Sci-Fi Month - An Interview with Cristin Terrill

Hello Everyone, I have another post for you as part of Sci-Fi Month hosted by Rinn Reads, today I want to share with you a Interview with Cristin Terrill, author of her brilliant debut All Our Yesterdays, which you can see my review here She was very busy, but she took the time to answer my questions for this special event. But before I crack on with the interview here is a little bit about her debut novel...

All Our Yesterdays
By Cristin Terrill
Publisher - Bloomsbury
Release Date - August 1st 2013
Purchase - Amazon | The Book Depository

Em is locked in a bare, cold cell with no comforts. Finn is in the cell next door. The Doctor is keeping them there until they tell him what he wants to know. Trouble is, what he wants to know hasn't happened yet.

Em and Finn have a shared past, but no future unless they can find a way out. The present is torture - being kept apart, overhearing each other's anguish as the Doctor relentlessly seeks answers. There's no way back from here, to what they used to be, the world they used to know. Then Em finds a note in her cell which changes everything. It's from her future self and contains some simple but very clear instructions. Em must travel back in time to avert a tragedy that's about to unfold. Worse, she has to pursue and kill the boy she loves to change the future.

{An Interview with Cristin Terrill}

1. All Our Yesterdays is one of my first time travel books and I loved it, what inspired you to take on Time Travel as a genre?
I’ve always loved time travel stories, but I never thought about writing one until the idea for ALL OUR YESTERDAYS came to me one night. I couldn’t sleep, so I got up in the middle of the night and turned on the television. The Terminator was playing, and I started drowsily thinking about how the story would have been different if the killer robot from the future was the good guy instead of the villain. Then, because I write YA, I started wondering what it would be like if that character was a teenage girl instead of a robot.

2. Are you a Doctor Who fan and if so which is your favourite timelord? 
I love Doctor Who, so that’s a tough question! I’ve only watched New Who, but even between those three it’s hard to decide. I was a fan of David Tennant’s many years before he became the Doctor (I saw him in a play in London called The Pillowman that I loved so much I saw it five or six times), so I think I have to go with Ten. I adore Eleven too, though!

3. As its Sci-Fi Month, do you have any favourite or aspiring authors or films/TV shows now or when you were younger?
I grew up reading Madeleine l’Engle, Ursula Le Guin, and Lois Lowry, and I still love those books. Stars Wars and The Terminator movies got frequent play at my house, and many of my favorite television shows (like Firefly, Doctor Who, Misfits, and Battlestar Galactica, among others) are science fiction. I actually didn’t realize how much of a sci-fi fan I really was until I took a good look at my DVD collection one day!

4. What research did you have to do in order to create the perfect time travel novel?
Actually, most of the research I did for this book was for things other than the science. Since time travel doesn’t exist, I could just make stuff up and not have to worry about being too accurate! Cassandra is loosely based on the Large Hadron Collider, so I did some research there, but the actual explanation of how time travel is possible in the book is basically wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey nonsense!

A few quick questions:

1. Cybermen or Daleks?
 Daleks! Their seeming non-scariness is what makes them scary.

2. Favourite sci-fi heroine? And was it based on your character Em? 
Tough one, but I’m going to have  o go with Sarah Connor from the Terminator franchise. I wouldn’t say she’s based on her, but Em definitely has a little Sarah Connor DNA inside.

3. Space or Time or Both? Both is obviously the most fun, but I’d go with time if I had to pick just one.

4. If you could visit any time period what would it be? London, 1602. I’d go see the first performances of Hamlet and Twelfth Night in the original Globe Theatre.

5. Finally can you tell us at all, any hints on your next novel as I believe its part of a Dualogy? Or is it a secret? I’m sorry, the future me would come back and kill me if I divulged anything!

  Thank you for joining me today Cristin.

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  1. Everyone seems to love this story. I have a copy I just need to make time to read it. I never think of myself as Sci-fi lover either but I love Firefly, Battlestar Galactica too. Great interview ladies! :)

  2. I loved Em, and now I know why she reminded me of Sarah Connor when I was reading the book :)

  3. I absolutely loved this book and Cristin is great! Awesome questions btw!
    YAY for Tenth! Tennant is also my fave Doctor!

    I can't wait to see where book 2 takes us!

  4. Honestly best ideas come to you when you cannot sleep. I've written few books in my head during those sleepless nights. I should start writing them down :D Great interview :))

  5. Eeek, I'm so happy Cristin was able to make time for you and Sci-Fi Month - thank you Cristin =) I loved All Our Yesterdays and abused Doctor Who gifs in my review, naturally.

    Lovely interview, glad to hear Cristin is a fan of both DW and Firefly!

  6. Sarah Connor's not a bad inspiration at all. I liked this book, so it was interesting to read about how the story came to be. Thanks for the fun interview, ladies!

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  7. Oh that last answer, I was really hoping to get some more information about the next book, seeing as how hard I loved the first book, but I'm sure Cristin will deliver a exciting follow up. Thanks for sharing a great interview with us Emma!

  8. Must put 'All Our Yesterdays' up higher on my wish-list! So much hype!

  9. Ten is my favourite Doctor too, though I have to say, I'll miss Matt Smith. I love the story behind AOY's inception. The Terminator! Who would have thought? :) Thanks for sharing the great interview.

  10. Wonderful interview, ladies! Loved this book much >.<


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