Readers have called my young adult novel Evidence of Things Not Seen “edgy” and had a lot of questions about the characters profiled there. Some of those questions have been, well, edgy themselves. With only a chapter spent with each, readers fiercely want to hold the characters accountable and make sure they get the respect they deserve.
1. What did you get or understand out of looking through Tommy Smythe’s notebook that you found?
2. Sometimes people who are so different from each other can also have things in common. Tommy was a weird science nerd. You’re a jock. You’re mom’s super religious. What do you all have in common? Do you think this matches in some way with Tommy’s theory of multiple possibilities?
3. You said that Tommy was an in-the-moment kind of guy, whereas you plan everything out, even on the field. Do you think one way makes more sense than the other?
4. You asked, “Why does everything have to be linked to something else?” Do you truly think that everything in the universe is random, or is it possible that some things really are linked?