It is my pleasure this week to bring you Caroline Starr Rose, author of MAY B., an historical middle grade novel in verse. I consider myself very fortunate to be part of the Class of 2k12, which Caroline co-chairs with author Megan Bostic. She is a fearless leader and an amazing author.
1. What is your favorite word?
Alpargatas -- Spanish for espadrille shoes. Way too fun to say.
2. What word do you like the least?
3. What other profession would you like to learn?
I've always thought being an ethnologist would be really interesting. Studying another culture and knowing its people intimately fascinates me.
4. What profession would you never, ever want to have?
Surgeon. The world is fortunate I was not required to work on the human body.
5. What is your favorite writing motto/mantra?
E.L. Doctorow's quote on drafting has gotten me through many a story: It's like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
ABOUT MAY B.:
I've known it since last night:
It's been too long to expect them to return.
May is helping out on a neighbor's Kansas prairie homestead—just until Christmas, says Pa. She wants to contribute, but it's hard to be separated from her family by 15 long, unfamiliar miles. Then the unthinkable happens: May is abandoned. Trapped in a tiny snow-covered sod house, isolated from family and neighbors, May must prepare for the oncoming winter. While fighting to survive, May's memories of her struggles with reading at school come back to haunt her. But she's determined to find her way home again. Caroline Starr Rose's fast-paced novel, written in beautiful and riveting verse, gives readers a strong new heroine to love.
Order MAY B. here.
You can find Caroline at her website.
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