So here we are, Ginger! One year later… and what a year it was!
So let’s start by discussing the books you wrote. The books we couldn’t wait to read. The books that left us wanting more…
“I would very much love to come back to this set of characters one day. I have a few ideas rattling that have been pulling at me, but there are so many stories I want to tell, that this one keeps falling down the line. But I think someday, yes…I think there is more to all of them. ;-)”
“Autism is VERY close to my heart. I began thinking about this story, specifically a single mom of a child with autism, when I was in the middle of the Waiting Series. I have been a volunteer for a Phoenix organization that supports families affected by autism for years, and in that time, I’ve interviewed dozens of families, cried and celebrated with many, and have learned so much about the intricacies of this disorder. I have since had family diagnosed with autism as well as the children of many friends. That made the pull to want to write this book even stronger. I donated my launch week proceeds to the organization I volunteer for (Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center) and I donate the signing sales of this book there as well. I plan to do more in April for autism awareness month. Now…with that said, I do like people to know that this story is also VERY much a mature romance. It’s a second-chance love story, with a hot musician who’s come back home to lick his wounds. And Avery, my main character, she is full of feistiness and spunk. Of all my books, when I hear from people who have read this one and been touched by it, it truly makes my knees weak and my heart warm.”
This is Falling– Oh Nate. Oh Nate, oh Nate, oh Nate. WHERE did he come from???? We fell hard for this book and then the series. You created something really special with these characters. How did this series come to be?
“Oh man, do I ever love these Preeter boys! Nate…Nate came from an ASU baseball game. I was sitting in the grass seats, my kid and husband over by the bullpen during pre-game, playing catch. I was doing my favorite pastime—people-watching. There was a girl checking out a cute ballplayer, and he was definitely digging on her right back. They never talked, only exchanged very adorable glances, and somehow, this story just popped into my head. I wrote notes on my ticket stub, and when I got home, I outlined and character drafted like mad. Started writing the next day and the story just flew from my hands. It’s safe to say I am baseball obsessed, so this one was pure joy!”
You cover some pretty serious issues in This is Falling. Heartbreaking issues. (I openly sobbed while reading this book.) What moved you to write Rowe’s story?
“I try to push myself, to go places that are real for my conflict. I had to push myself to take Rowe where she went. I knew it was important—it’s the crux of the story. And writing it intimidated me a little. But it’s real. What happened to Rowe is VERY real. I know it because I worked as a breaking news journalist, and I’ve covered this exact thing—far too often. And Rowe’s story…hers is the one that gets forgotten, buried under the layers of news. I’ve often thought about those stories, years later, and wondered about those I talked to in the moment. They have stories too, and Rowe is a testament to that.”
“Ty is a character I’ve wanted to write for a long time. He can’t walk. But that’s just one small facet of what makes Ty…Ty. I wanted to tell his story, to create a disabled character that represented this strength and vulnerability in life. I have a few people in my life who are disabled, one very much like Ty. What amazes me most about them is how their disability fades to the background amongst the many other things that make up their fabric. I wanted to portray that with Ty, and it scared the crap out of me, because I didn’t want to get it wrong. Once I started getting in his head, though, I realized how easy he was. He quickly became my favorite—I love his arrogance, his smart mouth, and his drive. And I love that he acknowledges his vulnerabilities, admits that sometimes, his path wears on him and makes him mad. Of course it does. But I think it’s how he moves past those moments, barrels right through them in fact, that makes him special. Nate may be my sexy ballplayer, but Ty…he’s my warrior.”
The Girl I was Before– What can we expect from The Girl I Was Before and Paige?
“I think Paige is going to surprise a lot of people. Don’t get me wrong—she’s still going to be very Paige. She has her rules for herself, knows what she likes and doesn’t like (at least…she thinks she does), and she’s not afraid to be blunt, honest, free with her opinion and focused on her self. But she’s also struggling with who she really is…she’s on a path, and she doesn’t like a lot of the turns it’s taking, and she’s worried about what that says about her. She’s always been full of good intentions, and her heart is big. It just isn’t the thing people see…and probably because she doesn’t let them. But boy is sexy, blue-collar college student Houston going to snap things into focus. Paige may have met her match with him.”
We have said time and time again, nobody writes a first kiss like Ginger Scott. What’s up, Scott? Did you have a perfect first kiss somewhere along the line? We’re gonna need more info this.
“Confession: my very first kiss was crap. Awful. Terrible. Mortifying. Embarrassing. Public. Did I say embarrassing? I won’t say who, but let’s just say he asked in the middle if I had ever kissed anyone before and what was wrong with me? I got better. A lot better, if I do say so myself. And the hubs was easily my perfect first kiss. Complete with face-cupping, hair-strand removing and tippy-toe standing. All those written first kisses, they’re my way of making up for the crap first real one and honoring the bad-ass ones I married!”
Can we expect to see you out and about at some author events this year?
“Yes! I’m trying to show up lots of places. I’ll be at Love & Fifty in Sacramento in February, then at RT in May (eeeeeep!). I’ll also be at a signing in September in So Cal, Manhattan Beach. It’s an autism fundraiser, Authors on the Beach, and it’s going to be awesome! I’m working on lining up a few more, too!”
Sports are obviously a huge part of your life. How did that come to be?
