Amalie Howard grew up on a small Caribbean island where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or being a tomboy running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees and dreaming of adventure. An aspiring writer from a young age, Amalie’s poem “The Candle,” written at age twelve, was published in a University of Warwick journal. Her debut novel, Bloodspell, was selected as a Seventeen Magazine Summer Read. She is also the author of the Aquarathi series from Harlequin Teen (Waterfell, out now, and Oceanborn, available August, 2014), as well as The Almost Girl from Strange Chemistry (available now) and Alpha Goddess from Sky Pony Press (coming March 2014).

Science Fiction and Science Fact
World-building in THE ALMOST GIRL
by Amalie Howard

According to the laws of physics, time travel and inter-dimensional travel are both possible. Having been a science fiction fan for most of my life (Star Wars, Dune, Aliens and The Fifth Element all grace my top 10 movie list), when I wrote The Almost Girl, I knew the world-building and the concept of jumping between universes, had to be complex but relatable, especially for a young adult market. As a fiction writer, any world has to have rules, and those rules have to be consistent or the world falls apart. So step one was definitely research.
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