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Interview with Victoria Scott!

Posted March 2, 2017 by Stephanie in book blitz, Interview / 0 Comments

Interview with Victoria Scott!Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott
Published by Entangled TEEN on May 2nd 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Thriller
Pages: 300
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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.

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Let’s talk about it!

Stephanie
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Interview with Kay Honeyman for Interference

Posted September 23, 2016 by Stephanie in Interview, Spotlight / 1 Comment

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Today we have the lovely opportunity to get to know Kay Honeyman a little better with an interview!

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What made you give the main character, Kate, a political background?kay-honeyman

I find politics fascinating. And somewhat omnipresent in life. On a large scale there are the politics that decide the leaders in a country, but on smaller scales there are politics in small towns, politics in high school, and politics in families. I’m always looking for a way that people can relate to my characters’ stories. For Kate, I hope people can relate to different degrees to the politics she has to navigate in life.

Kate loves photography, where did the inspiration for her photography skills/love come from?

Like a lot of people at 17 (or earlier for some), It probably started as an escape from politics and something that could be uniquely hers (there is no way her father is going to stand behind a camera). Eventually, it helps her find truth or at least reality. While she is an expert at the political world, she struggles to find her way outside that political game. Photography gives her a chance to study bits and pieces of real life from the safety of her dark room.

What made you decide to go the route of a modernized “Emma” as opposed to another Jane Austen classic?

I like using mentor texts when I start writing. Sometimes they stick as a structure, sometimes they don’t. This one really worked. The themes went well with the story and the characters, so the structure of Emma held true throughout the writing process (My first novel, The Fire Horse Girl, has some of the elements of Pride and Prejudice in it.) I think the strongest ties between Emma and Kate are their good intentions. It is the quality that redeems both of them and makes good people like Ana and Hunter (and hopefully the reader) see the potential in them.

What are the top things you need (snacks, drinks, music, etc.) in order to write?

If only it was that simple. Most of all I need courageJ. Writing takes a lot of work and a little blind faith. I also need time to escape in the story, and the self-control to create some headspace amongst the chores and to-do lists.

I also wouldn’t turn down a caramel latte if I was writing.

Salty or Sweet? And list your fave salty or sweet snack!

Both? I love popcorn – the really buttery kind, or white cheddar. Being from Texas – tortilla chips with anything (guacamole, salsa, bean dip, queso…I’m getting hungry). I also like candy corn at this time of year.


If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be and why?

A place on the beach sounds great. I’ll just go to Paris or Rome or Hong Kong during hurricane season.

Where is your favorite spot to read and write?

It depends. If I am drafting, I like a little background noise, so my favorite spot is usually a coffee shop or somewhere I can do a little writing and a little people watching.

If I am revising or editing, I like silence – a quiet spot in a library or at home if the house is empty and all the laundry and dishes are done (so I won’t have any excuses to stop).

What is your favorite season?

I like how seasons cycle. It might be the teacher in me, but I find that I am excited when a season starts, and I’m ready for the next by the time it is over. During the summer, I have so much fun waking up late and eating lunch at the pool. I how it stays light later. But when fall starts, I look forward to wearing my boots and jackets, pumpkin spice lattes and apple cider, and Thanksgiving dinner.

What are the last 3 books you’ve recently read and enjoyed?

I am reading the middle grade book The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse by Brian Farrey with my son. I enjoyed Farrey’s other books – The Vengekeep Prophesies (I am a sucker for criminals saving the day), but this one is beautiful and interesting. It’s about friendship, secrets, and sadness. I just finished Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld. It is a modern re-telling of Pride and Prejudice, and I loved how Elizabeth sounded as a modern American woman. I am about to start The Magic Words by my insanely talented editor Cheryl B. Klein. It’s her advice on writing and publishing in the children’s and ya world (but probably applies to all writing). I’m really looking forward to reading it.

Thank you so much for stopping by, Kay and for letting us get to know you a bit more!

Interview with Kay Honeyman for InterferenceInterference by Kay Honeyman
Published by Arthur A. Levine Books on September 27th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 352
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As a Congressman's daughter in Washington, DC, Kate Hamilton is good at getting what she wants -- what some people might call "interfering." But when her family moves to West Texas so her dad can run in a special election, Kate encounters some difficulties that test all her political skills. None of her matchmaking efforts go according to plan. Her father's campaign gets off to a rough start. A pro tip for moving to Texas: Don't slam the star quarterback's hand in a door. And whenever Kate messes up, the irritatingly right (and handsome) Hunter Price is there to witness it. But Kate has determination and a good heart, and with all her political savvy -- and a little clever interference -- she'll figure out what it takes to make Red Dirt home.

Stephanie
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Blog Tour: Pasadena [Interview]

Blog Tour: Pasadena [Interview]

Posted September 19, 2016 by Stephanie in Blog Tour, Interview / 1 Comment

Interview with Sherri L. Smith 1. What made you want to write YA Mystery? Mysteries are awesome! They are the ultimate expression of curiosity—what happened, and why? Those are the questions that make you turn the page and keep tuning in. Add a life or death situation, and who could say no? I’ve actually tried […]

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While It Lasts [Review & Interview]

While It Lasts [Review & Interview]

Posted February 14, 2015 by Stephanie in Interview, Review / 0 Comments

Title: While It Lasts Author: Paige Rion Series: Callaway Cove #2 Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance Pages: 174 Published By: Paige Rion, January 20, 2015 Where To Get:   A loan shark that doesn’t bite? Rachel Beaumont discovers her mother’s gambling debt has put their family in danger of losing their money and social status. It’s up to Rachel to do anything […]

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