New Novel Explores One Man’s Relationship to the Titanic and Seven Minutes That Saved His Life

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Author Phyllis Titus shares the incredible true story of why she is alive today

(April 9, 2018) – Phyllis Titus grew up hearing the story of a man she had never met. In 1912, Titus’ grandfather bought a ticket aboard the maiden voyage of the Titanic. Fortunately, he missed the trip by seven minutes.

It wasn’t until 1997, at the opening of Memphis’ Titanic-The Exhibition, that she learned the truth of that serendipitous mishap. Titus shares the story of her grandfather’s timely relationship with this infamous vessel in "Seven Minutes Late: A Story of the Titanic."

"Seven Minutes Late" is a captivating tale based on true events in Titus’ family. In 1997, the author stumbles upon a photo of the infamous ship. When her friend inquires, she shares her grandfather, Leopold’s, incredible story.

Leopold is set for a trip to Austria and will return home to the United States – and his pregnant wife – on the impressive and unsinkable Titanic. During his time overseas, Leopold becomes enchanted with the lovely Frances. They agree to meet on the docks prior to boarding the esteemed vessel, where Frances will wear diamonds Leopold purchased, in order for him to avoid paying tax on precious jewels. However, Frances does not show up on the docks until seven minutes after the departure of the doomed ship.

Had Leopold been aboard the boat, he likely would have perished, and the author would not be alive.

“Even though this all took place over 100 years ago, I feel very connected to my grandfather and his story. For some reason, he missed that boat and I am alive today because of it,” Titus said. “We all wonder what our purpose in life is, and I believe sharing this story is part of mine. It is a testament to his life, as well as every other individual who was touched by this, or any tragedy.”

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“Seven Minutes Late: A Story of the Titanic”
By Phyllis Titus
ISBN: 9781512787863 (hardcover) 9781512787856 (softcover) 9781512787849 (ebook)
Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Westbow Press

About the author
Born in Memphis, Tennessee, near the bluffs of the Mississippi River, Phyllis Titus lived in Texas, Missouri, and Colorado before settling in Nebraska in 1995. She is the mother of two adult sons and is co-founder and president of Homeschool Teen Serve, Inc., a Federal 501(C)3 organization which offers community service opportunities to homeschooled teens.

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