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“Out of Reach” by Carrie Arcos: An Author Interview

Out of Reach by Carrie Arcos: An Author Interview
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The author of the captivating book Out of Reach, Carrie Arcos, kindly agreed to an interview.

What are three fun facts about yourself? 

I love Good n Plenty, I’m Italian and Irish, and I’m afraid of mosquito eaters.

When a book is about drug addiction it’s usually in the point of view of the character dealing with the addiction, and the story begins when the character starts using. But your book was completely different, which I really loved.  Why did you choose to have it from the point of view of the sister after Micah had already spiraled out of control?

I wanted to look at drug addiction from the view of a family member and the devastating effects that it has on not only the user but on everyone around. I also wanted to explore how our choices and their consequences alter lives for both the bad and good. I hadn’t seen a book explore it from the sibling’s perspective, so I thought that might be a unique take.

How difficult was it for you to write about drug addiction and its effects on the family?  It seemed realistically done and believable.  

Unfortunately, I have faced addition first hand with a family member. This is probably why the novel feels so real. I was able to include my own emotional truth as part of Rachel’s journey. The truth being that sometimes there’s a time when you have to know when to let go.

As a teacher, what has been your favorite topic to teach?

My favorite topic to teach was American Lit to juniors in HS.

Even though it wasn’t a large part of the book, as a romance lover I have to ask, is there a future for Rachel and Tyler? And if so, care to share? 

I think there is a future for Rachel and Tyler. He has cared for her a while in secret, now that it’s out in the open, they’ll be able to pursue it. I just didn’t think it would have been good to start up when she’s looking for her brother. Not the best timing.

What’s next for you?

Next is another contemporary YA about a teen boy, Mark, who is struggling with grief because of the death of his twin sister. It’ll be out summer 2014.

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Olivia Kalb, A&E Editor

When Olivia Kalb ‘14 finds a spare moment, she cannot help but spend the time reading an enjoyable book. Although Kalb’s schedule has been booked tight lately college essays and the beginning of senior year, she still makes reading a priority in her life.

“I don’t really have a favorite [book] since I’m always finding new ones I adore, but my favorite genre is romance,” Kalb said. “I love falling into a story as I’m reading.”

However, in addition to adoring books, Kalb also enjoys writing short stories and creative nonfiction. She is very is cognizant of her surroundings, causing her to always be creating dialogues, characters, and stories in her head as she walks through the halls of Staples.

Kalb’s passion for writing was the reason she joined Inklings her junior year. However once part of the newspaper staff, she realized she was able to combine her love of reading and writing. Specifically, last May, after Kalb finished reading a novel, she in return wrote a review on it for Inklings.

Kalb will continue to read and write as she feels it is putting her on the path to success in life. “I have my whole life planned out,” Kalb said. “I want to be an editor for a New York Publisher.” While this may seem like a big dream, Kalb knows that Inklings is teaching her all the right skills for that lifestyle.

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