Thursday, March 22, 2012

Interview -- Mary Lowry author of The Earthquake Machine

Mary Lowry
Author of:The Earthquake Machine

AUTHOR BIO: Mary Pauline Lowry has worked as a forest firefighter, screenwriter, open water lifeguard, construction worker, and advocate in the movement to end violence against women. Due to no fault of her sweet parents, at 15 she ran away from home and made it all the way to Matamoros, Mexico. She believes girls should make art, have adventures, and read books that show them the way.

Today on my blog, I have the privilege of sharing an interview with author Mary Lowry. Her book, The Earthquake Machine, is a powerful story of a young girl who runs away from her life in order to discover who she really is. I had the chance to ask Mary a few questions about her book and her writing. Here is what she had to say!

Q1. The Earthquake Machine is a unique and meaty book, what inspired you to write it?
A1.  I’ve always wanted to read more novels with strong female protagonists who go on adventures. So I decided to write one.

Q2. What authors or books have inspired you in your writing?
A2. The Weetzie Bat series by Francesca Lia Block has always been one of my favorites. I’m also a devoted fan of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and other members of the Latin American Boom.

Q3. Did you always want to be a writer?
A3.  I’ve always been a big reader, but I didn’t have the self-confidence to try to be a writer myself until I was in my early 20s.

Q4. Your book deals with many of the issues young girls face, what do you think is one of the biggest struggles for young girls today?
A4. Young girls are bombarded with media images of photoshopped women with perfect skin and perfect figures. I think that causes huge issues for young girls that result in eating disorders and other self-abuse and addictive behaviors.

Q5. When you were fourteen, where would you have run away?
A5. I actually did run away when I was 15. I made it all the way to Matamoros, Mexico. (My poor parents! They were so worried). I always had a big longing for adventure.

Q6. If you could leave behind everything and escape for a day, where would you go and why?
A6. I think I’d go to a lovely island where I could run on the beach and then lie around and read and swim all day. That sounds like my idea of heaven on earth.

Q7. If you could give one word of advice to young writers, what would it be?
A7. Set aside a time to write every day, even if it’s only 30 minutes.

Q8. Aside from writing, what other hobbies do you enjoy?
A8.  I run and lift weights. I like the idea of being strong physically. I also embroider cool designs on pearl snap shirts.

Q9. What is your favorite writing technique? Do you write in order or random scenes?
A9. I always write in order. I like to sit down and write for a set amount of time. I guess that’s my favorite writing “technique.”

Q10. What is your favorite thing about writing?
A10.  I love being able to process my experiences, ideas and perceptions about life.  It really is it’s own reward.

Thank you Mary for taking time to share your thoughts!!

Book synopsis: The Earthquake Machine
The book every girl should read, and every girl’s parents hope she’ll never read. The Earthquake Machine tells the story of 14 year-old Rhonda. On the outside,everything looks perfect in Rhonda’s world, but at home Rhonda has to deal with a manipulative father who keeps her mentally ill mother hooked on pharmaceuticals. Theonly reliable person in Rhonda’s life is her family’s Mexican yardman, Jesús. But when the INS deports Jesús back to his home state of Oaxaca, Rhonda is left alone with her increasingly painful family situation. 
Determined to find her friend Jésus, Rhonda seizes an opportunity to run away during a camping trip with friends to Big Bend National Park. She swims to the Mexican side of the Rio Grande and makes her way to the border town of Milagros, Mexico. There a peyote- addled bartender convinces her she won’t be safe traveling alone into the country’s interior. So with the bartender’s help, Rhonda cuts her hair and assumes the identity of a Mexican boy named Angel. She then sets off on a burro across the desert to look for Jesús. 
Thus begins a wild adventure that fulfills the longing of readers eager for a brave and brazen female protagonist. (Goodreads summary)  
Paperback326 pages
Published September 2011 by AuthorHouse 

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