Wednesday, February 21, 2018

0 Marie Marquardt, author of FLIGHT SEASON: A NOVEL, on diving back into grief

We're thrilled to have Marie Marquardt with us to share more about her latest novel, FLIGHT SEASON.

Marie, what was your inspiration for writing FLIGHT SEASON?

This story was inspired by my own experiences at two very different times in my life. A couple of weeks before I graduated from high school, I found out that my dad was terminally ill, and he died during my first year of college. I share this in common with Vivi, the story’s protagonist. As an adult, I have spent many years working with undocumented immigrant teens. The other key elements of the storyline draw from my time with them, and from my enormous respect for the immigrant teens I’ve had the honor of knowing.

What scene was really hard for you to write and why, and is that the one of which you are most proud? Or is there another scene you particularly love?

Every scene that made me dive back into my grief was an enormous challenge. But I also was amazed by how raw and present that grief – from decades ago! – continues to be when I allow myself to feel it.

What did this book teach you about writing or about yourself?

I learned not to be afraid of my own intense emotions. They can be a powerful tool for writing, and writing them can be a powerful tool for healing.

What do you hope readers will take away from FLIGHT SEASON?

The power of empathy to change our world.

What advice would you most like to pass along to other writers?

Take heart. Be bold. Never let fear get in the way.


Flight Season: A Novel
by Marie Marquardt
Wednesday Books
Released 2/20/2018

Back when they were still strangers, TJ Carvalho witnessed the only moment in Vivi Flannigan’s life when she lost control entirely. Now, TJ can’t seem to erase that moment from his mind, no matter how hard he tries. Vivi doesn’t remember any of it, but she’s determined to leave it far behind. And she will.

But when Vivi returns home from her first year away at college, her big plans and TJ’s ambition to become a nurse land them both on the heart ward of a university hospital, facing them with a long and painful summer together – three months of glorified babysitting for Ángel, the problem patient on the hall. Sure, Ángel may be suffering from a life-threatening heart infection, but that doesn’t make him any less of a pain.

As it turns out, though, Ángel Solís has a thing or two to teach them about all those big plans, and the incredible moments when love gets in their way.

Written in alternating first person from the perspectives of all three characters, Flight Season is a story about discovering what’s really worth holding onto, learning how to let go of the rest, and that one crazy summer that changes your life forever.

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Dr. Marie Marquardt is a Scholar-in-Residence at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology and has been an advocate for social justice for Latin American immigrants in the South for two decades. She is the author of three critically acclaimed novels for young adults—Dream Things True, The Radius of Us, and Flight Season. Her novels reflect the experiences of undocumented immigrant teenagers and are inspired by her experiences working with detainees and their families as chair of the Georgia non-profit El Refugio.

Have you had a chance to read FLIGHT SEASON: A NOVEL yet? Are intense emotions a powerful tool in your writing? Have writing intense emotions helped you heal? Share your thoughts about the interview in the comments!

Happy Reading,

Jocelyn, Halli, Martina, Anisaa, Charlotte, Erin, Susan, Shelly, Kelly, Laura, Emily, and Lori Ann

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