Hey guys! Sorry for the lack of content on the blog lately (i.e. this whole year) but honestly I literally just study and do assignments 24/7 (only a slight exaggeration). However today to spice things up a little (i.e. actually post something). I have a Q and A with Cristin Terrill, author of 2013 YA debut ALL OUR YESTERDAYS. Super excited to read this one so I'm so happy to be part of this blog tour!
(You guys might have noticed I'm slightly late with this blog tour post! There was problems with the file and then I left for Sydney so unfortunately I haven't managed to get it up til now!)
Interview with Cristin Terrill
1) Describe All Our Yesterdays in Three Words.
Time + love + complications.
2) How did you come up with the plot for All Our Yesterdays? (it's such a unique and interesting concept I WANT TO KNOW EVERYTHING)
The initial kernel of the idea for ALL OUR YESTERDAYS came from this one night when I was having trouble sleeping. I got up at about three or four in the morning and ended up watching The Terminator on TV. I was wondering how the story would be different if the killer robot from the future was the good guy instead of the villain, and then, because I write YA, I was wondering what it would be like if she was a teenage girl instead of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
3) What made you want to write YA?
I’ve never considered writing anything else! I’ve done a lot of work with teenagers throughout my life because I really feel a rapport with them, and I think that period of life is so intense and interesting. It’s just something I’ve always gravitated towards (although I wouldn’t relive my own teen years for the world!).
4) Character you feel you can relate best to? Why?
I probably relate the most to Em (although luckily my life is nothing like hers!). She manages to be both a cynic and an optimist at the same time, and I definitely see that in myself.
5) Is there a story behind the names of characters?
Marina Marchetti – Marina comes from Shakespeare’s Pericles. She’s a princess who loses everything, struggles, and eventually gets it back. This is actually mentioned in the book. Marchetti came from a television show I was binging on while writing, and I just liked the way it sounded!
James Shaw – James because it’s a very formal, upper-crust type name (with a ridiculous nickname, Jimbo, that Finn could use). Shaw is an homage to the Shaw family from The Manchurian Candidate.
Finn Abbott – I have no idea why Finn; that was just the name he came with in my head! I chose Abbott because it has a very wholesome, all-American sound that seemed right for Finn.
The only other name with a story behind it is the soldier who breaks Em and Finn out of prison. His name is Connor, which is, of course, a nod to The Terminator.
6) Are you planning to write any other books outside the series?
Right now I’m just concentrating on the sequel to All Our Yesterdays, but hopefully there will be more books to come!
7) Who would play the characters in a movie adaptation?
Unfortunately, my answer for this is a total non-answer! I used to work in the theatre, and I was in casting for part of that time. Because of that, I feel very strongly that the best actor for a role isn’t the one who looks the most like the character description but the one who brings the most authentic and surprising performance, and you never know who that’s going to be until you see them try it. So if the movie version of All Our Yesterdays does get made, I would just want the actors who most bring the characters to life. (But I’d love to know who readers think should be in the movie!)
8) Insider's Scoop? (Fun facts about the novel or it's process!)
Hmm, well, there’s one thing I put in the book that I’ve told literally no one else about, not even my agent or editor. Almost every time there’s a number in the book, it is or contains a four. This is my nerdy nod to the fourth dimension, which is time.
About The Book
"You have to kill him." Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain.Purchase ALL OUR YESTERDAYS - The Book Depository | Fishpond | The Nile | Bookworld
Only Em can complete the final instruction. She’s tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present—imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called the doctor while war rages outside.
Marina has loved her best friend James since the day he moved next door when they were children. A gorgeous, introverted science prodigy from one of America’s most famous families, James finally seems to be seeing Marina in a new way, too. But on one disastrous night, James’s life crumbles apart, and with it, Marina’s hopes for their future. Now someone is trying to kill him. Marina will protect James, no matter what. Even if it means opening her eyes to a truth so terrible that she may not survive it. At least not as the girl she once was.
About the Author
Cristin Terrill is a young adult author and aspiring grown-up. She grew up semi-nomadic and graduated from Vassar College with a degree in drama. After getting her masters in Shakespeare Studies from the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon, she lived in London, Austin, Boston, and Washington, DC while working as a theatrical stage manager. Now she writes and leads creative writing workshops for DC-area kids and teens. All Our Yesterdays is her first novel.
Badass Bookie xx