About Claudia Lefeve – website, twitter
Claudia Lefeve was born and raised in the Gulf Coast border town of Brownsville, Texas; a curious place where folks see curanderas in lieu of shrinks, tortillas are served at every meal, and even gringos speak Spanish. PARALLEL, the first book in The Travelers series, is her debut YA speculative novel. She currently resides in Northern Virginia with her husband and two pugs.
Thank you for stopping by Bewitched Bookworms today. Could you tell us a little about yourself, and how you started writing?
Thank you for having me! Let’s see, I was born the year of the dragon and I’m a Scorpio. Honestly, I have no idea what to say about myself, so we’ll just leave it at that. I’ve always wanted to be a writer, but I didn’t seriously consider writing as a career until a couple of years ago. I began selling a couple of short stories to small press anthologies and went from there.
In Parallel, your main character Etta Fleming finds herself in an alternate universe where her life is suddenly completely opposite. Could you briefly describe the concept and how you came up with the idea for the series?
I’m a big fan of shows like Fringe, The X-Files and Lost, especially during the last couple of seasons where they focused on time-travel and alternate timelines. I realized that I haven’t read very many YA books that deal with alternate realities, so the idea kind of stemmed from that. Etta travels to a new dimension where she learns more about her real family, the source of her psychokinetic abilities, and why she was sent away in the first place.
Cooper Everett is the man who transports Etta into the alternate world. You had to research quantum mechanics and physics to make this aspect of the book believable. How daunting was that, and were you nervous when you realized ust how complex the science behind such things is?
At first, it was a bit overwhelming…to do that much research for a few key scenes, but if I didn’t understand the basics, then my readers wouldn’t. The funny thing is, I almost failed physics in high school and I don’t know if you noticed, but the dedication is to my dad who was also my physics teacher! I actually read a couple of books written by physicists who were able to dumb it down enough for the average person to understand.
Which character is your favorite to write in this series, and which one has been the most difficult?
Definitely Cooper. He’s the kind of guy I would have dated if he existed! Another favorite was Jenny Prado. She didn’t have very many lines in the book, but she’ll be a major character down the road. The hardest character to write would have to be Victor, Etta’s dad. He’s been missing for a while, so I haven’t fully begun to understand what makes him tick.
Other than writing, what hobbies do you have? I know that we both share a love for Bones and True Blood, and we often tweet back and forth while watching the new episodes when they air.
I love our weekly Bones and True Blood debriefings! And you pretty much nailed it, speaking of TV. When I’m not working or writing, the only thing I have time for is TV and I make a lot of time for that. I usually write in the living room so I don’t miss any of my shows. But before I start to sound like a total couch potato, I should also add that I read a lot too. Wait, I do that on the couch too!
This was a great interview, and Cooper is my favorite too! But I’ll admit, unlike Etta, I’m more of a Team Edward girl. Claudia and I definitely share the love of great TV, Bones, Supernatural, True Blood, and The Vampire Diaries are topping my list of must watch series.
About Parallel – goodreads, amazon, Barnes and Noble
Destiny has a way of catching up.
Saddled with powers she doesn’t understand, Etta Fleming’s world is turned upside-down the day she meets Cooper Everett, the man who transports her to an alternate reality. A reality she was meant to be a part of.
One minute, she’s an orphan living at Dominion House for Girls, an institution for delinquent foster kids, then finds herself attending the exclusive Dominion Hall Academy.
Plucked from the only world she’s ever known, Etta now has to deal with an aunt she never knew, a boyfriend she doesn’t know, and a best friend who can’t know
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