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!)


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–Amy Engle