Alexandra also integrated original music into the novels’ pages, writing two songs for Timeless, which she recorded with producer Michael Bearden (musical director of Michael Jackson’s last concert, This Is It). The songs were released on iTunes as a supplement to the book. A new song for Timekeeper was released on January 8, 2013, produced by Heather Holley and Rob Hoffman.
Alexandra currently resides in Los Angeles, California, where she is writing her next young adult novel for Random House. You can find her online:
Alexandra Monir, author of Timeless and Timekeeper, stops by I Am a Reader, Not a Writer to discuss her favorite books, authors and hobbies.
On reading and writing…
What are your favorite books? Who are your favorite authors?
The Diary of Anne Frank and The Secret Garden are the books that made the greatest impression on me as a child. As an adult, I love everything by Edith Wharton, and this year my mind was blown by Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl (!!). Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca is another favorite, and 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher is a page-turner that also made me want to be a better person. And of course, the Harry Potter series will always have my heart!
What books/authors inspired you to write young adult fiction?
I wouldn’t have written Timeless had it not been for my passion for the Harry Potter series. I started reading them late in the game (summer of 2005, to be exact!) and it was the first time in awhile that I’d really fallen in love with a story and its characters. It wasn’t long before I became one of J.K.R.’s devoted fans! I’d always loved writing, but at the time that I read Potter I’d been focused mainly on pursuing screenwriting. Reading the Potter series changed the course of my career, because they reminded me how much I love books—and inspired me to write my own. I particularly wanted to write a fantasy so I could have a new world of my own making to “live” in, especially now that there were no more HPs to read!
When I wrote Timeless, I was in my early-20s and felt very connected to my teenage self—still do!—so writing YA made the most sense for me. But even if I mix it up with other genres, I’m always going to come back to YA. There’s just something about getting to experience “firsts” with your protagonist—first love, first heartbreak, the first time you recognize your dreams—and that’s why teen protagonists are so special to write and read about.
A few of her favorite things…
What is your favorite color?
Blue, especially turquoise and teal.
What is your favorite movie?
Well, I just saw Lincoln and it was my favorite movie of 2012 by far! And I’ll always adore the Harry Potter movies.
What is your go-to comfort food?
Carbs, dessert, and Diet Coke. YUM!
What are your favorite hobbies aside from books and music?
Travel is THE favorite! I also love movies and fashion.
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.
When Philip Walker appears as a new student in Michele Windsor’s high school class, she is floored. He is the love she thought she lost forever when they said goodbye during her time travels last century. Overjoyed that they can resume the relationship they had a lifetime ago, Michele eagerly approaches him and discovers the unthinkable: he doesn’t remember her. In fact, he doesn’t seem to remember anything about the Philip Walker of 1910.
Michele then finds her father’s journals, which tell stories of his time-traveling past. As she digs deeper, she learns about his entanglement with a mysterious and powerful organization called the Time Society and his dealings with a vengeful Windsor ancestor. Michele soon finds herself at the center of a rift over 120 years in the making, one whose resolution will have life-or-death consequences.
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