Author Crush Friday: Victoria Scott
Glitter girls, you have pressing questions for your favorite authors and we have their answers. Welcome to our weekly segment, Author Crush Fridays.
We love asking questions and we love the answers from some of our favorite authors. Today we’re talking to Victoria Scott, the author of the dark YA contemporary, Violet Grenade (May 2, 2017; Entangled Teen). Thank you for talking to us today, Victoria! We’re honored!
GLITTER: For those who haven’t read your work yet, how would you describe your writing style?
VICTORIA: My writing style employs short, quick sentences, and short chapters. I like to give readers that sensation of speeding through the book, and I always strive to achieve that balance of telling the story clearly, but beautifully.
GLITTER: When did you first start writing, and what drew you to writing?
VICTORIA: I began writing when I was twenty-eight. Before that, I worked in advertising. And though I enjoyed it, writing five words for a billboard, or two hundred for a radio advertisement, didn’t scratch my creative itch. I wanted to write something longer, something I could really lose myself in. I loved reading young adult fiction, and one day I realized the answer was between my hands and on my shelves.
GLITTER: What one message would you like readers to walk away with when they’re done reading Violet Grenade?
VICTORIA: Be careful who you mess with? Ha! In all seriousness, I hope people see that these characters, and everyone really, has layers, and a history. We are all messy, and we are all lovable and redeemable.
GLITTER: We loved your Dante Walker series. How is Violet Grenade like and unlike that series?
VICTORIA: My Dante Walker series was an expression of my love affair with dark comedy. I wrote those books during the paranormal romance boom, and had so much fun with them. Violet Grenade is a much more serious book. It also has a psychological thriller element that the Dante Walker books didn’t have.
GLITTER: Would you love to see one of your books on the big screen? If so, which one?
VICTORIA: Absolutely! Honestly, I’d have to say The Collector. I could so easily see someone (Zac Efron, anyone?) playing the part of a sexy, witty, egotistical demon.
GLITTER: Did you always want to be an author? Did you ever feel like giving up? Did you receive rejection letters in the beginning? How did you get over them?
VICTORIA: No, I hadn’t ever even considered the idea of being an author until my late twenties. And, oh yes, I felt like giving up every other week, and I received tons of rejection letters. I’m not sure I ever got over the rejected. I just…moved forward. Every day. Just a little bit. Holding onto a big dream was such fun. I didn’t want to let go. And I didn’t. You shouldn’t either.
GLITTER: What are you currently working on?
VICTORIA: I’m working on another young adult contemporary novel. It’s set in an isolated area, like Violet Grenade is, and has two characters with broken pasts, much like Domino and Cain. It’s similar in that it tackles young adults with big issues and dark pasts, but is unique in that the characters have their own story, and their own journey to redemption.
Photo Credit: Betsy Brody
Victoria Scott is the critically acclaimed author of eight novels including Fire & Flood, Titans, and the Dante Walker trilogy. Her books are sold in thirteen countries, and she loves hearing from readers across the world. Victoria is a big city girl who appreciates fashion, interior design, and pink cotton candy.