Sunday, September 8, 2013

GYDO: Rachel Alpine

Rachel Alpine, Author of Canary
In CANARY, the main character Kate has a blog called All My Truths (  She titles each post “Today’s Truth” and shares her secrets.  I thought it would be fun to posts my own truths and share some secrets about the book!
Today’s Truths about CANARY:

·         When I first started to query CANARY it was called UNTIL SOMEONE HEARS YOU.  I also suggested called it ALL MY TRUTHS.  My publishers loved CANARY and wanted me to keep that title.
·         The title came from something that miners used to do to test to see if it was safe to go into the mine.  They’d lower a canary in a cage down first and then pull it back up.  If it was alive, it was safe to go down.  If it died, they knew there was carbon monoxide in the mine.  They also often brought the birds down with them and knew that as long as the bird was singing, it was safe.  Canaries could detect carbon monoxide before humans can.  This relates to the main character, Kate, in my book and what she has to breath in and endure in her new school
·         One of the poems that is in CANARY is a poem I wrote in a college class.  It’s the poem that sparked the whole idea for the book, and I’m so excited I got to keep it in the book.
·         Kate swims at night with the pool lights off.  I used to go to my grandparents’ house in Florida every year and swimming at night was one of my favorite things to do.
·         Kate’s brother Brett enlists in the Army.  Originally, I had him going overseas, but changed it when I revised because he’s important to the story.  I wanted to keep him around (he’s one of my favorite characters!).
·         A lot of the characters in my book are named after my good friends.  They either have a character with their first or last name.  However, none of the characters were inspired or based off of my friends.
·         I was so nervous about what the cover would look like that I didn’t open the e-mail from my publisher for a couple of hours!  The good thing is that when I finally did, I loved it!

So there you have it…my truths about CANARY!                

In the book, Kate starts posting on her blog Sunday, August 11.  Be sure to visit her blog (www.allmyturths) as the posts in the book will be put on this blog in real time!

Canary Blurb
Kate Franklin’s life changes for the better when her dad lands a job at Beacon Prep, an elite private school with one of the best basketball teams in the state. She begins to date a player on the team and quickly gets caught up in a world of idolatry and entitlement, learning that there are perks to being an athlete. 
But those perks also come with a price. Another player takes his power too far and Kate is assaulted at a party. Although she knows she should speak out, her dad’s vehemently against it and so, like a canary sent into a mine to test toxicity levels and protect miners, Kate alone breathes the poisonous secrets to protect her dad and the team. The world that Kate was once welcomed into is now her worst enemy, and she must decide whether to stay silent or expose the corruption, destroying her father’s career and bringing down a town’s heroes.
Canary is told in a mix of prose and verse.

Author Bio
Rachele Alpine is a lover of sushi, fake mustaches, and Michael Jackson. One of her first jobs was at a library, but it didn’t last long, because all she did was hide in the third-floor stacks and read. Now she’s a little more careful about when and where she indulges her reading habit. By day she’s a high school English teacher, and by night she writes with the companionship of the world’s cutest dog, Radley, a big cup of coffee, and a full bag of gummy peaches. Rachele lives with her husband in Cleveland, Ohio, but dreams of moving back to Boston, the city she fell in love with while attending graduate school there.


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