Calla Devlin Visits NYMBC with Tell Me Something Real (Event Recap)

#TellMeSomethingReal | September 14th, 2016

Calla Devlin dropped by to share the story of how she took a setting from her childhood and turned it into a novel. 

"When I was young, about seven or eight years old, I rode in the backseat of my mother’s car, crossing the border into Mexico. My sisters and I sat in the courtyard of a seaside Mexican hospital where my mom, a nurse, volunteered," Calla read from her recent essay on Riveted Lit. It was this experience, plus a few characters that she later learned very well, that eventually became Tell Me Something Real.
Calla went on to explain that Tell Me Something Real started as a short story project for grad school in 2003 and, with the help of her SF writers group, became a set of short stories following the Babcock sisters into adulthood and later the book now sitting on shelves. 
When asked if she was planning a sequel, she referenced thoughts about it. "The material is there; I wrote short stories following Iris' return," Calla shared, "I'm working on a non-related book that is out next year and starting a third book that is also unrelated." 
We previously reviewed Tell Me Something Real and gave it four glowing stars, as it surprised us and kept us going on the journey with the Babcocks. As always, Books, Inc has signed copies following the event so be sure to pick one up! Or try your luck winning a signed ARC below.

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  1. I'm mostly drawing a blank, but I recently read "To All the Boys I've Loved Before" by Jenny Han and I loved the sisters' relationships (there are three girls) in that. Thanks! :)

    1. There aren't a lot of books out there about sisters! Calla did a great job of creating the relationships between the three girls and it wasn't all drama. Worth your read for sure :)

  2. Favorite books about sisters--hmmm--I actually don't have one, but I do have one of brother and sister--I'll Give You the Sun.


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