When Mandy, my YABooksCentral.com guru, reached out to me to join her blog tour, I jumped at the chance! Not only is she one of the sweetest people ever, but I’ve been so excited to read her debut novel, The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare. So please give a warm welcome to Mandy!
What was the inspiration for 57 Lives?
Thanks to my love of childhood shows like Quantum Leap, I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of waking up in someone else’s body or a different time period. I knew I wanted to write a novel with a character who does just that, so that’s where it all began.
How does it feel to have your debut book published?
What would you do if you had 57 lives?
I’d definitely want to explore each one, just like Alex does. Go back in time and experience history up close and personal. The history books just don’t tell the whole story.
How did you come to be a writer? Was it something you always knew you wanted to do?
Selling a book, seeing it in a bookstore, and having my words reach readers was always my dream. I worked damn hard, every day of my life, learning and bettering the craft. Now that my dream has come true? I’ll continue working damn hard, learning and bettering the craft. 🙂
What’s your writing process like?
I spend a lot of time daydreaming and plotting scenes and outlining how I want the story to go. Once I have a pretty firm grasp on the highlights, I settle in and draft that beast from beginning to end. I don’t draft particularly fast — I’m one of those who edits while she writes — but I end up with a pretty clean manuscript in the end. Then I revise, revise, and revise some more.
What’s your favorite spot to get some writing done?
It’s funny, the best place I’ve found for writing without distractions is parked somewhere in my car. I take a drive, find a pretty, sun-dappled spot beneath some trees, and write with the windows down and the breeze filtering in. I sip on a soda and nibble some cookies. There’s something about getting away from it all that helps me narrow my focus and actually get stuff done. I can’t write in a coffee shop or bookstore. I’ve tried. I’ve failed.
What superpower would you want and why?
The ability to Not Care What Others Think. Seriously, those of you who have this super power, how did you obtain it? And how do I get me some?
If you could have dinner with one person from any time in history, who would you choose and why?
C.S. Lewis, hands down. He’s my favorite author, and I think I could probably sit and listen to him talk for days. Weeks. Years.
Who/what is your spirit animal and why?
My spirit animal would totally manifest as a tiger. Or possibly C.J. Redwine.
High heels or flats?
Chocolate or caramel?
Winter or summer?
Zombie apocalypse or natural disaster apocalypse?
Natural disaster, totally. Zombies freak me out!
TV show or movie?
I used to prefer movies, but lately I’ve preferred streaming TV episodes. Short and sweet, and you can binge for days if needed.
Autumn. All colors of autumn.
Bagels and cream cheese. Oh who am I kidding? Just the cream cheese.
Christmas at home in Missouri with the fam.
About the Book
The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare by M.G. Buehrlen releases on March 4, 2014 (US)/March 6, 2014 (UK) from Strange Chemistry.
One girl. Fifty-seven lives. Endless ways to die.
For as long as 17-year-old Alex Wayfare can remember, she has had visions of the past. Visions that make her feel like she’s really on a ship bound for America, living in Jamestown during the Starving Time, or riding the original Ferris wheel at the World’s Fair.
But these brushes with history pull her from her daily life without warning, sometimes leaving her with strange lasting effects and wounds she can’t explain. Trying to excuse away the aftereffects has booked her more time in the principal’s office than in any of her classes and a permanent place at the bottom of the social hierarchy. Alex is desperate to find out what her visions mean and get rid of them.
It isn’t until she meets Porter, a stranger who knows more than should be possible about her, that she learns the truth: Her visions aren’t really visions. Alex is a Descender – capable of traveling back in time by accessing Limbo, the space between Life and Afterlife. Alex is one soul with fifty-six past lives, fifty-six histories.
Fifty-six lifetimes to explore: the prospect is irresistible to Alex, especially when the same mysterious boy with soulful blue eyes keeps showing up in each of them. But the more she descends, the more it becomes apparent that someone doesn’t want Alex to travel again. Ever.
And will stop at nothing to make this life her last.
About the Author
When she’s not writing, M.G. moonlights as a web designer and social media/creative director.
She’s the current web ninja lurking behind the hugely popular website YABooksCentral.com, a social network for YA (and kids!) book lovers. The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare is her debut novel. M.G. lives nestled away in Michigan pines, surrounded by good coffee and good books, with her husband and son and three furbabies. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr.
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