“I watched sports from the time I was super young—Suns games, Niner games (we didn’t always have a football team in Arizona), Dodger games (same goes for baseball – I’ve disowned Dodger blue for my D-backs). My brother was a track athlete, and I used to love going to watch him run. It made me want to be like him, and I competed a lot when I was young. But I didn’t have his speed. I was fast, but not as fast. So then I started getting into other sports—this is when I found softball. Not even going to be humble about it—I was good. I hit the ball hard, threw the ball hard, wasn’t afraid to get hit with the ball and ran bases like my ass was on fire. Softball spawned volleyball, and then pretty soon there wasn’t a sport I wasn’t willing to try. I’m decent at most, and I’m still pretty dang competitive at a few. And as a fan…I’m rabid!”
Tell us what the last year has been like for you? What have you learned? Loved? Regretted? What will you do differently this year and what will you continue to do?
“Last year was amazing. I took a leap and began writing fulltime. I was scared, sure…but readers caught me, embraced me, and fueled me. I learned to trust those leaps—when they present themselves. What I’ve loved this year is meeting new readers. The Falling Series found its way into many new Kindles, Nooks, iPads and hands. And what has been so amazing is how many of those readers have gone back to discover Reed and Nolan, my first darlings from the Waiting series. Regrets…this one’s tricky. This will probably be my forever regret, a recurring one, if that makes sense. I regret my lack of confidence. I regret not believing I could write something that people would want to read. I regret that I waited so long to share this personal part of me with you all. I’m sorry I waited—I was scared. No…I was terrified. But I’m so glad I finally did. This is something I’m working on doing differently…I’m working on the “believing in myself” thing. I’m starting with my new book I just finished—Wild Reckless. I believe in this book so hard it’s not even funny. It’s my favorite thing I’ve ever written. And I believe in it, and I love it and I want you all to love it too. As for things I’ll continue…I’ll continue to write stories that are right from my heart, and I’ll do my damnedest to keep them real and honest and heartbreaking and uplifting and very, very me.”
If you could go back and make any changes, what would they be?
“See answer above. I’d kick my ass into gear years ago.”
“Paige is in the works. I hope to have the Falling Series book 3 ready for readers by late spring. But, I have something new before that. I mentioned it above, but I’m releasing a book in March called Wild Reckless. This book…oooooh mahhhhh gawd! I’m not going to be shy or bashful about it. I promised myself I wouldn’t. It’s my favorite piece, and I think my best work, and I love the story and the characters and the vibe so hard! Here’s the synopsis:
Kensington Worth had a vision for her senior year. It involved her best friends, her posh private school in downtown Chicago and time alone with her piano until her audition was perfected, a guaranteed ticket into the best music programs in the world.
Instead, a nightmare took over.
It didn’t happen all at once, but her life unraveled quickly—a tiny thread that evil somehow kept pulling until everything precious was taken from her. She was suddenly living miles away from her old life, trapped in an existence she didn’t choose—one determined to destroy her from the inside, leaving only hate and anger behind. It didn’t help that her neighbor, the one whose eyes held danger, was enjoying every second of her fall. Owen Harper was trouble, his heart wild and his past the kind that’s spoken about in whispers. And somehow, his path was always intertwined with Kensington’s, every interaction crushing her, ruining her hope for any future better than her now. Sometimes, though, what everyone warns is trouble, is exactly what the heart needs. Owen Harper was consumed with darkness, and it held onto his soul for years.
When Kensington looked at him, she saw a boy who’d gotten good at taking others down when they threatened his carefully balanced life. But the more she looked, the more she saw other things too—good things…things to admire.
Things…to love. Things that made her want to be reckless.
And those things…they were the scariest of all.
I am sure you have met some amazing people in this last year. Anyone out there make you fangirl?
“I’m a huge fan of Penelope Douglas and Cora Carmack. They both signed at a recent event with me, the Phoenix Indie Author MashUp. I went a little gaga, but I kept it cool;-)”
Have you considered crossing over into other genres?
“I’ve tinkered with the idea, but nothing has grabbed me and found its way to my “you need to write this right now!!!” list. I love the types of stories I write so much; I don’t know that I can stray. But I will never say never;-)”
If you were suck on a desert island, which 3 books would you want with you? Now pick an author (past or present) to keep you company. And most importantly for our blog, which adult beverage would you want readily available on the island?
“Three books…okay. First, I’d go with Beautiful Disaster. That one just hit all the right notes for me, and I think it would keep me happy for a while. I’d take Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld because it is one of my most favorite contemporary reads ever. I love everything that woman writes, but Prep is a work of art. And then…I think I’d have to take Harry Potter. Not because it’s my third-most favorite (it makes my tops list, but it’s below some others). But if I have to imagine something that would give me hope, something that would lift my spirits…well… nobody does it quite like Harry. As for authors, I’m going to pick Judy Blume. She’s the reason I wanted to write. And…I have a feeling that woman would be able to fashion us a boat! Now for beverages…while any choice will no doubt dehydrate me and probably ultimately play a role in my end, I may as well go for a Corona. It’s an island – just seems right.”
Ginger Scott is a writer and journalist from Peoria, Arizona. She is the author of six young and new adult romances; her most recent novel, You And Everything After, released Dec. 5, 2014. This is the sequel to This Is Falling.
Scott has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.
When she’s not writing, the odds are high that she’s somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Scott is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ’em, Devils).
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