Interview with Inara Scott – Author of Delcroix Academy: The Candidates & Giveaway!

Inara Scott’s novel, Delcroix Academy: The Candidates, just hit bookstores.  This book has a little bit of everything: romance, suspense, and two really hot guys! Inara was able to take a break from her busy schedule to drop by to answer a few questions about her book. 

Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

Hard-working (some might say obsessive), introverted (but I like a good party), soft-hearted and loving; I believe in happily ever after.

Can you tell us a little about your book, Delcroix Academy?

I’d love to! Delcroix Academy: The Candidates centers on the heroine, Dancia Lewis. Dancia has a dangerous paranormal gift — she can make things happen just by imaging them. The problem is, when she uses her gift, people always end up getting hurt. Dancia tries to make herself invisible, hiding from the world in an effort to avoid using her powers, but when she’s recruited to attend Delcroix Academy, an exclusive boarding school, all bets are off. Suddenly, she’s got the hottest guy on campus and a dark, troublemaking best friend vying for her attention. But why has the most invisible girl in the ninth grade suddenly become so popular? What’s really going on behind the gates of Delcroix Academy?

How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

I wanted to write a book that had all of my favorite things – romance, fantasy, and a really tough, smart heroine. I also wanted to write a story that would center around difficult choices – in fact, I originally titled the book “Taking Sides.” In most of the fantasy I’d read, there was a very clear good guy and bad guy, and the fantasy elements (magical powers, curses, etc.) aligned on one side or the other. I wanted to write a story in which the good and bad were mixed together, with no clear way to tell them apart. But then I wanted to force my heroine to make a choice between them. Kinda like life.

What have you learned about yourself through your characters?

Wow, I never thought about it that way! Perhaps this isn’t the characters per se, but I think writing this book brought me to believe even more deeply that in real life, there aren’t good guys and bad guys. It’s so easy to think about the world that way, especially lately, when people seem so full of anger and even hatred for folks on the other side of a debate. But I believe everyone has a piece of the truth.

What was the most challenging aspect of writing Delcroix Academy?

I found it very easy to hear Dancia’s voice and get into her head. I found it much harder to write Jack and Cam, and keep them real and nuanced. I guess I’m just too much of a girl!

How would you describe your writing process?

I spend a few weeks, or even a month, just thinking about and plotting out my novels. I can’t write during this time – it’s all in my head, and usually comes out best when I’m exercising. At the end of that time, I plan out the major scenes of the book, and then start writing. Once I start, it’s really hard to slow down. I tend to get a little obsessive 😉 , and write into every little corner of the day.

What’s the most gratifying aspect of having your book published?

The best part of this whole journey has been quitting my day job and starting to write full time. This was a dream of mine as long as I’d been writing. So now I’m living the dream. Literally!

Who was your biggest supporter while you were working on the book?

If I had to say just one person, it would have to be my husband. He’s an incredible man, my best friend, and my rock of support no matter what happens. But if I could say three people, I’d add in my writing partner, Susan Sey, and my sister. I’m very lucky to have them in my life.

If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, what would it be?

Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey. The Belgarid, by David Eddings is a close second.

What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

Spend time with my family, get outside, canoe, swim, and practice yoga.



You can learn more about Inara by visiting her website, and by following her on Twitter

The Giveaway!

Want to win your very own copy of Delcroix Academy: The Candidates?  Thanks to Hyperion, I have 10 copies up for grabs!  TEN!  That means you have a really good chance of snagging one for yourself.  Entering is easy – just fill in the form below. 

The contest is open to international residents, but I have to limit it to up to three international winners because of the high cost of shipping. 

Contest closes on Sunday, October 2nd.

Please make a comment after entering letting us know why you want to read the book.

29 thoughts on “Interview with Inara Scott – Author of Delcroix Academy: The Candidates & Giveaway!

  • September 23, 2010 at 8:49 am

    Honestly, I don’t have many YA fantasies under my belt but I’m trying to look out for some to try. I’m very curious about Dancia’s powers. I’m also intrigued that she’ll be caught in that gray area between good and bad. I think it’s something everyone deals with at one point or another. I’d like to see how this protagonist handles it, whether she’ll have to use her powers regardless of those serious repercussions.

    Thank you for the interview.

  • September 23, 2010 at 10:35 am

    I’d love to read this book. I think the premise is really interesting, and I’m very intrigued and curious to find out how Dancia will cope with her powers. And

  • September 23, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Romance and suspense? Sounds right up my alley. Congrats on your book release.

