Cara is a former middle school literacy teacher who now lives in the woods outside Boston with: one awesome husband, two large dogs, one small daughter, and lots of words.LOST IN THOUGHT is her first novel and was one of three finalists for the 2011 Amazon/Penguin Breakthrough Novel Award in the Young Adult category
> What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Coffee, but the new fancy salted caramel flavors are giving it a run.
> If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
Usually in answer to this question I say Jesus. Because, really, I’d just like to know. But if he doesn’t show, then definitely my maternal grandmother (she was killed in a car accident when my mother was a child). And I’d make sure my mom and all her siblings and all the rest of us would be there too. It would be the best family reunion ever.
> One food you would never eat?
I’ll try anything once. But it has to be food (ie. things people actually eat on a regular basis and not a dare/you’re starving and live bugs are all there is.)
> What was your favorite book when you were a teen?
The Hunt for Red October, The Killer Angels, and The Pillars of the Earth. (Really.)
> What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
READ! And when you’re done, write.
> If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be and why?
Athena for sure. She’s a badass. And I’d be a better mom to Annabeth.
> When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
A dog breeder! And a writer. And a teacher. (I knew myself pretty well.) I’d still like to grow up.
> If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?
“Good God, This is Boring”
> What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
Well, I’m not embarrassed—go ahead, love what you love!—but I know this could be considered in this category: the only show my husband and I watch regularly on TV is the new Dallason TNT. It’s terribly awesome, or awesomely terrible. Something like that. We love it.
> If you had 24 hours alone how would you spend it?
Sleep. Read. Repeat. At or about 5pm add: Drink Wine.
> Do you prefer a bunch of small gifts or one big expensive one?
I actually prefer gifts that are experiences (a good bottle of wine, dinner, a spa certificate, concert tickets, a night of babysitting, books). I have all the stuff.
> What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I like NASCAR. (Really.)
I make jewelry with recycled vintage components. (Before writing, I did it as a small business.)
>Favorite place you’ve been and/or would like to go
I cannot wait to go back to Prague someday. I spent about a week there during my honeymoon, and it is a beautiful, beautiful place. I just read The Book of Blood and Shadow, which I recommend if you’re a patient reader, and half of it took place in Prague. The city was richly drawn, but the narrator is disinclined to love or enjoy it (for good reasons), so she sees all the chips and cracks, so to speak. It made me yearn for good times there. The Prague in, for example, Daughter of Smoke & Bone is a little more romantic.
> Which of your characters is a portrayal of you?
None of them and all of them. Lainey isn’t me (neither is Amy or Melinda or Dr. Stewart), but pretty much all of my characters have characteristics I a) like about myself, b) dislike about myself, c) would like to possess. It’s impossible to write without infusing bits of yourself into your work, but the characters I write are not me. Just like the characters actors portray are not them.
> If you weren’t a human, what would you be?
I would really, really like to be reincarnated as one of my own dogs. Talk about the life!
> Do you like the spotlight or lurking in the shadows?
Shadows all the way. That’s part of why the internet—blogs, yay!!—are brill. It’s easy to interact with the public while lurking in the shadows.
> What book(s) do you love that doesn’t get a lot of hype?
Lately I’ve been answering this question with: The Vicious Deep, Dangerous Girls, and Michelle Cooper’s Montmaray Journals.
> What is next on your to read list?
At the time of writing, it’s Lauren Oliver’s Panic (but I’ll have read it by the time you’re reading this :))
> What makes your novel standout from the crowd?
The cover! It’s colorful! 🙂
> Fanfiction – Love it or Hate it? Have your ever written it?
I don’t read or write it, but if you love something enough to be inspired to write fanfiction? I totally support that. Write on! (Fanfiction is also something that mostly girls/women do, and I think enough of the world puts enough effort into crapping on the things girls like to do. Want to write Sententia fanfic? Go for it!)
> How do you feel about banned books? Do you have a favorite?
I can’t imagine being so afraid of an idea that I’d try to prevent everyone (or, more usually, everyone else’s children) from reading about it. In the realm of young adult, my favorite frequently challenged books are probably The Chocolate War, His Dark Materials, and the quintessential The Catcher in the Rye. Oh, and Twilight and Harry Potter, of course.
> Are you for or against books being made into movies?
For! They’re good for book sales! 🙂 (Even if the movies themselves rarely live up) You know which recent one was actually good? The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I think it helps that the author wrote the screenplay. He might have directed it too.
> Write a Haiku about your book
Are you Lost in Thought?
Smart girls, cute boys, and kissing.
P.S. You’re pretty.
Lost In Thought
The Sententia #1
Lainey Young has a secret: she’s going crazy. Everyone else thinks she has severe migraines from stress and exhaustion. What she really has are visions of how people died—or are going to die. Not that she tells anyone that. At age sixteen, she prefers keeping her crazy to herself. When doctors insist she needs a new and stable environment to recover, Lainey’s game to spend two years at a private New England boarding school. She doesn’t really think it will cure her problem, and she’s half right. There is no cure, but as she discovers, she’s not actually crazy.
Almost everyone at Northbrook Academy has a secret too. Half the students and nearly all the staff are members of the Sententia, a hidden society of the psychically gifted. A vision of another student’s impending death confirms Lainey is one of them. She’d like to return the crappy gift of divining deaths with only a touch, but enjoys spending time with Carter Penrose—recent Academy graduate and resident school crush—while learning to control it. Lainey’s finally getting comfortable with her ability, and with Carter, when they uncover her true Sententia heritage. Now she has a real secret. Once it’s spilled, she’ll be forced to forget protecting secrets and start protecting herself.
PRAISE FOR LOST IN THOUGHT
“Compelling and solid, this paranormal thriller has it all: love, murder, intrigue, mind games, and a bit of mystery.” – as reviewed by Publishers Weekly for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest
“A fantastic novel … [and] an action-packed ending with a twist that will leave readers clamoring for the next installment.” – Gayle Foreman, New York Times Best Selling Author of IF I STAY, WHERE SHE WENT, JUST ONE DAY, and JUST ONE YEAR
“Tinged with mystery from page one, Lost in Thought keeps readers guessing from beginning to end, and will appeal to paranormal romance fans of all ages.” – Amy Ackley, author of SIGN LANGUAGE
1 Winner will get a Signed Hardcover of LOST IN THOUGHT and a Novella eBook
1 Winner will get a pair of earrings made by Cara herself. Winner chooses which they want!