As many of you may know, Boundaries was a finalist at World’s Best Story 2014. Check out my interview. Thank you, FastPencil and World’s Best Story for this amazing experience.
Q: Your story Boundaries made it to the top 10 of the 2014 edition of World’s Best Story. Did you think you were going to make it so far? How did you react when you got the news live from The Toronto International Book Fair during the live finale this past November?
Clearly, I was hoping that my book would make it or otherwise I wouldn’t have entered it. Though Boundaries had been written some time ago, it was not edited. I am usually a very realistic person and though I knew the story was compelling, I didn’t think it would make it that far because of the editing issues. Keep in mind that Boundaries was competing against books that were already published and had hundreds of reviews for crying out loud. I was very happy to see that the judges were able to look past those grammatical and other mistakes and see the story’s potential.
Q: Can you tell us a little more about the story and how you came up with such engaging characters?
Initially, Boundaries was a romantic Sci-Fi novelette (only about 17000 words,) titled Crossing Boundaries. It had sat in my drawer for about a year, but Gabriela, Landon, and Jack kept nagging, telling me that the story wasn’t finished.
Needless to say that the trio disturbed me from watching funny cat videos and interacting with my Facebook friends. But I finally gave into their demands and once I started writing it, the words kept flowing. I felt as if I was in the scenes with my characters. I immediately fell in love with Landon and though Gabriela is a little “undecided”, she is funny, prickly and terribly sarcastic. Jack comes in the picture only vaguely in the beginning, but he sure creates a lot of problems for everyone. He turns out to be the twist in the story that no one expected. I had a lot of fun writing it, and found myself laughing at their jokes and almost try to comfort them when they were sad or frustrated.
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