Title: There Will Come a Time
Author: Carrie Arcos
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Date of Publication: April 15, 2014
Mark grapples with the loss of his twin sister in this heart-wrenching novel of grief and resilience from National Book Award finalist Carrie Arcos.
Mark knows grief. Ever since the accident that killed his twin sister, Grace, the only time he feels at peace is when he visits the bridge on which she died. Comfort is fleeting, but it’s almost within reach when he’s standing on the wrong side of the suicide bars. Almost.
Grace’s best friend, Hanna, says she understands what he’s going through. But she doesn't. She can’t. It’s not just the enormity of his loss. As her twin, Mark should have known Grace as well as he knows himself. Yet when he reads her journal, it’s as if he didn't know her at all.
As a way to remember Grace, Hanna convinces Mark to complete Grace’s bucket list from her journal. Mark’s sadness, anger, and his growing feelings for Hanna threaten to overwhelm him. But Mark can’t back out. He made a promise to honor Grace—and it’s his one chance to set things right.
So I have previously reviewed THERE WILL COME A TIME here at my blog and I gave it four stars!! You can click on the title to go to my review. Anyway, I love TWCaT and with the main character being a Filipino-American, Pinoy Book Tours just can't let that pass so we toured the book. #WeNeedDiverseBooks Represent!
Today's the last day of the tour and we're ending it with two interviews with Carrie! After reading my interview with Carrie, you can go to Mr. Book Wonder to read more!
INTERVIEW WITH CARRIE ARCOS
What are the top 5 things in your bucket list?
My top five (for today, because I’m always changing my mind about things) are:
To write a SF novel
To travel to Italy, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Philippines ( :-) ) and South Africa—basically travel more. I’ve already been to so many places. I want to see more of the world!
To start racing again (running)
To see my kids graduate from college
To buy a house in LA
Do you personally play an instrument?
I sing and play a little acoustic guitar. By little, I mean I know chords and all of that.
How did you celebrate the publishing of There Will Come a Time?
We went out for pho as a family. I also had a big book launch party at a local bookstore for family and friends. I was so touched by how many people came out and bought books.
Do you read reviews of your books?
I do actually. When my first book came out, I read some terrible reviews that got me down for days. They were terrible because they were just mean. I remember one said my writing was “serviceable” and another said how much it sucked and how they hated it and the ending and that they were upset that they couldn’t get the time spent reading the book back. You just have to kind of laugh at it.
Not everyone is going to love your book. Just like I don’t love everything I read. But you know, it’s not like anyone sits around saying, so how can I write a book that really sucks. I want this to be terrible. So now I try to stay about from the mean ones. Like if it’s a 1 or even 2 star, I may not read it. But I also learned from the constructive ones that pointed out why they didn’t love the book. I don’t read all of them.
I’ll for sure read the professional trade reviews. I’ve been so happy with the ones for There Will Come a Time because all the trade ones have been great. Yay! And other people have contacted me through twitter and my website with their positive reviews. I love that. I always respond personally because that person has taken the time out to contact me.
What is your best or most unforgettable moment with a fan?
I haven’t had too many personal moments, but I’d say there have been a few online interactions that have been special. It’s the ones, with Out of Reach, that have had a similar journey with a loved one who is a drug addict. The ones who wrote to tell me how I got it right with the book and how it helped them heal a little and/or gave them hope. Those were special because I wrote the book for them, to give voice to the family members who are often in so much pain themselves. I’ve saved those notes.
Do you have any books with diverse characters you'd like to recommend?
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Shermin Alexie
American Born Chinese by Gene Lung Yang
Round House by Louise Erdrich
Pointe by Bandy Colbert
Native Speaker by Chang Rae Lee
Ship Breaker by Paulo Bacigalupi
Inside out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Most of your books are contemporary YA novels. Are you interested in writing in a different genre or for a different audience?
I am. I would love to write a SF book one day. I’d also love to tackle a mystery.
Favorite color? Sea green
Favorite movie? Say Anything
Favorite ice cream flavor? Salted caramel
Favorite song? Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks by The National
Ultimate celebrity crush (dead or alive)? Timothy Olyphant
Hee, Timothy Olyphant. Hee. Thank you so much Carrie for gracing my blog with your very lovely presence! The tour is now over but the awesomeness doesn't stop! You can still join the giveaway to win 1 of 2 signed copies of THERE WILL COME A TIME! Thank you Carrie for the giveaway and just scroll down to join! Do check out the rest of the tour as many Filipino bloggers have posted their reviews and a lot of excerpts!
About Carrie Arcos
Carrie Arcos is a National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature for OUT OF REACH. She lives in Los Angeles with her family.
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