Interview with Trish Doller, Author of Where the Stars Still Shine

Please welcome Trish Doller to the virtual offices this morning!

[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Trish Doller] I write books for young adults. Or whoever wants to read them, really. Maybe you. I like dogs, Doctor Who, and drink too much caffeine.

[Manga Maniac Café] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the Where the Stars Still Shine?

[Trish Doller] It started with a visit to Tarpon Springs–the real life setting for the book–which has a very conspicuous Greek American population. As I walked through the sponge docks area among gift shops, Greek restaurants, and people who were speaking the language as if they’d just arrived from Greece, I wondered what it would feel like to be dropped in the middle of Tarpon Springs. When I started thinking about the character I wanted to drop into this little pocket of Greek culture, Callie came to life.

[Manga Maniac Café] What three words best describe Callie?

[Trish Doller] Strong, broken, hopeful

[Manga Maniac Café] Name one thing you won’t leave home without.

[Trish Doller] Underwear.

[Manga Maniac Café] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Trish Doller] Music, a quiet space, and a block on the Internet.

[Manga Maniac Café] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Trish Doller] Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian, which comes out on October 1. It’s really hard to read because it’s painful, but it’s so, so good.

[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!

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About the book:

Stolen as a child from her large and loving family, and on the run with her mom for more than ten years, Callie has only the barest idea of what normal life might be like. She’s never had a home, never gone to school, and has gotten most of her meals from laundromat vending machines. Her dreams are haunted by memories she’d like to forget completely. But when Callie’s mom is finally arrested for kidnapping her, and Callie’s real dad whisks her back to what would have been her life, in a small town in Florida, Callie must find a way to leave the past behind. She must learn to be part of a family. And she must believe that love–even with someone who seems an improbable choice–is more than just a possibility.

Trish Doller writes incredibly real teens, and this searing story of love, betrayal, and how not to lose your mind will resonate with readers who want their stories gritty and utterly true.