Today the amazing Tracy Sweeney is here for a chat. She will be awarding a key chain that looks like the flask on the cover to three randomly drawn commenters during the tour (US ONLY).
NP: What made you become a writer?
TS: I think I’m still trying to become a writer! But I’ve always written—just mainly for my own entertainment. However, letting the world in on the crazy things that happen in my head is an entirely new experience.
NP: Where did you get the idea for Living Backwards?
TS: I love time travel stories. But in most cases, the protagonist is trying to change an event that happened in the past. I wanted to take the point of view of someone who was trying hard not to change the past. But can you make the same choices you made when you were a kid knowing what you know now as an adult? I’m such a different person than I was back then. I know I’d struggle pretending to be my teenage self. You should have seen my hair. Such a bad call.
NP: If you could go back in time (any time in history), which year would you go back to and why?
TS: I’m a child of the eighties. I would love to rock a cool pair of rainbow leg warmers, a high ponytail and a satin jacket to the local roller rink. Of course, in my mind, I’m not almost forty. The high ponytail is hard to pull off at my age. The jacket however…
NP: Other than Living Backwards, what is your favorite book or movie about time travel?
TS: I loved Peggy Sue Got Married. Maybe I’m biased because I love Kathleen Turner but I think her version of an adult pretending to be a teenager is perfect. She just needs a flask.
NP: Why a pink flask? (I’m partial to purple myself, but silver is the most common).
TS: Because I think a flask is an accessory and accessories should coordinate and sparkle. (Purple would have been my second choice.)
NP: Please give an analogy of what writing is like for you.
TS: Writing is like therapy. A way to quiet the chattering voices in my head.
Twenty-nine-year-old Jillian Cross refuses to believe that a pair of skinny jeans has led to her untimely demise. Life just isn't that cruel. But when an overly-enthusiastic attempt at squeezing herself into them leads her to fall and lose consciousness, she is faced with just that possibility. When she awakens with both a bruised ego and a bump on her head, she's not in her tiny apartment but her childhood bedroom circa 1999-the spring of her senior year in high school. Jillian knows that time travel isn't logical. But then again, neither was her decision to wear skinny jeans. As she attempts to navigate her way through the halls of Reynolds High, walking the same path and making the same choices she made years before, she knows that any change she makes can have a catastrophic effect on her future. But when she strikes up an unexpected friendship with motorcycle-riding, cigarette-smoking Luke Chambers, can she pretend to be the same shy girl she once was? At least she has her pink sparkly flask to take the edge off. One little change won't hurt, right?
Before I rounded the corner to the rear of the gym, I knew something felt off. I just couldn’t figure out what it was. Turning the corner, I saw that for the first time all year, I wasn’t alone. A girl was sitting on one of the milk crates. Her long brown hair was hiding her face as she bent over. In her hands, dangling between her legs was what looked like a flask. She looked more like someone who belonged at Jonas’s pub than at a high school. The girl hadn’t heard me coming and I was irritated because I just wanted some peace and quiet. Grabbing a cigarette from my pack, I cleared my throat not knowing how else I could get her attention and tell her to leave. She looked up, startled, and nearly knocked the wind out of me. It was Jillian Cross. Jillian Cross was sitting on my milk crate. Behind the gym. In my place. With a flask. And it was pink.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Tracy Sweeney graduated with a degree in Management and Finance but prefers writing ridiculous things to crunching ridiculous numbers. She lives north of Boston, Massachusetts with her two young boys. Her short stories have appeared in Literary Juice, Solecisms and Slice of Life Magazines. Her debut novel, LIVING BACKWARDS, was published in January 2013. She is currently working on her second novel which will be equally as ridiculous.
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