College of Idaho senior Lorraine Barreras is set for the release of her debut novel today, Feb. 28. The book, titled Archipelago, is a young adult fantasy novel published by Boise-based Fantastic Journeys Publishing. It is available for $15 through Amazon and $2.99 for Nook and Kindle eBook versions. Barreras also plans to have copies available at the College Store on campus and other local vendors within a month. For more information, or to purchase a copy, visit www.archipelagobook.net.
Barreras, an art major, spent 10 years writing Archipelago, which she released under her pen name, Mati Raine. The book’s main character is Lilly Douglas, a 14-year-old girl with avian-like wings and special powers who studies at Charity Academy. The book follows Lilly’s life as she discovers who she is, as well as the intentions of the students and faculty at the rival Firestone Institution. Barreras’ editor on the novel was Diamond Preston, a 2013 C of I alumna.
In addition to writing, Barreras works in a variety of art mediums including sculpture, painting and graphic design. She designed the cover art for Archipelago and also has designed book covers for other Fantastic Journeys Publishing authors. Her artistic website is www.thecraftycoyote.com.
During her four years at the C of I, Barreras has integrated what she’s learned from her art and journalism classes to broaden her skills as she works toward finding her place in the professional world.
“I’ve never been a one-trick pony,” Barreras said. “There’s something to the PEAK Curriculum – you’re preparing for the job that isn’t there. I’m a convention artist – they can’t give me a degree in that. But I feel that my major and minors have prepared me for variety.”
Barreras currently is working on a sequel to Archipelago, and she plans to spend the summer traveling to promote her book and artwork. While she is sad – and a little bit frightened – to leave the place she’s called home for the past four years, Barreras is comforted by the College’s strong, far-reaching community.
“You’re still a Yote, no matter if you’re graduated or not,” Barreras said. “You’re always a part of it.”
Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 11 Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.