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Interview with Ginger Scott, author of Blindness
How did the characters from Blindness come to you?
“I thought of Cody first (of course). I was finishing up the Waiting on the Sidelines series,
which was all about first loves and high school football, and I was sort of craving
something different. I wanted to create a good guy, but I wanted him to be broken—both
physically and emotionally. And I thought it would be a great story to watch him heal
through love. His name popped in my head instantly, and I knew he had to be a
motocross rider (I also wanted him to be sexy as hell). I love that culture and know a few
families involved in the X games, which made it a really fun background to explore. By
the time I was ready to sit down and write Blindness, Cody was this living, breathing
man who lived in my head, and I could tell you everything there was to know about him.
Charlie was a tough one, though. I had two versions of her—which was necessary—but I
wanted to find a way to walk the line with both halves, sort of like Charlie’s own struggle.
In a way, I sort of went “method” with creating her. I literally sat down at my keyboard
for the prologue, knowing the key points of what was going to happen and the setting,
and put myself in Charlie’s shoes. What would you do, say, think and feel at your father’s
wake? The words poured out, and I think what really grounds Charlie is her father, Mac,
in those early moments in the very first few pages.
Supporting characters for me are just as vital as the hero or heroine of a story, and I
spend a lot of time paying attention to their details. I shut my eyes and imagine my life,
living as or with these main characters, and I paint their family and friends in my head.
Charlie was a loner—by nature. But Cody had friends—good friends—and for me, Gabe
and Jessie are as real as my own best friends.”
What was the inspiration for the book?
“I’m a daddy’s girl, and my dad pretty much is the king male in my universe, and I really
let that role of fatherhood take center stage with Blindness. But there is also this strong
thread of two broken people—broken differently, but also the same—and how they come
to find one another. I like the idea of facing regrets, and then doing something about
them. I think in many ways, that’s Blindness in a nutshell.”
Do you see Blindness as a standalone?
“I did at first…and I wrote it that way. But when I finished, I felt this pulling in my
gut…there was more story to tell. And since its release, I’ve heard from many readers
who want more Cody (which I get, because I’m not going to lie, that boy’s one sexy
man…and I’m lucky, because he lives in my head!). I am not a big fan of cliffhangers, so I
always develop a storyline with a solid beginning, middle and end—but I think you can
make that trip more than once, especially when the ride is good. So, yeah…there will
probably be a sequel at some point, and probably soon. But I think the book stands
strong on its own, too.”
Jessie is one of my favorite characters in the story, is there a Jessie in your life?
“I have MANY Jessies in my life. I’ve even had one or two with purple hair. I have some
amazing girlfriends—from all corners. If they all got hit with a bolt of lightening and
turned into one superhero of a best friend, well…that’s Jessie.”
What projects are you currently working on?
“I’m so in love with the story I’m writing right now, it’s not even funny. I’ll be sharing the
title and probably a short excerpt soon (hopefully here☺). It’s another new-adult romance. My hero has sort of quit trying in life, and he finds himself back where he started. The heroine is a strong woman—stronger than most—because of certain circumstances, and she’s grown hard against emotions because she has to be. There’s a past between these two—and it’s definitely one-sided. But when their struggles and failures find them both in the same place, they start to look at each other differently until they find that they need one another…desperately. This is by far the most personal, heartbreaking and sexy story I’ve written, and I can’t wait to give you more. Soon! I promise!”
What is your writing process?
“It all starts with these seeds of an idea. I have a notebook that I carry around, and when
one pops in my head, I put it in there. And some seeds really latch on, and soon I’m
sitting at a restaurant with my family, waiting for my order to come and writing out
major plot points, twists, and key character elements. That first paragraph is always
immensely important for me, because it’s how I set my tone. Everything else has to flow
chronologically. I know many authors who can write in what I call “Quentin Tarantino”
style, where you can write your end first, hit a few spots in the middle, write the
beginning and then fill it in from there. But I can’t. My brain would explode. But for the
record, I do love Quentin!”
What are your preferred genres for writing? Reading?
“I love contemporary romance…for both. I really love reading a good coming-of-age story,
though, too. That’s what Waiting on the Sidelines was for me…my perfect story.”
What’s your favorite book?
“This is always so impossible to answer. I have many, and the order always flips. I have
owned seven copies of Friday Night Lights (yes, the book that inspired the kick-ass TV
show. It’s a nonfiction book and probably the best social and sports journalism I’ve ever
read). I’ve owned seven because I keep giving my copy away. My first books were all Judy
Blume, and when I read Forever, it changed my life. Judy wrote about being a teenage
girl and love and sex and all of the confusing awfulness that comes along with growing
up. I was sold! That’s what made me want to write. I’m a sucker for Gatsby, too.”
Who is your favorite author?
“Also hard, but for the sake of giving one answer, I’m going to say Curtis Sittenfeld. I
picked up Prep just a few days after it came out, and her bravery to write so real inspired
me. I think of her with everything I write, and when I hit a moment where I question
something and worry if I’m making someone say something that might offend or feel too
harsh or buck the norm, I pause and ask what Curtis would do, and then I go
there…because she would. Writing the ugly isn’t easy, but it’s where the emotions are
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