Tell us a little about your new novel.
In December 1992, three groups of teenagers head to the theater to see the movie version of the famed Eons & Empires comic books. For Adam it's a last ditch effort to connect with something (actually, someone, the girl he's had a crush on for years) in his sleepy Florida town before he leaves for good. Passionate fan Sharon skips school in Cincinnati so she can fully appreciate the flick without interruption from her vapid almost-friends—a seemingly silly indiscretion with shocking consequences. And in suburban Chicago, Phoebe and Ollie simply want to have a nice first date and maybe fool around in the dark, if everyone they know could just stop getting in the way.
The book follows these characters over the next twenty years as their lives criss-cross and intersect.
How did you settle on the timeline that you've chosen, which spans quite a few years of the main characters' lives?
I’ve always been really interested in how events from youth impact the rest of our lives. So I wanted to follow the characters until the events of the movie had a sort of logical conclusion. The re-release of the movie twenty years later, ends up connecting some of these characters in different ways, so it seemed like a logical place to end things.
It’s not a tied-with-a-bow ending for some of the characters, and personally at least, I’m really interested in finding out what happens to some of them afterward. But it seems like the place where Eons & Empires is done for these characters.