Tour Stop: Interview with Cristin Bishara, Author of RELATIVITY – Plus TWO Giveaways


We’re excited to be on the RELATIVITY blog tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours! Today, we have an interview with the author, Cristin Bishara as well as TWO giveaways! Read on!

RelativityIceyBooks: Pitch your novel, RELATIVITY, in a tweet.

Cristin Bishara:
Ten parallel universes. One perfect world. What would you be willing to risk in order to find it?

IceyBooks:  RELATIVITY is a sci-fi novel – what made you decide to write sci-fi? Did it come naturally?

Cristin Bishara:When I started writing RELATIVITY, I didn’t have the specific intention of writing a sci-fi novel. Actually, one of my initial inspirations was art. There’s a painting I love called “La voix du sang” by René Magritte. It’s a tree with two open doors in the trunk. Inside one is a house; inside the other is a sphere. Intriguing! I kept wondering what else could be inside a tree.

Then I watched Brian Greene’s “The Elegant Universe” series on NOVA, and learned a little about string theory and the science behind parallel universes. I was an English major, and my M.F.A. is in poetry, so the nitty-gritty of string theory is over my head. But I understood enough to snag it as a plot-driving element.

IceyBooks: Do you have a favorite line that was removed from the original draft of RELATIVITY?

Cristin BisharaI’m one of those authors who writes really lean manuscripts, so for me it was a matter of adding words, rather than subtracting. But I can tell you, I *did* delete all the F-bombs.

IceyBooks:  Can you tell us a little bit about your journey to getting RELATIVITY published?

Cristin Bishara:It took me a long time to figure out what I wanted to write. I tried poetry, short stories, screenplays, picture books, you name it. I wrote magazine articles (one was about ceiling fans, no joke), as well as copy for corporate brochures and newsletters. When I finally finished a complete draft of RELATIVITY (which at the time was called “The Invisible World,” named after another of Magritte’s paintings), I knew I’d found my sweet spot. I love the combination of mystery, romance, and sci-fi. It took more than 30 queries, and about 15 months before I signed with my agent, Minju Chang at BookStop Literary.

IceyBooks: Give us the three:
-Favorite colors:
Cristin Bishara: This is supposed to be a three-word answer, right? Sorry, but I’m one of those people who could come up with color names for Sherwin Williams or Crayola or L’Oreal. At one time, I did a lot of graphic design work, so I was constantly flipping through Pantone books, too. I love anything that falls between green and blue. Think of peacock feathers and you can pick any three colors from there. 

IceyBooks: Snack you’re craving right now:
Cristin Bishara:
1) Jalapeño poppers
2) Homemade hummus
3) A piece of my mom’s chocolate cake

IceyBooks: Marvel Superheroes you love:
Cristin Bishara:
1)The Invisible Woman
2) Professor X
3) Captain America!

About the Author

Cristin Bishara

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.

Find Cristin on: Goodreads | Website | Twitter
Add RELATIVITY to Goodreads


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?

The Giveaways

And now for the TWO giveaways! Three lucky US residents will win a SIGNED hardcover copy of RELATIVITY. Just enter the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

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Wait! There’s more! We have a BONUS secret giveaway that you can win too! Just follow the easy steps in the infographic below! Here’s a link to the Facebook page.



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The Full Tour Schedule

Week One

Sept. 9th – Seeing Night Reviews – Guest Post + Review
Sept. 10th – Two Chicks on Books – Guest Post
Sept. 11th – Parajunkee – Interview
Sept. 11th – Working for the Mandroid – Review
Sept. 12th – Fic Fare – Interview
Sept. 13th – The Bookshelf Sophisticate – Guest Post

Week Two

Sept. 16th – Fiktshun – Guest Post
Sept. 17th – Imaginary Reads – Interview
Sept. 18th – Magical Urban Fantasy Reads – Interview
Sept. 18th – IceyBooks – Interview
Sept. 19th – The Book Monsters – Interview
Sept. 20th – Readers In Wonderland – Review
Sept. 20th – [B.O.O.K.L.I.F.E.] – Interview


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    September 18, 2013

    I’ve always wondered how my life would be if I could change a moment instead of change the whole scene. Just redo life in an easier way and here is a story I’ve been wanting to be in.

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    September 18, 2013

    Fun interview! And who wouldn’t love to experience nine different realities? That’d be stupendous.

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    September 18, 2013

    I’m a fan of the TV show Big Bang Theory (mostly because I have a crush on Leonard), but I’m intrigued by science in general and alternate realities, life on other planets.

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    September 19, 2013

    Love the idea of an alternate reality and how that can change things in your life when you start to explore them!!aound very unique and can’t wait to read this! Hope I win a copy!!!

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    Lisa Vazquezanzua

    September 20, 2013

    What interests me most about RELATIVITY is that a tree is a wormhole to nine alternative realities and that the MC can visit each of her own alternative realities. After reading the overview I am DYING to find out more about this awesome sounding book!! I cannot wait to get a copy!! It’s definitely #1 on my TBR list to read next!! Thank you so much for having such a generous and awesome giveaway!!

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    September 22, 2013

    Interesting interview! The thing about this title that interests me the most is the alternate universes!

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    September 22, 2013

    Interesting interview! The thing about this title that interests me the most is the alternate universes and the what ifs!

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    September 23, 2013

    I’m interested in trying more science fiction books