The Compulsive Reader: Class of 2k12: Caroline Starr Rose

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Class of 2k12: Caroline Starr Rose

The Class of 2k12 is a group of YA and MG authors making their debuts in 2012! I was lucky enough to ask most of them two questions about their debut novels. Today I have Caorline Starr Rose, author of  May B. on the blog!

About May B.:
"I've known it since last night;
It's been too long to expect them to return.
Something's happened.
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."
I think is sounds absolutely fabulous!

Here's Caroline!

TCR: What was the hardest part about writing your book?

CRS: First drafts are always hard for me. Because my story is in verse, the words often took a long time to form. A good writing day meant I’d added 250-350 words. I remember one of my critique partners looking at an early portion and saying, “How are you going to sustain this? Writing like this would drive me crazy!”

It was intense, but it was also the truest way for me to tell May’s story.

TCR: What was the easiest?

CRS: In a lot of ways May’s voice was very clear right from the start. I wanted a straightforward, somewhat bleak tone to permeate everything, a style I’d found throughout all the first-hand accounts of pioneer women I’d read. At the same time, I wanted to be able to convey her determination, courage, and hope as the story progressed. Verse let me get as close to the bone as I could with this character, to expose her deepest fears and longings in ways prose wouldn’t have allowed me to do.

Thank you, Caroline! May B. is out today, so be sure to pick up a copy! And check out carolinestarrrose.com for more info!


Anonymous said...

This book sounds very interesting - and it has a lovely cover - I had seen it around but I didn't know what it was about.

I think I could like it tons so I'm going to put it on my shopping list.

Thanks for the interview.

Skeeter's Scribbles said...

The book sounds great, with a wonderful cover. I'll have to add it to my reading list! Great interview. Thanks.

LoriStrongin said...

I'm definitely looking forward to reading this book. Novels in prose is definitely a risky endeavor, but can be so effective when pulled off well. Plus, it's a historical, which I can't get enough of, so I'll be eagerly awaiting a chance to read this one!