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.
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Hey Cristin! Thank you for stopping by Magical Urban Fantasy Reads!
Mindy: If you could pick any mix of two books or two movies to sum up your book, what would they be?
Cristin: While writing RELATIVITY, I definitely thought about Back to the Future, which is still one of my all-time favorite movies. I also had in mind the “Choose Your Own Adventure” books I read when I was a kid. I loved those books, as well as the idea behind them: The story branches off in multiple directions because of a single choice at a key moment. This is a huge theme in RELATIVITY.
Mindy: What was your favorite scene to write in Relativity and why?
Cristin: (SPOILER ALERT) Writing Ruby’s lunch date with George at the Chinese restaurant in Ó Direáin was fun. This is such a great do-over moment for Ruby, when she gets a second chance at George. (I did a playlist for RELATIVITY for another blog post, and I swear right now as I’m writing this, “We Belong Together” by Gavin DeGraw is blaring in my head.)
Mindy: Why young adult?
Cristin: My M.F.A. is in poetry, and honestly, unless you’re Billy Collins and you also teach full time at a university, poetry doesn’t pay the bills. I wish this weren’t true, but it is. Maybe in some parallel universe, you could go to Monster.com and find this ad: “Poet for hire, $50K plus benefits. Fill out your application in iambic pentameter.”
Since I needed a paycheck, I started writing magazine articles and copy for corporate brochures and websites. In the meantime, I tried picture books, screenplays, and short stories. Finally, I got the idea for RELATIVITY, and finally, I realized that YA was exactly what I was looking for.
Mindy: What were your biggest challenges while writing Relativity?
Cristin: Hands down, the most difficult thing was the ripple effect that every single change made. Whenever I revised, I had to go back and forth through the manuscript, over and over again, to make sure I caught all the details. A simple change in one universe could necessitate revision work in five others! For example, I inserted chapter nineteen fairly late in the game. Writing that chapter was the easy part. Dealing with all the repercussions of adding another universe was the hard part. The code, the mechanism, any mention of the number of universes, and the countdown at the end––all of it changed.
Mindy: Are you working on anything else right now?
Cristin: I just finished another YA novel, which I sent to my agent last week! Like RELATIVITY, it’s a blend of romance, sci-fi, and mystery. This one is definitely heavier on the romance, though. The main character is almost 18, and the science isn’t string theory or parallel universes. I’m still waiting for my agent to read it, so instead of just sitting here chewing my fingernails off, I’ve started ideas for a third book. You’ll have to stay tuned to find out more, since it’s way too early to share any details…
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