Meg Cannistra: The Trouble with Shooting Stars
Hello, August! Are you (or your kids) going back to school? Well, here are a bunch of books to cheer you up!
The Trouble with Shooting Stars
by Meg Cannistra
Twelve-year-old Luna loves the nighttime more than anything else. It’s when no one gives her “that look” about the half mask she has to wear while healing from a disfiguring car accident. It’s also the perfect time to sit outside and draw what she sees. Like the boy and girl from the new family next door…zipping out of the window in a zeppelin and up to the stars.
At first she thinks she’s dreaming. But one night the siblings catch her watching. Now Luna spends her nights on adventures with them, as they clean full moons, arrange constellations, and catch jars of stardust. She even gets to make a wish on a shooting star they catch.
But Luna learns that no wish is strong enough to erase the past — as much as she may hope to.
August 20th, 2019
Introduce yourself and your debut novel!
Hi! I’m Meg Cannistra, the author of The Trouble with Shooting Stars. It’s follows a young artist named Luna who, after a car accident that left her disfigured, withdraws from her life and spends her sleepless nights drawing and spying on the neighbors. One such night, a new family moves in next door and she discovers they’re Spazzartrici, a magical order tasked with taking care of the moon and stars. Luna befriends the kids, Alessandro and Chiara, and begins going up into the sky with them. She becomes set on finding a shooting star to wish away all the bad things in her life but doesn’t understand that wishes aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.
What’s the most surprising part about your debut journey so far?
All the emotions! I’m usually an emotional person, but it’s such a rollercoaster. One day, I’m on the top of the world and the next I’m hiding under my desk. It’s so scary and exciting. Some days it still doesn’t feel real.
Give a shout-out to a fellow debut!
Everyone go read Genesis Begins Again Begins Again by the wildly talented Alicia Williams!
Who is your favorite character?
Chiara Sapienti, Luna’s next-door neighbor and new friend. She’s spunky, brave, and so smart. She’s every bit the little sister and really leans into that role. I love that she’s bold and bright. I want to be Chiara when I grow up.
What’s a cool thing about your book that isn’t in the blurb?
The gorgeous illustrations inside! Luna’s an artist and you can see her art throughout the book! I love it so much.
What advice would you give to a new writer?
Try not to get into your head – especially during first drafts. I’m an overthinker and it’s taken a long time to stop second guessing every single word or bit of punctuation. First drafts are supposed to be sloppy and fun. It’s ok to not have the right word first time around because you’re likely going to rewrite this thing a billion times. Everyone does! And that’s OK! Just have fun in that first draft. You’ll have plenty of time to think through everything on draft 32.
Describe your writing space.
I’m a comfy gal and love writing in bed, but I just moved into a new house and actually have dedicated writing space. My goal is to train myself to use my new desk so I can focus better. The office is currently a work in progress, but I have tons of art and weird, creepy things to hang up on the walls and plan on getting a giant bookcase to hold all my books.
What book or author has most influenced your own writing?
I’ve got two major influences (definitely more, but I can’t list them all). Coraline and Harriet the Spy are two books that have had a major impact on my writing. I love unlikable characters, brave girls, and creepy crawlies that make turning out the lights an impossible task.
Share your favorite animals!
Thanks for interviewing, Meg! I can't wait to check out your book on 8/20/19!