  • September 23, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    I would love to read this book! I keep hearing about it and it sounds great! Romance, paranormal gifts, and suspense? Sounds good to me!

  • September 23, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    I’ve heard some great stuff about this book and the cover is love! ?

  • September 23, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    I want to read this book because it sounds awesome and I loved the interview 🙂

  • September 24, 2010 at 6:27 am

    I would like to read this book because I enjoy strong heroines in my stories.

  • September 24, 2010 at 6:54 am

    Why do I want to read this book?
    Two hot guys!!!
    But seriously I have read several reviews and this nbooks sounds like my time of thing : paranormal action and a female protagonist.

  • September 24, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Hi all! Thanks for stopping by and entering the contest — looks like the odds are good with TEN books to giveaway!

    Edna, I’m glad you’re intrigued by the gray areas — I also think that’s something we all wrestle with, and I wondered what a fantasy would be like without such clearly defined good guys and bad guys. I hope you like it!

    Kai, thanks for jumping in — hope you’re a winner (odds are in your favor right now!)

    Linda, thank you so much for the well wishes — I do hope you enjoy Delcroix!

    Scoot — hey, I love to hear that someone out there is talking about my book (such fun!) and I sure hope you enjoy it.

    Evie — glad you enjoyed the interview — I had to think about that 140 character description of myself for a LONG TIME! Gah! 🙂

    Maureen — oo, a gal after my own heart! I couldn’t write a book without a STRONG INDEPENDENT heroine. Dancia is a tough cookie, but super loving (and a little bit insecure — but then, aren’t we all?).

    Eva — LOL — two hot guys does tend to make for a fun book! 🙂

  • September 24, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Erp — I missed Katie! Hi doll! thanks for the cover love — I’m very fond of it myself. 🙂

  • September 25, 2010 at 12:07 am

    I can’t wait to read this book! Boarding school, paranormal gifts, hot guys! Sounds just like my read 😉
    Thanks for the interview and the contest!

  • September 25, 2010 at 4:27 am

    I’m really looking forward to reading this one! It sounds awesome! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • September 25, 2010 at 9:06 am

    I would like to read Delcroix Acadamy because I love anything paranormal!
    Thanks for hosting a great contest.

  • September 25, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    I have heard such good things about this book and I can’t wait to read it!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • September 25, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Ever since I came across this book, I’ve wanted to read it because sounded like a book I’d love and now after reading some great reviews for it, it’s on my must-read list 🙂

    Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  • September 25, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    Thanks for the great giveaway! The reasons I want to read this book … it’s got a beautiful cover and the heroine has a pretty cool power.

  • September 26, 2010 at 1:59 am

    Thanks very much for thinking of your International Followers.

    It is much appreciated.

    All the best.

    Carol T

  • September 26, 2010 at 6:24 am

    Thank you for the interview and giveaway! 😀 I’m literally dying to read this book. It sounds so intriguing and I love the cover! Thank you for making this contest international! 🙂

    Giada M.

  • September 26, 2010 at 9:09 am

    “This book has a little bit of everything: romance, suspense, and two really hot guys!”

    Really – do I have to say anything more! Of course I want to read this!!! 😀

  • September 26, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Fantasy + heroine + interesting cover… I’d love to check this out.

  • September 27, 2010 at 1:20 am

    I keep coming across this book and it looks so good! I really want to read it and I love the cover.

  • September 28, 2010 at 1:10 am

    great giveaway thats alot of copies your giving away 🙂

  • September 28, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    I want to read this book because it sounds really great and I totally loved the interview <3
    Thanks a lot for manking the giveaway international too!

  • September 29, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    This sounds so cool! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • October 2, 2010 at 11:25 am

    I’ve been on a paranormal/fantasy reading kick lately and this sounds like a fun read

    (Found you through Saturday Situation)

  • October 3, 2010 at 1:37 am

    OMG! Thank God I got here on time. I commented a while ago asking about the contest, and finally remembered. Then I saw that today was the last day to enter. *fingers crossed*

  • October 3, 2010 at 6:08 am

    I would like to read this book because the plot is intesting ,and i love this type of book 🙂

  • March 12, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    I absolutly love the series. Dancia Lewis really decribes me. Wehn i first picked up the book i thought it was another beautiful skinny girl who has magical powers and probably gets the guy of her dreams. But I guess i was wrong.

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