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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Interview with author Chris Jones



Reversione: Reset The Future

1. What really inspired you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and conveying it into a book?
This novel and the series that will follow were ideas that I started dreaming up when I was about 16 years old. This story has evolved over the years. The central theme of the story, the ecological disaster, was really never a part of the story until late last year. I needed something to give inspiration to why the travelers had to go back and what they were trying to fix. So that is what inspired that part of the story. The time travel aspect was always there however, as I have always been intrigued by the idea. 

2. What is it about and whom do you believe is your targeted reader?  
The story starts out in the future where two historians who use a time machine to study history and the outcome of historical actions in the future, discover that in the very near future a disaster will wipe out the human race and all other life on Earth. When they discover that the disaster is at hand, they decide to do a historical study to find out why the disaster happens. They soon discover that the cause is years of fossil fuel usage and dumping into the environment that changes the ecology. When they realize there is no way to avoid the disaster in the present, they decide to alter the past to try and save the human race. To do this, they employ two scientists from the past who are born more than 130 years apart. These two scientists use their own invention (the time machine), and its power source, to try and alter the past by introducing the source of power as a clean energy alternative to the methods we are using today. In the process the two scientists fall in love and of course eventually save the human race. The science fiction is actually a side plot. The love story is what makes this interesting. As I mentioned, the two scientists are born more than 130 years apart. When they finally meet, it’s essentially love at first sight. A love story that transcends time, with multiple twists and turns throughout.

3. What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book? What should remain with them long after putting it down?
Hopefully after they have read the book they will be eagerly awaiting the next story. The love story was written as a precursor to a more in-depth series. The time travel aspect was designed so that the upcoming books in the series will be possible both in the future and the past. The characters were created with that idea in mind and readers will hopefully be left wanting to know what is going to happen next. The ending is a lead-up to the next novel in the series.  

4. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers?  
Don't give up on the story and don't let yourself be discouraged by someone who reads the story and doesn’t like it. Not everyone will like your story. Tell the story the way you would tell it to your kids or grandkids or family members. Then build the image into the story as you see it in your own imagination. Allow your imagination, not the influence of others, to sculpt the story. When the story is done, you can take input from others and try to incorporate the elements that make sense to you. Just don't overthink it. It is possible to overthink a story and make it completely unappealing to the reader.

5. What trends in the book world do you see and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?
I think we are starting to see books evolve into series instead of just one or two stories. Authors have had to rethink how they approach a novel because so much of it has been done before. But nowadays I think authors are trying to write one story and then lead it up to the next story, much like a television series. The goals are to keep your readers interested in what will happen and what to expect next. Additionally, we are seeing an evolution into online novels. Story ideas can be developed with the help of the readers now more than ever before. In my case, I did what I call field testing a story idea, where I wrote a short story version of the novel and placed it online for others to read. That gives me a chance to gauge the interests in the story and get input as to whether the story is something that readers can get into.   

6. What great challenges did you have in writing your book?
Finding the time to just sit down and write. I knew the story and what I wanted to do but working as a software engineer took time away from writing. I think I still managed to write my novel faster than a lot of authors, primarily because I was not hindered by trying to figure out how to make certain things happen in the story. The story has been developing over the past thirty years. I just had to sit down and put it into words. My perfectionism can also be a challenge. I spent a lot of time reading and rereading the story to try and make it perfect. To further complicate matters, the story involved a lot of time travel. With time travel, you have to be very careful with ensuring the timeline makes sense. Readers will spot discrepancies easily. I know this from my own experience reading other novels about time travel. So I spent a lot of time just trying to ensure that the time travel aspects really made sense.   

7. If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours?
Anyone intrigued with time travel, as I am, as well as a love story that transcends time should find this novel to be one that captures the imagination. The combination of storytelling and dialogue puts you right in the middle of the story. My goal was to make the readers feel they are a part of the story and that they will have a vested interest in what happens next. My hope is that it will capture the reader's attention and keep them interested well beyond the end of the story. Leave them waiting in suspense for the next story.   

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Brian Feinblum’s views, opinions, and ideas expressed in this blog are his alone and not that of his employer. You can follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at brianfeinblum@gmail.com. He feels more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog 2017©. Born and raised in Brooklyn, now resides in Westchester. Named one of the best book marketing blogs by Book Baby http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/09/the-best-book-marketing-blog


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