Friday, August 13, 2010

Delcroix Academy: The Giveaway!


We welcome debut author Inara Scott today, who I got the chance to meet at the Romance Writers of America conference last month, and whose bright smile and positive attitude was very infectious. And she has every reason to be glowing right now, with August 24th launch of her young adult series, Delcroix Academy: The Candidates.

Hello, Inara! Could you tell us a bit about your writing background and how you made your first sale.

I started writing in high school, but never took any creative writing classes. I was always WAY too intimidated by creative writing types -- they seemed much more intellectual and angsty than me, and I suspected they wouldn't be impressed by my genre of choice (romance novels!). I was also way too practical to consider trying to make a living as a writer. I ended up going to law school so I could write all day long and actually get paid for it. But scholarly essays and legal briefs didn't capture my attention the same way gentlemen pirates and supernatural powers did. I got back into writing in 2005, after being stuck in a hotel in Anchorage for two weeks for an incredibly boring trial. Over the next couple of years I wrote two adult novels and then after hearing Meg Cabot speak at a conference, decided to try YA. I submitted Delcroix Academy to 50 agents. 49 said "pass". One took me on, and we sold Delcroix in a pre-empt to Disney-Hyperion in a two-book deal. It was an incredible shock.

Defying the odds--I love it! Now, please tell us about your novel, Delcroix Academy: The Candidates, and what we can expect from your characters.

Dancia Lewis is a girl with a dangerous paranormal gift -- she can make things happen just by imaging them. The problem is, when she uses her gift, people always end up getting hurt. Dancia tries to make herself invisible, hiding from the world in an effort to avoid using her powers, but when she's recruited to attend Delcroix Academy, an exclusive boarding school, all bets are off. Suddenly, she's got the hottest guy on campus and a dark, troublemaking best friend vying for her attention. But why has the most invisible girl in the ninth grade suddenly become so popular? What's really going on behind the gates of Delcroix Academy?

What’s up next? Do you have another project in the works? If so, please tell us about it.

I am currently working on edits for the next book in the series (Delcroix Academy: The Watchers) which will be released in August 2011.

Sounds great! Care to close with a writing tip?

I run into a lot of people who tell me they'd love to write but don't have time. I usually smile and nod, and it's true, time is a precious commodity. But the truth is, you can always find time for the things that are most important to you. If writing is REALLY what you want to do, take a hard look at how your spend your days. Ask yourself what you're willing to give up, and then put your butt in the chair. You'll be amazed at what you can do.

Thanks, Inara. And thank you, too, for offering up an Advanced Reader Copy of your book to one of our lucky commenters!


So to all of those interested in wining the ARC of Delcroix Academy: The Candidates, simply tell us...if you could have a super power, what would it be?

And check back on Monday morning, when we announce the winner!

66 fresh comments:

Bee said...

Super-power? The power to absorb other powers, something like Rogue from the X-Men.

Me wants this!

yabooknerd said...

I simply can't WAIT for this book! As for a super-power, that's a touch choice. I think I'd like to be able to fly/teleport

TinaFerraro said...

I think I'll weigh in on this just for fun, too! How about some kind of super-swimming power, like able to cross the English channel without getting winded, scull water endlessly, dive into crashing Hawaiian surf without resistance? Sounds summer fun cool to me!

Diana Dang said...

Hm, to manipulate people's minds. :D

Honey said...

I think I'd like the ability to become invisible. Thanks for the giveaway!

Nathalie said...

Totally love to be able to shoot fire from my hands. There's a time or two I would have loved to zap someone in the rear! LOL These books look intriguing and I can't wait to get my hands on one!

Ashlyn Riley said...

To be able to fly so I can go shopping more!

Inara said...

Hi everyone! Thanks for hosting me, Tina, and I'm thrilled to be here. What I didn't mention is that I'll be trolling through these superpowers and figuring what to steal for the next book. Hope ya don't mind! ;-)

Inara said...

Hi Bee! Now I have to admit that even though there has been some comparisons between Delcroix Academy and the X-men, I've never seen any of the movies. (Crazy, I know!) So tell me, does that mean you would make the powers around you not work, or that you'd have those powers?

Inara said...

yabooknerd, I can't wait for you to read it! Please let me know what you think -- I'm always on line, either twitter (@inarascott) or my email is inara.scott@gmail.com

I love the teleport idea. This would be particularly helpful for when I get myself into embarrassing situations. Which happens alot.

Inara said...

Ooo, I love the swimming power, Tina! My name actually means mermaid (isn't that fun?) and when I was a kid, I really thought I might be able to figure out how to breath underwater. Sometimes I still do. But let's keep that between us, okay? :-)

When you live near the Pacific Ocean, you need an entirely different sort of power -- the ability to withstand 50 degree water temps. My kids swim, but I can barely get a toe in without getting hypothermia.

Inara said...

Oh, Diana, you are frightening me...I think this is the scariest power of all. Because you wouldn't even know if your mind was being manipulated.

Sometimes I think there are politicians who have this power...

Inara said...

