I am very excited to have Meg Medina by the blog today as a part of her tour for The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind.
If the characters from The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind got stuck on a deserted island, who would fare the best? The worst? And who would be the one to get them off the island?
The best? I think it would be a tie between Pancho, who would use his imagination to keep from going mad and Dalia, who would have sense enough to fashion a knife out of a palm frond and go boar hunting.
Eva would be toast – unless there were handsome natives to be found.
Tía Neli – ever the bossy pragmatist — would get them off.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Honestly, I think almost every place is worth visiting, if for no other reason than to see the world from another point of view.
My not-so-secret dream is to live and work in Europe for at least a year, though. In my fantasy, I pedal around the countryside with a fresh loaf of bread in my bike basket. Between bike rides, I enjoy long hours of writing. If anyone has a good idea on how I can make that happen, let me know.
Do you have any writing rituals?
I’d call them habits, since I’m just not disciplined enough to do something without fail. Two are important: I try to write daily, for the fluency and for keeping my creative channels working. I also try to engage in at least one activity every day that has to do with my professional life as a writer. That can be updating my blog, working on a community project, marketing, dabbling in a new manuscript, looking through blogs, or reading a trusted journal, such as The Horn Book or SLJ. It’s easy to put writing last or think of it as an indulgence. But by making it the primary thing in my day, I remind myself to take my work seriously.
If you could have lunch with one of your characters, who would it be?
Well, Rafael is so good-looking and charming, I’d have to be silly not to choose him. But I’d ask him to bring along Sonia because there’s no one more interesting to talk to than a smart and daring young woman.
Could you tell us 5 random facts about yourself?
• I’m a Gemini who likes to eat chocolate frosting out of the can
• I love Latin music – anything by the late great Celia Cruz, especially
• I have lots of acquaintances but only a very small group of trusted friends
• I have an unnatural attachment to a little brown bat that hibernates in my bedroom window every winter. (He’s there now, twitching his little ears.)
• In my next life, I would like to come back as a dancer – so I can tell stories in a more primal way.
Thanks so much for stopping by Meg! Make sure to check out my review of The Girl Who Could Silence The Wind, which went up today as well.
Sonia’s entire village believes she has a gift, but it’s only in leaving home that she finds out who she truly is. A compelling tale from a rich new voice in young adult fiction.
Sixteen-year-old Sonia Ocampo was born on the night of the worst storm Tres Montes had ever seen. And when the winds mercifully stopped, an unshakable belief in the girl’s protective powers began. All her life, Sonia has been asked to pray for sick mothers or missing sons, as worried parents and friends press silver milagros in her hands. Sonia knows she has no special powers, but how can she disappoint those who look to her for solace? Still, her conscience is heavy, so when she gets a chance to travel to the city and work in the home of a wealthy woman, she seizes it. At first, Sonia feels freedom in being treated like all the other girls. But when news arrives that her beloved brother has disappeared while looking for work, she learns to her sorrow that she can never truly leave the past or her family behind. With deeply realized characters, a keen sense of place, a hint of magical realism, and a flush of young romance, Meg Medina tells the tale of a strongwilled, warmhearted girl who dares to face life’s harsh truths as she finds her real power.
And be sure to check out the rest of the blog tour!
March 7: http://www.wastepaperprose.com/
March 8: http://bookbriefs.blogspot.com/
March 9: http://muggle-born.net/
March 12: www.thebookcellarx.com
March 13: http://www.teenreads.com/
March 14: http://www.mochalattereads.blogspot.com/
March 15: http://joyousreads.blogspot.com/
March 16: http://hispanicreader.com/