Blog Tour - Author Interview: There Will Come a Time by Carrie Arcos

Friday, May 30, 2014

Today on Mr. Book Wonder, as part of a tour organize by Pinoy Book Tours, I have a highly special treat for you dear readers. I was able to get an interview with the award-winning author of Out of Reach, Carrie Arcos for her latest book, There Will Come a Time. Don't miss out her fun interview as well with Dianne from Oops! I Read A Book Again.

ABOUT THE BOOK
RELEASE DATE. April 15, 2014
PUBLISHER. Simon Pulse
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SYNOPSIS. Mark grapples with the loss of his twin sister in this heart-wrenching novel of grief and resilience from National Book Award finalist Carrie Arcos.

Mark knows grief. Ever since the accident that killed his twin sister, Grace, the only time he feels at peace is when he visits the bridge on which she died. Comfort is fleeting, but it’s almost within reach when he’s standing on the wrong side of the suicide bars. Almost.

Grace’s best friend, Hanna, says she understands what he’s going through. But she doesn’t. She can’t. It’s not just the enormity of his loss. As her twin, Mark should have known Grace as well as he knows himself. Yet when he reads her journal, it’s as if he didn’t know her at all.

As a way to remember Grace, Hanna convinces Mark to complete Grace’s bucket list from her journal. Mark’s sadness, anger, and his growing feelings for Hannah threaten to overwhelm him. But Mark can’t back out. He made a promise to honor Grace—and it’s his one chance to set things right.

INTERVIEW WITH CARRIE ARCOS


ABOUT THE AUTHOR. Carrie Arcos is the author OUT OF REACH, which was a National Book Award finalist. THERE WILL COME A TIME is her second novel. She lives in Los Angeles, California with her family.

Before becoming an author, how did you see yourself in the future when you were a kid?
It’s funny, I just found a letter I wrote to my high school English teacher when I was graduating senior year. In it, I said that I wanted to be a writer and a teacher. Well, I was actually a high school teacher and college professor before I became a published writer. So there you go! Is that weird? I accomplished what I wanted to be. Now I have other dreams I’d still like to pursue. And in the writing field, what’s great is that it changes all the time because you’re telling different stories. I’m so grateful to be doing what I've always wanted.

Why did you choose to write about a Filipino character?
I was intentional about that. My original muse for Mark was a former student of mine: Filipino, tatted up, skater, plug wearing, and ripped jeans, musician kind of guy. When I set the story in Eagle Rock, CA that also solidified it for me because it has a high Filipino population. I live in Eagle Rock and many of my neighbors and friends are Filipino, my kids’ friends are Filipino, etc . . . . So I’m very comfortable with the culture, well I should say the American-Filipino culture. I've never been to the Philippines, though I’d love to visit one day.

Did you do a lot of research for There Will Come a Time?
I did some. I interviewed people regarding the Filipino cultural aspects of the book. The book is not about Mark’s cultural identity, but his culture informs him as a character. So I wanted to make sure I got the details right. I also followed a girl around an arts high school for a day. I researched twins and how they grieve the loss of a twin. There is actually a group called Twinless Twins. They offer support online and through groups and have conferences each year.

Do you know any Filipino words?
Salamat - Thank you!
Kumusta - How are you?
Haha. That’s it!

Which of the characters in There Will Come A Time do you most identify with and why?
Mark for sure, although I am so not a seventeen-year-old guy. I didn't realize it at the time, but I channeled some of my own personal grief through Mark. I had lost a friend before I started writing the book to suicide and I think writing a book was a way I worked through that.

The second person is Jenny. I put a little of myself into her, especially the Italian, Keanu Reeves loving part.

Are there any issues related to adolescence that you are particularly passionate about?
I don’t know about any specific issues per say, but I’m very passionate about teens themselves. I loved being a high school teacher and the influence I was able to have with young people. I think ultimately when I write that I hope they see themselves reflected in the pages and that the words always lead them to hope. There’s so much darkness, so much struggle, and we need to go through it. I want them to know they’ll make it though.

What would be one best song to describe There Will Come a Time?
I don’t really know of one song, but I did have Out on the Town by Fun on repeat a lot. I think that one captures the whole Mark/Hanna thing going on in the book.

What would you like your readers to remember from There Will Come a Time?
That even when you go through the most devastating loss, you will find hope again, you will find love, you will live and it’s okay not to feel guilty about that.

What advice can you give to aspiring authors?
Read. Read. Read. Write. Write. Write. You will experience failure at every turn. You will experience success in least expected places. Plant your feet, but be ready to bolt. Go out and get rejected ten times and work through that rejection. And then repeat. You’ll need to get your strength up. And courage. Always courage.

What is next for Carrie Arcos?
Oh man, I don’t know. I’m writing, that’s for sure. I have another YA contemporary that’ll hopefully be published one day. I’d just like to keep writing stories. I hope I keep getting better with each one and that they continue to touch the people that read them.

GIVEAWAY
2 SIGNED COPIES OF THERE WILL COME A TIME
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  • Giveaway ends June 15, 2014.

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