Author Of The Week: Chat with Victoria Scott (Violet Grenade), Plus Giveaway!!
Welcome to our weekly special feature post, Author Of The Week!!
Each week we will be interviewing a different YA author and highlighting their upcoming release!
We will also be hosting a giveaway of the book we are highlighting!!
Introducing Victoria Scott, YABC's Author of the Week!!
Victoria Scott is the acclaimed author of eight books for young adults. Her novels are sold in fourteen different countries, and she loves receiving fan mail from across the world. Victoria loves high fashion, big cities, and pink cotton candy. You can find her online at VictoriaScott.com.
Meet Violet Grenade!
DOMINO: A girl with blue hair and a demon in her mind.
CAIN: A stone giant on the brink of exploding.
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.
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
The inspiration came from the characters. Once I had Domino, Cain, and Wilson in my head, I couldn’t shake them loose. I had to tell their story and see where it would take me.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
That would definitely be Wilson! Wilson is the voice inside Domino’s head. He appeared after a tragic event in her life, and today he serves to protect her. Even though he is a figment of her imagination (or is he?), he has his own opinions, thoughts, and personality. I adore him.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
The novel came first. In fact, the book was originally titled Wilson. But the name was changed after it sold to Entangled Teen. I have to admit the new title is much better.
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
There would be a particular scene where Wilson really shines. I’d envisioned it long before I’d written the first page, so when I finally got to that part months later, I had to jab a fist into the air like Sylvester Stallone in Rocky. It was such a blast to write!
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
I think I’ve learned to write for myself first and foremost. It’s difficult in the beginning to not consider what agents and editors will want. But now I know that if I don’t really love my book, it’s hard to stay excited through numerous rounds of revisions, or when you happen across a negative review once the book is published. You can’t please everyone in the industry, but if your story makes you happy, then you can shrug the rest away.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I love that it teases readers’ imagination just enough. It provides one simple promise—this book is explosive. I just hope the story stands up to that stunning cover! My mom would tell you that Violet Grenade has the best cover of any of my books. Ha! Thanks, Mom.
YABC: Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
I think endings are always toughest for me. And in this case, when you have a character that has another character inside her head, as well as a love interest, villain, and best friend who are all in this tense scene together… Well, that was tough. My editor really pushed me to give the book a big payoff, and we went several rounds on getting it there. I think we’re both thrilled with how it ended up.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
Eating. Is that a superpower? If it is, I win. Every time.
By: Victoria Scott
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: May 16th, 2017
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At first I didn't really understand the cover, but after reading the summary, I guess it's supposed to be symbolic of personality....