Podcast Episode 35: Time-traveling Teen

Julie CrossAuthor Julie Cross chats with The Genre Traveler about her forthcoming book, Tempest, about a time traveling teen who witnesses his girlfriend’s murder and inadvertently jumps back two years and gets stuck there. Much of the podcast concerns time travel — how it can effect plot, the challenges of keeping all the time lines straight, and more. We also touch on the fact that the first novel has been optioned for a movie and what’s going on with that.

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Duration: 30:58
File Size: 35.5 MB

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The Bourne Identity The Bourne Identity
This 2002 American spy film based on the Robert Ludlum novel of the same name focused on Jason Bourne, played by Matt Damon. He wakes up with amnesia and must find out his true identity while dodging bullets and figuring out his role in a clandestine conspiracy.
The Time Traveler's Wife The Time Traveler’s Wife
This debut novel by Audrey Niffenegger tells the story of two people whose lives are inextricably connected through time. One is a man who finds himself tossed about through time, the other is the woman who becomes his wife. The first time she meets him, he is a man and she is a child.
Twilight Twilight
Stephanie Meyer’s young-adult vampire romance novel was rejected by 14 agents before being picked up — it became an instant bestseller when it was published in hardback in 2005. The story focuses on 17-year-old Isabella “Bella” Swan, who moves from Phoenix, AZ, to Forks, WA, and ends up falling in love with Edward Cullen, a vampire.
The Terminator The Terminator
This 1984 science fiction action film, directed by James Cameron and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Biehn and Linda Hamilton, about a robot from the future sent back in time to kill the mother of the rebel leader spawned a franchise that is still alive and well today. To date, there have been four films and a TV series, in addition to numerous other product spin-offs.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
I was mistaken, it was not Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix that had the time-travel element, but Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The third novel (and movie) in the series includes a magical object called a “Time-Turner” which allows Hermione Granger to attend classes taking place at the same time by going back in time. Later in the story, the time-turner allows Harry Potter and Hermione to go back in time and save the day at several points in the story.
Flashforward FlashForward
The 2009-2010 TV series, FlashForward was adapted from Robert J. Sawyer’s 1999 novel of the same name by Brannon Braga (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Threshold) and David S. Goyer (Blade: The Series, Dark City). The series stared Joseph Fiennes as FBI Special Agent Mark Benford who leads a team to try to uncover the mystery of the flashforward, a time when everyone on the planet went unconscious and saw a few minutes of their own future.
Logan Lerman Logan Lerman
This young American actor is best known for playing the title character in last year’s fantasy-adventure film Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. HollywoodCrush.mtv.com picked up the story from The Wrap about Tempest being optioned and made their own suggestions of who should star as the lead. Their first choice, which just happens to be Julie’s, was Logan Lerman. Others on their list included Andrew Garfield (cast in the Spiderman re-boot), Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four), Chase Crawford (The Haunting, The Covenant) and Arnie Hammer (Reaper, Black Out).
Dianna Agron Dianna Agron
Dianna Agron plays Quinn Fabray on the TV series Glee, a musical dramedy currently on Fox. The character is a cheerleader and member of the glee club. Quinn started out as a spy for the glee club’s nemesis Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch), but ends up becoming an integral part of the club and befriending its members. Julie thinks that Agron would be well-cast as Holly, the lead female character in Tempest.
Aaron Eckhart Aaron Eckhart
Although originally from California, actor Aaron Eckhart has lived in both England and Australia. He first gained wide exposure in the film Erin Brockovich, but he’s probably best know by genre fans for his work as Harvey Dent/Two Face in The Dark Knight. He was also in the recently released film Battle: Los Angeles. Julie is a fan of his work and thinks that he would do well cast as the father in Tempest.

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As The Genre Traveler, Carma Spence loves to view the world through Genre-Coloured glasses. In other words, she sees the world through a lens of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, where trash cans can be Daleks in disguise and neighborhood forests can harbor faeries and sprites. Magic realism is real! Or at least you can choose to see the world that way to add to the fun and awe of life.