Thursday, May 28, 2015

{Tour Stop} THE EDGE OF FOREVER by Melissa E. Hurst—Author Interview + Giveaway

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The Edge of Forever
by Melissa E. Hurst


In 2013: Sixteen-year-old Alora is having blackouts. Each time she wakes up in a different place with no idea of how she got there. The one thing she is certain of? Someone is following her.

In 2146: Seventeen-year-old Bridger is one of a small number of people born with the ability to travel to the past. While on a routine school time trip, he sees the last person he expected—his dead father. The strangest part is that, according to the Department of Temporal Affairs, his father was never assigned to be in that time. Bridger’s even more stunned when he learns that his by-the-book father was there to break the most important rule of time travel—to prevent someone’s murder.

And that someone is named Alora.

Determined to discover why his father wanted to help a “ghost,” Bridger illegally shifts to 2013 and, along with Alora, races to solve the mystery surrounding her past and her connection to his father before the DTA finds him. If he can stop Alora’s death without altering the timeline, maybe he can save his father too.

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Age Group/Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction 
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Publication: June 02, 2014
Purchase: Amazon • B&N

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with Melissa E. Hurst


LM: What was your inspiration for writing The Edge of Forever?
 

Melissa: I’ve always been a huge fan of science fiction and fantasy stories. After shelving my first book in early 2011, I struggled to come up with a new story. While driving one day, I heard the song IF I DIE YOUNG by The Band Perry on the radio, and I was thinking about an old sci-fi time-travel movie called SOMEWHERE IN TIME. And I thought, hey wouldn’t it be cool to have a boy travel to the past to save a girl who was supposed to die? Originally, I tried to make it a boy from our present traveling to the past, but I couldn’t get that to work. Then I thought it would be even better to make him from our future.

LM: Tell us a little bit about your main characters—Alora and Bridger—who are they?

Melissa: Alora is a teenage girl living in the year 2013. At the beginning of THE EDGE OF FOREVER, she’s finishing up her first year of attending school after having been homeschooled. She’s dealing with an overprotective aunt who has raised her since she was six years old, a best friend who is starting to make new friends, and unwanted attention from a boy she doesn’t really like. In addition to all of that, she’s started having blackouts and waking in different places. Bridger is a teenager from the year 2146, and he is a Time Bender, which means he can travel to the past. He’s dealing with the recent death of his father, who he adored. So when his father appears to him on a time trip and tells him to save Alora, of course, Bridger is going to try to figure out a way to do that.

LM: Can you share with us one of your favorite quotes/scenes from The Edge of Forever?

Melissa: I had a blast writing a scene in which Bridger reappears in 2013 after having to flee from the Department of Temporal Affairs in his own time. He materializes in front of an older couple, who happen to be ghost hunters, and tries to convince them that he isn’t a ghost.

LM: Give us a little behind-the-scenes story about this book.

Melissa: When I first started brainstorming the plot for THE EDGE OF FOREVER in June 2011, I wasn’t thinking about an old Star Trek episode titled CITY OF THE EDGE OF FOREVER. Even though my book is completely different, I did realize they shared some elements (namely having someone from the future travel to the past to try to preserve the timeline), so I decided to use THE EDGE OF FOREVER as my title as a nod to it.

LM: Tell us what you enjoy doing when you aren't writing!

Melissa: Of course, I love reading. I also enjoy going on walks, running, watching movies, and spending time with my family.

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Melissa lives in the southern US with her husband and three kids. She writes YA science fiction and fantasy, which means she considers watching Star Trek and Firefly as research. She dreams of traveling around the world and maybe finding Atlantis one day. You can usually find her with a book in one hand and a Dr. Pepper in the other. Or consuming lots of chocolate. THE EDGE OF FOREVER is her debut novel.

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