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June 10, 2015

Guest Post by Melissa E. Hurst --- THE EDGE OF FOREVER


Listening to the right song at the right moment can make you feel all kinds of emotions. Or, in author Melissa E. Hurst's case, inspire a YA novel! She gives the full story behind THE EDGE OF FOREVER  in her blog post below, and explains how she ironed out some of kinks that came about as her idea developed.

People always ask me how I came up with the idea for THE EDGE OF FOREVER. The initial spark happened when I was driving one day in June 2011 and heard the song “If I Die Young” by The Band Perry playing on the radio. At the same time, I was thinking about old movies I hadn’t seen in awhile. One was a time travel movie from the early 1980s called Somewhere in Time. Listening to that song and thinking about that movie collided and made me ask a question, “what if a teen time traveler went back in time to save the life of a girl who was destined to die?”

Originally, I was going to have the male teen time traveler live in the present and travel to sometime in the past, but that didn’t excite me. What I really liked was having him live about 150 years in the future and traveling to our present. That way, I could combine my love of futuristic fiction with my love of contemporary fiction (especially when strange things happen to the characters).

When building the futuristic society, it was challenging to create rules that governed time travel. Once, I read an article stating that time travel in our future doesn’t exist because if it did, we would have witnessed countless numbers of people from the future visiting important events in the past (or even our present). That argument makes sense to a degree, so to explain why there aren’t millions of time travelers visiting major events in the past and present in THE EDGE OF FOREVER, I decided to have a rule from the Department of Temporal Affairs that forbids multiple large groups of Time Benders from traveling to the same event. The Time Benders are to record the events, and they must be cloaked at all times to remain invisible.


Once I came up with that rule, it made me think --- could there really be time travelers from our future who follow those rules? Probably not, but you never know.  

Melissa lives in the southern US with her husband and three kids. She writes YA science fiction and fantasy, which means she considers watching "Star Trek" and "Firefly" to be research. She dreams of traveling around the world and maybe finding Atlantis one day. You can usually find her with a book in one hand and a Dr. Pepper in the other. Or consuming lots of chocolate.