Interview with Cindy Gunderson, Author of Unreal

10 Aug 2021

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write Unreal?

The idea for Unreal came randomly during a conversation with some friends. Someone made a comment about virtual reality, and I suddenly had an image in my head of a girl with an implant that could alter everything she sees. I was so intrigued, I had to start writing!

If you woke up in the world of Unreal, what is the first thing you would do?

If I woke up in P3 Community, the first thing I would do would be to pull up image maps of exotic places I’ve never been able to visit in the real-world. I would explore like crazy!!

If you had to write a blurb for the last book you read, what would it say?

The last book I read was Anxious People, by Fredrik Backman. We experience a hostage crisis (that isn’t really a hostage crisis) through the eyes of a very unique set of characters. Their individual stories weave together to pull us deeply into their stress, worry, love, and regret. Thoroughly enjoyed every second of it!

Where did you write Unreal?

I wrote Unreal in a series of random places. As a mom of four very active kids, I had to sneak in my word count wherever I could! I wrote on a bench at a trampoline park, the sidelines of soccer practice, the wee hours of the night when the house was finally quiet, and even at a lake during water ski lessons!

Pretend you qualified for the Olympics this year. What sport would you compete in?

If I qualified for the Olympics, I would definitely be there for 3 on 3 basketball. Though truly, my new favorite sport to play is Ultimate Frisbee – it’s not an Olympic sport yet!! Hopefully someday…

Cindy Gunderson is the author of the new book Unreal

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