Published by Entangled TEEN on May 2nd 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Thriller
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DOMINO: A runaway with blood on her hands.
CAIN: A silent boy about to explode.
MADAM KARINA: A woman who demands obedience.
WILSON: The one who will destroy them all.
When Madam Karina discovers Domino in an alleyway, she offers her a position inside her home for entertainers in secluded West Texas. Left with few alternatives and an agenda of her own, Domino accepts. It isn’t long before she is fighting her way up the ranks to gain the madam’s approval. But after suffering weeks of bullying and unearthing the madam’s secrets, Domino decides to leave. It’ll be harder than she thinks, though, because the madam doesn’t like to lose inventory. But then, Madam Karina doesn’t know about the person living inside Domino’s mind.
Madam Karina doesn’t know about Wilson.
What was it like to write a psychological thriller like Violet Grenade? (Did it ever make you feel crazy?)
As opposed to not feeling crazy? You do know I’m a fiction writer, correct? Ha! It was a blast writing a psychological book. Challenging, to be sure, but fun. As far as the “thriller” aspect, I’ve always tried to weave in that sensation of needing to turn the pages faster in all my stories, so that part felt familiar.
You’ve written books in a few different genres, what was your favorite genre to write and why?
I think each new genre I write becomes my current favorite because it feels fresh. And everything I’ve done in the past feels like an ex-boyfriend—Fun at the time, but also ancient history. Then again, the farther I get away from a genre, the more it becomes enticing again. Much like looking at past relationships through rose-colored lenses once old wounds have healed.
What is your favorite thing to do during the writing process, i.e.: brainstorming, plotting, writing, editing, Pinterest, etc. and why?
Drafting is probably my favorite, but only after I slowed down on how many words I tried to put on the page each day. I used to write 2+ books a year, and drafting was taxing then. Now that I write one manuscript a year, it’s become more of a treat to sit down and have creative time.
What was your favorite character to write in Violet Grenade?
Without a doubt, that character is Wilson. Wilson is the voice inside our main character, Domino’s, head. She has a rather heavy, tragic past, and Wilson was created during that time to protect her from those memories, and from what happened to her. But he has a personality, and opinions, that are his own. I love his snarky side, and the way he protects Domino.
What was the most difficult thing you encountered while writing Violet Grenade?
Probably balancing the fact that this is a modern, contemporary story, but that this house Domino goes to live in feels fantastical. I wanted this tell this story in a way that would sweep readers to another place, while keeping one foot on solid ground. That was difficult.
About the Author
Victoria Scott is the author of eight novels including Titans, Fire & Flood, Salt & Stone, the Dante Walker trilogy, Hear the Wolves (March 2017), and Violet Grenade (May 2017). She is published by Scholastic and Entangled Teen, and is represented by Sara Crowe of Pippin Properties.
Victoria’s latest novel, Titans, received two starred reviews, and Fire & Flood has been selected as a 2017 Spirit of Texas Reading Program book. Victoria’s novels have been bought and translated in fourteen foreign markets. The author currently resides in Philadelphia, and loves hearing from her readers.