It’s survival of the strongest in a contemporary, girl-versus-wild middle-grade debut from Fire & Flood author Victoria Scott!
Sloan is a hunter.
So she shouldn’t be afraid of anything. But ever since her mom left the family and she lost hearing in one ear in a blizzard, it’s been hard to talk to people, and near-impossible to go anywhere or do anything without her dad or big sister within eyesight — it makes her too scared to be on her own.
When they leave her home alone for what should only be two nights, she’s already panicked. Then the snow starts falling and doesn’t stop. One of her neighbors is hurt in an accident. And the few people still left in Rusic need to make it to the river and the boat that’s tied there — their only way to get to a doctor from their isolated Alaska town.
But the woods are icy cold, and the wolves are hungry. Sloan and her group are running out of food, out of energy, and out of time. That’s when the wolves start hunting them . . .
Victoria Scott is the author of eight novels including Titans, Fire & Flood, Salt & Stone, the Dante Walker trilogy, Hear the Wolves (March 2017), and Violet Grenade (May 2017). She is published by Scholastic and Entangled Teen, and is represented by Sara Crowe of Pippin Properties.
Victoria’s latest novel, Titans, received two starred reviews, and Fire & Flood has been selected as a 2017 Spirit of Texas Reading Program book. Victoria’s novels have been bought and translated in fourteen foreign markets. The author currently resides in Philadelphia, and loves hearing from her readers.
PLEASE WELCOME VICTORIA TO BOOKHOUNDS ya
What type of writer are you? Do you obsessively plot out each point, or just go with the flow of the story?
I definitely plot, but I also leave space for spontaneity. I start with a four to five page outline with major plot points I know I want to hit, and then I work in additional details as they arise. Sometimes that means spending longer on some scenes, and cutting others. Writing a book is a delicate balancing act. And many times, it’s simply a gut feeling. Have I spent too much time on this? Am I boring readers? Will readers want more details here? Those questions can’t be answered when plotting.
Which author would you totally fangirl over if you met? Or is there someone you have already met who you had an interesting experience with?
I was sitting across from Veronica Roth at a bar at a book convention once. I was talking to her and another author I knew. At one point, I turned to the author I knew and said, “I heard V. Roth is going to be here. I wonder if she’s here already.” My author pal nearly spit out her drink. Slowly, she lifted her finger and pointed to the other author I’d been chatting with. It was, of course, Veronica. I tried to play it cool, but there wasn’t much to do besides laugh and introduce myself.
What is on your nightstand right now?
I’m reading Caraval by Stephanie Garber (which is phenomenal), so that’s there. There’s also a sound machine, a lamp, and an owl coin bank my hubby gave me.
What type of plot/character/trope makes you cringe?
Definitely the one where a girl is being forced to marry someone. Even in fantasy, I’m over it.
Is there a word you love to use?
I overuse the word “lightning.” Not to be confused with “lightening,” which my agent had to correct a half dozen times in my first ever manuscript. Ha!
Also, since your book features animals, and this is a blog featuring dogs, please send over any pet pictures you would like to share, My readers love animals!
I actually just bought my little girl her first pet—a fish named Pickles. Here’s a pic of him floating uselessly.
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