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Relativity Tour: Author Interview with Cristin Bishara & Giveaway

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Today, I'm delighted to share an author interview with Cristin Bishara as a part of the Relativity tour!


by Cristin Bishara

Genre: Paranormal
Hardback: 288 Pages
Publication: September 10, 2013 by Walker Children's


If Ruby Wright could have her way, her dad would never have met and married her stepmother Willow, her best friend George would be more than a friend, and her mom would still be alive. Ruby knows wishes can't come true; some things just can't be undone. Then she discovers a tree in the middle of an Ohio cornfield with a wormhole to nine alternative realities.

Suddenly, Ruby can access completely different realities, each containing variations of her life—if things had gone differently at key moments. The windshield wiper missing her mother’s throat…her big brother surviving his ill-fated birth…her father never having met Willow. Her ideal world—one with everything and everyone she wants most—could be within reach. But is there such a thing as a perfect world? What is Ruby willing to give up to find out?

Author Interview with Cristin Bishara

On your blog, you mention that one of the initial inspirations behind Relativity is René Magritte's La Voix Du Sang. Could you tell us more about the story behind this?
I love this painting. I first saw it on a postcard, which I bought at the Kenyon College bookstore when I was a student there. So that means I’ve been carrying it around for quite a few years. It’s on my desk right now.

In the painting, there’s an enormous tree with two open doors in the trunk. Behind one door is a sphere, which could represent a number of things, but I think of it as the moon. Below, behind the other door, is a house with lit windows. Who lives in there? My postcard is pretty worn out, but it looks to me like there’s a third door above the other two. It’s closed. What’s in there? (Magritte produced several versions of La voix du sang, and in some of them there’s clearly a third door, which is ajar.) A colleague of Magritte’s once suggested that these paintings were inspired by Alice in Wonderland because Alice notices that “one of the trees had a door leading right into it.”

I’ve always found this painting compelling and intriguing, hence the oak tree in RELATIVITY with the portal door. I also love the notion that Magritte was inspired by a book, and in turn my book was inspired by his art.

By the way, Christie’s had La voix du sang up for auction a few years ago. It could have been mine for a mere $3.6 million!

How has life changed since getting a book deal?
I’d say there have been at least three surreal events in the past few months. First, listening to the actors’ auditions for the audio recording of RELATIVITY, which is now available on It was pretty cool to hear a professional reading my words aloud. The second is the fact that I’ve had a few phone conversations with a TV writer/executive producer who’s interested in pitching RELATIVITY as a TV series. Who knows if anything will come of it, but just getting this far is so exciting. One last way I know my life has changed is the new look of my email inbox. Now it’s loaded up with messages from my agent, other writers, bookstores, and my publisher. Before it was mostly Petco and Banana Republic and forwarded jokes.

What are you working on right now?
I sent a new manuscript to my agent last week, and I’m waiting for her to read it. So that means I’m starting my third YA novel soon. Right now I’m writing brief synopses for four different ideas, then I’ll narrow the list down to the two most viable. And then whichever story keeps me up at night is the one I’ll write next. I’m actually thinking about trying NaNoWriMo this year, since I’ve never attempted it. I’m also considering buying Scrivener, because when I write by the seat of my pants, everything goes haywire. I really should start outlining first.

About the Author
Before publishing Relativity, Cristin Bishara worked as a professional copywriter, and taught composition and fiction writing at the university level. She has an M.F.A. in creative writing. Cristin lives in Florida with her husband, two girls, and rescued racing greyhound.

This post is a part of the Relativity tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours

Tourwide Giveaway
SIGNED hardcover copy of RELATIVITY to THREE (3) Winners.

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Bonus Giveaway
The author will be sending out all prizes for the giveaway once the tour has ended and we've chosen the winners.

Ends September 24th at 11:50p.m

Here is a piece of the code!

1 comment on "Relativity Tour: Author Interview with Cristin Bishara & Giveaway"
  1. This book sounds so good. I love the scene where the wormhole is inside of a tree in the middle of nowhere in Ohio. I don't know why, but I think that is such a cool setting. This book's synopsis is so short and vague, it lets you into the idea that the fantasy and sci fi of this novel is going to me mind blowing. I can't wait to read this!! :D


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