the lonesome orphan. That would not have worked here. Jayne needs a close and personal reason to sacrifice so much. Yes, you can want to save the population of a planet, but you will want to save your close, loved ones more so.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I am working on “Earth 201 – The Time to Stay” which is the conclusion to Earth 101. I have also completed the first draft of a middle-grade contemporary fantasy novel, “Grandpa’s Book” which requires careful attention from both myself and my amazing editor.

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A missing girl. A world of secrecy. A quest to expose the truth.

Jayne knows they’re gone, but no one else will acknowledge what’s happening.


One by one, they’re systematically erased from existence. No explanations. No missing person’s reports. No search parties.


Something sinister is afoot. Jayne can feel it in her bones. But uncovering the truth will prove difficult, especially when she discovers who and what is behind the devious plot.


As she searches for answers, she grapples with the lingering effects of a head injury, an unexpected forbidden romance, and a strange new reality that changes everything.


Will she uncover the truth, or will she be the next innocent victim?

Earth 101: Time to Run

Earth 101: Time to Run by Emae Church introduces us to Jayne’s eerie world, where high school girls are disappearing and mysterious boys with unnatural features seemed to be all around. Jayne is the only one who remembers the missing girls, and it’s starting to make her feel like she’s going crazy. One boy in particular forms a powerful bond with her—Aithen is alluring and kind to Jayne when the rest of their school is suspicious of her research into the missing girls. With a strange man named Erek lurking around the girls and mutterings of possible supernatural creatures, all signs point to one dark answer: alien abduction.

The world is in peril, and the characters in Earth 101: Time to Run need to save it. Jayne herself holds the fate of the universe in her hands. Through her compassion for her missing friends and desperation to protect her family, Jayne connects the dots and becomes closer to Aithen as he shares the secrets of his home planet, Korudaz. He moves through time and sees the future where Jayne’s life is in danger. Rather than allow those pieces to fall into place, they decide to rewrite history and save the world.

I loved the pacing of this story. Every moment was a surprising twist, full of exciting action. The characters were nuanced and complex as they navigated the supernatural aspects of the story. I really enjoyed seeing the connections that Jayne made with others as she strives toward protecting the people she loves and saving her friends from being permanently deleted.

While I found the alien world fascinating, I was a little confused by all the terms that we are introduced to. There were many worlds, objects, and people to keep track of at once as the alien universe is first brought into our story. However, by the end of the book these ideas became easier to follow and made the story very intriguing and created an immersive experience. I liked how creative the approach to space was within this book.

Earth 101: Time to Run by Emae Church is a fast-paced, high intensity science fiction story that brings a new approach to stories of alien invasion. With our heroine Jayne and her intense focus, we’re able to travel through time and watch as she encounters daring feats. This is a story full of passion, action, and romance that you won’t want to miss.

Pages: 412 | ISBN: 1916300375

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