It’s the New Year now in Australia and I’m thrilled to announce that the author of Tempest, Julie Cross, is here today to answer a few of my most burning questions about her series! Please make her feel welcome! Tempest is a fun, fast-paced read that will leave your head spinning!
Q: ‘Tempest‘ isn’t officially released until January, but already early readers are crazy about it! It’s already been optioned for a film, too! Were you prepared for this kind of insta-success? How are you dealing with it?
The excitement is really fun, but also a little bit scary for a new writer like me. Luckily, Iâ€™m a firm believer in denial. So, when I need to shut myself into the writing cave and get edits done or other material, I can pretend nothing is different. Narrow my focus a little and just write for me and for my editor and agent.
Q: For those not in the know, give us the 411 on ‘Tempest‘ and the series it kicks off.
I like to describe Tempest as The Time Travelerâ€™s Wife meets Bourne Identity… but with teenagers. Oh… and everyone seems to get excited that my main character is a guy. So, thatâ€™s probably worth mentioning, too.
Q: Goodreads tell us there are to be three books in the series. Do you know where you want Jackson and Holly’s story to go already? And will three books be enough to cover that?
Yes, itâ€™s a trilogy. And I do know exactly where Jackson and Hollyâ€™s story is going and I think three books will provide a nice and satisfying conclusion. But if I had to be totally honest, not every door will be closed by the end of book three.
Q: Do you have any tentative titles for the next two books?
I donâ€™t! But I need to get on this really soon! Let me know if you have any ideas. Iâ€™ve never been very good at coming up with titles.
Q: The evolution and revision process of a story can be a long one. Do you sometimes get confused as to which elements and scenes made it into the final, published work and which ones only exist in your head?
Oh My God, YES. Its so, so hard. Tempest has been changed and altered many, many times. I do remember quite a bit, but after so many rounds, itâ€™s not just me that keeps referencing a scene thatâ€™s been deleted, itâ€™s all the people that have been involved in the process as well. They get sucked in, too and I have to constantly look for fresh eyes to read the latest draft.
Q: Have you always been a fan of time-travel stories? What are some of your favourites?
I do love time travel stories. I really LOVE all the Back To The Future movies. The time travel aspect in the TV series, LOST was super awesome. My favorites are usually the speculative time travel stories, like the movie The Lake House or Donnie Darko. Whatâ€™s great about time travel is authors and movie producers can keep writing it and still be original.
Q: ‘Tempest‘ is one of the most anticipated 2012 YA releases – not an easy feat when there are so many great books coming out at the same time! What books are you, as a reader, looking forward to in the YA market in 2012?
Oh man, thereâ€™s so many I canâ€™t wait to read. Fracture by Megan Miranda, Ally Carterâ€™s 5th book in the Gallagher Girl series (love those books!), All These Lives by Sarah Wylie… thatâ€™s just a few mentions, but honestly, I read so much YA, Iâ€™m probably anticipating all of them and just canâ€™t remember titles.