Posted by Julie at Nov 20, 2010 6:00 am
Today’s special guest is the wonderful, amazing, keenly talented YA author, Caridad Ferrer! I have to confess that her book, ADIOS TO MY OLD LIFE, is probably one of my top ten favorite books ever. She writes with a combination of stark reality and sensual lyricism that blows me away. Her new book, WHEN STARS GO BLUE, is out in stores this week…but is already shipping from Amazon! The Plotmonkeys are thrilled that she’s here today to answer our question of the week: What is the ONE THING you know now that you wish you knew then?
I wish I’d known just how much heartbreak this business could bring even after achieving what many would think of as measurable success. I wasn’t so naÃ¯ve as to think that simply selling would make everything all sunshine and happy hummingbirds, but I definitely thought that once you took that step, it was simply just a question of continuing to maintain the hard work and discipline and slowly building the kind of career I wanted. I had no idea it would involve one step forward, six steps back, a few sideways, a couple of trips and stumbles down the steps, then carefully picking my way forward again. At the same time though (and feel free to call me a masochist), I wouldn’t change a thing. The journey I’ve taken, crazy as it’s been, allows me the perspective with which to really rejoice in each small step forward and savor every victory more than I might otherwise.
In addition to sharing her heartfelt advice, Caridad is also giving away a copy of a backlist book to a lucky commenter…US shipping only. Here’s the blurb for her new book, one I can’t wait to get my hands on!
A dancer driven to succeed.
A musical prodigy attempting to escape his past.
The summer they share.
And the moment it all goes wrong.
Dance is Soledad Reyesâ€™s life. About to graduate from Miamiâ€™s Biscayne High School for the Performing Arts, she plans on spending her last summer at home teaching in a dance studio, saving money, and eventually auditioning for dance companies. That is, until fate intervenes in the form of fellow student Jonathan Crandall who has what sounds like an outrageous proposition: Forget teaching. Why not spend the summer performing in the intense environment of the competitive drum and bugle corps? The corps is going to be performing Carmen, and the opportunity to portray the character of the sultry gypsy proves too tempting for Soledad to pass up, as well as the opportunity to spend more time with Jonathan, who intrigues her in a way no boy ever has before.
But in an uncanny echo of the story they perform every evening, an unexpected competitor for Soledadâ€™s affections appears: Taz, a member of an all-star Spanish soccer team. One explosive encounter later Soledad finds not only her relationship with Jonathan threatened, but her entire future as a professional dancer.