Tuesday, August 7, 2012

"I had a pet pig as a child that I won in a talent contest." - #Interview with @carolinealethia


Brief Bio

Caroline Alethia is a freelance writer who has written for magazines, newspapers, web and radio. Her words have reached audiences on six continents. She has spent 13 years overseas, living in seven foreign countries. She lived in Bolivia from 2007 to 2008 when the events in the novel, Plant Teacher, took place.

Tell us 5 random things about you the person, not the author:
1) I had a pet pig as a child that I won in a talent contest.
2) I consider myself a deist. My faith is important to me but I do not subscribe to a particular doctrine.
3) I have studied six foreign languages. I used to be fluent in five of them.
4) Most of my early memories entail sand -- either in sandboxes or at the beach.
5) Uh oh, Caroline only told us 4 things...but I especially loved the one about the pig! lol

Favorite Authors
Michael Ontdaaje, Toni Morrison, Italo Calvino, Milan Kundera

WHERE TO CONNECT ONLINE
Twitter : @carolinealethia


Genre : Literary Fiction/Political Fiction
Length : 298 pages
Formats Available : paperback and Kindle


Book Blurb : Hailed by Huffington Post contributor Joel Hirst as a compelling and powerful story, Plant Teacher begins in 1972 when a hippie in Oakland, California flushes a syringe of LSD down a toilet. Thirty-five years later, the wayward drug paraphernalia has found its final resting place in Los Yungas, Bolivia, the umbilical cord between the Andes and Amazonia.

Enter into this picture two young Americans, Cheryl Lewis, trying to forge her future in La Paz and Martin Banzer, trying to come to terms with his past in the same city. The two form an unlikely friendship against the backdrop of a country teetering at the brink of dictatorship and revolution.

Bolivia sparks the taste for adventure in both young people and Martin finds himself experimenting with indigenous hallucinogenic plants while Cheryl flits from one personal relationship to another. Meanwhile, the syringe buried in the silt in a marsh in Los Yungas will shape their destinies more than either could anticipate or desire.

Plant Teacher takes its readers on a fast-paced tour from the hippie excesses of Oakland, to the great streams of the Pacific Ocean and the countryside, cities, natural wonders and ancient ruins of Bolivia. It reveals the mundane and the magical, and, along the way, readers glimpse the lives of everyday Bolivians struggling to establish equanimity or merely eke out a living during drastic political crisis.

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