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So here’s the deal. I’ve been working closely with Victoria Scott over the past six months, and I recently realized that she might be the perfect candidate for a thorough psychoanalysis. Her recent strange behaviors such as becoming a mother and purchasing a car for her husband have led me to believe that there are some psychological issues with Victoria that need to be addressed, and that she might benefit from a
totally sneakycompletely legit psychological evaluation. Remember- I’m sharing this classified information with you for learning purposes only! You can read Victoria’s responses to my specifically formulated questions below in the BOLD print. Proceed with caution.
Do you have any secret tattoos?
No, but my husband has my name on his bicep. I know. Classy.
What was your first date?
It was to a shady restaurant with a dude who insisted I call him Vin, after Vin Diesel. He had a buy-one-get-one coupon. Also classy.
Do you have any strange writing rituals?
I look off into space a lot when I’m imagining characters’ reactions. Does that count?
If you were Tella in Salt and Stone, what would you have done differently than her?
I never would have made it to Salt & Stone. Never.
I know you use some quotes from The Divine Comedy to open a few chapters in the Dante Walker trilogy, but have you ever read Dante Alighieri’s masterpiece? And if so, was it inspiration for Dante Walker?
I’ve only ever read Inferno, the first section. I borrowed a nugget about ice being used for torture from that fine piece of work.
For all of us aspiring authors out there- How do you get over the feeling that your book idea might be ”dumb”?
Ugh. You don’t? I’m working on line edits for a book now, and every day I think to myself, “Dumb. Dumb. Dumber. Also, maybe a little classy.”
How long did it take you to write the first Fire and Flood book once you conceived the idea and interest was expressed by the publisher?
It took about four months from plotting to turning in a first draft.
If you had auditioned to be in Saved By the Bell back in the day, I have a feeling you would have been Kelly Kapowski- Do you agree?
Kelly for the win. I guess I would’ve been since we were both cheerleaders and all.
What television show have you recently binge watched or are obsessed with?
Vikings. OMG, Vikings!
I know your mom and other family members read your books. Is it embarrassing or awkward knowing they are going to read the LOVE SCENES you wrote?! I must confess- as an aspiring author, I worry about this, LOL.
YES! Not so much for my family members to read those scenes, because we’re a pretty open family. But for my mother-in-law? Kill me.
Okay, time for the speed round. This part is sorta like the Family Feud speed round. I’ ll ask a question/state a phrase/word, and you answer the first thing that pops into your head. Ready? Set. Go!
Damon or Stefan?
Spandex or Polyester?
Editing or Changing diapers?
Italian food or Mexican food?
Cowboys or Texans?
If you had to choose one to be your love slave: Dante or Guy?!
Dante, of course!
If you had to binge watch one or the other: Toddlers and Tiaras, Dance Moms, or Honey Boo Boo?
Edward or Jacob?
Color of your soul?
Black, obviously. Yellow when I’m feelin’ it.
Freud or Jung?
Who the hell is Jung? *Googles* Okay, going with Freud. He seems classier.
DING, DING, DING! Times up! Thanks so much for participating in my interview. 🙂
After extensive inebriated analysis of Victoria’s answers to my deceptively shallow questions, I realized my worst fears about her psyche were, indeed, warranted. It is clear to me that Victoria suffers from early childhood exposure to Godfather’s Pizza and Michael Jackson music videos. Her obsession with the television show Vikings reveals an underlying desire to sing opera and change her name to Brunhilde. The fact that she can write such successful novels is truly perplexing. It is evident from daily observation that she is constantly fighting a glitter-pink demon inside that wishes to decorate stranger’s houses in rainbows and skulls. Writing her first Dante Walker novel helped calm this aspect of her personality.Final Prognosis: Victoria is too cool for school. But only because she already went to school and discovered she was much cooler as an adult who writes Young Adult novels. I do not believe Victoria is an immediate threat to society.
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Classical music nerd by day, freelance writer and blogger by night. When I review books, I don't dish out and rehash every character and detail. What's the point of reading a book if you give most of the deets away in a review??? My reviews are more about my impressions and over all experience with the book. I am also a world-renowned armchair psychologist, and love to psychoanalyze authors.
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BWAHAH I LOVE THIS. Everything about it. Victoria is basically as fabulous as I assumed she was 🙂 And I am super happy that she isn’t a threat to society because I mean, she needs to write us more books!