Are you totally creeped out by The
Liberator’s Dante Walker? Join the club—and tip your Halloween mask to
author Victoria Scott. While she’s fairly knew to the scene (keep reading for
how she got started writing), this lit chick know’s how to create a character
that we love to hate—and hate to love. Here, she answers your questions about The Liberator, the horror genre, writer’s
block and more.
Q: What’s your process like from
start to finish?
It takes me about a month to plot the book and figure out the
characters. Then another 2 months to write the book. After that I spend a month
editing before sending it on to my editor. So, four months total if everything
goes to plan. I get writer's block often, but the key is to write past it.
Write something, anything. You'll find most times you can keep the stuff you
wrote on a "bad day."
Q: How do you make your readers
feel like they’re in the story?
Give readers descriptions they can hang their hat on. If you say the
woman was tall, it isn't enough. But if you say she was tall and rolled a shiny
blue marble between her fingers, they'll feel more connected. They'll remember
Q: How do you create a truly
I think the key is delivering all the typical "badness" while
also giving the reader something redeemable. For Dante, that's his sense of
humor and his good looks.
Q: What makes a horror story a
I'd say it's the character's intentions. If they're trying to kiss you,
it's not horror. If they're trying to murder you with a No. 2 pencil. Horror.
Q: Who in your life do you think
influenced your love of writing the most?
My mother. She took me to the library as a child, and every once in a
while we went to a real bookstore and I got to pick out a new novel. It was
always so fun selecting the one I'd take home.
Q: How old were you when you knew you wanted to be a writer?V
It was only a few years ago. I always knew I loved writing, but when I
sat down with the intention, it seemed so daunting. It wasn't until I started
devouring teen books that I knew I wanted to try for real. I was very afraid to
fail. And I did numerous times in numerous different ways. But I pushed onward.
Q: How do you deal with writer’s
Many times I read or watch movies. I ask myself what I expected from
the story. If it isn't what ended up happening, I question whether I can redo
it with my own extreme twist.
Q: What advice do you have for
When you start a book, always know what your character's goals are. Not
just the external (she wants enough money to buy a home of her own), but the
internal too (she wants to feel like she has a family). A character's arc has a
lot to do with them letting go of the external goal (the money to buy the house)
in order to pursue the internal goal (now that she has a best friend and mother
figure, she doesn't need the house as much).
Q: What’s your favorite thing
about being an author?
Interacting with readers. Anytime something big happens in my career,
my first question to my agent is always, "When can I post this
Q: What’s up next?
My next series coming out early next year, FIRE & FLOOD, is even
darker, and I'm working on a project now so twisted I'm afraid publishers may
Good luck, Victoria!
BY GL ON 12/16/2013 12:00:00 AM