GETTIN’ LUCKY: An interview with Amy Tintera, author of REBOOT

Today we’re interviewing Lucky13 author Amy Tintera, whose debut YA novel REBOOT  hits the shelves today!

Here’s the blurb:

RebootFive years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest.

After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).

Wren’s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he’s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line—or she’ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.

The perfect soldier is done taking orders.

Hi, Amy! How did you come up with the idea for REBOOT?

Hi OneFours! Thank you for having me on the blog.

I actually came up with my main character, Wren, first, and the idea for REBOOT followed. Her voice appeared in my head one day, telling me she’d been dead for 178 minutes, and the story came to me really quickly after that.

One of my favorite things about this book is that Wren, the protagonist, is a character with some not-very-nice tendencies who doesn’t fit the standard heroine complex in most recent YA novels. What made you decide to write a character like her?

I’m so glad that’s one of your favorite things! I love characters that aren’t exactly nice or traditional “good guys.” My favorite characters are the ones who start out as terrible people and then go through some intense changes. I wouldn’t say that Wren is terrible, but I made her bad enough that she could go through some significant changes during the course of the book. A character who changes in big ways, who has an arc, makes a story so much more interesting.

Did REBOOTchange a lot during the revision process?

It got longer. REBOOT was 66,000 words when it went on submission, and it’s now about 81,000 words. My editor (Kari Sutherland) wanted a lot more world building, and I expanded the role of some secondary characters who appear late in the book. I also have a tendency to never describe setting, so my editor asked me to expand that in every scene so the reader would have a better sense of place. But the basic story and plot points are the same. I have a great editor. She focuses on enhancing what is already there and really bringing out the story so it resonates with readers.

What was the most surprising thing about publishing a book? Or exciting? Or both?

It’s surprising how much goes on behind the scenes without the author knowing. A lot of people seem to think we know how our books are selling, or what our pre-orders are like, or when the movie will get made after the book is optioned, but really we’re in the dark about most of it.

But I have to admit, I don’t really mind! I think it would be more stressful to know all that information.

I already can’t wait for the REBOOTsequel! Can you give us any hints about what to expect?

I’m pretty sure I’m not allowed to give any hints about the sequel. So all I will say is there is just as much action and romance in the second book, and I introduced some new characters I absolutely love.

Who are some of your writer (or non-writer) role models?

I’ve always admired how Veronica Roth seems so level-headed and classy about all her success (and I love the DIVERGENT series). Gayle Forman is a writer idol of mine. I’m amazed at how funny and charming Kiersten White is at events. I think it’s sweet and awesome that Kiera Cass constantly answers fan questions and makes an effort to communicate with them via Twitter and YouTube.

One last question! Since this community is “All for One and OneFour KidLit,” we’d like to know what two or three books inspired you as a kid?

I read MATILDA by Roald Dahl about 100 times as a kid. I liked the magical element, and the perfect resolution. I love when books have happy endings! I was also a big fan of A WRINKLE IN TIME. I think that was one of my first experiences with sci-fi/fantasy, and I was hooked!

Thanks for stopping by, Amy, and congrats on your debut!
Amy Tintera Author PhotoABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Amy Tintera writes novels for young adults. She grew up in Austin, Texas and graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in journalism. After receiving a masters in film at Emerson College she moved to Los Angeles, where she promptly discovered she didn’t enjoy working in the film industry, and went back to her first love, writing.HarperCollins/HarperTeen will publish her debut, REBOOT, a young adult novel about teens in a future Texas who reboot after death and are subsequently forced into slavery. Film rights have been optioned by Fox 2000. She is represented by Emmanuelle Morgen at Stonesong.

You can find Amy online here:
And you can buy REBOOT here:
Stephanie Diaz is 20. She will graduate from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in film production this May. She’s a Whovian, Browncoat, and publishing intern. Her work is represented by Alison Fargis of Stonesong. The first book in her debut YA sci-fi EXTRACTION trilogy is forthcoming from St. Martin’s Press, an imprint of Macmillan. You can follow Stephanie on twitter: @StephanieEDiaz.

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