Today I have an interview with Tori Scott, a writer who is represented by Laurie McLean of Larsen-Promada literary agency. She is hard at work on her first YA novel and her short story, Four Houses, is currently available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Tori is a lovely lady and I hope you all enjoy getting to know her a bit more! 🙂
Who or what inspired you to start writing?
Like many writers, I’ve always loved reading. And for years I’d always wondered if I had a book in me, if I could do it. Then, after months of seriously contemplating leaving my job, I found a story written by my grandmother. She had passed away three years prior, yet here was a story I never knew she’d written, posted online for the world to see. I cried. I rejoiced. I picked up my laptop, and began to write. Because if my grandmother was a writer, then it was in my blood, right? It was a part of me.
What is your favorite book? Or at least your top three.
All time favorite is the Harry Potter series. My most recent favorite is IMAGINARY GIRLS. It’s one of those books that depresses you b/c you fear you’ll never write as well as the author does.
Why do you like writing YA?
Because it’s raw. You don’t have to worry as much about being editorially perfect as you do nailing slang and emotions. It’s almost a different language, and it takes time to learn and apply it.
Can you tell us about your current project?
I’m writing a YA dark comedy about a teen working in the afterlife as a soul collector. I’m almost ready to start edits, and my agent will be pitching it to pub houses around September.
How many manuscripts have you written so far?
The one I’m working on now, THE COLLECTOR, is my second. The first my agent and I agreed to table for now. It was a difficult decision, but I believe it was the right one. THE COLLECTOR better captures my voice and is the best book to go to market with.
Do you have a dream publisher you’d like to be published by?
I’m in love with any pub house that’s in love with my MS. Ha! But really, I have my eye on Harlequin Teen right now. They have an outstanding (and wildly funny) senior editor, and they are exploding in the teen market. I think they are the publisher to watch right now…the hot new thing for teen books.
What are you thoughts on the industry? (ie: e-books, indie houses)
I think it’s not just changing, but has changed. As in, past tense. As in, if you’re just now hearing about ebooks and indie, put your MS away and learn as much as you can, as quickly as you can about new pub options. Indie publishing (ebooks or print) is an outstanding way to foster a readership, build a brand, and pocket higher royalties. I don’t necessarily think it means the death of major publishing houses, only the birth of more options.
Do you have any writing quirks?
Actually, my biggest quirk, is that I don’t have quirks. I write like a Marine. Monday through Friday, 2,000 words a day, no matter what. I tried writing when I felt inspired and it just didn’t work. But I always wanted to be that writer, the one who writes until four in the morning, chain smoking and listening to Pink Floyd.
What are three to five things your readers may not know about you?
I believe all cats should be called meedles–I just feel it works. I’d rather eat cotton candy than anything else on Planet Earth. I can do a wicked interpretation of a Raptor from Jurassic Park.
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