Traveler by L.E. DeLano
Published by Swoon Reads on February 7, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Jessa has spent her life dreaming of other worlds and writing down stories more interesting than her own, until the day her favorite character, Finn, suddenly shows up and invites her out for coffee. After the requisite nervous breakdown, Jessa learns that she and Finn are Travelers, born with the ability to slide through reflections and dreams into alternate realities. But it’s not all steampunk pirates and fantasy lifestyles—Jessa is dying over and over again, in every reality, and Finn is determined that this time, he’s going to stop it…This Jessa is going to live.
Interview with L.E. DeLano
How did the idea for Traveler come about?
When I was eight we were living in England, and I watched an old version of “Alice Through The Looking Glass” on TV (it was the 1974 version, which was really creepy). I happened to pass a mirror afterward and thought it would be cool if there was another ‘me’ on the other side. I stared at my reflection for a long time until – I swear to you – I saw the other me blink. It scared me a lot to the point that I still get a creepy feeling if I catch my reflection out of the corner of my eye.
What inspired the different alternate realities you chose?
Some of them started to serve the plot, of course, but a few were just plain brainstorming. What would be cool? What would be fun? What would really throw her off? Figuring that out and using it in the story was one of the most fun parts of writing this book.
If you had to choose, who is your favorite character in the book?
As swoony as Pirate Finn is (especially with that Irish accent), I’m going to go with Danny, Jessa’s older brother. Danny is near and dear to my heart because he is a person with autism (I am an autism parent). I wanted very much to show not just a person with autism in a positive way, but also to shine a light on what it’s like to be a sibling of a special needs person. Jessa has had to grow up very differently than some people because of that – and it’s given her resilience and compassion that are far beyond her years.
On the writing front, what is your go to reward for hitting a deadline?
Allowing myself to binge-watch something. I just completed a binge of Stargate: Atlantis and I have a few seasons of Game of Thrones and Outlander to binge on still!
What were some of the challenges you faced while writing Traveler?
Finding time to write is always a challenge – I’m a single working mom and my kids live with me so the dreamy writer’s nook with total silence and cup of tea where I can leisurely and thoughtfully lay words down on a page is a total pipe dream. It’s chaotic in my house and chaotic at the day job and honestly, I’m a better writer for it. I also had my MacBook die, got into a five-car pileup, and got approached to work on a screenplay in the middle of writing Traveler, so it’s been a wild ride!
Massive thanks to L.E. DeLano for answering my questions! Has this gotten you excited for Traveler? Are you intrigued by these alternate realities? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
There’s an Xpresso Book Tours giveaway for those in the US and Canada with a chance to win a print copy of Traveler. It ends March 23, 2017.
About the Author
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