13 Days of Class 2K13: Cristin Terrill (All Our Yesterdays)

About the Author: Cristin Terrill is a YA author and aspiring grown-up. She holds a BA in Drama from Vassar College and an MA from the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon and has worked in the theatre on both sides of the pond. She now teaches creative writing to children and teens in Washington, D.C. Visit her at cristinterrill.com.

About All Our Yesterdays: Marina has everything. She’s got money, popularity, and a bright future. Plus, she’s best friends with the boy next door, who happens to be a gorgeous prodigy from one of America’s most famous families.

Em has nothing. Imprisoned in a small white cell in the heart of a secret military base, all she has is the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain.

But Marina and Em have one big thing in common: they’re the same person.

Now Em must travel back four years in time in order to avert the terrible future from which she’s fled, and there’s only one way to do it. She must kill the person who invented the time machine in the first place: someone from her past. A person she loved.

But Marina won’t let them go without a fight.

We’ve got an abbreviated Twitterview with Cristin to share!

Pitch your book in 140 characters: 

A girl must travel back in time to kill the boy she loves before he destroys the world. Like TERMINATOR meets THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE.

Who will this book appeal to: 

People who like conspiracies, tough girls, snarky boys, secrets, kissing, and twisty-turny mind-bending time travel stuff.

Favorite moment or character in your book: 

The first scene, with the girl from the future, the military base, the drain, and the boy cracking jokes in the cell next door.

What’s your writing routine: 

Procrastinate. Go to library. Stare into space. Check Twitter. Weep silently. Actually write something. Proclaim it terrible. Repeat.

What’s your best piece of writing advice: 

Do a little everyday, because waiting for inspiration is for wimps.

What’s been the most surprising part of the publishing journey: 

How long it takes for things to actually feel real. I’m still pretty sure I’m hallucinating all of this.

What did you do when you learned your book would be published: 

Got THE CALL while at dinner with writer friends and couldn’t say anything. Tried to act casual. Laughed hysterically in the parking lot.

What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve received: 

Try to be honest, especially when it makes you uncomfortable. Give yourself permission to suck. Get your ass in the chair.

What are your top three favorite books: 

HIS DARK MATERIALS by Philip Pullman (yes, I’m kind of a cheater), THE GIVER by Lois Lowry, and THE WESTING GAME by Ellen Raskin.

What’s next for you: 

ALL OUR YESTERDAYS #2! More time travel, more secrets, LOTS more kissing. After that, learning to cook and world domination.

Find out more about Cristin Terrill’s All Our Yesterdays on Goodreads.

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  1. says

    I'm commenting! I'm commenting! Seriously – I love the sound of ALL OUR YESTERDAYS. And you have an MA from the Shakespeare Institute? How very…well, suffice to say I've just fallen to my knees.

    His Dark Materials is also one of my favs. Love Lyra…Oh, and one other thing. I'm pretty sure we're all hallucinating this whole thing! Which is very cool.

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