Hi Honey! I think the invisibility power is a particularly temping one. Wouldn't you LOVE to know what happens when you leave the room?

Or maybe not...hmmm...

Inara said...

Nathalie, I think I'm going to be careful not to get on your bad side (Tina, quick, give her the book!). :-)

I think this power would be particularly dangerous during rush hour. But very useful when you're camping.

I'm glad you're interested in the book -- let me know what you think!

Inara said...

Ashlyn, this is intriguing -- your ability to fly is really just a superpower for shopping in disguise. Very nice. Crafty. Can we go shopping together? My daughter isn't quite old enough yet, and my friends aren't really shoppers. They don't understand.

Can we get some shoes while we're out?

Inara said...

I'm not sure why my picture won't appear with my comments. Google doesn't like me today. But I AM Inara. I swear it.

Bee said...

Inara ~ You haven't seen ANY of the movies? *cue horror music*

I was an X-Men comic nerd back in the seventh grade (and secretly loved them more than the movies)..but if I get to be Rogue, I get to have everyone else's power just by a touch! How awesome is that? That means I can get any power. LOL

Also, Inara means mermaid? That is so cool.

Xx

Inara said...

Bee -- I know, crazy right? I spend all my time writing. Who's got time for movies?! :-)

Actually, I've been meaning to catch up. Which movie should I start with? What's best?

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I'd like to be able to fly. The freedom and no public transport make it the perfect solution to everything! Although, my sense of direction isn't great...

Kelly (Lynn) Parra said...

Hi Inara! Thanks for sharing with us on YA Fresh! I love your sale story. It only takes "one" important person to help writers to get their chance to shine!

Best of luck to the YA Freshers!!

Inara said...

Hey SMB, SLT -- I am also completely directionally challenged! But I think if you could fly, you'd be able to see the landmarks to keep yourself oriented. So maybe that would be better...it would be a bummer to get lost in the air. :-)

Inara said...

Hey Kelly, I appreciate you having me on. Y'all have a great blog. And I'm a huge fan of your books, too. Invisible Touch was amazing!

donnas said...

I would want to teleport and take someone with me. Oh the time we could save without traffic getting in the way and the places we could visit.

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Aliya said...

Hmmm...I think I'd like to be able to either a) fly or b) talk to ghosts. Because the two are so OBVIOUSLY similar, lol ;)

Also, "Delcroix Academy: The Candidates" sounds awesome! I'll make sure to get my hands on a copy soon ;)

Good luck with the release Inara, and thanks for the interview ladies :)

~Aliya

Chanelley said...

I'd have the superpower to absorb the superpowers of those around me so I could have them all!!

Unless I was the only one. In which case I'd probably be like Claire from Heroes and heal.

Liviania said...

If I could have a superpower, I'd want to be omnipotent. (Hey, doesn't hurt to dream big.)

You'd be surprised by creative writing classes! Mine were always open to my love of genre and crazy plots.

Inara said...

Hi Donnas -- I am sensing a theme with these traffic posts! I feel for people who sit in traffic a lot. We bought a really small house close in to the city because I do NOT have the patience to sit in traffic. I'm very immature that way. *g*

Inara said...

Aliya, thanks for the congratulations and I appreciate you looking out for Delcroix. I can definitely see the appeal of talking to ghosts. It would be nice to believe that our loved ones are still around and watching over us. Ghosts are one of those things that I don't necessary believe in, but wouldn't be surprised to find was true. Why SHOULD things stop when your physical body dies?

Inara said...

Chanelley, the ability to absorb powers does seem fantastic (though maybe a bit like wishing for more wishes, right? then you don't have to chose!).

I think the power to heal would be amazing. I would march right up to the children's ward and start laying on hands. I can't even watch commercials for children's hospitals without bawling. Seeing a child in pain just kills me.

Inara said...

Liviana, I like the omnipotence idea -- but what if you found out stuff you didn't want to know? Hmm. Sometimes ignorance is bliss. ;-)

I have been thinking lately about going back and taking some writing classes. It's just absurd that I never have. I think it's really old high school prejudices. The girls who took those classes all wore black and moped around being depressed. Nothing wrong with that, but it wasn't really my scene. I'm glad to hear the classes you've taken have been much more accepting of different ideas of literature!

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hey Inara! Like Yabooknerd, I cannot WAIT for this book! I've been dying to read it since you first told us about it.

Was this your Golden Heart book?

Now I'm going to go tell all the Romance Bandits they need to come invade. You won't know what hit you with all the superpowers. Grins.

I'm liking invisibility, or teleporting. Not so much flying as that think-it-go-there teleporting thing. I like that.

Looking forward to the book!

Nancy said...

Inara, you know I love my super-heroes! I can't wait to read this book.

That cover is going to get a lot of attention, and once people read the blurb, they're hooked.

CherylM said...

Congrats to Inara on her debut release - it looks fantastic.

What superpower would I like? Mind reading - just so I could figure out hiring managers and men.

jo robertson said...

Hi, Inara! I'm popping over from Romance Bandits to say again that I can't wait for the release of this book. I know it's going to be wonderful.

