Welcome to the second part of my interview with “Timebound” and “Time’s Edge” author Rysa Walker.
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1) As with the first book, there are big questions of morality that dog Kate. She knows without a doubt that certain people will die and that even though she is capable of saving them, doing so will alert her enemies and even more will die. That’s a tough spot for a seventeen year old! How do you think your YA readers will identify with Kate’s struggles?
This type of ethical quandary is something that I often discussed when I taught classes on human rights and it’s the type of decision that people in the military confront on a regular basis. You don’t always have the answers, you don’t always know whom to trust, and sometimes you’re left with nothing but your own sense of duty and your own understanding of morality to guide you. Most teen readers will never face that type of decision, and definitely not on this magnitude, but everyone has experience with the need to make some degree of sacrifice for the greater good, and I imagine that will help them to identify with Kate’s dilemmas.
2) Kate is well-developed character, full of traits that bind readers to her, regardless of the reader’s age. She loves The Princess Bride, coffee, and martial arts. Are there any traits you have in common with Kate?
If the continued existence of the world rested upon my martial arts prowess, it would be totally screwed. I will, however, confess to being a diehard fan of The Princess Bride. I didn’t drink coffee as a teen, but I do now, even though my body seems happier when I opt for tea.
3) If you could time hop, as Kate does, where would you go first and why? Anything you’d like to “redo”?
Same place Kate went—1893 World’s Fair. Almost every historical and literary figure from that era that I would want to meet spent at least a few days at the Expo. I would, however, stay longer so that I could see all of the sites and I’d definitely skip the trip to H. H. Holmes’s hotel.
As for do-overs, I’ll have to pass. One of my favorite episodes of Star Trek was a Next Generation episode called “Tapestry.” The key point was if you tug at any of the loose threads in your life, you could unravel the entire pattern and end up somewhere very different. I like where I am today, both in terms of career and family, so nope…I’ll keep my mistakes.
4) As an aspiring novelist myself, I’m always curious about authors’ writing routines. How do you identify the topic for your next book? Do you rely on outlines or do you prefer to go wherever the story takes you? Do you write every day or only when the mood strikes?
It’s a combination of planning and serendipity for me. I usually start an outline when I get an idea or when I’m beginning a book, but I never finish it. I did write a synopsis for the last two books in The CHRONOS Files series so that I could pitch it to my editor and, for the most part, I’m following it. I know where the story is going, generally speaking, but I’m always surprised at the route my characters take to get there.
As for writing every day, I try…but sometimes the voices in my head go silent. That’s usually a day that I focus on marketing, or on doing interviews, or something else until they start jabbering again.
5) Can you tell us what you’re working on next? When is the next Chronos Files book due to be released?
I’m currently writing the third and final, still untitled, book in The CHRONOS Files series, which is slated for publication in the fall of 2015. I hope to finish that draft by the beginning of the year, after which I’ll be writing the second novella in the series, Time’s Mirror. That one will be from Prudence’s perspective, and given that the novellas are self-published and not in print form, I should be able to have that to the readers by late spring. After that, I have three different ideas competing for my next series, and I’ll probably go with the one whose characters are screaming loudest for me to let them out of the closet.
6) If you could be a character from your favorite sci-fi or historical novel, who would it be and why?
Hmm…that’s a tough one. Most of the characters in the books I like go through multiple levels of hell. I enjoy putting my characters into sticky situations far more than actually being in them myself.
I guess if forced to choose, I’d say Mary Russell in Laurie King’s reimagining of the Sherlock Holmes series. It would be fascinating to watch Holmes at work, I’d live through some very interesting times, be blessed with a fascinating and intelligent spouse, and I’d still get to write. 🙂 If you expand the question to TV, however, I want to be the first female incarnation of Doctor Who.
I’d like to sincerely thank Ms. Walker for taking time to join me here. “Time’s Edge” releases October 21st, and the Amazon link is here.
RYSA WALKER grew up on a cattle ranch in the South, where she read every chance she got. On the rare occasion that she gained control of the television, she watched Star Trek and imagined living in the future, on distant planets, or at least in a town big enough to have a stop light. Timebound, the first book in the CHRONOS Files series, was the Young Adult and Grand Prize winner in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards.