Interview: Parker Peevyhouse


Today I'm thrilled to share an interview with Parker Peevyhouse, debut author of the sci-fi novel Where Futures End.

About the Book:


Author: Parker Peevyhouse
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Page Length: 304 Pages
Publication Date: February 9th, 2016
Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books
Source: ARC via publisher
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Five teens. Five futures. Two worlds. One ending.

One year from now, Dylan develops a sixth sense that allows him to glimpse another world.

Ten years from now, Brixney must get more hits on her social media feed or risk being stuck in a debtors’ colony.

Thirty years from now, Epony scrubs her entire online profile from the web and goes “High Concept.”

Sixty years from now, Reef struggles to survive in a city turned virtual gameboard.

And more than one hundred years from now, Quinn uncovers the alarming secret that links them all.

Five people, divided by time, will determine the fate of us all. These are stories of a world bent on destroying itself, and of the alternate world that might be its savior—unless it’s too late.

Interview

1. Describe your book in five words.

Worlds collide in the future.

2. I love that "Where Futures End" is written in five interconnected novellas. How did you come up with this creative and unique idea? Why did you decide to tell the story in such a way?

Thank you! It was fun and also really tricky to create this structure. I’m fascinated with the idea that we all take part in shaping our greater culture, so I wanted to write a story that showed how one person could create a chain of events that would alter the world for future generations. So in the first novella, Dylan writes stories about his experiences in another world. In the second novella, those stories go viral. In the third, we can see how music and movies are starting to revolve around these stories. And in the fourth and fifth, we see how these stories actually end up completely changing our world and how we live in it.

3. Your book takes place in the future! What do you think the future will look like in one hundred years? What inventions or gadgets would you want to see?

The very last section of WHERE FUTURES END takes place one hundred years in the future, and I’m sorry to tell you that only some of us will survive an apocalyptic occurrence and be left to live off what we can scavenge in the woods. But the views from ruined skyscrapers will be very pretty! And we can pretend we’re driving in a flying car and shooting laser guns.

4. What advice would you give aspiring writers?

The most important thing to remember is just not to give up. When you’re doing creative work, you’re going to get so much criticism and rejection! I actually have a binder full of rejections letters that I jokingly call my Binder Of Shame. When you flip the binder over, the title on the back says Binder Of Fame and it opens to my acceptance letters. It’s cool to see how those rejections turned to acceptances over time! I recommend looking at rejection as something to be proud of, something that proves you are working hard and courageously putting yourself out there. Those are your battle wounds.

5. What is one thing you wish you knew about publishing or writing that you know now?

I’m learning over time to think more about how my readers will experience my writing. I definitely want to stay true the vision I have for a book, but I also want to think about whether the reader will be able to understand and enjoy my vision. That’s especially tough to do with science fiction and fantasy, where you’re inventing new worlds. It takes a lot of feedback from critique partners to find a balance between your vision and the reader’s perception.

6. If you could co-write a book with any writer (dead or alive) whom would you choose? Why?

Jane Austen, because she would make snarky comments about stuck-up people while we wrote together. And she would come up with the most lovable characters. And she’d be so fascinated by all my ideas because she won’t have heard of wearable technology.

7. What are some of your favorite sci-fi movies?

A character in WHERE FUTURES END likes all the same science fiction movies I like and mentions them: Blade Runner, The Matrix, Inception, The Day The Earth Stood Still (the really old version). I also love Ex Machina and Moon and Never Let Me Go, because they delve so deeply into the psychology of how people might act in strange circumstances. That’s probably my favorite aspect of science fiction—thinking about how personal interaction changes as society changes.

About the Author:

Parker Peevyhouse writes fiction about teens in unusual situations. She lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she has worked as an instructor and tutor and currently volunteers with teens. She can usually be found wandering local trails, playing board games, or watching science fiction movies. Her first novel, WHERE FUTURES END, will be published by Penguin/Dawson in early 2016.
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Giveaway:

Penguin is hosting a giveaway for one finished copy of Where Futures End open to US residents. This book is REALLY good, and I suggest you enter!
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Rachel is a teenaged unapologetic fangirl and perfectionist.

She loves reading for the escape it gives from reality and enjoys crying over books, swooning over characters, and laughing out loud over funny lines. She is a semi-recovering Netflix addict and a middle child of three.

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4 comments:

  1. I had no idea that this was five novellas that are interconnected. That's pretty damn cool! I think it would be interesting to read, and I definitely hope to check it out! Also, I really love Parker's Binder of Shame/Binder of Fame. It's a most excellent idea!

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  2. I'm really excited about this book because it sounds like the YA CLOUD ATLAS. It's also a fresh new idea in the YA world and I'm really excited to read it!

    - Elizabeth @ Book Yabber

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  3. Great interview, Rachel! I don't read a tonne of sci-fi myself but I love this idea of interweaving novellas. Might have to add this to the TBR.

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  4. This is a great interview and I really like the concept of this book where worlds collide and they see into the future.

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