Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn
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by Pintip Dunn
Nov. 3, 2015
Imagine a world where your destiny has already been decided…by your future self.
It’s Callie’s seventeenth birthday and, like everyone else, she’s eagerly awaiting her vision-a memory sent back in time to sculpt each citizen into the person they’re meant to be. A world-class swimmer. A renowned scientist.
Or in Callie’s case, a criminal.
In her vision, she sees herself murdering her gifted younger sister. Before she can process what it means, Callie is arrested and placed in Limbo-a hellish prison for those destined to break the law. With the help of her childhood crush, Logan, a boy she hasn’t spoken to in five years, she escapes. But on the run from her future, as well as the government, Callie sets in motion a chain of events that she hopes will change her fate. If not, she must figure out how to protect her sister from the biggest threat of all-Callie, herself.
Mini-Interview with Pintip Dunn
1. What inspired you to write Forget Tomorrow?
I was lying down for a hazy, mid-afternoon nap with my son and contemplating my writing career. Wouldn’t it be great, I thought, if a future me could send a memory back to my younger self, so that I would know if I succeeded as an author and whether those long hours and heartache were worth it? My mind immediately jumped to the next thought: “Hey! That would make a cool world for a book.” I’d already decided I wanted to write my next novel about sisters, and in particular, the protective, maternal love a teenage girl can feel for her much younger sister. What would be the worst memory a girl like this could receive? I asked myself. The answer was obvious: a memory in which she saw herself killing the sister she swore to protest.
And voila! Even before my son woke up from his
2. Family plays an important role in your book. What made you decide to include that as a key element to the story?
The relationship between Callie and Jessa is based on my relationship with my sister. She is twelve years younger than me, and I have always felt an extremely close, protective bond with her. I wanted to write a story about this bond — and the lengths the older sister would go to in order to protect her younger sister. I’d like to believe that I would be strong enough and brave enough to make the decisions that Callie makes.
I always tease my sister, Lana, that this is my favorite book because I get to kill her in it. This isn’t true for a couple reasons. First, FORGET TOMORROW isn’t necessarily my favorite book. (Like parents, we authors aren’t allowed to have a favorite, right?!) Second, this book isn’t actually about how much I want to kill my sister; rather, it is about how much I love her. This isthe reason Forget Tomorrow is dedicated to her.
3. What was the hardest part about writing this book? Or the most fun?
The hardest part about writing this book was the middle. I revised it countless times and could not get it right until I realized that Callie had to go to prison before she continues to Harmony.
This key insight changed the entire book!
The most fun part of writing the book is the ending. At least, it was my favorite part to write, although some might quibble about whether or not it was actually “fun.” I cried during the entire time I was writing this scene, and I have never been able to read this scene without crying. (And I’m pretty sure I’ve read it upwards of 50 times during the revision and editing process!)
Pintip Dunn graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL. She also published an article in the YALE LAW JOURNAL, entitled, “How Judges Overrule: Speech Act Theory and the Doctrine of Stare Decisis,” Pintip is represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. She is a 2012 RWA Golden Heart® finalist and a 2014 double-finalist. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Washington Romance Writers, YARWA, and The Golden Network. She lives with her husband and children in Maryland. You can learn more about Pintip and her books at www.pintipdunn.com