THE COLOR OF RAIN’s Origins: Launch Announcement!
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:
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:
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.
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?!
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!
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.
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 www.CoriMcCarthy.com
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!