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Undoing Life Q&A

Q: What kind of influences affected the story of “Undoing Life”?

A: “Undoing Life” is like The Truman Show meets Groundhog’s Day meets The Butterfly Effect. (Thanks to ‘Nefarious Old Man’ for mentioning it in the review you wrote!)

 

Q: What is “Undoing Life” about?

A: Sal Chancellor has a mundane, unfulfilling life until he finds a watch that lets him go back within his time line. He uses his new ability to undo all the horrible events that has happened to him. Sal is able to make enough money to leave his dead-end job and pursue wooing the woman he’s been dating on and off for a decade. All the while, Sal is being observed from a militant research team 400 years in the future. Colonel Lucile Arbeck along with her crew study the ramifications of time travel as Sal is changing his life. Every one who has played with the Time Devices has met with tragedy.  Arbeck’s team hopes to learn enough by observing Sal in order to prevent future catastrophes.

 

Q: How did you first come up with the concepts in “Undoing Life”?

A: I grew up without a filter on my mouth. As a child and young adult, I tended to say every little thing that came to my mind. I often said things that were inappropriate or offensive–without meaning to. In college, this was particularly humiliating as I was attempting to be involved in class discussions and collaborations. I wished I could go back a mere 10 seconds and keep myself from saying things that I shouldn’t. The rest of the story grew from that single desire, mixed in with my paranoia about being spied on. (PS: If you haven’t seen The Truman Show, you really should.)

 

Q: Who is your favorite character from “Undoing Life”?

A: That’s always difficult to answer. There are minor things about every character that I love: Fanny’s confidence despite physical flaws, Selma’s dismissive cynicism, Velma’s blind passion, Graham’s strange speech style, etc… But I suppose my favorite character is Colonel Arbeck. Lucile has a rather fascinating back story–most of it I’ve hidden from the readers until the very end of the book. I’m hoping someday to write a sequel that I can explore deeper into Arbeck’s past.

 

Q: It’s been over 2 years since you first published “Undoing Life.” Now that it’s been revised and released for a second time, what kind of changes did you implement?

A: “Undoing Life” is essentially the same as it has ever been. The plot lines are still whole and follow the basic progression in both. All I did in revisions was fix basic punctuation, grammar, and spelling errors. I added a tiny bit of descriptions to a few places. So if you purchased the original e-book through Kindle, don’t worry; it’s still almost the exact story–just with a prettier cover!

 

Q: When will you write a sequel to “Undoing Life”?

A: I can’t answer that right now. I do hope to write another story. I certainly end “Undoing Life” in a good place to set up novella number 2. My time and creative energy is currently devoted to other writing projects, but my subconscious is stewing over a couple ideas.

 

 

You can get “Undoing Life” through most e-book providers (with the exception of Kindle until 2019).

 

For the first time ever, “Undoing Life” is available in paperback! To get a physical copy, you can go to most bookstores and have it shipped directly to your home. (If you know me personally, let me know you’d like a copy and I can save you taxes and shipping costs!)

 

Thanks for reading! Don’t forget to subscribe to my Newsletter to get information on my up-coming books:

  • “Iris” (Coming February 2018)
  • “Reps and Royals” (Coming March 2018)
  • “Mended by Ashes” (Coming April 2018)
  • “The People’s Order” (Coming Summer of 2018)

 

–Amy Engle

Mended by Ashes Inspiration

Now that National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) is done, I’d like to thank everyone who has visited my site to view my very amateur poems. They can be viewed under the Poem Category in case you missed seeing them. I shall be posting more every once in awhile as I’m inspired to write them.

 

With NaPoWriMo done, I can focus on finishing my next book, “Mended by Ashes.” It’s been a long year trying to get the manuscript even close to being done. A lot has happened and I’ve been distracted with my full-time job and other writing projects. On top of all that, I was disappointed at the lack of sales and positive feedback from my last novel, “Reps and Royals.” Still, I’m proud of the progress I’ve made with “MBA,” despite how long it’s taken.

 

But I’ve recently had a creative revitalization. I had the pleasure of returning to my old high school to see a production of “Les Miserable.” Of course, it was wonderful. The next morning, I remembered that the original concepts for “Mended by Ashes” were inspired when I first saw the film adaptation a couple years ago. I’m taking it as a sign that “MBA” needs to be completed. Sure, it still needs a bit of work, but I’m confident that I’m up to the task.

 

I’ve been asked a lot what “Mended by Ashes” is about. I reply cryptically that they will soon find out. However, I’d like to share just a little bit about it here.

 

“MBA” follows the story of an eighteen-year-old girl, Myx, who has grown up without any skills. The two civilizations that inhabit her planet have been at war on and off for generations–ever since the planet was first colonized. Myx has no place in this military world.

 

With “MBA,” I am exploring how hardships shape people. Myx is essentially a blank slate with very little knowledge and even fewer skills. But the difficulties that she faces are greater lessons for life than she had bee taught in school.

Short Break

Hello, everyone! I hope you had a splendid Easter Day.

 

Thanks to all who have being reading the poems that I’ve been posting the past few weeks. However, I need to take a short hiatus from my blog–only a week, though. I’ve neglected a few too many things in my personal life that I need to get caught up on. Plus, I will be house-sitting this week for a family who doesn’t have wi-fi, so posting would be impossible anyways. But I’ll still be writing poems throughout the week. I’ll just get to post a week’s worth in one day next Sunday. Thank you for your patience!

