Welcome back to the blog tour for Dream Things True!
Today, we're sharing a Q&A with Marie Marquardt discussing why she wrote Dream Things True, and what she hopes that readers will get from reading the book.
The immigration debate is an important one, and I'm so happy that Marie has captured fictional perspective that I can't wait for all of you to read!
Read on for the interview + a giveaway!
Q&A with Marie Marquardt
Author of Dream Things True
September 2015, St. Martin's Press
Hi Marie! You know that we’ve been very excited for Dream Things True for awhile now, so this is an awesome honor!
Q: First things first: since we live in the age of instant communication and hashtags, could you tell us about Dream Things True in one hundred forty characters or less?
Alma is an undocumented immigrant from Mexico. Evan is a privileged Southern boy. They fall in love for the first time, in a world that wants to keep them apart.
Q: Immigration is often viewed as a national issue, influencing societal members of all ages.
Is there a specific reason why you chose to have the events of Dream Things True unfold through the eyes of teenagers? Is there a specific reason why you thought readers would better relate to Alma and Evan’s respective stories?
One of the great things about writing young adult protagonists is having the chance to see the world through their eyes – they did not create their society, culture, political and legal system, but they have to live in it. They suffer the heartbreaking consequences of broken systems and bad choices (sometimes made by their own family members). It’s really powerful to explore their struggles through this lens.
In this story, I decided to write with alternating points of view because I wanted readers to imagine themselves into the experience of being an undocumented teenager, and I also want for them to imagine what it would be like to love an undocumented teenager, and to want the best for her.
Q: With YA books having such a decisive influence on society and popular culture, do you think a book like Dream Things True can potentially influence the dialogue and discourse on amnesty and immigration reform? Or even just influence an individual reader’s mind on the immigration debate?
Q: While each reader’s interpretation of a text is different, what’s one lesson or thought that you hope readers will take away from the story?
Q: And finally, what’s next for you? Do you have a project that you’re working on now, that you’re allowed to share with us?
Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us, Marie! We're so exited to share Dream Things True.
For more thoughts from Marie, check out this fantastic video: