Friday, September 20, 2013

{Tour Stop} 15 MINUTES by Jill Cooper—Author Interview + Giveaway

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15 Minutes
by Jill Cooper

I have 15 minutes to save my mother’s life….

15 minutes is all the Rewind Agency gives you in the past, but for Lara Crane it’s enough time to race through the city, find her mother, and stop her from being killed in a mugging that happened over ten years ago.

But that’s not how it happened. The story she’s been told all her life is a lie and when Lara takes a bullet meant for her mother, her future changes forever.

The love of her life acts like a stranger. Her simple life is replaced with a giant house, glamorous clothes and a new boyfriend. Except someone knows her secret. And he will try to stop her at every turn as she races against the clock to unravel a dangerous conspiracy.

15 Minutes is an edgy high octane YA thriller that can be described as Back to the Future meets Inception where the people Lara trusts change in an instant. She is in a timeline she doesn't understand, and is about to make one fatal mistake as she faces an enemy so familiar, he’s family.

Age Group/Genre: Young Adult, Time Travel
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with Jill Cooper


LM: Can you start by telling us where you got the inspiration to write 15 MINUTES?

Jill: That's a really good question became it came from a few sources. First, I had beta read a first person novel for a friend and loved it. I knew I had to write a novel from this point of view, so I was looking for a novel that would lend itself well to this form of writing. Second I was watching a lot of high concept movies like Inception, In Time, and Source Code. I definitely was inspired by their themes. Then one day in my head popped the sentence 'I have 15 Minutes'. I knew it would be the first sentence (still is) and would be about time travel. Then, I just started writing.

LM: I love the cover art for this book! Who designed it?

Jill: It's designed by Ravven. She does beautiful work and can be contacted at: http://www.ravven.com/

LM: Was there anything particularly challenging about writing 15 MINUTES?

Jill: It was the first time I had written a book from just one person’s POV, so the hardest part for me, was knowing what was going on behind the scenes, that Lara, the main character, didn't know. It involved a lot of planning, thinking and brain storming to come up with the most action packed plot I could, while maintaining the integrity of the story.

LM: If you had 15 minutes to change a past event, is there anything you'd choose to change?

Jill: When I was 16, I wrote a note to my then boyfriend with some sexual remarks and didn't write kindly about my dad. My mom found it, gave it to my Dad and changed the trajectory of my life, our relationship forever. It's still not fully the same thanks to the domino effect it had on my life and I wish I could take it back and never have those painful conversations. So if I could, I would take that note and rip it up. Or at least hide it better.

LM: Describe your main character, Lara, in just three words.

Jill: Strong, Driven, Hotheaded

LM: Can you share with us one of your favorite quotes or scenes from 15 MINUTES?

Jill: My favorite scene to write was one that came after a few rewrites and I realized that something was missing. Lara has gone from a very poor background and after she changes the past, let’s just say her life is turned on its head. She has everything now a girl can want, but with consequences she hadn't thought about. She’s standing there in the high school lobby with her boyfriend, Donovan, and all this guilt about her life, leaving her old friends and circumstances behind, comes bubbling out. Her anger is strong, passionate, and is something Donovan can’t understand. But in those moments he tells her she deserves to be happy. That there is nothing wrong with her. And that’s when things really begin to change for her.

LM: What do you enjoy doing when you aren't writing?

Jill: My favorite thing is SHOPPING! But I also love to swim, create meals in the kitchen and spend most waking hours with my 3 year old daughter. Riveting, I know!

LM: What is one thing you could never live without?

Jill: Never, ever ever?! The Internet! ;)

LM: Tell us an odd or random fact about yourself!

Jill: I met my husband on the Internet in 1997. Then I flew 3,000 miles and married him 3 months later :) True story and everyone thought I was insane, which might be true!

LM: Thanks so much for answering my questions today! Is there anything you'd like to add? Anything you want to say to your readers?

Jill: 15 MINUTES is a crazy whirlwind of a ride with love, intrigue and life or death situations. Lara has changed the past and is unsure of her present. She’s confused, trying to figure it out as she goes, and because the story is told from her POV, that means the reader will sometimes be confused too. But don’t worry, it all comes together and the pay off at the end is totally worth it.

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Jill loves to blend horror, comedy, the supernatural, and love, through her novels. A fan of genre blending, her work strives to cross boundaries, but most of all strives to entertain. She loves soft cuddly cats, warm blankets, and paranormal romances. Jill resides in Massachusetts, is constantly renovating her home that she shares with her husband, young daughter, and two skittish cats.

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Big thanks to Jill Cooper for answering my questions so thoughtfully today! ^-^ ♥

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HINT #9
The purpose of Lara's time traveling.
 

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