Time travel and quirky heroines? The Age of Amy: Channel ’63 offers both! We’re so excited to interview the author of this YA novel on our blog today. Welcome Bruce Edwards!
How long have you been writing?
I wish I could say I was one of those prodigies that picked up a pen when he was five years old and never put it down, but I’m not that guy. My first book was published only a few years ago. But writing isn’t just a craft. Ideas just don’t fall from the sky; you have to experience them. In a way, I’ve been a writer my whole life. I’m only now putting my words into books.
What is your favorite manuscript you’ve written so far?
“Channel ‘63” — book #3 in The Age of Amy series, and the latest title — is by far my best work to date. Not that the other books aren’t great, too. (Should I say “lol” here, or are we beyond that?)
What was the most challenging part about writing “The Age of Amy: Channel ’63”?
This book tells a very personal story through the eyes of an adolescent girl. What she feels will not be unfamiliar to anyone who has survived their teenage years. I really had to dig deep into my own subconscious past and dredge up those somewhat uncomfortable emotions.
What is your favorite part of being an author?
I’ve always been a creative person. I have been a musician, a feature film animator, and even performed magic. Being an author has got to be the ultimate in artistic expression. You’re in full control with no one looking over your shoulder — accept your publisher, or course.
Will there be any more books in the “Age of Amy” series?
Now that Amy has found her voice, I don’t think I will be able to contain her. She just has too much to say, and as long as she’s speaking out, I’m obligated to write it down.
Do you have any works in progress you’re working on?
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.