There is a lot going on in our communities today; A lot of remembering, a lot of sorrow, a lot of looking forward, a lot of unknown, and a lot of rebuilding. It’s during our hardships that we tend to lean on people we love, and embrace our families. Whether thinking about our country sixteen years ago, or those displaced by the recent hurricanes, it’s reassuring to know that we have friends and family to help us through.
This holds true in the wonderfully written book by Carter Higgins, A Rambler Steals Home. Derby Clark finds herself unsettled in the place that is the closest she gets to a permanent home. It’s through friendship and family that she’s able to help those she cares about most while learning lessons about herself, as well.
Here’s what Carter had to say when we asked her three questions about the book, three questions about her.
3 Questions about A Rambler Steals Home
What three words would you use to describe your book?
Sweet, simple, heartfelt
What traits about Derby are most similar to you? Which traits are not like you at all?
Derby and I both have general cheery outlooks and look for the best in people. We’re both empathetic, thoughtful, and a little stubborn. She’s much more comfortable with constant change than I am, and she’s so even keel and adaptable. I love those things about her, and wish I had some of them!
Rambler had a lot of characters with backstories involving sorrow. Did you base any of the events in their lives on experiences you’ve had?
It’s true! Though I hope the sorrow reads as connective tissue of our human experience–that contentment feels more robust when you’ve tasted a little sadness. I think a lot of experiencing life involves sorrow. Kids and grownups feel this with an equal amount of fragility and the fortitude it requires. Nothing is directly related to any of my own experiences, and yet I have a lot in common with these characters. Wouldn’t we all?
3 Questions about You
If you weren’t a writer, what would you want to be and why?
I’d love to drive a bookmobile. That also maybe serves coffee? That sounds amazing.
What is one book you’ve read that has stuck with you?
I love the sign on Rosie’s Door by Maurice Sendak. It holds so many kid truths, like dress up wholly turns you into somebody else, days with nothing to do are the best days, and that home is a wonderful place to curl up at night. Recently, I purchased a new copy because I hadn’t had one for so long, and I was so stunned at how much had truly gotten stuck into me. I love that about books.
What is one item in your fridge that tells us about you?
I have more than one variety of cold brew coffee stacked up inside the door. You never know!
Thank you Carter for taking the time to chat with us! We are so excited for your new picture book, This is Not A Valentine!