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Did it take a long time to get your first book published? Yes, because I attempted the traditional route first. Over eighteen months, half a dozen agents read my full manuscript, but they all eventually passed. Once I decided on the latter, it only took a couple months to make it happen. Do you work another job as well as your writing work? I also have a book cover design business called Ink Slinger Designs.
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarise it in less than 20 words what would you say? Flicker tells the story of Biz, a year old girl who uses sunlight to travel back to yesterday. How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it? Because I have a full-time day job, my average for a first draft is about six months.
What can we expect from you in the future? Books of a different genre? What made you decide to write that genre of book? Encouragement from my writing friends! My first two novels which are safely tucked away in my computer were for an adult audience, but both had teenage protagonists. Where do you get your book plot ideas from? Her sensitivity to light, which is part of how she flickers, allows her to take the most beautiful photographs.
If it weren't for that, she wouldn't Have you ever made a stupid mistake? If it weren't for that, she wouldn't have made the discovery that allowed her to change someone else's fate at the end of the book. I love the realistic feeling of each character, and how each has their own flaws. Melanie Hooyenga didn't make Biz's mother a perfect angel who juggled Biz's father's epilepsy, Biz's migraines, and work seemingly without trouble. Instead, it was made clear where she fell short, but that she still does, nevertheless, try her best.
With Cameron, I like how he is reserved when around others, for obvious reasons; only completely at ease around Biz. It's one of those situations that happens to everyone, albeit on different sides of the game, where it's obvious that two people like each other and should go out to everyone but themselves.
Biz's father's secret, revealed at the end was predictable for the most part, just enough that you were pretty sure about it, but leaving just enough doubt to wonder. I like the closesness that I feel it added to Biz's relationship with him. I definetely like the ending; the whole whodunnit. That was definetely one I didn't see coming.
I mean, yeah, the possibility flickered across my mind, but so did many people in the book. The thought was quickly dismissed. I think the reasoning behind it is completely realistic, though rather sad in the fact that things like that do actually happen. I do wish that it revealed what had happened to Turner's daughter, but who knows, that could be an opening to another book, in some way. And the sad truth is, for so many cases they never do find out what happened. Another case of realistivity that adds that touch of sadness.
It makes sure that you don't forget, not all of this is fake. Stuff like this really does happen every day. And often there isn't anyone to help them. All in all, I think Flicker was a really good book. I recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy, mystery, or anything resembling the lifetime channel on TV. View 2 comments. Mar 06, Marie Collins rated it it was amazing. I enjoyed Flicker! I think this book has two particularly strong qualities going for it: First, the unique concept of a medical condition bestowing the ability to time-travel, and second, the strength of the characters, all of whom land on the pages very well-imagined.
I found Biz to be a likable character and completely believable as an adolescent for example, the way she nonverbally dodges Robbie rather than talk to him directly. She shows a certain maturity or perhaps protectiveness in he I enjoyed Flicker! She shows a certain maturity or perhaps protectiveness in her relationships with her parents that I could see coming out of the role illness plays in the family, but for the most part, she lives in a somewhat self-involved perception bubble like most teens do.
Since Biz is also the narrator, that means the reader only sees what Biz sees, which can create some tension for an older reader like myself who wants to see beyond her. But that focus is probably just right for the target audience.
I had a technical question about flickering that the book did not answer what happens to the car Biz is driving when she flickers back to an earlier point in time? Since Flicker is the first in a series, I was okay with the possibility that the reader may learn more about flickering in later books. Hooyenga has a strong authorial hand and her characters compelled me to keep reading, sometimes later into the night than I should have.
Nov 12, Ursula rated it it was amazing. Ok, lets start by I had never heard of this book or the author.
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I entered the contest that was on here to win the book. Then I won! My first GoodReads contest and I won! I was so excited. Then I got more excited when I got the book. Biz is an amazing character. I honestly thought this would be like any other young adult book I have read, and I have read plenty being a middle school teacher. It isn't. Don't let it f WOW!
Don't let it fool you. Biz flickers. She can go back in time. But in the mean time there is more going on besides Biz flickering. Biz's Dad is ill. Add to it Biz's love life is kinda crazy.
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She can't maintain one and then when she realizes the guy who is really meant for her has been in front of her face the entire time! Add to it these kids are disappearing and killer migraines. The action doesn't stop. I am so happy that I entered that contest and I got to be exposed to this author and her young adult novel.