Sunday, September 06, 2015

Blog Tour: Dream Things True by Marie Marquardt (Interview + Giveaway)

Today on the blog, we have a special guest! It's no other than...

Marie Marquardt
Marie Marquardt is a Scholar-in-Residence at Emory University's Candler School of Theology and the author of Living Illegal: The Human Face of Unauthorized Immigration. She is widely published on issues of Mexican immigrants in the U.S. South. Marquardt has also worked as an advocate among immigrants in Atlanta. She is a founder and  co-chair of El Refugio, a hospitality house near the Stewart Detention Center in Georgia. Dream Things True is Marie's first young adult novel.


The wonderful people over at St. Martins Press gave me the opportunity to interview Miss Marquardt. Check out the interview below!

1. Hello Miss Marquardt! It's an honor to have you here on the blog. So, Dream Things True is your debut novel. For those who don't know about it, could you tell us more about the book?

Thanks for having me! At its heart, Dream Things True is a love story. Evan and Alma grew up in the same small Southern town, but worlds apart. Evan is a privileged white boy, nephew of a US senator; Alma has lived almost all her life in this small town, but is an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, and has no way to become a legal resident. When they fall in love, they fall hard. But then their worlds collide. Alma struggles to stay in the U.S. and pursue her dreams; Evan is desperate to help her, but he has no idea how.

2. How long did it take you to write Dream Things True?

A very long time! The first draft took almost three years (I kept setting it aside to do things like have babies and write academic books).

3. Do we get to read the story from both Evan and Alma's point of views?

Yes, this was important to me. The story came to me in the third person – very close third person, alternating between Evan’s point of view and Alma’s point of view. I tried a couple of times to shift it into first person, but it didn’t feel right. Maybe because it was such a hard story to tell, I needed to pull a bit away from the intimacy of first person.

4. Why should readers read your book?

Because it’s a love story, and – really – who doesn’t love a good love story? What makes it a bit different from traditional YA romance, though, is that it will make readers feel (swoony), but it also encourages readers to think about complex issues that don’t have easy answers. I think many YA readers are hungry for this kind of story.

5. Lastly, what is your message/piece of advice to those aspiring authors?

If you love to write, keep writing! If you want to get your writing published, be prepared for rejections. They are a big part of the process, so try not to forget this: the rejections aren’t judgments of you. You’re awesome. The good rejections will help you to become a better writer. The bad rejections will put you into the fetal position. But, eventually, you’ll unfold yourself and get back to writing.


Dream Things True
by Marie Marquardt

Young Adult - Contemporary, Romance
Published September 1st 2015 by St. Martin's Griffin
A modern-day Romeo and Juliet story in which a wealthy Southern boy falls in love with an undocumented Mexican girl and together they face perils in their hostile Georgia town. Evan, a soccer star and the nephew of a conservative Southern Senator, has never wanted for much -- except a functional family. Alma has lived in Georgia since she was two-years-old, excels in school, and has a large, warm Mexican family. Never mind their differences, the two fall in love, and they fall hard. But when ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) begins raids on their town, Alma knows that she needs to tell Evan her secret. There's too much at stake. But how to tell her country-club boyfriend that she's an undocumented immigrant? That her whole family and most of her friends live in the country without permission. What follows is a beautiful, nuanced, well-paced exploration of the complications of immigration, young love, defying one's family, and facing a tangled bureaucracy that threatens to completely upend two young lives.

And the part y'all have been waiting for...

• Giveaway is open to US + Canada residents only. [Sorry INTL folks! :(]
• Must be 18+ or have parent's permission to join the giveaway.
• Most importantly, do not CHEAT. If you have one invalid entry that means I will consider all of your other entries as INVALID, too. IBut IF it was invalid by accident, you can notify me over at Twitter.
• Once the giveaway is over, I'll be the one to contact the winner. If he/she doesn't respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.

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1 comment:

  1. I'm a huge fan on contemporaries! Some of my favorites are: Winger, Since You've Been Gone, and Everything, Everything!!


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