Today we're excited to chat with Melissa Hurst, author of The Edge Of Forever.
Read on for more about Melissa, her book, and a giveaway!
Meet Melissa Hurst!
Melissa E. Hurst is a YA science fiction and fantasy writer, 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. Melissa lives in the southern United States with her husband and three kids.
Meet The Edge Of Forever!
In 2013, sixteen-year-old Alora is having blackouts. Each time she wakes up in a different place with no idea 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.
Meet On Through The Never!
In 2013, Bridger and Alora found a way to prevent Alora’s murder and return her to the century she was born in, preserving the timeline and preventing a possibly disastrous future.
Back in the year 2147, Bridger is following in his father’s footsteps by wrapping up his military training at The Academy for Time Travel and Research. Alora is adjusting to life in the twenty-second century, and learning to master her powers; as a Dual Talent, she has the rare―and secret―ability to bend both space and time.
But unrest is growing in the North American Federation. As the government moves to limit the rights of Purists, people who refuse genetic modifications, violent protests break out. At the same time, paranoia and anger about the existence of Dual Talents seems to be growing―both among Purists and within the government itself.
Then a masked Time Bender arrives from the future. He insists that war is coming, and only Bridger and Alora can stop it.
There’s just one problem: they have no memory of each other.
~ Interview ~
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
Definitely Alora, who is one of the main characters. It was such a joy watching her grow as a character and develop her Talents. She started out in THE EDGE OF FOREVER as someone who was unsure of herself and tried to please others. By the end of ON THROUGH THE NEVER, she’s not afraid to go after what she wants and to do what she knows is right.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
The idea for the novel came first. I knew how I wanted the series to end while writing THE EDGE OF FOREVER, and I knew a lot of the details I wanted to include. When I was brainstorming the rest of the story, I also tried to think of a title that would complement the first book in the series. While googling the title of the first book for inspiration, I found a song by Metallica that included the phrase “on through the never” and thought it was perfect.
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
The climax because it was terrible in the first draft. I was trying to meet my deadline, so it was way too short and I didn’t really like how it unfolded. With the guidance and encouragement of my fantastic editor (Hi, Rachel!), I rewrote it almost entirely, and I’m so much happier with it now. It has a lot of action and a lot of drama, two things I love in my stories!
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
I’ve learned that first drafts will be terrible, no matter what. When I first started writing, I wanted to edit as I was drafting because I’m a bit of a perfectionist. It took over a year to finish that first draft, and when I started the second draft I kept tinkering with the first few chapters instead of moving on. With my second book, I tried a different approach—to get the words down and worry about editing later. It made a huge difference with my writing.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
Can I say everything? I love the image of the futuristic city next to a city in ruins. And I love the purple. I suggested that because purple is Alora’s favorite color.
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2017?
Oh, wow, there are so many new releases I can’t wait to read this year! But one that I’m really looking forward to reading is FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS by Julie Dao. Not only does the book sound amazing, I’m excited to read Julie’s book because she’s one of the first writers I met online way back when I first started writing. She’s such a friendly person, and I’m thrilled for her success!
YABC: Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
I can’t say too much without revealing spoilers, but a scene between Alora and somebody she was saying goodbye to made me almost cry. Okay, I may have cried a little.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
I love revising, which amuses me because when I first started writing I preferred drafting. When I’m drafting now, all I can think about is how much work needs to be done to finish. When I’m revising, I’m excited because I know I’m making the story better, and I can see the progress. That part makes me happy and keeps me motivated.
The Edge Of Forever
By: Melissa Hurst
Publishing Date: June 2nd, 2015
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
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