Today I’m thankful for debut science fiction authors, and the science fiction author I’m thankful for is:
Pintip Dunn (Author of Forget Tomorrow)
Title: Forget Tomorrow
Author: Pintip Dunn
Imagine a world where your destiny has already been decided…by your future self.
It’s Callie’s seventeenth birthday and, like everyone else, she’s eagerly awaiting her vision―a memory sent back in time to sculpt each citizen into the person they’re meant to be. A world-class swimmer. A renowned scientist.
Or in Callie’s case, a criminal.
In her vision, she sees herself murdering her gifted younger sister. Before she can process what it means, Callie is arrested and placed in Limbo―a hellish prison for those destined to break the law. With the help of her childhood crush, Logan, a boy she hasn’t spoken to in five years, she escapes.
But on the run from her future, as well as the government, Callie sets in motion a chain of events that she hopes will change her fate. If not, she must figure out how to protect her sister from the biggest threat of all—Callie, herself.
Description taken from Goodreads.
Interview with Pintip
If your characters were to be sorted into Harry Potter houses, which houses would they be in?
I love this question, and I’m a big Harry Potter fan. Both Callie and Logan would undoubtedly be sorted into Gryffindor. They are both brave characters who are willing to take big risks for the people they love.
However, I think Callie would initially be surprised by this sort. At the beginning of the book, she doesn’t consider herself brave. She thinks of herself as a regular girl who is afraid of heights, loves her family, and can’t swim. But it is this deep, unconditional love she has for her sister that leads her to make the bravest decisions.
Describe FORGET TOMORROW in five words.
In future, Callie kills sister.
If one memory were to be sent back in time from your future self on your seventeenth birthday, what memory would it be?
This question is easy for me because it is the reason I wrote the book. The short answer is I would send a memory from a few days ago, when I was holding my hardcover book in my hands for the very first time.
The longer answer is that one day a few years ago, I was feeling very frustrated and dejected. I had been working so hard at my writing, and still, I didn’t have a publishing contract to show for it. “Wouldn’t it be great,” I thought to myself, “if a future me could send a memory back to myself, so that I would know that this heartbreak was worth it?” A moment later, I thought, “Hey! That would make a cool idea for a book!” And hence, Forget Tomorrow was born.
If you were to give one piece of advice to all the aspiring YA authors out there, what would you tell them about publishing?
Persevere. Publishing is a tough, tough business. You will get rejections. You will be disappointment. Not everyone will love your stories. But if you love to write, if you need to write to feel like your truest self, then stick with it.
What’s your writing fuel?
Perrier! Lol. I drink cans and cans of the stuff, regular, grapefruit-flavored, lime-flavored.
But in truth, what is the thing that drives me, that makes me stay up late and wake up early, that makes me spend hours away from my family to work, work, work? That would be the burning desire in the pit of my stomach to publish and share my stories with the world.
Do you see yourself in any of your characters?
Callie, the main character. She is a lot like me in that she has a much younger sister whom she would do anything to protect. My sister, Lana, is twelve years younger than me, and we’ve always had a very close bond. But because she is so much younger, my love for her has always been slightly maternal.
In addition, I am constantly sacrificing for the people that I love, and that’s what Callie does. This book is, in essence, about what a girl would sacrifice to save her sister. I’d like to think that if I were in the same situation as Callie, I would make the same decisions she does.
Who was your favorite character to write?
Callie, for the same reasons as above.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on book 2 of the Forget Tomorrow series, Remember Yesterday. This book will be released in October, 2016. I’m SO EXCITED about this story and can’t wait to share it with everyone!
What’s your favorite scene from FORGET TOMORROW?
My favorite scene, hands-down, is the next to last scene in the book. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you anymore about it because it would give away the entire story! However, I will tell you that I cried the entire time I was writing this scene, and I have never been able to reread that scene without crying. (And between all the revisions and copy edits, I’ve probably read that scene at least fifty times!) The conventional wisdom is that you never, ever reread your book after it’s been published. At that point, the thinking goes, there’s nothing you can do to fix it and all you’ll see are the mistakes. Well, I received my finished copies in the mail the other day, and I couldn’t help it. I reread that scene. And I still loved it just as much as the first time I wrote it.
Pintip Dunn graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL. She published an article in the YALE LAW JOURNAL, entitled, “How Judges Overrule: Speech Act Theory and the Doctrine of Stare Decisis,” and received the Barry S. Kaplan Prize for best paper in Law and Literature.
Pintip is represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. She’s a 2012 Golden Heart® finalist and a 2014 double-finalist. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America, Washington Romance Writers, YARWA, and The Golden Network.
She lives with her husband and children in Maryland. You can learn more about Pintip and her books at www.pintipdunn.com.
Thanks to Pintip for coming onto The Silver Words to alk about FORGET TOMORROW! Check out her upcoming books as well as her recent debut and find her at her website and Twitter. Comment below with what bookish memory you would send back to yourself, and enter in the Rafflecopter below! Tomorrow’s author is Maggie Hall!