Scott Tracey is a YA author who lived on a Greyhound for a month, wrote his illustrated autobiography at the age of six, and barely survived Catholic school (and definitely not for the reasons you might think).
He is the author of WITCH EYES, chosen as one of Amazon’s Best LGBT Books of 2011, as well as an ALA Popular Paperback in the Forbidden Romance category. The final book in the WITCH EYES trilogy, PHANTOM EYES, will be released in the fall of 2013.
He is also the author of MOONSET, a new series which will be released April 8, 2013, as well as a contributor to the SHADOWHUNTERS & DOWNWORLDERS anthology, edited by Cassandra Clare.
His career highlights include: accidentally tripping a panic alarm which led to nearly being shot by the police; attacked in a drive-thru window by a woman wielding a baked potato, and once moving cross country for a job only to quit on the second day.
His gifts can be used for good or evil, but rather than picking a side, he strives for BOTH (in alternating capacity) for his own amusement.
How do you react to a bad review?
If there’s something I can learn from the review, I try to absorb it so I can improve with the next book. There were several bad reviews for Witch Eyes that helped me figure out things I needed to work on for the sequel, for example. There are even a couple of scenes that came about as a direct result of a bad review (things that were pointed out as lacking that I tried to accomplish with the next book).
Give us a glimpse into a typical day in your day starting when you wake up till you lie down again.
Typically, I wake up. Find coffee. Drink coffee. Go back to bed. Repeat.
How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
I think I went out for a steak dinner? We celebrate with good food. It used to be steak dinners. Now it’s sushi.
What is you favorite way to spend a rainy day?
Couch. Hot cocoa. Good books. Blankets.
How long do you generally let a story idea ‘marinate’ in your brain before you start the book?
Usually a year or more. Right now, I’m working on books that I first started back in 2010, but I also have ideas that jump the line (like a book I want to write this summer, that came about a few months ago).
What do you think of book trailers?
I like them when it’s clear that there’s passion and fun behind the project. When it’s clear that someone loved what they were doing. Sometimes you see book trailers that look like they’re trying too hard, or they go overboard attempting to emulate movie trailers.
Do you have any weird or interesting rituals you do to get into writing mode or while you’re writing.
I have to win a game of Spider Solitaire before I can start writing.
What’s your biggest challenge as a writer? How did you overcome it, or how are you working to overcome it?
I struggle with description, with setting the scene and describing things outside of the action. It’s something I try to be conscious of when I write, because I typically jump right into the dialogue and action between characters.
If you were sick/stuck in bed, what comfort food would you want and what author would you want to read?
Bagels and cream cheese, and anything by Stephanie Perkins. Probably Anna and the French Kiss, though. That’s a good comfort book.
What words or expression do you overuse?
In real life? “Seriously” and “eff my life”. In novels, “corona” has been my overused word lately.
What is your favorite scene in the book? Which scene or characters were the most difficult for you to write and why?
There’s a scene in a movie theater, where some of the characters get attacked by demonic Santa Clauses. (Clausi?) I’m pretty sure that’s my favorite, just because it was fun and quick to write.
Do you write as you go or do you have the book all planned out from page 1?
It’s a mix of the two. I usually know the starting point, and have a vague idea of the ending point, but stuff along the way sometimes happens as I write.
What one item would you eat for the rest of your life?
When I was…19 or so, my parents were gone on vacation and I was home alone. I had school during the day, and work at night, and one night I didn’t get home until almost 2 am. I played around on the computer for a little bit, and as I went to go to bed, I passed by the front door. In the window next to the door there was a man, just standing there. At 2 something in the morning. Literally less than 2 feet away from me, on the other side of the glass. I threw myself at the stairs, scrambled up them, and nearly peed myself.
There had been a series of burglaries around my parents’ neighborhood around that time. I think someone was scoping out the house to see if anyone was home.
Titles: do you write the books first and the title comes next or does the title come to you as you write?
I either have the title within the first three chapters (like I did with Moonset), or I struggle with it for months after the book is complete.
Do your characters really talk to you?
Very rarely. Moonset started with a line of dialogue attributed to Justin, which just popped into my head randomly one day.
What drives you insane about the writing process?
I think what drives me the most insane is how fickle it can be. Like I can write solidly every day for a month, and finish most of a draft. Or I can struggle every day for a month, and barely get a chapter’s worth of words in. And you never know which side of the coin you’re going to be on. It can’t be predicted. Some people are better at managing it than others. Some are worse. It’s unpredictable.
Moonset, a coven of such promise . . . Until they turned to the darkness.
After the terrorist witch coven known as Moonset was destroyed fifteen years ago—during a secret war against the witch Congress—five children were left behind, saddled with a legacy of darkness. Sixteen-year-old Justin Daggett, son of a powerful Moonset warlock, has been raised alongside the other orphans by the witch Congress, who fear the children will one day continue the destruction their parents started.
A deadly assault by a wraith, claiming to work for Moonset’s most dangerous disciple, Cullen Bridger, forces the five teens to be evacuated to Carrow Mill. But when dark magic wreaks havoc in their new hometown, Justin and his siblings are immediately suspected. Justin sets out to discover if someone is trying to frame the Moonset orphans . . . or if Bridger has finally come out of hiding to reclaim the legacy of Moonset. He learns there are secrets in Carrow Mill connected to Moonset’s origins, and keeping the orphans safe isn’t the only reason the Congress relocated them .. .
A copy of MOONSET to FIVE winners.
The giveaway is US only, ages 13 or older to enter.