I love stories about superpowers. Probably my most favorite is Stephen Kings's FIRESTARTER. I loved how the girl had to learn to control her power so that it wouldn't be devastating.

B. A. Binns said...

I'd like the power to detect when something is wrong with a person - illness, physical or mental) or injury and maybe fix them. I think it's the mother in me.

Robin said...

Your book sounds really great, Inara! And I loved reading about your first sale.

If I could have a superpower, I'd like to be able to control the wind.

I Read Banned Books said...

Love the cover art of this book! If I had a superpower I would want it to be flying. I am SO terrified to fly and being able to do it on my own would be fantastic! Silly I know, but how convenient would it be...very!

Inara, hope you have a book tour in Texas soon!

Darcie K. said...

I would love to be able to fly!
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Pokadots1121 said...

Hmmm...a super power I want is to be able to finish any book within a minute. I know its lame, but there so many books I want to read but will never have time for. I just think that having a major super power may be a little too much pressure for me too handle.
Thanks for the giveaway!

misha1989 said...

Please enter me if the contest is international. Thank you
A superpower I would love to have is summon any book , the moment I wish it.

Misha
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Sharli said...

If I could have any super power, I'd choose being able to transform things with my mind :P

Pink Panther said...

Hm... I would love to have the ability to zap from one place to another. :) Imagine that, never to be late for school, enjoy your blissful sleep until the very last minute...

You can reach me at luvpinkpanther@gmail.com
Can't wait to get my hands on Delcroix Academy!

latishajean said...

I would love the power to be invisible I always loved that one so many cool powers. This book sounds really good can't wait to read it.
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Jessica said...

I would love to either teleport or be able to be in two places at once...more reading time!

mariska said...

What kinda superpower that i will choose ? i want to able read other minds :)

it will be great advantage for me when i know what they are thinking *wink*

Llehn said...

Teleportation. I hate public transportation!

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A Musing Mother said...

Invisibility. I can't imagine how much trouble I could manage with that power. But I'd sure like to try.

Nancy

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Inara said...

Hi Jeanne and Nancy, my RB sisters! Thanks for stopping in -- I know you two have superpowers. All the Banditas do!

Inara said...

CherylM, thanks -- I can see how there are definite similarities between the men and the hiring managers. ;-) Totally obscure and nonsensical, not very good decision makers.

Inara said...

Hi Jo! thanks so much -- I never had the stomach for Stephen King. I'm way too much of a scardy cat for that! But there are definite similarities between the way you describe Firestarter and Dancia's struggle in Delcroix. Though I don't think she kills as many people as the girl from Firestarter.

Inara said...

BA Binns, I think that's an awesome. I wish you had that power as well. There's too much pain in the world.

Inara said...

Hi Robin, and thanks! I think the power to control the wind would be phenomenal. You'd be able to change weather all over the world. Imagine the power! mwhahahaha....

Inara said...

Hey, IRBB, Texas isn't on my tour right now, but I think there's an awesome library convention in Texas that I may go to this year. If I add it to my list of events, I'll definitely let everyone know!

Inara said...

Hi Darcie K! Cute avatar! Thanks for stopping by -- I hope you get a chance to read Delcroix!

Inara said...

Pokadots1121, I haven't heard of that power, but it would be fabulous, I agree. It's a bit daunting to think of all the fantastic books you'll never have time to read. On the other hand, do you ever skim books? I probably do this too much, but it does help me keep the TBR pile under control.

Inara said...

Misha, a big giggle to your superpower. That sounds awesome!

Inara said...

Hey Sharli, I wonder if the things you transformed would retain their original characteristics? Like, if you transformed oatmeal into ice cream, would it still be high in fiber and low in sugar? If so, I'm in.

Inara said...

Hi Pink Panther! I hope you get your hands on Delcroix soon! Are you perpetually late for things? I know I am! I hate the idea of wasting time getting somewhere early, so I'm always five minutes late instead! It's terrible.

Inara said...

Hi Latishajean -- thanks for the comment! I hope you enjoy Delcroix -- let me know what you think about it!

Inara said...

Jessica -- that's really using your powers for good! Yippee! :-)

Inara said...

Hi Mariska! There would be definite advantages to the ability to read minds, but I think also downsides. Like when I ask my husband, "does this dress make me look fat?" I'm totally happy to believe him when he says, "absolutely not, honey, you look beautiful." :-)

Inara said...

Llehn, I hear you -- I find the bus is the worst in the summer. Too hot, too crowded, and not everyone uses the same degree of deodorant that I'd like. ;-)

Inara said...

Hi Nancy! I love seeing moms around -- I tried really hard to make sure Delcroix was something I'd be proud of my daughter and son reading. Hope you enjoy it!

kjovus said...

I would like telekenisis - i would never have to look for the remote or car keys again.
kjovus(at)gmail(dot)com

April said...
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My name is Patricia said...

I would like to have the power to make things move - that way when I am driving and people are being "dumb drivers" I can make the fast ones slow down a bit and the slow ones move a bit faster. Of course no one would get hurt.