Jun 21

Welcome to Week 3 of Tenner Tuesday! Today I have with me brilliant author, Mindi Scott. Her book Freefall will be released this fall on October 5th with Simon Pulse! Here is a little bit about Mindi and her debut Young Adult novel:

Lil tiny bit about Mindi: She lives near Seattle, Washington, with her drummer husband in a house with a non-sound-proof basement. She does NOT like the smell of bacon…but I will forgive her.

Freefall  blurb: How do you come back from the point of no return? Seth McCoy was the last person to see his best friend Isaac alive, and the first to find him dead. It was just another night, just another party, just another time where Isaac drank too much and passed out on the lawn. Only this time, Isaac didn’t wake up.

Convinced that his own actions led to his friend’s death, Seth is torn between turning his life around . . . or losing himself completely.

Then he meets Rosetta: so beautiful and so different from everything and everyone he’s ever known. But Rosetta has secrets of her own, and Seth will soon realize he isn’t the only one who needs saving . . .

And now onto the interview!

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I always liked writing stories in school (and started a sequel to Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID in eighth grade), but I think it was in college when I decided for sure that “someday,” I would write a novel.

How long does it generally take you to write a book from those first words to the very last?

I don’t have any kind of pattern.  The first (unpublished) took six months (and probably would have taken more than double if I’d revised properly).  The second (FREEFALL) took eighteen months on my own, then a few more months revising for my agent and editor.  I don’t know how long any others will take; I’m still working all that out!

What was the inspiration—that first spark of a story—behind your amazing book?

A few years ago, I had a memory of one of my boyfriends breaking up with me before my first class of the day.  I’d started crying and slid my back down my locker and sat on the floor.  I wanted to write a scene like that from the perspective of a passerby. As it turned out, the boyfriend-breaking-up thing isn’t in the story.  But these characters came from that idea, and there is a scene where the protagonist watches someone cry.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

I have a part-time job working 20 hours a week.  I put 20-50 hours a week into my writing.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk…come on…I know you have one!

I don’t know if this is interesting at all, but I fall asleep at night thinking about my characters and sometimes dream from their point of view.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Spend time with my family, watch my husband’s band perform, read, think about writing.

What do you think makes a good story?

Characters that you care about and a voice that draws you right in.

Without giving us any spoilers, how did you choose the title for your book?

My editor and I threw around over 100 different options, but FREEFALL was the best fit for two reasons.  1) The description in my contract describes it as “A dark YA about a teenage boy’s emotional freefall after his best friend dies of an alcohol overdose.”  2) There happens to be these lines of dialogue about overcoming fears:  “Maybe it’s like free-falling. You feel like you’d rather do anything than have to face it, but once you do it you realize it’s the best feeling you’ve ever had.”

Are there any tools that are absolute must-haves for writers?

A Magic 8 ball always helps.  ;-)

What kind of research went into writing your book if any?

My main character is male and in a band and I’m not either of those.  I used my husband as a resource all the time (especially early on) to make sure I was getting it right.

Have you ever had someone try to matchmake for you and if so, how did it go?

Only once that I can think of.  My friend and her boyfriend set me up with her boyfriend’s cousin when I was 17.  It went okay, actually.  We didn’t end up together long-term, but we had fun.

Because I think you should always save room for dessert, as a child, what was your favorite dessert? And what is your favorite dessert now?

I used to love chocolate cake.  Now, I prefer ice cream.

What do you hope to leave your readers with once they’ve finished your book?

Mostly, I hope that what they read makes them feel something, anything!  At least, that would be the biggest compliment to me. J

What question would you like to ask me?

How have things been going for you since SCONES was released?

Everything is going great, Mindi, thanks for asking! I continue to obsessively check my email, I’m writing, writing, writing, and I regularly stalk recipe websites.

You can visit Mindi on her website at www.mindiscott.com! And to pre-order Freefall click HERE!

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    That’s an amazing talent to be able to write. You can give so much enjoyment to people who love to read. Placing this love in the hearts of children is very important. Keep up the good work.

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