Today we're excited to chat with Eric Walters, author of 90 Days of Different. Read on for more about Eric and his book, plus a giveaway.
Meet Eric Walters!
Order of Canada member, Eric Walters began writing in 1993 as a way to get his grade-five students interested in reading and writing. Eric has published almost a hundred novels and picture books. He is a tireless presenter, speaking to over 100,000 students per year in schools across the country. He is a tireless presenter, speaking to over 100,000 students per year across the country. For more information, visit www.ericwalters.net.
On the last day of high school, Sophie's boyfriend breaks up with her. It turns out he thinks she is too predictable, too responsible, too mature...too boring.
When Sophie turns to her best friend, Ella, for comfort and reassurance, Ella just confirms what her boyfriend has said. And that hurts even more.
Then Ella comes up with a plan to help Sophie find her wilder side. In the ninety days between the end of high school and the start of university, she is going to arrange for Sophie to do amazing, new, different and sometimes scary things. The deal is Sophie has to agree to everything, no matter what. And she has to share her adventures through social media.
Can ninety days of different create a different life? Can stepping outside your comfort zone help you find yourself?
1.) What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
I’m always looking for new stories and new ways to write them. I wanted to see how I could incorporate social media not only in a book, but as an extension of the book to create something that was multi-media, interactive and different.
2.) Who is your favorite character in the book?
Sophie is near and dear to my heart. My mother died when I was young and I think a great deal of her being cautious, careful and having to be in charge is so much a part of my soul as well. I get where she’s coming from and the journey she’s on.
3.) Which came first, the title or the novel?
They evolved together. The concept of ‘differents’ came from the writing which became the story. Originally it was 60 Days to Different and then evolved. I like starting with a title but there are continuous changes in way a story changes and the title reflects that.
4.) What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
I really like the scene with her father visiting the cemetery where her mother is buried. This is the scene of discovery, the part that unlocks who she is and what she wants to become. This scene is very tied into the chapter where she gets the tattoo.
5.) Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
I think in the beginning I somehow thought a story should come out almost in full. The process of thinking, plotting, redrafting, editing, and letting the story evolve is so different than how I wrote my first novels. It’s now a much more complex, deep and rewarding process.
6.) What do you like most about the cover of the book?
It is such a lovely cover. There is a simple, clean, inviting quality to the cover and reflective of the story itself. It grabs my eye from across the bookstore.
7.) What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2017?
I always look forward to anything new by John Green.
8.) What was your favorite book in 2016?
It was non-fiction – a book about brain functioning called The Brain That Heals Itself
9.) What’s up next for you?
I’m working on a novel that has neurological functioning as its core –how a new type of human evolves. It’s sort of a sci-fi/action/teen romance/contemporary story . . . you know, another one of those.
10.) Is there anything that you would like to add?
This story goes beyond the pages of a novel. The extra chapters on line, the use of social media to show pictures, videos, add extra insights and color to the characters and their adventures makes this a unique book. I hope people will enjoy the novel as a stand-alone but explore the extra avenues available to make this a new reading experience.
11.) Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
The scene at the cemetery was my favorite as well as the most emotional. I drew on my own experiences of going back to my mother’s gravesite after not being there for more than two decades.
12.) Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
Sometimes Ella can be difficult to her friend – as well as being so supportive most of the time. I didn’t like her being difficult when I thought Sophie needed so much help but it was part of the evolution of the characters. That conflict was necessary but troubling.
13.) Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
I always like writing more. Writing is free flowing and the story is completely my own. Revising always makes it better and is completely necessary but it will always be the work as opposed to the pure fun of creating.
14.) What would you say is your superpower?
Persistence. I have the stubborn determination not to give up, lose or give in. It’s something that often has wonderful results and sometimes negative consequences. Sometimes it’s far smarter to just stop.
15. Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
I co-founded and co-run an orphanage in Kenya (www.creationofhope.com). We provide services to hundreds of orphans and impoverished children in the Mbooni District of Kenya. We presently have almost 60 children in our residence, 74 children in high school, college or university and the rest stay in the homes of extended families. This year our first 5 people have completed school – an electrician, auto mechanic, banker, hair dresser and a teacher. It has been such magic to be part of their journey in life.
90 Days of Different
By: Eric Walters
Release Date: August 29, 2017