by Kristy Acevedo
Series: Holo #1
Publication: April 19th 2016
Genre: Science Fiction
As if Alexandra Lucas’ anxiety disorder isn’t enough, mysterious holograms suddenly appear from the sky, heralding the end of the world. They bring an ultimatum: heed the warning and step through a portal-like vertex to safety, or stay and be destroyed by a comet they say is on a collision course with earth. How’s that for senior year stress?
The holograms, claiming to be humans from the future, bring the promise of safety. But without the ability to verify their story, Alex is forced to consider what is best for her friends, her family, and herself.
To stay or to go. A decision must be made.
With the deadline of the holograms’ prophecy fast approaching, Alex feels as though she is living on a ticking time bomb, until she discovers it is much, much worse.
“Order multiple copies of this must-have”–School Library Journal
What was your favorite book as a child?
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
The Babysitter’s Club series by Ann M. Martin
What led you to write YA instead of another age category?
I’m a high school English teacher, so teens are my natural audience. My teen years were also chaotic and complex, and that emotional reality naturally resonates with YA audiences.
What has been your most memorable experience as an English teacher?
It’s been sixteen years–so many things! The most fun I had was “torturing” freshman students years ago with Animal Farm. They were randomly assigned animal roles, and whatever happened to their character in the book happened to them in class. The pig students got to rule. I brought in a stuffed pig as their leader. He was eventually taken for ransom in a student rat rebellion.
Where did the idea for the Holo series come from?
I was supposed to be writing but was instead binge watching Doctor Who on Netflix. Then I took a shower to shake off the funk of not writing. I decided that despite the awesome adventures, the series has a major flaw–why would any sane person go into the TARDIS? It’s absurd! Come on, if a TARDIS appeared outside and a strange man calling himself The Doctor asked you to leave with him to save your world, would you really go? Doubt it.
That got me thinking about what would make people go with a stranger… and then BAM. An entire YA sci-fi, two-book concept flooded my brain. I got out of the shower and asked my husband and teenage daughter to listen to the concept and tell me if it was stupid. They listened, and then my husband said, “I’d see that movie.”
What can we expect from your writing in the future?
YA speculative fiction, always grounded in the real world first. I like skirting the line between high realism and elements of the unknown. I’d rather not be labeled as a specific genre author so my creativity has room to explore and evolve.
Just for fun, since I’m a fellow coffee junkie, how do you take your coffee? Do you enjoy any specialty coffee drinks?
I like my coffee with cream and Truvia when available. It either needs to be really hot or really cold. I don’t go lukewarm. I also love caramel, mocha, and pumpkin spice (Dunkin Donuts all the way.)
Thank you for spending some time with us today, Kristy. It’s been fun getting to know a little about you. I can’t wait to read Consider and hope to have you on the blog again!
Coming in January 2017 – Contribute, book 2 of the Holo series!
~About the Author~
Kristy Acevedo is a YA author, high school English teacher, and huge Star Trek, Doctor Who, and Harry Potter fan. When she was a child, her “big sister” from the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program fostered her love of books by bringing her to the public library every Wednesday.
A member of SCBWI, her debut novel, CONSIDER (Jolly Fish Press, April 2016), won the 2015 PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Children’s Book Discovery Award. She has her Master’s Degree in English, and she founded the Monthly Twitter Writing Challenges in 2014 (see writingchallenge.org)
She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, two daughters, and two cats (Milo and Khaleesi). She believes coffee and dark chocolate were put on this planet for the good of humankind.
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