Inara Scott is the author of The Candidates, the first book of the Delcroix Academy series. As promised, she sat down for a quick interview with us. Enjoy!
Lets clear this up right from the start – how do you pronounce Dancia’s name?
Dan — see – ah. I’m not sure that’s the way the dictionary would do it, but that’s my phonetics. 😉
Why did you decide to set The Candidates in Washington?
As part of my job I spent some time in a small town in Washington that lies in the shadow of Mt. Rainier. I always loved the way the volcano loomed over the city and seemed to create a sense of both peacefulness and potential danger. That combination fit perfectly for the feeling I wanted to create in Delcroix Academy.
It seems that urban fantasy novels like this always have a love triangle twisted into the plot these days. Why do you think that is?
I’m not sure; I started writing The Candidates in 2006, and it was always a book about choices (in fact, the original title was Taking Sides). It felt right to have a “good” boy and a “bad” boy for the heroine to choose between. But keeping in mind that Delcroix is also about gray areas, I’d warn people against taking sides too soon — there’s another book coming, you know!
Just wondering, are you Team Cam or Team Jack?
Despite all my talk about choices, I’m not sure the Team Cam and Team Jack thing really holds up in Delcroix. Dancia’s choice at the end of the book is more about herself than it is about a boy. I’m really Team Dancia.
For you, what came first, Dancia as a character, or the Academy?
Great question! What came first was really a “what if” — what if you had extraordinary powers, but when you used them, terrible things happened? From that question I started to build a character and world for her to inhabit at the same time.
Do you have the entire series mapped out already, or are you creating as you write?
I do both. I create the story ahead of time, and then change it as I write. It’s an organic process; each books influences the outcome of the next.
What’s in your TBR pile right now?
Oh man, there’s more than I can tell you! But two books I’m particularly excited to read are: The Mermaid’s Mirror, by L.K. Madigan, and Wildwing, by Emily Whitman.
What’s your all time fave YA novel?
It wasn’t classified as YA when I read it, but I think it’s shelved that way now: Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey. My other favorite is I Am The Messenger, by Markus Zusak.
If you weren’t a writer, what would you be doing with yourself?
Ha — I just quit my job as an attorney a couple of months ago, and there’s no doubt I’ve still got lawyer in my soul. But not the fighting in a courtroom type of lawyer; I am more the “let’s figure out a way to work out our differences” kind of lawyer (yes, they do exist!).
Where were you when you found out that your book was going to be published? How did you react?
I was at work, and I almost passed out. 😉 I got an email on my blackberry while I was in a particularly boring meeting. It was from my agent, and she said to call her right away. I went out in the hall and called, and she told me we had a two-book deal, a preempt from Hyperion (dream publisher!). Luckily, there were a couple of chairs in the hall, so I could sit down when things got foggy.
Thanks Inara! If you missed Nikki’s review of The Candidates, you can find it here:
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