THE COLOR OF RAIN’s Origins: Launch Announcement!


Released this week from Running Press Teens!


As a brand new author, I’ve been encountering tough questions, and I wanted to take this launch announcement to discuss what I consider to be the hardest question:

How did you get the idea to write the story?


The most succinct answer is that I was thinking about writing a gritty, YA sci-fi. Ideas came and went until one night, I woke up to the steel and flint spark of two ideas:


That is how I came up with the idea, but as someone with a few hundred ideas in her head at any given moment, many more things needed to happen before the idea became words, which would then evolve into a story, and from there to a manuscript, and finally, to a book.
RAIN's dedication

RAIN’s dedication


After the initial spark came a day when I sat down to write, and instead, called my best friend, Mario. Mario has a reputation for brutal honesty, so when I said, “prostitutes in space” I chewed my nails while I waited for his verdict.

He said, “Yeah. I’d read that.”
Trusting Mario, I sat down to write…and went nuts. Thank you, Facebook, for chronicling my insane zealousness.

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I let the idea drop for a few months after the initial purge until a call went up for workshop submissions for my last residency at the best graduate school in the country: Vermont College of Fine Arts. A mischievous idea occurred to me…what if I tried to “scare” the incoming students with a scandalous piece of writing?!

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And YET, the workshop came and went. The first semesters, the class that would become the epic DYSTROPIANS, were not scandalized. They grilled me for more, sending me off into the writing world post-graduation with the question: could I really write about a teen prostitute in space? Really?

The answer to that question came during an exciting conversation with my fierce and brilliant agent, Sarah Davies at Greenhouse Literary Agency. Sarah was reading the signs that pointed to a sci-fi YA breakout and embraced the idea of a super edgy and dark premise. So, I set off to write one!

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I wrote and wrote for the next nine months. My story evolved from what I referred to as “Jane Eyre in space,” to a space opera/adventure, to finally, a sci-fi thriller. And then the magic really happened because I received an offer from Running Press Teens.

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Although the idea of a space prostitute book occurred one dark o’clock evening, it was a yearlong journey to write the book, another few months to sell, and then another year finessing it with my wonderful and driven editor, Lisa Cheng.

All of that coming to this moment. This week. This book.


For more information on THE COLOR OF RAIN, please check out my website

Read the Barnes & Noble article where RAIN is hailed as “the next big thing in YA dystopia.”

Watch the book trailer for THE COLOR OF RAIN here!

You can follow Cori @CoriMcCarthy or like her fan page on Facebook.

2 thoughts on “THE COLOR OF RAIN’s Origins: Launch Announcement!”

  1. Lyn Miller-Lachmann says:

    Congratulations, Cori! I was in that workshop, and I can testify to the universal enthusiasm for your project. It is bold and original, exactly what YA needs. In fact, your risk-taking encouraged me to do the same for the YA novel that became my VCFA creative thesis.

    I can’t wait to review THE COLOR OF RAIN for The Pirate Tree.

  2. Ann Jacobus says:

    Love the premise! Thanks for letting us in on the journey and best of luck, Cori. I look forward to reading it.

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