For the first Looking Ahead post of 2014, here is Robin Herrera, VCFA grad and author of Hope is a Ferris Wheel!
TCR: How would you describe your book in ten words or less?
RH: A trailer park soap opera about poetry and friendship.
TCR: What was your reaction when you first saw your cover?
RH: "WHOA!" It was something like that. I loved the way the colors popped! And the title text being lights was genius. I was also surprised that so much emphasis is placed on the Ferris wheel, both for the title and the cover, as it never played a big role in the book until maybe the last draft.
TCR: What's the best piece of writing advice you ever received?
RH: "Butt in chair." So many people have said it over the years I can't remember who to credit. But that is the most truthful and helpful piece of advice! (Next to "Use adverbs sparingly." I used to be a severe adverb abuser.)
TCR: Where is the best place for readers to stay up to date on you and your books?
RH: Either through Twitter (@herreracus) or on my website (www.robinherrera.com). I keep both active, but not (I hope) annoyingly active.
Thanks so much, Robin! Here's more about Hope is a Ferris Wheel, which will be out on March 11th, 2014!
"Ten-year-old Star Mackie lives in a trailer park with her flaky mom and her melancholy older sister, Winter, whom Star idolizes. Moving to a new town has made it difficult for Star to make friends, when her classmates tease her because of where she lives and because of her layered blue hair. But when Star starts a poetry club, she develops a love of Emily Dickinson and, through Dickinson’s poetry, learns some important lessons about herself and comes to terms with her hopes for the future.
With an unforgettable voice with a lot of heart, Hope Is a Ferris Wheel is the story of a young girl who learns to accept her family and herself while trying to make sense of the world around her."What books are you looking forward to this year?