Today I am happy to introduce author Renee Scattergood. I was able to interview one of her characters, Makari, which you can read here.
Tell us about your books. Is there one in particular you are promoting right now? What is it about?
Right now I’m working on my Shadow Stalker serial. It’s about a young shadow stalker, Auren, who is being hunted by Drevin, Emperor of the Galvadi, who claims she will enslave the people of their world. Auren is trying to end his tyranny while trying to avoid his prophecy.
What genre(s) do you write in? Who is your audience?
I write dark fantasy for young adults over 15 year old and adults.
Tell us about your writing process. How do you fuel your writing?
I always start with a character. I develop the main character and the story comes from that. Once I have a general idea of what the story will be about, I start writing down ideas. Then I organize the ideas into a basic plot. Usually by that point, I know about how long the story will be and I can start breaking down the main plot into smaller plotlines to figure out how many books it will take to write out the entire story. Then I start planning the individual books. I write out the scenes and develop a timeline. Once I work out how it all fits together and have the scenes in the right order, I separate it into chapters. The last step before writing is putting together a detailed outline. This makes the writing go more smoothly and allows me to work out any final kinks and details in the story, which saves time with editing later. Once the story is written, I do my self-edits and then I sent it off to my editor. Read more
Today I am happy to introduce author Laurisa White Reyes. Her new book is The Kids’ Guide to Writing Fiction and sounds great — and I got a chance to review her book, which you can read here.
Tell us about your book(s). Is there one in particular you are promoting right now? What is it about?
The Kids’ Guide to Writing Fiction had its start when I taught creative writing to middle grade and high school students. I wasn’t thrilled with the writing books available for kids at the time, so I created my own curriculum. Fast forward a decade. I’ve written and published several novels for young readers, including Spark Award winner The Storytellers. As an author, I’ve the opportunity to visit over 60 schools and speak with hundreds of students about writing and creativity. I decided that I wanted to reach out to young writers everywhere, and The Kids’ Guide to Writing Fiction was the result.
Geared toward kids aged 10 – 17, the book is not just for those who already love writing, but it is also designed to spark an interest in reading and writing in kids whose academic strengths and talents lie elsewhere. By introducing the six fundamental building blocks of storytelling in a fun and easy-to-“get” manner, kids discover the storyteller that lies within each of us. Their confidence and enthusiasm grow as they see the inner-workings of their very own stories grow.
Today I have the opportunity to interview Grape Merriweather from Libby Heily’s novel, Welcome to Sortilege Falls, which is due out this June.
Hello, can you tell us your name and a bit about yourself.
Hi! My name’s Grape Merriweather. I’m a junior in high school. We used to live in Watts Landing in Virginia but we moved to Sortilege Falls, Missouri a few days ago. So far, so bad. About me…hmm…well, I want to be an actress for sure. I love acting. It isn’t just about being on stage and all the attention. I love becoming a character. It’s an amazing feeling. I love Lance Irving, he’s my favorite actor. I’ve seen every episode of his show, Stone Huntington, Teen PI. I guess private investigator would be my next choice of possible careers. OMG, and I talking too much? I know it, I’m sorry. Ugh. Embarrassing.
Where are you from and what is it like there?
I’m from Watts Landing, VA. It’s nothing special, I guess. It’s a town well south of DC. There’s an airforce base nearby and a cool mall and a lot of parks that my brother likes a lot. All my friends are there and my memories. It’s weird, leaving the place you grew up. I mean, yeah, I’d rather forget the time I tried to do a trick on the swing set at Oskabee Park and I fell and skinned my knees, but I’m going to miss walking past that park and laughing a little at the memory, you know? Watts Landing was home.
Now, I live in Sortilege Falls and nothing here feels quite right. There’s a guy who works with my mom who totally wants to be a vampire and the kid down the street has about a billion lawn ornaments and he tried to serenade me outside my house one night. Oh yeah, my math teacher looks like a witch and did I mention that there are a ton of professional models in this town? I swear, the models have mind control over all the students at my high school. It’s insanely creepy. So yeah, I miss Watts Landing. Read more
Today I am happy to introduce author J.A. George. I also was able to interview the main character from Gifted, Avery Gray (you can read that interview here).
Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is J.A. George and I’m the author of Gifted – The Hayven Series. I like to read, write, bake and hang out with my friends, old and new. I love going to the cinema and I love eating out. Nothing too extreme as you can probably tell. I was born and raised in London, England where my family home currently is, but I study in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. I love chocolate.
Tell us about your book.
In a nutshell, it’s all about a nineteen year old university student who meets a woman a little on the strange side, before she meets a young man a little more on the stranger side. These meetings lead to the eventual discovery of Hayven – a city separated from the rest of the world where only those with gifts can go. She makes an eclectic bunch of friends, who, even though I’m biased, are just awesome. But Hayven has its dark side, and they’re called Cliders. Gifters turned rogue, Cliders are determined to see Hayven return to the way it was one thousand years ago when the city was under the dominion of Madrina. Want to know more about her? You’ll have to read GIFTED.
What genre do you write in?
Contemporary YA fantasy. I started off writing a novel because I wanted something to read. I wanted to read a contemporary YA fantasy novel that didn’t feature instant-love, a chosen one or a girl growing up in a dystopian society. I just wanted to read about someone normal, someone I could relate to. Someone who worries about the way she looks, but never says it out loud, has a sense of humour, thinks about the small stuff. Then I wanted to take her and place in a world she never thought existed. I wanted to explore real young adult relationships, friendships and modern-day topics such as, body weight issues and cheating in relationships. Gifted is a lot less sombre than it sounds, I promise! Read more