I’m hosting an interview today for the tour for “The Age of Amy: Cannel ’63”. Enjoy.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I outline everything before I write. I need that guide map to show me where I’m going. Many authors use the straight-ahead approach — to be surprised by the ending just like the reader would experience it. I find that no matter how complete my outline is, there are always plenty of surprises left over to jump out at me.
Where did you get the inspiration for The Age of Amy: Channel ’63?
The 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination was recently observed, and American life was examined before and after this tragic event. The Kennedy years were a simpler time. Amy is a character who is not at all pleased with the times she was born into. She looks at the world and all of its problems and asks, “is this the best you can do?” The early 60s would have been a perfect time for her — before hackers, frackers, and terrorists.
Is this a series?
“Channel ‘63” is the third book in this series for young adults, with more to come!
What is your daily page or word count record?
I don’t have a very structured writing schedule. The day to day word count varies. The software I use shows that during the end-of-the-book crunch period, I write about 2000 words a day.
Please tell us a little about your book.
Love blossoms in this story of a lonesome girl and an enchanted TV, that lets you talk to people in 1963. When 16-year-old Amy meets a charming boy in the 60s, her lonely days are behind her. But falling for someone 50 years in the past through a TV set comes with a painful limitation: They can show and tell but never touch.
What is your favorite story of all time?
My favorite book is To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The author’s mix of prejudice, poverty, and ultimately human kindness projects an optimism we should all possess. It’s one of those stories that takes you to another place, then stays with you after you come back to reality.
What are you working on at the moment?
Book #4 in The Age of Amy series is subtitled “Behind The Fun Zone,” and deals with how easily people are manipulated into making bad choices. It’s actually a modern-day retelling of the Pinocchio story. It should be out by Summer, 2015.
About The Book
Author: Bruce Edwards
Genre: Young Adult
What if you could tune your TV to the year 1963, and watch—live? A new theme park attraction allows visitors to not only observe, but talk with the people of that turbulent decade. For 16-year-old Amy, it’s the perfect escape from her own time, and the hardships of teenage life in the 21st century.
Things get complicated when Amy falls for a teenage boy in the 60s. Trying to build a relationship across time proves maddening, especially when computers bleep any language that might impact the future. Happily, Amy acquires a “magic clicker” which defeats this annoying restriction. But gaining the ability to speak freely comes with a heavy responsibility: Amy now has the power to alter history!
She struggles to be mindful of her speech, but finds the temptation to reverse the mistakes of the past irresistible. It is November, 1963 on the other side of the TV screen, and President Kennedy is about to be assassinated. Knowing the details of that tragic event, Amy hatches a dangerous plot to save the 35th president, unaware of the deadly consequences facing her long-ago friend, who must carry it out.
Award-winning author Bruce Edwards is a former Hollywood film animator, and brings the whimsy of a character artist to his stories. A music major in college, he is also an accomplished musician and composer. His other creative endeavors include a stint as a puppeteer and performing magic at Disneyland. Bruce’s thought-provoking books for young adults are never short on fun, fantasy, and imagination.