Today on YA Month I have Carlie Sorosiak on the blog with an interview with Cora from Teapartyprincess definitely check out her wonderful blog and thank you for taking part!
Carlie has written a book called If Birds Fly Back and it is truly one of the best books I have read this year, my full review is on my review page but, it is just fantastic and I cannot wait to read it again.
Carlie Sorosiak grew up in North Carolina and holds two master's degrees: one in English from Oxford University and another in Creative Writing and Publishing from City University, London. Her life goals include travelling to all seven continents and fostering many polydactyl cats. She currently splits her time between the US and the UK, hoping to gain an accent like Madonna's.
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1. If you could describe your own book in five words, what would they be?
Romance in the Florida sunshine.
Ooo! Or this:
Nerdy cuteness, astrophysical mysteries, love!
2. There are some very complicated family relationships, what were the hardest parts about writing them?
I think the hardest part was ensuring that every point of view came across and that every character (even if he or she had a somewhat difficult personality) remained sympathetic. Other than that, it came rather naturally. I have a very complicated family history, so I'm used to the complexity!
3. IBFB is a little bit nerdy, what was the most interesting fact you discovered while writing it?
Oh, so many! It's really challenging to pick just one! Okay, here it goes: the "Hairy Ball Theorem" that Sebastian references translates to the "Combed Hedgehog Theorem" in German. What are the odds?!
4. If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?
Take advice from people you trust, and everyone else's advice with a bucket of salt. Lots and lots of people will have opinions about your writing, and you have to know the voices to listen to.
Also, drop the "aspiring" in "aspiring writer"! If you're seriously putting words on paper, then you're a writer. Own it! :)
5. What are you working on next?
I'm in copyedits for my second novel, which is a standalone contemporary with snow and a dinosaur park and kissing and possibly a little bit of magic.
Linny has been living life in black and white since her sister Grace ran away, and she's scared that Grace might never come back.
When Linny witnesses the return to Miami of a cult movie star long presumed dead, she is certain it's a sign. Surely Alvaro Herrera, of all people, can tell her why people come back - and how to bring her sister home?
Sebastian has come to Miami seeking his father, a man whose name he's only just learned. An aspiring astrophysicist, he can tell Linny how many galaxies there are, how much plutonium weighs and how likely she is to be struck by a meteorite. But none of the theories he knows are enough to answer his own questions about why his father abandoned him, and why it left him in pieces.
As Sebastian and Linny converge around the mystery of Alvaro's disappearance - and return - their planets start to collide. Linny's life is about to become technicolor, but finding the answers to her questions might mean losing everything that matters.
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