Today we're excited to hear from Carrie Mac, author
of 10 ThingsI Can See From Here!
Below you'll find more about Carrie,
her book, plus a review, and giveaway!
Being someone who deals with severe anxiety often, not only was it easy to write, but easy to want love for Maeve and a complex family life and hopes and dreams and all those other things that come alongside crippling anxiety.
2. Which scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
I love the birth scene, when Maeve rises up and discovers that she can be strong even if she can’t believe it and doesn’t experience it often enough.
3. Do you have a Playlist for 10 Things I Can See From Here? Can you share if you do?
No play list for while I was writing the first drafts. I mostly listened to Drum & Base for the final drafts. Lots of good European DJs. That music suits Maeve and the noise in her head well … drowns it out a bit.
4. Which scene was the hardest to write and why?
The hardest scene to write was when Maeve discovered Mrs. Patel. I didn’t want her emotional reaction to dominate the rest of the book, so I had to play it just so, and relieve Maeve of some of the intensity of her feelings (I won’t give the spoiler here) so that she could go on and fully participate with the rest of her story.
5. Do you have a writing routine?
When we’re home, I get up at 530am and go for a run or a walk for an hour, then I go to a coffee shop and write for 2-3 hours.
When we’re traveling (which is a lot) I write early morning or late at night when the kids are asleep. Traveling is when I collect a lot of my characters, their traits, dialogue, settings, and all those colorful bits.
6. What advice to do you have for teens who want to write a book?
Write the book.
Worry about how good or bad it is later. You can only make it better if you have it to work with in the first place. Start at the beginning and go all the way to the end,
One single page a day would get you a 365 pg book . Awesome, right?
7. What part of the writing process is your favorite: Drafting or Revising?
Revising. I love revising. It’s my most favorite kind of organizing- and reorganizing. I love tidying things up. Anything, really. But especially my books.
9. What new release book are you looking forward to in 2017?
Philip Pullman’s new one in October! CANNOT WAIT.
9. What's next for you?
I’m heading to Europe in a couple of weeks, where my kids and I are going to backpack around while I work on my next book.
10. Sweet or salty?
Salted pecans with caramel and chocolate drizzled on top.
Don’t worry; be happy.
Keep calm and carry on.
Maeve has heard it all before. She’s been struggling with severe anxiety for a long time, and as much as she wishes it was something she could just talk herself out of, it’s not. She constantly imagines the worst, composes obituaries in her head, and is always ready for things to fall apart. To add to her troubles, her mom—the only one who really gets what Maeve goes through—is leaving for six months, so Maeve will be sent to live with her dad in Vancouver.
Vancouver brings a slew of new worries, but Maeve finds brief moments of calm (as well as even more worries) with Salix, a local girl who doesn’t seem to worry about anything. Between her dad’s wavering sobriety, her very pregnant stepmom insisting on a home birth, and her bumbling courtship with Salix, this summer brings more catastrophes than even Maeve could have foreseen. Will she be able to navigate through all the chaos to be there for the people she loves?
By: Carrie Mac
Release Date: February 27, 2017