5 autographed copies will be given away on Friday, March 7, 2014.
Time is slipping away. . .
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 the middle of nowhere 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?
Exclusive interview with the author:
1) What genre have you not yet written but really want to try?
I’d love to try writing a YA contemporary, but I’ll admit it’s intimidating. Because I’ve previously written paranormal and science fiction, I always relied on the supernatural to spice things up if the storyline tired. But with contemp, you have only the real world to work with. Still, I think I’ll try it one day. I have my mind set on writing a particular issue book.
2) Thinking back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now?
I would say knowing what the driving force of your book is. In other words, what is the book about in one sentence? Or, put another way, what is your character trying to achieve? The first book I ever wrote, which has never gone on submission, didn’t have that driving force. The character’s goal changed many times, and I think it leaves readers wondering why they’re turning the pages. From the first chapter, readers need to know what that one, concrete goal is. I try to spell that out in all my titles now.
3) No matter how many books you write, I’m sure each one has its own challenges. How was this book more challenging to write than your others? How was it easier?
Fire & Flood was more challenging than my Dante Walker books because it required more research. It was easier in that the potential for conflict and tension was endless. There are a lot of dangerous things that can kill you in the jungle, and that makes it easier to keep readers engaged.
4) What scene or bit of dialogue in the book are you most proud of and why?
I’d say the “discovery” scene that takes place about two-thirds of the way through the book in the desert. So far, only one reader guessed what was coming, and even they didn’t know exactly what would happen. Big reveals don’t come naturally to me, but I enjoyed writing that one.
5) When you set out to write a book, are you usually sparked by a story idea or a character?
It differs. For the Dante Walker books, it was definitely the character. For Fire & Flood, it was all about the story idea. I couldn’t get the image of these animals and people competing in a race out of my head. I knew I wanted a thriller that featured science fiction-based animals. The characters came later.
About the author:
Victoria Scott is the author of the Dante Walker series. She lives in Dallas with her husband, and is currently working on the second Fire & Flood novel. Victoria adores getting to know her readers. Visit her online at VictoriaScottYA.com.
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