We've been excited to have Alexandra Monir visit us to talk about her book Timeless! We can't put our finger on just what is so exciting about Timeless - could it be the time traveling, romance, or the Gilded Age - or all of the above? Alexandra kicked off her visit with a letter on Monday and since then we've been popping in and out of Alexandra's forum to see what she had to say in response to your questions.
This is what we've learned:
- To help keep her time traveling accountable, Alexandra made specific time travel rules when world building
- In addition to reading and extensively researching the Gilded Age and Manhattan's aristocrats, Alexandra visited the Newport Mansions to see what actual Gilded Age homes were like
- In addition to reading non-fiction about the time, Alexandra also read a lot of fiction written during the Gilded Age, like Edith Wharton's works
- If Alexandra could time travel, she'd love to be in the Roaring '20s in New York
- Alexandra people watches to help get an idea on creating her character's appearances
- Alexandra would like to be able to travel to the 40s to meet her great-grandmother, who was the first woman opera singer in her country!
- Alexandra chose the setting of Timeless in New York because in her words, she's "obsessed with New York"
- Alexandra's always been fascinated by time traveling - in fact, her mom found a story she wrote in elementary school that was about time travel
- One writer Alexandra would like to meet is Frances Hodgson Burnett who write A Secret Garden and A Little Princess; he inspired Alexandra to write historical fiction with a fantasy twist
- Alexandra loves writing on her L-shaped sofa with her laptop desk, but tries to write at her desk as the sofa's not good for her posture
That's just a little bit of what we learned! To read the rest of Alexandra's responses to your questions, visit her forum! If you've been intrigued by Timeless but aren't sure just yet, why not check out the chapter sampler and read one Buzzer's glowing review?
If you missed Alexandra's visit this week, don't fret! Next week, Peadar O. Guillin will be visiting to discuss his new futuristic dystopian book, The Deserter, so be sure to leave questions on his forum, as we'll be giving away copies!