Today I'm happy to have Victoria Scott with me on the blog. You may know Victoria as the author of the Dante Walker books (The Collector being the first), but today we're chatting about her new series, beginning with FIRE & FLOOD.
First, a bit about the book:
Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott.
Fire & Flood #1.
To be published: February 25, 2014.
by: Scholastic Press.
A modern day thrill ride, where a teen girl and her animal companion must participate in a breathtaking race to save her brother's life—and her own.
Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can't determine what's wrong, her parents decide to move to Montana for the fresh air. She's lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying—and she's helpless to change anything.
Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It's an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother's illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there's no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.
The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can't trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?
Here's Victoria with more info!
Pitch FIRE & FLOOD to me (140 characters or less).
girl enters a dangerous race across jungle, desert, mountain, sea
with the help of a genetically-engineered animal to save her brother.
J: Sold! That's an excellent pitch, I must say. What
do you admire most about your mc, Tella?
admire Tella because even though she's a typical modern day teen, she
shows bravery when it matters most. She wasn't born courageous, and
it doesn't come naturally for her, but she shows strength anyway.
J: That is probably the most impressive courage, when it doesn't come easy to the character. I'm looking forward to meeting her. Which
character (besides Tella) are you most excited for readers to meet?
the hero, Guy Chambers. He's very different from Dante Walker. A
quiet, confident man's man who knows how to tackle each leg of the
race with ease.
J: He certainly sounds like someone I'll be able to enjoy, no problem! What
would be the most challenging part of the Brimstone Bleed for you if
you had to compete?
the ocean. There's something terrifying about being in the middle of
all that water.
J: Ah, I get where you're coming from. I would definitely need some kind of sturdy, trusted vessel under me to make it through that. Can
you share a little bit more about the Pandoras?
I'll tell you that in the first draft, there was a panda bear Pandora
that was visible through most of the story. My sister suggested I
change it to something else. So I did. Can't wait to see what you
guys think of AK-7 now. ;)
you share a secret about FIRE & FLOOD?
think I just did above. Whoops. Yes, there is a Pandora in FIRE &
FLOOD called AK-7. I think that's the first time I've told anyone an
official Pandora name.
J: Ooh, fun scoop! The idea of the Pandoras is so interesting to me; I can't wait to see what they're like. Thank you, Victoria, for coming and spreading secrets and excitement!
About the author:
Victoria Scott writes teen fiction and is represented by Sarah Crowe. She’s the author of the Fire & Flood series published by Scholastic, and the Dante Walker trilogy published by Entangled Teen. Her books have been bought and translated in eight foreign markets including the UK, Germany, Turkey, Australia, China, Brazil, New Zealand, and The Netherlands. Victoria lives in Dallas with her husband and adores cotton candy. Visit her online at VictoriaScottYA.com.
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