If you had the opportunity to see your own future, would you take it? This is a question I wrestled with a lot while writing my YA novels, Timeless and Timekeeper (Random House), which tell the story of a girl who can travel back and forth through time — and whose actions constantly impact the world around her. As I put my characters in these surreal situations, I often asked myself, on a real-world level: Would it really be an advantage to know what lies ahead in life? Or would it more than likely lead down a messy rabbit hole of trying to change your destiny? What I came away with was a method for using the idea of time-travel to improve our lives and bring us the destiny we want and choose — right now.