Amanda Hocking

Interview with Imogen Rose – author of Portal

June 23rd, 2010 by
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Imogen Rose is the author of Portal, a sci-fi romance with time travel. It’s been on the list of top 50 best rated, best selling books on Kindle, and I’ve read it myself, so I know its awesome. 

Here’s the description (borrowed from Amazon):


Come Find Me Two Years Ago…

Six words that propelled ice hockey playing tomboy, Arizona, into an alternate dimension.

She suddenly found herself in the past. In one moment she went from being an ice hockey playing teenager in New Jersey to a glamorous cheerleader in California. She found herself transported from a happy life with her dad, Dillard, to a new, strange one living with her mother whom she hates. Apparently it’s a life she’s always lived in.

Everyone knows her as Arizona Darley, but she isn’t. She is Arizona Stevens.

As she struggles to find answers she is certain of one thing- that her mother Olivia, a brilliant physicist, is somehow responsible. .

PORTAL is the story of the repercussions of Olivia Darley’s attempt at creating a perfect world for herself and her children. Arizona’s quest for answers threatens to undermine the seemingly perfect world that her mother has so carefully constructed.


1.Can you tell me about a little bit about yourself and your writing?
I am very new to writing, to fiction anyway. I’m a scientist by profession, I have a PhD in Immunology and worked in London for many years (doing aneurysm research). So, I do have scientific publications behind me, but this was my first attempt at fiction. I am a dreamer, have been from a very young age. I always remember my dreams as I wake up. I decided to write this particular one down.
2.What inspired you to write Portal?
PORTAL was inspired by one of my dreams. I decided, on a whim, to write it down and my youngest daughter read it and asked, “What happens next?” That’s what spurred me on to complete the story and keep writing. My daughter kept reading everything the printer produced and was so enthusiastic that I kept going… and a novel emerged.
3. I love the line “Come Find Me Two Years Ago.” You had me hooked from there. How did you come up with it?
Now, that’s a very personal story to be shared over champagne and chocolates one day….
4.If you picked a soundtrack for your book, what songs would be on it?
This is really hard! Coming up with a soundtrack will take me longer than writing the book. After all, each track has to reflect the emotion of the scene. However, here are some suggestions from the tracks that inspired and fuelled me while I was writing the book.
To The Moon & Back (Savage Garden)
Bonfires (Blue Foundation)
Uprising (Muse)
This Time (Jonathan Rhys Meyers)
Erase (Mika)
Travel in Time (Kate Havnevik)
People are Strange (The Doors)
Heaven from Here (Robbie Williams)
Come As You Are (Nirvana)
4:AM Forever (Lostprophet)
Disenchanted Lullaby (Foo Fighters)
Pop Princess (The Click Five….. for Ella, obviously!) 
5.What’s your favorite book you’ve read in the last year (other than yours, of course)?
I re-read PERFUME by Patrick Suskind, love this book!
6. Vampires or zombies?
Vampires!
7.When you’re not writing, how do you spend your free time?
Shopping, reading, watching movies, hanging out with friends.
8. When you were a kid, what monster scared you most?
The one under my bed….
9. Do you have anything upcoming you’d like readers to know about?
I have just finished writing EQUILIBRIUM, which is Book Two of the Portal Chronicles. It’s with my editor at the moment. I have started writing Book Three, QUANTUM, which may be ready by Christmas. I am also trying to get a children’s book together, based on a story I made up for my own kids (about three elves). I am also working to get the Hermès LookBook Two out by Christmas.
Be sure to check out her wesbite, imogenrose.com, and buy her book from Amazon.com!  It’s only $1.99 on Kindle!

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