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Jun
09
Interview with the Author of Dream Smashers + Giveaway
This post has been sorted into "Authors Interviewed, Giveaway" • 2 Comments

Hello! Today we have an interview with the author of Dream Smashers, Angela Carlie. Welcome!!

Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I write fiction for young people—young adult and middle grade. I’m married to a great guy and have an awesome twelve-year-old son. When I’m not writing, I like to hike, kayak, read, and travel. Sometimes when my brain doesn’t feel like creating new things to write about, I’ll paint on the walls of our house.

How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing most of my life. Not seriously, though. It wasn’t until just a few years ago that I became focused on finishing some of the projects I had started.

Can you tell us a little about Dream Smashers?
Dream Smashers is a coming of age novel about a girl (Autumn) whose mother is a meth addict. It’s a story of how Autumn let go of the dream smashers in her life and fell in love along the way.
Dream Smashers is a book on a very serious topic, meth.

Where did you get the idea of writing about meth and incorporating it into a YA novel?
Many YA novels I have read that dealt with this type of addiction was told in the addict’s point of view. I wanted to read a story from the point of view of the other victims of addiction – the family and friends.


My family has a member who has been a meth addict for over twenty years. It not only destroyed her life, but hurt us all, especially her children.

Was there any other social issues that you would like to write about in a YA novel?
Not right now. This novel took a lot out of me emotionally. I’d like to stick with what I really love writing and that’s fantasy with romance. I may feel differently in the future, however.

What makes Dream Smashers different from any other novel?
As mentioned above, it’s told in the POV of a family member instead of the addict. Dream Smashers keeps the dark and gritty and it isn’t prettied or cleaned up in order to appease society. It’s real and I kept it true to the characters.

Would you change any part of Dream Smashers?
Not at all. Dream Smashers went through several re-writes. I believe it is finally exactly how it should be.

Is there anything else you would like to add to this interview?
Thank you so much Ivy for having me on your blog. I’d also like to let you know about my novel Land of Corn Chips which recently became available in all eBook formats. It’s about a boy who doesn’t believe in dragons and was written for ages 8-12, but can be enjoyed by everyone. For more information about upcoming novels, please follow my blog: http://angelacarlie.blogspot.com

Thanks again!

Purchase your copy of Dream Smashers!

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Angela is offering an eBook of her book, Dream Smashers, for one of my readers.

 


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