The Impossible Challenge

I’ve recently had the pleasure of meeting a lot of wonderful new people. I’m growing so much spiritually and emotionally, and I’m even being inspired to take better care of my body. For the most part, it’s been wonderful.

 

However, I met a man today who told me to do something that is completely impossible. I had mentioned that I’m a writer and currently writing my 4th science fiction book. He then asked if I blogged. I replied that I have a website, but never have time to post–what little time and energy I have to write goes towards my book. But he was not to be deterred by my excuses. Very matter-of-factly, he said that I should be blogging every day.

 

EVERY DAY! This complete stranger is telling me what I should do. My stubborn, defiant nature automatically shot down the idea.

 

Of course I’d love to blog EVERY DAY. But what will I write about? I teach full-time (a very emotionally-demanding and time-consuming job). I can’t write about my students–it’s very frowned upon to post on the internet details about what happens in the classroom.

 

The other lunch guests then all offered a dozen different ideas on what I can blog about, all of which were activities that I had told them I’m involved with. Still, I was skeptical that people would really want to read about my life.

 

But what the man said has been pressing in my brain all day. Even if it’s only a couple paragraphs, I could write a little SOMETHING every day. I reminded myself on my daily walk how much I love challenges and that I had recently prayed for God to give me something to break up the monotony of my life.

 

So I’m going to undertake this impossible challenge, starting with this exceedingly long explanation on what I’ll be doing. I keep trying to back out, telling myself that I should only write a couple times a week instead of every day. But I know myself well enough to know that I will fail at this challenge being unmotivated like that. I hope that any readers I might gain will keep me accountable. I want to find outraged comments after my posts when I fail to write a day; that is the best way to get me to stick with it.

 

If you’re still reading this and aren’t bored yet, thank you so much for your time. If you are a fellow author and would like to see posts about certain aspects of my writing process, feel free to leave me a comment and I’ll get to it.

 

Oh, and if you downloaded one or all of my books for free this past week, I hope you are enjoying those as well. I’ll try not to let this challenge interfere with my progress in “Mended by Ashes,” which will hopefully be released by the end of the Spring. I’ll trying to post a bit about how that story came to be sometime in the next few weeks.

 

PS: You can also get in touch with me through my Contact Form. I’d love to hear your questions and comments on “Undoing Life,” “Iris” and/or “Reps and Royal.”

Spring Break Free Books

I’m happy to announce the upcoming release of my fourth book, “Mended by Ashes.”

In honor of it’s impending completion, I will be offering my currently written works for FREE this next week. See my Amazon page for details about all three works. Stay tuned to hear more details about “Mended by Ashes.”

~March 14-15 (Tuesday & Wednesday), 2017: “Undoing Life

Sal Chancellor is just an ordinary man who is stuck in dead-end job and is unable to keep a girlfriend–that is until he finds a discarded watch that lets him travel backwards in his time line. Armed with his new gadget, he goes about changing his life for the better. But little does he know that he’s being experimented on by people four-hundred years in the future. Tragedy has struck all that have played with time; it’s possible that Sal Chancellor might help them better understand how the time-travelling technology affects everyone in the past, present, and future.

~March 16-17 (Thursday & Friday), 2017: “Iris

Alteration research has been declared illegal in the Megacity Rygom. Too many gave their lives in pursuit of making humans more powerful. Those few fortunate Alterations that survived have gone into hiding, fearful of what might happen if the Agency finds them.

Despite her father’s warnings, Iris Kayn has enrolled in the prestigious Agency Training Program, pursuing her dream of becoming an Enforcer. Dr. Norman Kayn’s concern for his daughter increases as Agent Tobias Vega and his sons take an alarming interest in Iris. Unsure of how much they know, Norman hopes that the Vegas aren’t seeking the truth about his beloved wife’s death.

Meanwhile in the Lower Region, Azure Clan Leaders, twins Rikani and Tays Rye, attempt to recover from a tragedy that nearly wiped out their entire family. Rikani works tirelessly to build a safe, prosperous community for her tenants and remaining relatives. All the while, Tays must deal with the ghosts from his past; his former mentor and ex-lover both seek to ruin his plans of reuniting Upper Society and the Lower Region, each for their own nefarious reasons.

Plans are hatched. People are manipulated. Pending doom awaits those in Rygom who fail to see the strings being pulled.

~March 18-19 (Saturday & Sunday), 2017 “Reps and Royals

Princess Juzeera’s twenty-first Birth Week celebration was meant to be the highlight event of the year. However, that all changes when two space visitors arrive on her planet to spoil her fun. Tired of their accusations that her home is a dangerous place where people disappear, The Princess finds ways of turning situations to her advantage.

Newly-appointed as a Representative for the Space Colonization Guild, Tybrik strives to make his mark on the world. Ironically, his first task as mission leader is on an aptly named planet called The World. He is determined to prove that he has what it takes to be in charge and live up to the Director’s expectations. Tybrik finds this difficult to do when he suddenly finds himself blackmailing Princess Juzeera to keep his identity a secret.

After barely arriving at The World in one piece, Haelon puts her guard up. It doesn’t help that her half-brother, Tybrik, has gotten himself mixed up in a pretend relationship with Juzeera. While her incompetent sibling and the powder puff waste time convincing the Worldians that they are a couple, it is up to Haelon to take control of the mission and discover what happened to the SCG Reps that have disappeared on the planet. All the while, an missing item from a past assignment has been sent to her as a “gift.” Haelon must determine if she can trust her stalker or handle her situation on her own.