What is your working title of your book?
24 HOURS IN THE FUTURE
Where did the idea come from for the book?
Many months ago I watched a program with Stephen Hawking about time travel, where he stated that time travel to the past is probably not possible for various reasons, but time travel to the future is possible, because time slows down when things move at a speed close to the speed of light. (Of course, once you go to the future with Hawking's method you're stuck there - no coming back. I had to break this rule so my characters could return to the present. Sorry physics!)
A day or so later, my agent Kate Schafer Testerman (who was, funny enough, not my agent yet) asked on her blog “where you would go if you could travel anywhere in time (past, present, or future) or space?” I decided I'd go to the future to see the technology and to check in on myself, and then I wondered– what if I discovered something horrible had happened to me? Would I try to change it? Could I?
What genre does your book fall under?
YA sci-fi murder mystery
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I picture the main character, Elena Martinez, as a young Michelle Rodriguez:
I picture the love interest, Adam O’Neill, as a young Joseph Gordon-Levitt with glasses:
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Five teens travel to the future for 24 hours to collect data, but discover they're going to be murdered once they return to the present.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I plan to send it to my lovely agent as soon as I finish revisions.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
8 months or so, but I had to put it on hold a few times to work on other things. And because time travel nearly made my head explode.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
How about ACROSS THE UNIVERSE by Beth Revis, which is also a mystery wrapped up in a sci-fi setting. Or THE FUTURE OF US by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler, which also involves seeing your own future and trying to change it. For an older book, THE ETERNAL ENEMY by Christopher Pike, in which a girl sees her future death in a VCR recording. Ah, good ol VCRs.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
See the above question about where I got the idea. I also tried to give the book a sci-fi film noir feel, sort of like Blade Runner, so I suppose you could throw in Ridley Scott and Philip K Dick too.
What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?
You can look at some inspiration images for the novel here!