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.
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