Q: How did you approach the subject of time travel in Timeless?
A: I wanted to make it a good mix of science and fantasy. I studied Einstein's Theory of Relativity, which discusses the real possibilities of time travel, and I incorporated a bit of that. But all in all, the specifics of time travel came from my imagination and are based around magic. :)
Q: What are important characteristics of a strong female protagonist that you tried to incorporate in your book?
A: The most important characteristic to me is strength, in character and identity. I wanted Michele to be strong enough to overcome the sad circumstances that open the book, and also to have goals and a purpose beyond just falling in love- that's why I made her a lyricist. Ideally, Michele is a tougher, more mature version of myself at 16. :)
Q: If you could jump back in time where would you go and what would you do?
A: I'd just have to experience the Roaring 20s in Manhattan!
Q: What is your writing space like?
A: I alternate between writing at my desk, and then bringing my laptop to the couch for more comfy writing!
Q: Who/what inspires your writing?
I'm most inspired by other storytellers who I admire. J.K. Rowling and the Harry Potter series is what inspired me to try writing YA fantasy, and I'm often motivated by other books, songs, movies, and theater.
Q: What are some YA books you read recently that you would recommend to fans of your book?
A: The Starcrossed trilogy by Josephine Angelini is fantastic! It incorporates Greek mythology, a strong heroine, and a heart-tugging romance!
Q: What are you currently working on?
A: I just finished the sequel to Timeless and am now starting on a new book!
Q: Would you like to say anything to your fans?
A: I feel so blessed to have these wonderful readers who love Timeless and take time out to share their thoughts with me. You guys are the best, and you motivate me every day. Thank you!! :)
Synopsis from Goodreads: When tragedy strikes Michele Windsor’s world, she is forced to uproot her life and move across the country to New York City, to live with the wealthy, aristocratic grandparents she’s never met. In their old Fifth Avenue mansion filled with a century’s worth of family secrets, Michele discovers a diary that hurtles her back in time to the year 1910. There, in the midst of the glamorous Gilded Age, Michele meets the young man with striking blue eyes who has haunted her dreams all her life – a man she always wished was real, but never imagined could actually exist. And she finds herself falling for him, into an otherworldly, time-crossed romance.
Michele is soon leading a double life, struggling to balance her contemporary high school world with her escapes into the past. But when she stumbles upon a terrible discovery, she is propelled on a race through history to save the boy she loves – a quest that will determine the fate of both of their lives.
About the Author: At the age of 25, author and recording artist Alexandra Monir released her debut young adult novel, Timeless (Random House; January, 11 2011). The book became an immediate success, with Amazon.com naming it one of the “Best Books of the Month” for January 2011, and Barnes & Noble featuring the title in their “Top Teen Picks.” The book went on to hit the Barnes & Noble Teen Bestsellers chart, and has been featured in a variety of media, from popular teen websites to The Huffington Post. Alexandra is currently writing the sequel, which publishes in 2012.
Alexandra also integrated original music into the novel’s pages, writing two songs for the book, which she recorded with producer Michael Bearden (musical director of Michael Jackson’s last concert, This Is It ). The songs were released on iTunes as a supplement to the book.
Alexandra currently resides in Los Angeles, California, where she is at work on further projects in writing and music.
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