Please welcome Ginger Scott to The Authorteers! She's here to tell us about her books and what else she has in store.
1. Describe your latest book in the length of a tweet or less.
My newest book is called Wild Reckless.
Kensi's life was perfect, until it became a nightmare. Owen's heart was numb, until a girl trapped in hell moved next door. One act changed everything.
2. This is Falling was such an honest and real book to me (so much so that I was crying near the end). What was it that sparked this story?
That book was real for me, too! I'm so glad you felt that way. The idea came from an ASU baseball game I attended. My kid and husband were off somewhere playing catch during warm-ups, so I just hung out in the lawn and did some good people watching. I noticed this one girl who was there by herself, and she was definitely interested in one of the players. He kept looking at her, noticing her, and there was a lot of glancing and flirtatious looks going on. Eventually, the game started and her friends came and it all stopped, but by that time, I had written down the character names--Rowe and Nate--on my ticket stub, along with some basic plot points. I started writing that night and the story just flew out of me. The conflict in that book is something I've thought about for a long time (I can't give it away totally, because I hate to spoil). I spent years working in the media, and I've covered some pretty tragic scenarios, and I've always thought: "What happens for these people two years down the road? How do they cope?" And those questions are at the root of THIS IS FALLING.
3. You and Everything After deals with two characters facing huge challenges. Was it difficult to write their story?
Extremely! I wanted to write a character like Tyson Preeter for a long time, but it intimidated me. Tyson is paralyzed, living most of his life in a wheelchair. And I wanted to portray him in a way that honored the strength of many of my friends who have disabilities but simply kick-ass in the face of adversity. And he needed a woman who was his equal in every way. I had some very insightful beta readers for this story, people who live with paralysis and MS, and they kept me honest, and I learned a lot. As scary as writing this story was, I'm so very glad I did. Tyson quickly became my favorite.
4. Has your writing evolved since the first book you published?
Definitely. I think it's hard for that not to happen. I'm immensely proud of my first book, and that story--Waiting on the Sidelines--is very much the story I always wanted to tell. But I've learned things, gotten tighter with my story arcs, smoother with my plotting. I think one thing that I haven't changed is character development, and taking care of those side characters just as much as the main ones. I love my side characters, in every single book.
5. Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books?
Try anything. I have tried things that have worked and things that have failed miserably. But, if the cost is minimal, and there might be something there, I say go for it. For me, I think the best recipe has been to just roll up my sleeves and connect with people. I love that part of the job honestly, and if waving my "look at me" arms 24-7 on social media is what it takes to share my stories, then I'll start strength training right now.
6. What is/are your favorite quote(s) from your books?
I have a few, but let me share these three.
The first one is a favorite quote of mine from a standalone, How We Deal With Gravity. I love this quote because I am a huge autism advocate, and this book had my entire heart in it. It's about a single mom of a child with autism and her second chance at love with the guy who broke her heart in high school but has come back home to do some growing up. This is a scene during a public meltdown with her son, and it's one of the truest things I've ever written:
All I can do is smile, and meekly, at that. “I’m sorry.” That’s what I’m saying with that smile. That I’m sorry my son has autism, and that I don’t know how to hide it from you.
The next one is from This Is Falling. It's one of those...moments :-) From Nate...sweet, sweet Nate.
"I will wait for you," I say, and her breath catches quickly, her eyes watering almost instantly. "Do you hear me?...For as long as it takes. Forever if I have to. I'll wait forever..."
This last one is from my latest release (which came out March 17), Wild Reckless. This book...gah! It's simply my favorite.
He’s wearing gray jeans, black Doc Martens and a tight black, long-sleeved shirt that fits his frame perfectly. From a distance, he’s a shadow. I don’t know about the wild theory. But Owen Harper is definitely dark. And he sleeps thirty feet away from me.
7. What are you working on right now?
I am working on finishing up book 3 in the Falling Series, The Girl I Was Before. This one is Paige's story -- the sister from the first two books. And I am LOVING being in her head. Paige is cocky, confident, and maybe a little conceited. But she knows what she wants and goes for it. Unfortunately, what she thought she wanted has turned out to be pretty poisonous and is ruining things on the other end of her life. Paige's journey is definitely one of growth and finding your true self. And her match--Houston--well, he's pretty damn special too.
Thank you for sharing, Ginger!
About the Author
Ginger's latest release is Wild Reckless:
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.
Ginger is offering up an ecopy of any one of her books (winner's choice)!
Here are the lovely books you get to choose from:
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