Sunday, January 8, 2012

Author Interview: Caroline Starr Rose

Stopping in today is 2012 debut author Caroline Starr Rose to talk about her book May B. which hits shelves this week! This is a middle grade historical novel in verse, so get ready for it!

If you found yourself in May’s position, what would be your hardest thing to overcome?

Despair. I don’t know I’d be able to pull myself out of the downward spiral she initially experiences.

What aspect of May’s character was the most fun for you to write?

Gosh, this is hard. Could I give you two? I love this girl’s bravery. Writing the scenes where May realizes she’s been abandoned, letting her hit bottom, and then watching her grow in confidence has been so satisfying. In many ways, she’s entirely separate from me, not a character I’ve created but a living girl, someone who has challenged me to be more brave.

I also loved writing scenes that involved May’s brother, Hiram. Because much of the book hinges on solitude and despair (with some hope thrown in), there aren’t a lot of light moments. The scenes with Hiram help add dimension to May’s character, give us a sense of their competitive, close bond, and ease some of the heaviness of her situation.

If you could pair any character from any book with May as her best friend, who would it be?

Francie Nolan from A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN. They both feel deeply, face challenges at school, and are courageous souls.

You find Narnia in your closet! What do you do?

Enjoy a cozy tea with Mr. Tumnus.

What kind of cookie would you describe yourself as?

Anything peanut buttery and gooey would fit me pretty well.

Thanks, Caroline, for answering my questions and congrats on the release!

Want more of Caroline? Check out her website, blog, facebook and find her on Goodreads.

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