Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Timeless by Alexandra Monir

Welcome back to Author Alexandra Monir

At the age of 25, author and recording artist Alexandra Monir is releasing both her debut novel, Timeless (Random House; January, 11 2011) and album written and recorded as a companion to the book.

Timeless is a sweeping young adult fantasy novel that spans three fascinating eras in New York history. The novel combines a time-traveling romance, multi-generational family mystery, adventures through New York City’s past, and original music. The result is a thrilling, three-dimensional page-turner for its readers.

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Alexandra fell in love with writing, acting, and singing. She trained rigorously with professional theater companies, spending her childhood and teen years performing musical theater. Meanwhile at age eight, she began writing a series of short stories centered on the fictional adventures of she and her best friend, which led to the dream of one day becoming a published author.

Alexandra has been performing her own music since the age of fourteen, and moved to LA at seventeen to pursue a full-time career as both a recording artist and a professional writer. She spent her teen years developing her voice and songwriting skills with prolific music producers behind such superstars as Aretha Franklin and Mariah Carey, and spent a few summers as the opening act for Jive and J Records pop stars before being signed by one of the world’s leading music managers, HK Management. Determined to create a signature sound for her music, Alexandra teamed up with the songwriting/production team that helped launch Christina Aguilera to success, Heather Holley & Rob Hoffman. Alexandra’s style combines the smoky sounds of old-school jazz and big band – with contemporary hip-hop beats and pop hooks.

While writing spec scripts and pitching projects for film/TV in Los Angeles, Alexandra came up with the idea for Timeless. She spent over a year researching and writing the book in New York City, and continues to divide her time between LA and New York, where she is writing the sequel.

Whether in books or music, theater or film, Alexandra was born to be a storyteller!

http://www.alexandramonir.com/

Interview:

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
The power to be in two places at once, or to somehow stretch more hours into the day!

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Mickey Mouse waffles from Disneyland!

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
You will travel back in time, and fall in love. 🙂

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
Yes! I just released SECRETS OF THE TIME SOCIETY, the eBook short story that sets up the sequel. I’m currently finishing Book #2, TIMEKEEPER, which publishes this December!

What inspired you to want to become a writer?
I was the biggest bookworm growing up. I would literally bring books to family gatherings when I was little and just read the whole time! My love of reading and wild imagination caused me to start coming up with my own ideas and writing stories from an early age.

What is your dream cast for your book?
Emma Watson as Michele!

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
I can definitely say I’m a cross between Michele and Lily from TIMELESS.

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Focus on what you want, instead of on your worries.

Hidden talent?
I remember everything, from as far back as when I was 3 or 4. If a friend mentions an event from years ago, I’ll remember the exact date, or all the details. It’s so random, but I have one serious memory!

Which authors have influence you most how?
I fell in love with fantasy and YA through J.K. Rowling- her incredible imagination and writing style are a huge inspiration for me. As for the older greats, Edith Wharton’s writing has been a great inspiration while I’ve been writing the Old New York scenes in the TIMELESS series.

Secrets of the Time Society

There exists a secret society where one’s ability to travel through time is “gifted” to members only by blood. Those who try to enter the society quickly come to realize that time is a force not to be reckoned with.  Alexandra Monir’s short story exclusive ebook, Secrets of the Time Society, sheds light upon the world created in her novel Timeless and forecasts the fate that lies ahead for its protagonist, Michele Windsor. Now that Michele is gifted, there are some who will do anything to take that power away. 

This $1.99 electronic short story is a “bridge” between TIMELESS and Monir’s second novel TIMEKEEPER.

Timeless by Alexandra Monir:

When tragedy strikes Michele Windsor’s world, she is forced to uproot her life and move across the country to New York City, to live with the wealthy, aristocratic grandparents she’s never met. In their old Fifth Avenue mansion filled with a century’s worth of family secrets, Michele discovers a diary that hurtles her back in time to the year 1910. There, in the midst of the glamorous Gilded Age, Michele meets the young man with striking blue eyes who has haunted her dreams all her life – a man she always wished was real, but never imagined could actually exist. And she finds herself falling for him, into an otherworldly, time-crossed romance.

Michele is soon leading a double life, struggling to balance her contemporary high school world with her escapes into the past. But when she stumbles upon a terrible discovery, she is propelled on a race through history to save the boy she loves – a quest that will determine the fate of both of their lives.

Giveaway Details
I have 3 hardcover copies of Timeless to giveaway
Open to US & Canada
Ends 4/20/12

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