As you know, this week we've teamed up with some amazing writers at various stages in their journey to publication to spread good vibes and inspiration across the blogosphere. Some of these authors have book deals. Some of them have agents. All of them have "made it."
We hope you enjoyed our first three interviews with the fabulous Kirsten Hubbard, Carrie Harris and Leah Clifford. Today we're chatting with fellow Elevensie, YA Rebel and all-around kick-ass writer Victoria Schwab. Before reading any further check out this incredible vlog Victoria did for the YA rebels. It perfectly illustrates her complete kick-assERY.
Okay, now I feel comfortable moving on. Victoria is repped by Amy Tipton and her book THE NEAR WITCH will be released by Disney Hyperion in August 2011. We predict this book is gonna be huge. You heard it here first.
1. Tell us about your book in 140 characters or less.
The Near Witch (Disney*Hyperion, August 2011) is about a girl caught between two mysteries: the strange boy who appears one night, and the children who start disappearing right after.
2. Was there ever a time you felt like giving up? Why didn't you?
Heh. Last week? Yesterday? Ten minutes ago? It's a natural feeling, when you're in a process that requires so much of you, of your thoughts and emotions. It's intense. I'm in edits right now, which are very intense because you pick apart all the work you've done, delete, correct, redo, re-examine, etc. It's incredibly rewarding, but also draining. You'd think the time I felt like giving up would be when my first book didn't sell, but that's when I felt most motivated to write a new one.
I didn't give up because the highs are more than worth the lows. Because this is my dream job. Because it feels right, in my bones, even when it's not going well.
3. What has been the hardest part of your road to publication so far?
Waiting. I hate waiting.
And edits. I wrote Near Witch in under two months I'm editing it for eight months. EIGHT. And I'm so incredibly thankful for those eight months and for my insanely awesome editor, who is bringing out the absolute best in the story, but it has definitely been the hardest part.
4. Super secret bonus question: Twizzlers or M&Ms?
M&Ms, but definitely the special dark chocolate ones if I can pick :)
And thank you for having me here on the blog!
So there you have it. Another superstar. Are you feeling the love yet? Be sure to come back tomorrow as we wrap up this week of fabulosity. And don't forget to head over to the blogs below to get inspired!
Suzette Saxton/Bethany Wiggins
P.S. We bow down to you Elana Johnson for being the brains behind this operation. What will you come up with next?