TBP: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
CMO: First, Briana, let me say how happy I am that The Book Pixie is one of the stops on my Prized blog tour. Your questions were out-of-the box in a very good way, and they led in philosophical directions I wasn’t expecting. It’s lovely to be here!
When I was on a leave of absence from teaching high school English several years ago, I started writing Birthmarked, and I resigned from teaching last year to continue with the trilogy. I lead a very quiet life in a small town, with long days on the couch writing and cozy evenings with my family. It makes me very happy and grateful.
TBP: You have been transported through time and space into another author's dystopian world. Though none of the options are exactly thrilling, which book/author's dystopian creation do you hope you have landed in?
CMO: I’d go to Ayn Rand’s Anthem. The power of finding individualism is a victory on so many levels, and the ending in the forest gives me hope.
TBP: You have to eliminate one color from existence. Which color and why?
CMO: I’d keep black and white, of course, and all the greens and blues for water and the sky. Yellow I need for warmth, and red for danger, and all those purples for under the snow at twilight. I suppose I could lose silver. I never use it much from the crayon box, anyway, and I could substitute gold or gray, depending on whether I need reflections or a pewter flatness.
TBP: The end of the world is near and you only have enough time left to listen to one song. Which do you pick and why?
CMO: That’s a deep one. I’d listen to the second movement of Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto in C Minor. It’s ten minutes long, which would let me live a little longer, but best of all, I’ve loved listening to it ever since I was a teenager, and I’ve always been fascinated by its intricate, overlapping melodies. The plaintive, sweeping swells would come closest to encompassing all the feelings I’d probably be facing, and remind me of all the love and kindness I’ve known.
TBP: You have been presented with a marvelous, but potentially dangerous, device that can allow you to create a subliminal message to transmit to everyone across the world. What is your message?
CMO: This is a dangerous tool. I suppose I would say, “Somebody loves you.” My brother once told me to remember that if I was ever lonely, and it has warmed me many times. As a subliminal message, it would be harmless enough, I think, and it might do a little good.
Prized Code #4: K
Thank you so much for having me, Briana! I hope you enjoy Prized when you have a chance to read it, and good luck with college. Tomorrow I’ll be visiting The Book Cellar for my next stop on the blog tour. Thanks again!
I hope you all enjoyed the interview and a huge thanks to Caragh and Kathryn with Macmillan! Don't forget, there are still plenty of stops left. Keep up to date on where to head next and how to use the codes HERE.
And don't forget to check out Caragh's books. Birthmarked was easily a favorite of mine and I can't wait to read Prized!