Monday, April 9, 2012

Blog tour stop - Hope by Victoria Ferrante

Hi guys! Today I have the pleasure to host a tour stop for Hope. This is book blast is part of the Autism awareness Month!
I have to say that is a subject very close to me, because my nephew is autistic. I love him and her sister more than anything in the world, and he's been diagnosed recently, so be part of this has been amazing!

Hope you all enjoy my interview and book review.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Hope
As a nurse hands Christina Borysowki her newborn daughter, joy lls the new mother's heart. With wonder, she lovingly admires the baby she has named Hope. Her body tingles with excitement and fear. Hours later, Hope's eyes nally open to reveal spectacular turquoise irises. At that moment, she has no idea that months later, the sparkle and life will abandon those beautiful eyes, the gaze will turn inward, and Hope will lose all interest in the world.
Years later, things cannot get any worse for Christina Borysowski and her profoundly autistic daughter. With Hope destined for a future that promises nothing but bleakness, isolation, and likely institutionalization, Christina is already well aware she is paddling alone against the strong tides of prejudice, misunderstanding, and fear. To compound matters, there is much more at stake than just Hope's well-being. Christina is barely hanging on. In a desperate quest to nd peace for both Hope and herself, Christina is left with an agonizing choice that will deter-mine the future for both of them.
In this eye-opening and poignant story about autism and its tragic human cost, one woman takes an unimaginable journey through hopelessness to discover an intense love that drives her to make the unthinkable a reality.

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INTERVIEW WITH VICTORIA FERRANTE.
Hello Ruty, I am happy to answer your questions about my novel, Hope.

1 – Was it easy to start to write Hope?
Yes and no. I knew I wanted to write about autism and I wanted the story to appeal to everyone. I started by writing down my random thoughts and feelings about autism – that was the easy part – and, finally, the story came to me.

2 – How you decided to write this story? (Besides the fact that you want to show how could be the life with an autistic child).
I recalled a question my sister-in-law asked about a news story regarding autism. Her question made me realize how little people who don’t have an autistic child know about the life we lead. I had knowledge to share with the world.

3 –When did you start to write Hope? / How long took you to write Hope?
I started writing Hope in 2005. I sat on my doorstep waiting for my daughter to come home from school, writing with a pen in an old college notebook. I wasn’t getting very far that way! I bought a laptop in 2006. I had very little time to write because caring for my daughter consumes most of my time. I set my alarm for 4:30 in the morning every day. I rushed through chores and skipped lunch. I finished the first draft in 2010.

4 –How did you decide which personal experiences to write on and which ones not?
I picked the experiences that stood out the most in my mind; the ones that I remembered vividly. Those incidents moved me; therefore, I believed I would write them best. I also think they show how extraordinarily difficult and sometimes dangerous it can be to raise a child with profound autism.

5 – Are you happy with the result of Hope?
I don’t think most authors are ever completely happy with their writing. I’m quoting a famous author here, but I cannot remember who it is:

Someday, you will look back on your first published book and think, “What a piece of junk.”

I don’t feel that negatively about Hope. I put my best effort into writing a good and relevant story. I hope that the result is more empathy for parents with autistic children. I feel I can work on becoming a better writer.

6 – Would you like to continue writing about autism?
Funny you should ask! I am currently writing a memoir about my son, who has Asperger’s syndrome. It is tentatively titled, The Book of Matthew.

7– How was to write that kind of ending? (Without ruin the story for anybody)
It was very difficult. I did not pull the story idea out of thin air. Yes, I was answering my sister-in-law’s question, but what I wrote about really happens. It happened at least six times in the United States in 2011. It has happened for the first time this year in early March in California. It is a topic that is very close to my heart.

About your personal experience.

1 – How was to find out that your daughter have autism?
I felt a mixture of emotions that did not go together well. I felt relief because we had known for over a year before her diagnosis that something was wrong with her. The diagnosis gave us a direction to take to help her. I felt deep sadness. I was hoping the doctor would tell us it was something that could be fixed. Autism is a lifelong disability. I guess you could say I felt lost and found at the same time.

2 –What advices do you have to people in this situation?
If we are talking about diagnosis, I’d say, as soon as your child is diagnosed, call your local school district or special needs education program. The sooner the child begins therapies and education, the better the outcome. Grab every book you can on autism. Contact your board of developmental disabilities and enroll your child in every program available as soon as possible, because some have long waiting lists.

The above advice would also apply to the specific situation I wrote about in Hope. A parent educated in autism will fare better than one who is not. I would also counsel parents who are having a very hard time to reach out and tell someone, anyone, what is happening and how you are feeling. There is help out there. You have to inform people so they know you are in need. That is why I wrote Hope. It is my way of informing those who care that a mom and a child are in deep trouble.


Ruty, I enjoyed your question. Thank you so much for reading Hope! Please pass it on!


Victoria Ferrante
Author and mother of two children with autism
HopeTheNovel.com

HopeTheNovel.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Victoria Ferrante is the mother of a profoundly autistic daughter and a son with Asperger’s syndrome. She has been writing poetry, plays, and stories since she was seven years old. She lives with her children, husband, and beagle in Howland, Ohio.
Visit her on her website

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MY REVIE.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s hard to judge a book that, even it’s a “fiction” novel, has some much of reality. In a subject like autism, a condition of which much still remains unknown, where answers are few but questions are endless, it’s hard to say what’s right or wrong.

I found Hope to be a really interesting book. A story, that leads you through a rollercoaster of emotions. I found myself feeling sorry, understanding, dislike and some other things for Christina. This woman, who has to face the fact that her daughter is an autistic child, without knowing anything about this.

This story shows us a side of parenting that many of us don’t known, or don’t want to know nothing about. Parenting is such a hard job (apart from being the most beautiful thing in the world also implies a lot of responsibilities), but being the parent of an autistic child is even harder.
Hope and Christina, the main characters of this book, have opposite ways of understanding the world. A child with her own reality and a mother struggling to give her daughter the best life possible.

I ended up the book, feeling really admired with the bravery of Victoria. Not just for writing the book but also for the fact that she decided to do everything she could to help her daughter.

I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to everyone who likes real stories, inspiring stories.


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I really do hope that everyone gives this book a chance, and that somehow we all can understand a little more better this subject.

2 comments:

  1. I had some problems with the post, but finally it worked out!
    I don't know what happened maybe my blog just gone crazy for a while!
    Hope you enjoy this special post!

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  2. This is a great post! This sounds like a really inspirational book, and I always like reading something inspirational, as well as fiction, since I really think that many people need some inspiration, and it's one of the reasons I want to be a singer: I want to inspire people to do things that they wouldn't normally do. And I think that this book would be a really good book to tell people who want things like me to keep pushing and you'll make it through. :)

    PS—I've given you an award! Check it out here.

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