I’m excited to share with you what I have on the blog today! I recently read Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone and completely fell in love with everything about it. Tamara is a total sweetie and agreed to an interview! I hope you enjoy this post as much as I do!
Title: Time Between Us
Author: Tamara Ireland Stone
Published: October 9, 2012
Series: Book #1
Anna and Bennett were never supposed to meet: she lives in 1995 Chicago and he lives in 2012 San Francisco. But Bennett has the unique ability to travel through time and space, which brings him into Anna’s life, and with him a new world of adventure and possibility.
As their relationship deepens, the two face the reality that time may knock Bennett back to where he belongs, even as a devastating crisis throws everything they believe into question. Against a ticking clock, Anna and Bennett are forced to ask themselves how far they can push the bounds of fate, what consequences they can bear in order to stay together, and whether their love can stand the test of time.
Hi, Tamara! I absolutely loved Time Between Us, so thank you so much for being here.
Thank you, Christy! I’m so glad you enjoyed the story, and it’s such an honor to be here today. Thank you for having me!
Can you tell the readers a little about yourself?
Sure. I live in a small town just outside San Francisco with my husband and two kids. As you can probably tell from reading Time Between Us, I love world travel and I’m a big music fan (I especially love live music). I’m not as athletic as Anna is, but I enjoy hiking and skiing with my family.
Please describe the book in 10 words or less.
Two happy people meet and completely change each other’s lives.
I have to ask: how did you come up with the idea for the book?
One evening, my husband and I got into a funny conversation about superpowers. He said he wished he could fly. I said I wished I could time travel. But then I clarified it, and said that I really just wanted to go back to the mid 90’s for a few hours and see Green Day when they were playing small clubs in Berkeley. He laughed and asked if I’d take him with me.
I didn’t say another word about it, but that night, this story started coming together in my head. By the time the sun came up the next day, Bennett Cooper had a name, lived in San Francisco in 2012, and was madly in love with a girl named Anna Greene—a girl he never should have met, because she lived in 1995.
I love that the book is set from 1995 – 2012, what made you chose that time period?
Thank you! The idea to set it in 1995 came very early in the writing process.
I wanted Bennett to be seventeen-years-old in present day, and Anna to be sixteen and from his past. Once I did the math and realized that Bennett would have been born in 1995, I got really excited about setting it in that timeframe. So much about our world has changed in those seventeen years—the Internet, mobile phones, access to people and places around the globe—and I became fascinated by the idea of recognizing those differences in subtle ways.
I lived in Evanston, Illinois in 1995, so I set the story there.
Time travel stories can get messy and inconsistent, but Time Between Us was done very well. Did you do anything special to make sure everything stayed consistent?
I use lots of tools to keep track of research and information, and I rely on spreadsheets to track details like Anna and Bennett’s ages at any particular point in time. But I also do a lot of scribbling. I feel like I’m constantly drawing timelines—most with stick figures and lots of arrows—to be sure my logic works.
That makes it sound complicated, but the idea is to get all of these moving parts clear in my head so it’s never confusing to the reader. That’s the main reason I set the story in 1995 and didn’t jump around a lot. I wanted readers to disappear into Anna and Bennett’s story, not spend their time trying to figure out “when” they were on the timeline.
There is a major do-over in the book, if you could go back in time and have one do-over, would you?
There are a million moments in my life when I said something hurtful, or put my foot in my mouth, or did something I later regretted and wished I could undo. But that’s part of being human. As convenient as it would be, I wouldn’t want a do-over for those.
There is one moment I wish I could go back and change. Like Bennett’s grandmother, Maggie, my grandma suffered from Alzheimer’s. I spoke with her on the phone one day and she didn’t sound well. My gut instinct was to drop everything and drive from California to Oregon to check on her, but I didn’t do it. A few weeks later, my family and I learned that she wasn’t being well cared for. We acted right away, but we were too late. If
I’d listened to my gut, things might have been different.
Was there a favorite part of the book for you to write? Was there a least favorite?
I have always loved the rock-climbing scene. By the time I wrote it, I felt like I really knew both Anna and Bennett as individuals, and when I placed them in that setting together, they came to life for me even more.
I love that Anna is completely out of her element. She’s not used to being vulnerable or having to rely on someone else, but when you’re climbing, your safety is literally in someone else’s hands. I liked putting her in danger and seeing how she’d react. But I love that scene most because it’s the moment the two of them start to trust each other completely.
As far as a least favorite part… I honestly don’t have one. There were scenes that were more challenging than others, but overall, writing this book has been an absolute joy for me.
If you had to go back in time 30 years and stay there for a year, and could take 3 books with you, what 3 would you take?
That is such a hard question. I love far too many books to limit it to three! But I could happily read these three books over and over again: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, The Fault in Our Stars, and The Hunger Games.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the readers? Any upcoming projects or events?
I just want to thank people for reading Time Between Us. I am completely blown away by the emails I receive from readers, telling me how much the story resonated with them and how much they connected with Anna & Bennett. That means the world to me.
I’m currently working on the sequel, which I’m ridiculously excited about. I’ll be announcing more details soon, and can’t wait to share what happens next!
I am beyond excited that you are writing a sequel!! Thanks, Tamara!
♥ You can read my review of Time Between Us HERE. ♥
About Tamara Ireland Stone:
Blissfully married. Occasional superhero in the eyes of two remarkable small people. Animal lover. Avid reader. Gadget freak. Music addict. Dreadful cook. Happily stuck in the mid-90s. I write young adult fiction about fun stuff like travel, music, romance, and normal people with extraordinary talents.
My debut novel, Time Between Us, is being published in sixteen languages and has been optioned for film. I am currently working on the sequel, which will be available from Hyperion in Fall 2013. (Bio from website)
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