Author Chat with Carey Anne Farrell (Forward March), Plus Giveaway!
Today we're excited to chat with Carey Anne Farrell author of Forward March.
Read on for more about Carey and her book, an interview, plus an giveaway!
Meet Carey Anne Farrell!
Carey Anne Farrell writes, teaches, makes music, and co-hosts the podcast Go Your Own YA. Originally from Maryland, she now lives outside Chicago with her husband, their dog, and her ever-expanding collections of books, records, musical instruments, and creepy dolls. She is still recovering from her days in a bright yellow marching uniform.
Meet Forward March!
Love, loss, and the surprising aphrodisiacs of the band locker room. That’s what the Dulaney High marching band has in store for Meghan Riggins. Like her Gram, who’s been her biggest fan since that first trombone lesson, Meghan’s always loved making music. So marching band should be easy, right? Wrong. It’s hard enough staying upright during the halftime show, avoiding the worst of the upperclassmen, or remembering the difference between a cummerbund and a dickie. But then she falls for Jonah, an adorkable fellow trombone nerd who just happens to be her best friend’s brother. Meghan may need to rethink everything she knows about herself, in and out of band, with and without her family and friends, and in and out of love. Both witty and poignant, Forward March will have you laughing, swooning, and cheering from the stands.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
Like Meghan, I'm a trombonist, and I did marching band all four years of high school. I always wanted to read a book that captured the details of my own marching band experience, from sectional rivalries to bus sing-alongs. When National Novel Writing Month 2009 came along, I was fresh out of grad school and ready for a fun creative project; I remembered my old marching band novel idea, and I knew it was the perfect way to spend the next 30 days. (And, as it turned out, the next nine years!)
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
Meghan is the easy answer. She and I are a lot alike, and her musical and emotional journeys mirror mine in a lot of ways. Jonah and Brian surprised me--they were supposed to be minor characters, but they both ended up playing important roles, in large part because they were just so fun to write.
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
There's a scene where Meghan and her friends go bowling, and it still makes me laugh when I reread it (and really, if you can't crack yourself up, who CAN you crack up?). I'm also proud of the book's ending--no spoilers!
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I love everything about the cover, which was designed by artist Sarah Marks of Third Half Studios. Meghan's best friend, Rachel, is an artist, and as I told Sarah, the cover looks like a gift Rachel might have given Meghan. I also love that both the trombone and the heart on the cover have a vintage feel, as Meghan's close relationship with her Gram is an important part of the book. (The heart, by the way, is from an antique Valentine!)
YABC: What was your favorite book in 2018?
Some of my favorite YAs were The Way You Make Me Feel (Goo), The Summer of Jordi Perez (Spalding), Finding Yvonne (Colbert), The Other Side of Lost (Kirby), and The Hazel Wood (Albert). My favorite adult book was Heather Havrilesky's latest essay collection, What If This Were Enough?, and my favorite middle-grade book was Drum Roll, Please (Bigelow).
YABC: What’s up next for you?
Hopefully another book! I'm the slowest writer I know, but there are a few projects I'm poking at right now. Outside of writing, my friend Marie and I host the podcast Go Your Own YA, which focuses on young adult literature of the '90s and '00s, and I always have a bunch of musical projects going on. In fact, this fall, I returned to my roots and joined a marching band! We're called Clamor & Lace Noise Brigade, and we're a Chicago-based street marching band composed solely of people who identify as women or nonbinary.
YABC: Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
Meghan has to deal with a serious loss, and in its wake, she makes some decisions that aren't the healthiest for her. I know other writers who love writing emotionally difficult scenes for their characters--it's part of creating a plot, after all--but I always have to push myself to make my characters suffer.
YABC:What would you say is your superpower?
A friend once described me as a social and emotional supertaster, which is great for me as a writer, but not always fun for me as a person. I also have an excellent memory for pop culture trivia--if you can't remember who played that guy in that thing, or who sang that one song, I'm your girl. (This was much more useful pre-Google, but it still comes in handy.)
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
The Heartland Animal Shelter! It's a no-kill shelter outside Chicago, and it's where we adopted our beloved senior dog, Rocky.
By: Carey Anne Farrell
Publisher: Carey Anne Farrell
Release Date: December 11th, 2018
One winner will receive a signed copy of Forward March, along with a Forward March bookmark and sticker,
and a button for Chicago marching band Clamor & Lace Noise Brigade.
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