As a writer of science fiction did you feel pressure to quantify the science of your novel?
Definitely. I did the very best I could to keep anything that was presented as factual as accurate as possible. I read books about string theory, and I triple-checked my research. Hopefully I got everything right! On the other side of the coin, I write science fiction. I was an English major, and my M.F.A. is in poetry, so I don’t pretend to understand string theory beyond its basic concepts. I learned enough to make the plot in RELATIVITY fly, and for Ruby’s voice to be authentic, but I won’t be landing a job as a physics professor anytime soon.
Your cover is beautiful and unique. What input did you have on the design?
I love the cover, too! The colors are vibrant and it’s eye-catching, so I hope it tempts people to pick it up and check it out. I did have a small amount of control over the design, but it’s hardly worth mentioning. The marketing and art departments at Walker know better than I do what will work. I can tell you that the first comp I saw was stunning, but it depicted Ruby with long hair and without her glasses. Some of the other comps had particular elements I loved, such as amazing fonts, but Regina Flath was the artist who figured out how to pull it all together into what you see now.
What advice can you give to struggling writers?
Keep trying and be patient. I just read an article in The New York Times about award-winning writer, Norman Rush, who didn’t publish his first book (a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize) until he was 52. J.K. Rowling was almost 32 when Harry Potter was published; Suzanne Collins was 46 when The Hunger Games was published. Writing a novel, finding an agent, signing contracts, and editing all take a lot of time. It’s a slow process. For me, it took even longer because I tried just about everything (poetry, screenwriting, magazine articles, short stories, picture books) before I finally figured out that YA novels were my thing.
UFOs? Fact or Fiction?
NASA estimates that there are roughly 100,000,000,000 stars in our galaxy, which suggests that there are at least as many planets. Seems like good odds to me that we’re not alone.
About the Author
Before publishing Relativity, Cristin Bishara worked as a professional copywriter, and taught composition and fiction writing at the university level. She has an M.F.A. in creative writing. Cristin lives in Florida with her husband, two girls, and rescued racing greyhound.
About the Book
If Ruby Wright could have her way, her dad would never have met and married her stepmother Willow, her best friend George would be more than a friend, and her mom would still be alive. Ruby knows wishes can’t come true; some things just can’t be undone. Then she discovers a tree in the middle of an Ohio cornfield with a wormhole to nine alternative realities. Suddenly, Ruby can access completely different realities, each containing variations of her life—if things had gone differently at key moments. The windshield wiper missing her mother’s throat…her big brother surviving his ill-fated birth…her father never having met Willow. Her ideal world—one with everything and everyone she wants most—could be within reach. But is there such a thing as a perfect world? What is Ruby willing to give up to find out?
There is a tour-wide giveaway for a SIGNED hardcover copy of RELATIVITY to THREE (3) Winners. US Only.
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