As always, she was delightful and said yes. But, before we get to her answers, let's check out the book!
Josie Byrne's life is spiraling out of control. Her parents are divorcing, her boyfriend Nick has grown distant, and her physics teacher has it in for her. When she's betrayed by the two people she trusts most, Josie thinks things can't get worse.Sounds good, right?
Until she starts having dreams about a girl named Jo. Every night at the same time—3:59 a.m.
Jo's life is everything Josie wants: she's popular, her parents are happily married, and Nick adores her. It all seems real, but they're just dreams, right? Josie thinks so, until she wakes one night to a shadowy image of herself in the bedroom mirror – Jo.
Josie and Jo realize that they are doppelgängers living in parallel universes that overlap every twelve hours at exactly 3:59. Fascinated by Jo's perfect world, Josie jumps at the chance to jump through the portal and switch places for a day.
But Jo’s world is far from perfect. Not only is Nick not Jo's boyfriend, he hates her. Jo's mom is missing, possibly insane. And at night, shadowy creatures feed on human flesh.
By the end of the day, Josie is desperate to return to her own life. But there’s a problem: Jo has sealed the portal, trapping Josie in this dangerous world. Can she figure out a way home before it’s too late?
From master of suspense Gretchen McNeil comes a riveting and deliciously eerie story about the lives we wish we had – and how they just might kill you.
1. Where did you get the idea for 3:59?
This is so cliché, but I was driving home from work one day, and there was a traffic light turning red. I had a split second to decide: gun it or slam on the brakes. I braked, then spent the rest of the time at the stop light wondering what would have happened if I hadn't stopped. The idea grew from there!
2. Tell me about the research you did for the book.
Well, 3:59 is very science based – theoretical quantum physics to be exact. I am NOT a theoretical quantum physicist, so I did a lot of reading on string theory, various multiple world theories, multiple dimensions and some other concepts that I'm pretty sure I couldn't explain if I tried!
3. Josie is an awesome character. I love that she's smart, feisty, and doesn't need to rely on a boy. How did she develop?
When I realized that this was a book about science, I wanted to make sure that my main character was a science geek. But not in a stereotypical Revenge of the Nerds kind of way. I wanted her abilities to be natural, for her to be normal, and for her intelligence to be the one thing she can always rely on. Smart girl characters are really, really important to me, both in what I read and what I write.
4. Was it difficult to keep the duplicate characters/world straight while writing?
Oh yes. Jo and Josie were a challenge, but even worse was Nick I and Nick II (as my editor dubbed them). They had to be similar in some ways, and yet very, very different. Characterization developed slowly and it took several drafts before I really felt like I knew the difference between my characters and their doppelgangers.
5. Describe 3:59 in 5 words.
Parent Trap meets Event Horizon (I realize it's supposed to be "The" Parent Trap but I only had 5 words…)
Speed [ish] round:
1. What is your go to guilty pleasure thing to eat?
Champagne. (That's sort of like a food, right?)
2. What are you reading right now?
Gated by Amy Parker which comes out this fall from Random House.
3. Who are your favorite swoony boys?
Han Solo and Gilbert Blythe
4. Are there any authors that you fangirl over?
Christopher Pike, and if I ever meet Agatha Christie in the afterlife I'll probably soil myself.
Huge thanks to Gretchen for
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