March 2, 2015

Blog Tour: Breaking Sky by Cori McCarthy – Interview

Hello and welcome to our Tour Stop for

Breaking Sky by Cori McCarthy!

We are thrilled to have Cori McCarthy stop by the blog and share some of her Top Favs!


In this high-flying, adrenaline-fueled debut thriller, America’s best hope is the elite teen fighter pilots of the United Star Academy

Chase Harcourt, call sign “Nyx,” is one of only two pilots chosen to fly the experimental “Streaker” jets at the junior Air Force Academy in the year 2048. She’s tough and impulsive with lightning-fast reactions, but few know the pain and loneliness of her past or the dark secret about her father. All anyone cares about is that Chase aces the upcoming Streaker trials, proving the prototype jet can knock the enemy out of the sky.

But as the world tilts toward war, Chase cracks open a military secret. There’s a third Streaker jet, whose young hotshot pilot, Tristan, can match her on the ground and in the clouds. Chase doesn’t play well with others, but to save her country she may just have to put her life in the hands of the competition.

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Top Favs with Cori McCarthy

You’re home alone, there’s a fire!  Top 3 things you’d grab and save from the fire.

  1. My three-year-old son!
  2. His blanket!
  3. My backup drive!


Top 3 Favorite authors (dead or alive) and why

  1. Walt Whitman. That dude’s poetry can get me out of any funk.
  2. Melina Marchetta. Because Jellicoe and Finnikin and Quintana and Froi!
  3. A.S. King. I’m pretty sure she’s my spirit animal, and if she’s not, Vera Dietz definitely is.


Top 3 Favorite snacks while writing and why

  1. Wintergreen Tums. Oh man, does that make me old?
  2. Coffeecoffeecoffeecoffeeteateacoffeecoffee
  3. Asiago cheese bagels with chive and onion cream cheese


Top 3 Favorite books that inspired you to write and why

  1. The Lord of the Rings. My ideal retirement will involve tweed jackets and smoking pipes and creating my own languages.
  2. I Capture the Castle. Best narrator of any story ever.
  3. Jellicoe Road is the book that I wish I wrote. Please Ignore Vera Dietz is a close second.


Top 3 favorite songs to listen to while writing and why

  1. “Missed the Boat” by Modest Mouse. Because that’s what being a teenager sounds like.
  2. “Round Here” by Counting Crows. Because that’s what being depressed/struggling sounds like.
  3. “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Because that’s what being in love sounds like.


Top 3 favorite techniques to overcome writers block and why

  1. Keep writing words even if they’re terrible.
  2. Delete most of said terrible words.
  3. Write better (and yet still a little terrible) words. Rinse and repeat.


Top 3 musicians/bands/groups and why

  1. You know, Taylor Swift is kind of amazing. I hope I can reinvent myself over and over like her. Keep everyone on their toes J
  2. Ben Folds because his piano is to die for and his lyrics are like razor truths.
  3. Ani DiFranco is just about the best person on planet earth. Don’t believe me? Go listen to the song “Allergic to Water.”


Top 3 favorite movies of all time and why

  1. Jane Eyre (2006 BBC miniseries version) because it’s the only version I’ve ever seen that nails both Jane and Rochester.
  2. The Fifth Element because Milla Jovovich is amazing, and it’s got love and sci-fi and humor and ridiculous costumes (way before the Hunger Games!).
  3. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. I won’t defend this one; it’s my guilty pleasure movie.


Top 3 favorite animated movies and why

  1. Robin Hood! The one with the fox. This story taught me the basics on romance and the songs still make me dance around all happy-like.
  2. Finding Nemo. I still cry laughing when Dory speaks whale.
  3. Fern Gully. Oh man, that movie is so dated now, and I don’t care. Five words: Robin Williams as Batty Coda!


Top 3 favorite movie moments and why

  1. Any moment with Han Solo and Princess Leia! Because that’s what love should feel like.
  2. When Hagrid makes Dudley grow a piggy tail in the first Harry Potter movie because if you watch Daniel Radcliffe closely, his reactions is this great, silent, happy dinosaur laugh/smile.
  3. In Willow, when Madmartigan is under the spell of “the dust of broken hearts”—because, well, I love Madmartigan.


Top 3 favorite actors/actresses and why

  1. Kate Beckinsale. I really like the Underworld movies.
  2. Benedict Cumberbatch. I know, I know. But. He’s amazing! That voice! Those eccentric features! The photobombing cuteness!
  3. Drew Barrymore. I get the feeling that she has a really good sense of humor.


Top 3 favorite gadgets and why

  1. iPhone. That technology is so wonderful that it is very nearly evil.
  2. My Mac. She’s my baby…she’s…precious to me…
  3. Box fan. I’m a white noise junky.


Top 3 favorite dream destinations and why

  1. New Zealand because I’m a Tolkien girl and I need to see Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth!
  2. Dingle Peninsula, Ireland. I lived in Dublin for a year, and Dingle was the best place I visited. I dream of getting a writing cottage there.
  3. Washington, DC. I’ve been there a fifty times, but it’s my favorite city on the planet. Museums and the Mall and the river and the monuments…happy sigh…


From author`s website

From author`s website

Cori McCarthy started writing when she was thirteen. She earned a BA in Creative Writing from Ohio University, focusing in memoir writing and poetry. After graduation she completed UCLA’s Professional Program in Screenwriting and served as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Appalachian Ohio. In 2011, she earned an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

In geographical history, Cori was born on Guam, grew up in New England and the Midwest, studied abroad in Ireland, and now lives in Michigan. She’s traveled everywhere from Scotland to St. Petersburg, Albania to Montenegro. Like her hero Walt Whitman, her favorite city on the planet is Washington, D.C., and her favorite off-planet city is Entra.

Cori is the author of several YA books. Kirkus called her debut novel, THE COLOR OF RAIN, “[an] elegantly written and emotionally cathartic page-turner.” Her second novel, BREAKING SKY, received a starred review from School Library Journal, and Kirkus labelled it “smart, exciting, confident–and quite possibly the next Big Thing.” Her third YA novel, YOU WERE HERE, is a contemporary story, forthcoming in the spring of 2016.

Cori’s novel in verse, Name Me America, won the Middle Grade category for the 2014 Katherine Paterson Prize.

Connect with the Author:  Website | Twitter | Facebook 

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