From about an hour after I started reading Hourglass, Myra McEntire’s debut novel, I knew I had discovered a new “favorite author.” And after finishing its sequel, Timepiece, it was confirmed: I must read anything and everything Myra McEntire writes. Immediately.
Then I was privileged to attend an author event with Myra and Amy Plum, and guys, Myra is hilarious. She had me (and the rest of the audience) in stitches most of the time. Sadly, my camera ate my picture of the two of us together, so I guess I’m just going to have to go to one of her future events to get another photo.
DARN. *blatant sarcasm*
Or I could do as my husband suggests and try to worm my way into her personal life since we live in the same city (His logic: “Don’t famous people have normal friends sometimes?”) but as I don’t actually want to be a crazy psycho-stalker, I’ll just continue to read her books and attend her events and bug her on Twitter.
So as a treat for you today, and to celebrate the upcoming release of Timepiece (June 12, 2012!), I have the joy of treating you to my interview with Myra! Yay! In it, we discuss Hourglass, Timepiece, her third book [which Myra recently announced will be titled Infinityglass], and random trivia about Myra. Enjoy!
I think by now, we all know what your books are about. I’ve summarized and reviewed each book on my site, plus you go into detail on your site. But if you wouldn’t mind, because I have a 6-year-old and I think 6-year-olds are hilarious, would you ask your 6-year-old to tell us what your books are about?
[NOTE FROM LAUREN: I guess I was asking for that! My 6-year-old is also always extremely brief when I wish she would be verbose, and verbose when I wish she was brief.]
How did you come up with the idea for Hourglass?
I visited a writer’s group and had a really silly name prompt for a character. I wrote the required pages and thought it was over, but I had niggling questions that wouldn’t allow me to let the story go!
How do you come up with names for your characters? And did you happen to name Emerson Cole after the character of Cole in The Sixth Sense (the kid who sees dead people)?
Emerson is named after Ralph Waldo. You’ll see quotes from him at the beginning of my Hourglass books. And I did NOT, but I am stealing that idea now. Thank you.
The plotlines for Hourglass and Timepiece are both really complex. How did you keep track of everything?
I have multiple spiral notebooks, and I also do a lot of searching through my manuscripts on my computer.
Kaleb has his own love interest in Timepiece (who I completely adored), but did you ever consider making a love triangle between Kaleb, Emerson, and Michael? The building blocks are there in Hourglass… (P.S. Thank you so much for not making it a love triangle).
Kaleb and Emerson would give new meaning to the words “Hot Mess.” They were never intended for each other, and the person Kaleb ends up with was meant for him from the very first baby draft of Hourglass.
Timepiece ends with a huge new development. What can you tell us about the next book? Will there be a new narrator?
There are at least two or three more Hourglass books in my mind. They all have different voices.
How long have you been writing?
Always, but for publication since 2008.
How did you find your agent?
I went the traditional route. Wrote a book, polished it, and queried.
What was your reaction when you got your book deal?
I am not a huge reactor. Mostly I was like, “ Huh. That just happened. “
What advice would you give an aspiring writer?
Read, write and be stubborn.
What’s your solution to writer’s block?
Keep going. You can’t fix an empty page. I also recommend routine tasks like folding laundry or doing dishes.
What’s next for you after the Hourglass series comes to a close? You know, if that ever happens…which I kinda hope it doesn’t.
I’m halfway finished with another project, and I’m totally in love with it. I can’t tell you anything else, except it’s very different!
If the Hourglass movie gets made (and I REALLY hope it does), who would you cast to play Emerson, Michael and Kaleb? (And any of the other characters, if you have them cast in your brain?)
(This is an exclusive post for my blog tour!)
[NOTE FROM LAUREN: I tried, and failed, to get in on this blog tour. Maybe Infinityglass?]
What’s your favorite thing about living in Nashville?
I love the pastureland. It’s so gorgeous on some of these country backroads!
Who is your celebrity doppelganger?
Rob Pattinson. Errr ….
[NOTE FROM LAUREN: I’m not seeing it, Myra. For what it’s worth, I’d say she resembles a young Meryl Streep. Yes?]
What is your ideal vacation?
Right now, I just want the beach.
Favorite ice cream flavor?
Favorite caffeinated beverage?
Favorite candy bar?
Coffee. Oh wait. Sea salt dark chocolate.
Favorite pizza toppings?
Favorite chick flick? Action movie?
Tangled (I always stop and watch it), and X-Men.
Favorite time travel story (that you didn’t write)?
Any Doctor Who anytime anywhere.
What are your 5 “desert island” books?
Bible, Wizard of Oz, all the Harry Potters (obvs I’m taking more than five).
[NOTE FROM LAUREN: Cheater.]
Thanks so much for talking with me Myra! I can’t wait to purchase my copy of Timepiece, and I’m probably going to need therapy or something to help me get through the next year until Infinityglass is released.
If you’re interested in my in-depth opinions on Myra’s books, here they are:
My review of Hourglass
My review of Timepiece
If you’d like to learn more about Myra, buy her book, or just bask in her awesomeness, here’s some ways to help with that:
Purchase Timepiece (releasing June 12, 2012)
Follow Myra on Twitter
Find Myra on Facebook