Monday, February 24, 2014

Author Interview: Victoria Scott

A modern day thrill ride, where a teen girl and her animal companion must participate in a breathtaking race to save her brother's life—and her own.

Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can't determine what's wrong, her parents decide to move to Montana for the fresh air. She's lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying—and she's helpless to change anything.

Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It's an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother's illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there's no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.

The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can't trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?

Fire & Flood is coming out tomorrow.  How does it feel?  What's your favorite part of the process been so far?

It feels surreal. I wrote this book over a year ago, and to see ARCs and final cover images coming together is gratifying.  My favorite part was seeing the typeset pages, and realizing that my little manuscript had become a book. 

What's your best advice for someone who wants to be a writer?

Treat it like a job. Schedule writing sessions, learn the industry, subscribe to magazines, and don't make excuses, ever. If you can afford to do it full time, do it full time. Forty hours a week at a minimum. If you want to be a serious writer, you have to put in serious time. 

Name three things you loved about writing Fire & Flood.

First, the Pandoras. I love those animals. Second, Guy Chambers. He's a big departure from Dante Walker, and it was delightful getting in his head. Third, doing research: 
- What can you eat in the jungle? 
- What does it feel and sound like? 
- What dangers are there? 
What's in your reading pile right now?  Any recommendations or titles we should steer clear of?
Right now I'm reading Gillian Flynn's Dark Places, and man is it dark. Much darker than her other titles. I also recently read Hexed by Michelle Krys. What a fun, creepy book!
If you could travel anywhere you wanted, where would you go and why?  If you could take three things with you, what would they be and why?
I'd go to Sante Fe, NM because I once took a brilliant vacation there and I'd like to return. I'd bring my husband, a pocketful of cash, and a pair of comfy ballet flats. 
About the Author:
Victoria Scott writes teen fiction and is represented by Sarah Crowe. She’s the author
of the Fire & Flood series published by Scholastic, and the Dante Walker trilogy published
by Entangled Teen. Her books have been bought and translated in nine foreign markets
including the UK, Germany, Turkey, Poland, Australia, China, Brazil, New Zealand, and
The Netherlands. Victoria lives in Dallas with her husband and adores cotton candy.

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