Author Interview: Carrie Arcos + Giveaway

Carrie Arcos is the author of Out of Reach—a National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature—released October 16, 2012 by Simon Pulse.

Rachel has always idolized her older brother Micah. He struggles with addiction, but she tells herself that he's in control. And she almost believes it. Until the night that Micah doesn’t come home.

Rachel's terrified—and she can't help but feel responsible. She should have listened when Micah tried to confide in her. And she only feels more guilt when she receives an anonymous note telling her that Micah is nearby and in danger.

With nothing more to go on than hope and a slim lead, Rachel and Micah's best friend, Tyler, begin the search. Along the way, Rachel will be forced to confront her own dark secrets, her growing attraction to Tyler…and the possibility that Micah may never come home.

What inspired Out of Reach?

I had just finished writing a really crappy SF novel and was so over it. I knew it wasn't working, but I had at least finished it and the prospect of reworking it seemed so overwhelming.

So I started with a clean page and Rachel's voice came loud and clear. I had been going through something similar to Rachel's journey for a couple of years, so I tried to channel some of that, but through the filter of a 16 year old girl.

Did you base any of your characters on yourself or others in your life?

I have a family member who struggled(es) with addiction, so even though it is a work of fiction, there is a great deal of emotional truth to the characters and story.

Are there any songs that could fit certain moments, the atmosphere or feel of Out of Reach? If so, which one would be the theme song?

I wrote most of it to The National, so I'd say their songs fit the atmosphere for sure.

What are your favourite novels?
This question is always so hard because it changes all the time. Currently they are The Hours, The Book Thief, The Things They Carried, The Road, The Alchemist

Have you always wanted to be a writer? What do you like most about being a writer?

Yes, I have. I think for a long time though I was in love with the idea of being a writer. I romanticized it in my mind. I didn't have the discipline.
Now I love the process. I love seeing where a story goes and how characters change and grow.
It's scary and exhilarating to create.

What were your favourite and least favourite parts of the publishing process for your début novel?

My favourite part was getting the call that it was going to be sold. That was a surreal moment. I hung up the phone and screamed. Then I got real quiet and cried.

I've also loved working with a wonderful editor, Annette Pollert at Simon Pulse. She has helped take Out of Reach to the next level.

The least favourite part is worrying about the sales aspect. Quite a bit of time has to go to marketing, and the reason why that can be challenging is because it takes time away from writing the next book.

What advice would you give aspiring writers?

I love what Anne Lamott says: Sit butt in chair.

Are you currently working on anything? Can you share?

Today I worked on a story about a boy who is struggling with grief.

Is there a specific message you hope readers will take way from Out of Reach?

Many people have been touched by addiction in some way, and I want them to know that there is great courage and great love and great hope to be found.

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  1. This book sounds powerful and emotional! I love tight family bonds and It sounds like a gripping story!

  2. Great sounding story, a desperate search into places most of us don't go. I'd love to win a copy, thanks.

  3. I really like emotional books that are based in real life experiences. I would love to read this one.

  4. I love the cover, I love the trailer but the best part is the girl searching for her brother!
    It sounds like a great book.


  5. This book really sounds like something I'd love. I can relate to what Rachel goes through with her brother.

    And I love the author's choices for her favorite novels! It seems we have very similar tastes :)

  6. Thank you so much for a fantastic book giveaway, that i would love to have the oportunity of reading. The interview with the author was facinating and this book has really captured my interest, hence i would love to know more! It is a genre that i very much enjoy, being extremely diverse and Out of Reach sounds totally origonal. x

    Email: lfountain1(at)hotmail(dot)co(dot)uk

  7. I love the cover of the book.The book sounds really interesting and I would definitely read this. :)

  8. Love the cover! It has an interesting storyline, would love to read it! Thanks for the chance! :)

  9. I want this book so bad *_*
    Such an interesting and exciting storyline- in addition it based on real facts, could be a help for someone who's in the same shoes...

  10. Description of the book sounds really intriguing. I read only one book about addiction, it was ,,Go ask Alice" but I wasn't impressed. ,,Out of reach" seems to be way better but it's only my first thought. Who knows, maybe I have a good premonition? ;)
    I hope that I'll have a chance to read ,,Out of Reach" ;)

  11. Looking forward to reading this book, it's been on my to read list for a while! Thanks for the opportunity to win!!

  12. Thank you for the Giveaway! I'm looking forward to reading this book :)

  13. I can relate to this story and would really like to read it.

  14. Great interview!! I love The Book Thief as well :) Can't wait to read OUT OF REACH!! Thanks for the amazing giveaway!!

    Rabiah (name on Rafflecopter)

  15. I loved the Trailer for Out of Reach. YA trailers seem to be getting more interesting lately. I will have to try reading some of Carrie's favorite books. Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. The book sounds really good. Thank you for the chance to win it! :D

  17. I've been looking forward to it from a really long time!Cannot wait to read it!Thank you so much for making this giveaway International!! :D

  18. Wow! The book looks great. Thanks for the giveaway.

  19. This book looks interesting, i rememvber i heard about it before.

    Thank you for the awesome giveaway!!

  20. I love her favorite books, so I'll probably like her book as well ;)

  21. The book sounds cool! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  22. The book sounds really good.....there is nice info,thanks for sharing.
    Desert Safari



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