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Title: A Way Back to Then
Author: Robert Halliwell
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
A Tales from Foster High Story
Snarky yet good-hearted Robbie DeCaro made his first appearance in the pages of Tales from Foster High: End of the Innocence, years after the loss of his first and only love. A New York transplant, Robbie now decides that his work is done in the town of Foster, and the time has come for him to leave Texas.
Returning to his childhood home on Long Island, Robbie reunites with his family members. Each using their own unique methods, they try in vain to help Robbie reset to a life he knew before he left it all for the fairy-tale love he found, then tragically lost.
As he remembers some of the darkest moments from his past, Robbie wonders if he’ll ever find the “after” in “happily ever after.”
We are here today to talk about A Way Back to Then. What can you tell us about it?
A Way Back to Then is the continuing story of Robbie DeCaro who made his first (and loud) appearance in Tales from Foster High’s End of the Innocence. It follows right after John Goode’s 151 Days. It’s Robbie’s turn in the spotlight while Kyle and Brad take a break for a bit. Who get to meet a whole new cast of characters including Robbie’s family.
Tell us more about our main characters?
Robbie DeCaro is still the same smart and sarcastic man we met in Foster, Texas. But after various events, both good and bad, he’s a better person now or at least he thinks he is. Robbie’s mother, Rose, is fiery Sicilian woman and his sister, Nicole, is a gorgeous video-gaming nerd. Robbie’s uncle, James, is someone who Robbie always wanted to be when he grew up and in some sense, has become. There are two other significant characters that act in Robbie’s little play of life, but I wouldn’t want to give too much away.
What about A Way Back to Then makes you the proudest?
The fact that I was able to it out there into the world is the proudest, yet weirdest, moment so far. That my friend, John Goode, had the confidence to carry on a storyline that so many have fallen in love with. I owe a lot (of alcohol) to him.
The Way Back fits in with John Goode’s Tales from Foster High Series. Can you talk about how this story fits in and how it came about?
My book happens directly after the events in 151 Days. (Spoiler Alert) Robbie leaves Foster to return to his hometown on Long Island, NY. John told me that Robbie’s tale needed to be told, but he felt that he couldn’t do it justice. So, he asked me if I would take the reigns since the character of Robbie is based on me. At first I thought he was kidding and luckily he wasn’t. It took almost a year from start to publication and I do hope it was worth all the stress and happiness it has brought me.
Will we be hearing more from you in the future?
Yes! You will! Well, I certainly hope so at least.
If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?
Stalk the writers that you love. No, seriously, do it. Ok, not really, but at least tweet them like I did because you never know. You could become a character in their new book then write your own spin-off series.
Alright, maybe that won’t work for everyone and JK Rowling might send the Dementors after you so instead write your brain and your heart out and absorb every piece of advice you can. Good, bad or indifferent, it all helps. Trust me.
What are you reading right now and what is next on your to-be-read list?
I’m currently reading “Yes, Please” by Amy Poehler because she is a goddess among us. Other then rereading this week’s Entertainment Weekly with Chris Pratt on the cover (YUM), I’m not sure what’s on my to read list. Got any suggestions?
Rapid Fire Time
- Swift or Perry? And all I can think of right now is Taylor and Tyler respectively…
- Night or Day? Both are good for drinking.
- Birth order? First
- Steak or Pizza? Pizza. Now I want Dominos.
- Tropical island or snow covered mountain cabin? Bring me a margarita to beach house, please.
- Windows or Mac? Mac forever.
- Tea or Coffee? Tension Tamer Tea (Thank you, Coco Peru!)
- Australia or England? I need them both in my life for various reasons.
- hot air balloon or blimp? No Hindenburg for me.
- Light saber or a Sonic screwdriver? Allons-y!
What are you working on? What is next?
I’m working (slowly) on another novel about magic and Greek gods in modern day Manhattan as well as bouncing around some ideas with John for the ever-expanding “Fosterverse”.
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