Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Giveaway/Interview: 15 Minutes by Jill Cooper

Title: 15 Minutes
Author: Jill Cooper
Release date: June 15, 2013
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Thriller, Scifi
Tour organized by: AToMR Tours

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Book Description:
I have 15 minutes to save my mother’s life….

15 minutes is all the Rewind Agency gives you in the past, but for Lara Crane it’s enough time to race through the city, find her mother, and stop her from being killed in a mugging that happened over ten years ago.

But that’s not how it happened. The story she’s been told all her life is a lie and when Lara takes a bullet meant for her mother, her future changes forever.

The love of her life acts like a stranger. Her simple life is replaced with a giant house, glamorous clothes and a new boyfriend.

Except someone knows her secret. And he will try to stop her at every turn as she races against the clock to unravel a dangerous conspiracy.

15 Minutes is an edgy high octane YA thriller that can be described as Back to the Future meets Inception where the people Lara trusts change in an instant. She is in a timeline she doesn't understand, and is about to make one fatal mistake as she faces an enemy so familiar, he’s family.

Author interview:
· What was the most difficult part for you when writing 15 MINUTES? It was the first time I had written a book from just one person’s POV, so the hardest part for me, was knowing what was going on behind the scenes, that Lara, the main character, didn’t know. It involved a lot of planning, thinking and brain storming to come up with the most action packed plot I could, while maintaining the integrity of the story.

· What was the easiest part? The easiest part was writing Lara and her voice. It came very naturally for me. She’s a strong character and immediately takes charge. In fact, she forced the story a completely different way that I originally planned because she doesn’t do the expected or what you want her to do. She takes charge and makes it her own!

· What is your favorite scene or was your favorite to write? Don’t forget to tell us why. My favorite scene to write was one that came after a few rewrites and I realized that something was missing. Lara has gone from a very poor background and after she changes the past, let’s just say her life is turned on its head. She has everything now a girl can want, but with consequences she hadn’t thought about. She’s standing there in the high school lobby with her boyfriend, Donovan, and all this guilt about her life, leaving her old friends and circumstances behind, comes bubbling out. Her anger is strong, passionate, and is something Donovan can’t understand. But in those moments he tells her she deserves to be happy. That there is nothing wrong with her. And that’s when things really begin to change for her.

· What character do you relate to the most and why? I relate to them all in some way. The Mom who struggles to find balance between work and home. The dad who just wants to keep the family together, but Lara is the most I relate to, which is strange because on the surface we are nothing alike. She risks everything to change the past, possibly arrest and even death. But underneath all her crazy decisions and what a hot head she is, is a girl who is desperate to know what it’s like to be loved, really loved, by her Mom. And that I can really relate to. All of the truth inside of Lara comes from that one simple fact.

· Is there anything in 15 MINUTES you hope readers take away after reading, or something you want to point out you don’t want readers to miss? 15 MINUTES is a crazy whirlwind of a ride with love, intrigue and life or death situations. Lara has changed the past and is unsure of her present. She’s confused, trying to figure it out as she goes, and because the story is told from her POV, that means the reader will sometimes be confused too. But don’t worry, it all comes together and the pay off at the end is totally worth it.

About the Author
I could write this in the third person. I could tell you what I like, where I was born, and what my favorite things are.

But instead, I'll say I don't want to write like everyone else. I don't want to craft stories you've read a thousand times before. I want my novels to be a cinematic experience, blending themes, genres, and situations unlike any you've ever read. 

I want to break the rules. I want you to break out in a cold sweat as you read my books out of fear, love, and excitement. I want my books to be an experience. When you finish, I want you to feel something. Good or bad. 

If you do, then I'll have succeeded. If not, I'll keep trying.

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