Series: Jumper #4
Published by Tor Books on 9-9-2014
Genres: Science Fiction
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Cent can teleport. So can her parents, but they are the only people in the world who can. This is not as great as you might think it would be — sure, you can go shopping in Japan and then have tea in London, but it’s hard to keep a secret like that. And there are people, dangerous people, who work for governments and have guns, who want to make you do just this one thing for them. And when you’re a teenage girl things get even more complicated. High school. Boys. Global climate change, refugees, and genocide. Orbital mechanics.
But Cent isn’t easily daunted, and neither are Davy and Millie, her parents. She’s going to make some changes in the world.
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Can you talk a little about what the book is about?
“Like Impulse (Jumper III), Exo concerns itself with the adventures of Cent (short for Millicent), Davy and Millie’s teenaged daughter, who has inherited her parents’ teleportation ability. Cent, a bright, home-schooled kid (her abortive attempt to attend high-school having been cut short by the ruthless semi-governmental billionaire who wants to use her and her family to his advantage, this being the story of Impulse), is going stir-crazy. Her parents’ projects — using teleportation for humanitarian aid and similar — are off-limits to her as too dangerous, and without a project, she’s likely to do something stupid. When you’re a teenaged teleport, “something stupid” takes on a whole new dimension.!
“So her parents give her leave to create her own space program. You see, Cent has figured out how to use the momentumcreating and momentum-canceling properties of teleportation — these being natural consequences of teleportation itself, because otherwise how you could blip around the world without being torn to pieces when you land on a surface moving thousands of km/h relative to your previous position — to fly, and has gotten to the upper limit of her travel capability, and she wants to get higher. She needs a space-suit.”!
What makes your book unique?
“Because I was afraid of worms, Roxanne! Worms!”
“Words. I meant words!”
Where did you get the idea for the book?
All four of the Jumper books proceed from the principles of teleportation laid out in the first book—logical extensions. Other than that, they also extend from the question, “Well, what the hell would you do if you could teleport?”
Is there any message you want readers to get from reading the book?
I want them to enjoy themselves first and foremost. I hope they find characters they can identify with. I hope they can step into my characters’ shoes. Obviously my own beliefs and attitudes can’t help but leak into the work but there is a word for works that seek to express a message first: propaganda. I want to tell stories, not write political tracts.
How long did it take to write the book?
Roughly two years.
Who is your favorite character, or what character was the most fun to write?
In this book? Samantha—Cent’s grandmother.
Can you talk about how you wrote it? Did you do any outlining? Did it take you in any unexpected directions?
I am a pantser. I always end up someplace unexpected. I write books like I read them—to find out what’s going to happen.
If you could go back and change anything in the novel, what would it be?
“They’d use the giant inflatable blowfish as a second habitat.
How did you come up with the cover?
Get a lot of self-publishers do you? Tor’s Art Department did that.
When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
Freshman year of College.
What was the first story that you ever wrote?
Home is the Hunted, a short story. It’s the first story I finished. It got a personal rejection from Ben Bova at Analog back in 1975. The next story I finished, The Touch of Their Eyes, I sold to his successor, Stan Schmidt, in 1979.
What is your favorite genre, and why?
I don’t have favorite genre’s. I have favorite books.
Are there any books you are absolutely inspired by?
The four Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane novels by Dorothy Sayers.
What are you working on next?
The first of four novels based on James Cameron’s Avatar. This one tells the story of the first movie as well as foreshadowing events and characters who will be in the next three movies. The next book not based on those movies will be the sequel to my 2011 book, 7th Sigma.
What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Stick with it. It’s not a werewolf hunt, its ducks.
This means you don’t spend all your time polishing that one silver bullet. Instead fire off a whole bunch of pellets. One them will hit that duck and, with practice, you’ll become a sharpshooter.
How do you juggle writing with family time?
This is tricky no matter what you do for a living. Both my daughters are in college. The tricky part is getting time from them. Like myself, my wife works at home, too, so we do get time together, but it can still be tricky when deadline’s approach and whiz past.