When Jasmine Fuentes finds herself thousands of miles from home, forced to hike around in the wilderness of California with a bunch of juvenile delinquents, sheâ€™s convinced she doesnâ€™t belong.Â
Forage for food, build shelter, make fireâ€”Jasmine sets out to learn what she needs to do to ace the program so she can go home and salvage her summer vacation. But the more she tries to prove she doesnâ€™t need wilderness therapy, the more desperate her situation becomes. Confronted with life and death, she comes face to face with her past and her imperfections. Will Jasmine ask for help before itâ€™s too late?Â
Adrienne Quintana is
the author of Eruption as well as several children’s books. When she isn’t
writing, Adrienne enjoys running, hiking, and matchmaking (Are you single? She
probably knows someone perfect for you.)Â
She lives in Arizona with her husband
and four children, who give her love, support, and plenty of good material for
Instagram.Â Â Â
- Adrienne,Â if you had 3 wishes, what would they be?
I’d wish that chocolate gave you abs, clothes folded themselves, and that people had furry ears and tails so you could read their emotions.
- Given unlimited resources, what would be your ideal writing environment?
A terrace on the Amalfi Coast with a hot Italian guy fanning me and feeding me grapes.
- Where do you actually write?
Usually the kitchen. Often in yoga pants. Always with a dog on my lap.
- How long does it normally take you to write a novel?
It’s getting progressively longer.Â I wrote my first novel in two months, my second in about a year, and this one has been three years in the making.Â With my family and other exciting publishing projects, I have limited time.Â But writing is a passion, and I do it whenever I have a spare second.
- What are your inspirations?
Easy. My family always lifts and inspires me.
- How did you come to write this particular book or series?
The idea for this book has been in the back of my mind for years. I actually tried to convince my sister to write it.Â She worked for Anasazi, a wilderness therapy program in Arizona, as a young adult and had some incredible experiences there.Â Yvette has six children and is getting ready to publish her third children’s picture book. I think it was the fourth time I mentioned that she should write this book when she told me I should write it myself.Â That was all the permission I needed.
High Sierra is a fictional wilderness therapy program loosely based on the Anasazi program, but the hiking takes place in Yosemite.Â The characters hike the exact trails that my family traveled on our adventure in 2015 when my husband tore two tendons in his ankle and then insisted on hiking another 20 miles. I’ve poured a lot of myself and my personal struggles and experiences into this book.
- What was the hardest part of writing your book, and how did you overcome it?
Finding time is a huge obstacle for me to overcome as a writer.Â Writing a novel over a long period of time presents challenges.Â When you write every day, it’s easy to pick up where you left off.Â When you’re working on a project for months and years, it’s easy to forget details. I had to do a lot of re-reading to refresh my memory before moving forward.