Today I’m interviewing Bruce Edwards, author of YA novel “The Age of Amy: Channel ’63”. My questions are bolded, the author’s replies are in regular font.
What’s the hardest part of being an author?
Writing is a solitary occupation. There is normally no collaboration during the process. I come from a background in music and film where the “team” is everything. But the satisfaction you get when your book is finished makes enduring all that isolation worth it. Then you can crawl out of your cave and rejoin the human race.
Can you give us a short synopsis of The Age of Amy: Channel ’63?
Love blossoms in this story of a lonesome girl and an enchanted TV, that lets you talk to people in 1963. When 16-year-old Amy meets a charming boy in the 60s, her lonely days are behind her. But falling for someone 50 years in the past through a TV set comes with a painful limitation: They can show and tell but never touch.
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
As many as I can squeeze in. The unfortunate part of getting published — and one overlooked by most aspiring authors — is that promoting your book takes a huge chunk out of your schedule. Expect to spend only about a third of your time writing. The other two thirds will be used up peddling your product.
Name your top five favorite books.
My #1 hands-down favorite is To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I would also have to include The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald), Welcome to the Monkey House (Kurt Vonnegut), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Roald Dahl), and anything by Ray Bradbury.
What are you working on now?
Book #4 in The Age of Amy series is subtitled “Behind The Fun Zone,” and deals with how easily people are manipulated into making bad choices. It’s actually a modern-day retelling of the Pinocchio story. It should be out by Summer, 2015.
About The Book
Author: Bruce Edwards
Genre: Young Adult
What if you could tune your TV to the year 1963, and watch—live? A new theme park attraction allows visitors to not only observe, but talk with the people of that turbulent decade. For 16-year-old Amy, it’s the perfect escape from her own time, and the hardships of teenage life in the 21st century.
Things get complicated when Amy falls for a teenage boy in the 60s. Trying to build a relationship across time proves maddening, especially when computers bleep any language that might impact the future. Happily, Amy acquires a “magic clicker” which defeats this annoying restriction. But gaining the ability to speak freely comes with a heavy responsibility: Amy now has the power to alter history!
She struggles to be mindful of her speech, but finds the temptation to reverse the mistakes of the past irresistible. It is November, 1963 on the other side of the TV screen, and President Kennedy is about to be assassinated. Knowing the details of that tragic event, Amy hatches a dangerous plot to save the 35th president, unaware of the deadly consequences facing her long-ago friend, who must carry it out.
Award-winning author Bruce Edwards is a former Hollywood film animator, and brings the whimsy of a character artist to his stories. A music major in college, he is also an accomplished musician and composer. His other creative endeavors include a stint as a puppeteer and performing magic at Disneyland. Bruce’s thought-provoking books for young adults are never short on fun, fantasy, and imagination.