Notice for Review Requests

I receive review requests weekly. However, my personal schedule is hectic and I no longer review actively. (I also manage another blog called The Toronto Cafe and Food Blog). I do read every request sent but I apologize in advance that I do not reply to them all.

If I do take on a request, I will forewarn that it may take some time before I can review it. I am now looking to review adult fiction and self-help books instead of young adult fiction because I have grown out of it. If you are to request a review for either adult fiction or self-help, I will more likely to give it a shot.

In the meantime, Stop, Drop, and Read! serves as an archive book review blog. When I have the time, I may post a review. Thank you for understanding.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Author Interview: Elizabeth Scott

Elizabeth Scott is a popular YA author so there is no doubt you have heard of her or her novels if you follow close in the YA book blogosphere. I've sadly only read one of her books, Something, Maybe, and is dying for more. However, my schedule is tight so hopefully in the future I will be able to.

Instead, I managed to grab a quick interview with Elizabeth. You can check her or her books out at Enjoy the interview!

Firstly, what inspires you to write a new story?

I get ideas from everywhere--in the shower, out driving, cleaning the bathroom, seeing or hearing something when I'm out, reading something in the paper--in short, all kinds of things!

Out of all the novels you wrote, which one would you say you take the most pride in?

I actually can't read any of my novels, so I have no idea!

If you could turn any of your novels into a movie, which one would it be and which actors/actresses would you want to play your characters?

I wouldn't mind seeing Living Dead Girl as a movie. I think Joseph Gordon-Levitt would make an amazing Ray, and Dakota Fanning would be great as Alice. Oh! Or Abigail Breslin. She's phenomenal.

What do you find is the easiest part of writing? And the hardest?

Easiest--hmmm. Sometimes writing the first draft is pretty easy for me. Sometimes! As for hardest: everything else! :-)

Did you always wanted to be an author? If not, what led you to where you are today?

I haven't. I didn't write a word of fiction until I was 27, and ended up being published because I
--well, I got really lucky! I'd written three young adult novels, but had no real plans for them even though I'd written a query letter for the first one, Bloom. (I did that so my friends would stop bugging me)

But then, one day I saw an agent blog about e-queries and I thought "ah ha! I'll send the query for Bloom, get rejected, and that will be that!"

The agent ended up offering me representation the next day. It was a TOTAL shock--and an even bigger one when all three novels (Bloom, Stealing Heaven, and Love You Hate You MIss You) sold, and every day I wake up and think about how lucky I am to do what I do. (And I'm very grateful to my friends for believing in me so much!)

Do you have any novels you are working on at the moment or will be releasing soon? If so, can you please give us a brief summary about them?

This year I have two novels coming out.

The Unwritten Rule will be out on April 6th. It's about a girl, Sarah, who falls for her best friend's boyfriend. It's about love--of course!--but also about friendship.

In September, Grace will be released by Dutton. It's about a female suicide bomber--and what happens to her when she realizes she doesn't want to to die.

Lastly, please give us an interesting fact about yourself that not many know of!

I'm allergic to chocolate. (Yes, really. And yes, it sucks!)

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celi.a said...

Great interview! Ms. Scott's publishing story is pretty miraculous - an inspiration for all of us who are too afraid or can't be bothered to submit our writing. I too have only read one of her books - Something, Maybe, but I've been meaning to try others. And is DOES suck to be allergic to chocolate. Bummer!

Anonymous said...

So that's what Grace is about. Wow, very interesting subject matter for sure. I love how Elizabeth changes up what she writes about. It keeps the reader/fan guessing.

Great interview! :D

Liviania said...

I like her publication story!

You're more up to date than me . . . I haven't read any Elizabeth Scott.

oO Mariana Oo said...

Great Interview. I haven´t read any of her books (shame on me) but I really want to.

BTW, you have an award in our blog :)

Alexa said...

Great interview. I adore her books. You must read Perfect You, it is my absolutely favourite but The Unwritten Rule is fantastic too.

Grace sounds interesting, another departure like Living Dead Girl.

Daisy Whitney said...

Perfect You is my favorite as well though they are all good. Grace sounds fascinating and I love how Elizabeth delivers romantic comedy and serious stuff too. She is one of my must read authors. Great interview

Jenn (Books At Midnight) said...

Great interview! I can't wait for Unwritten Rule, though, uh, I'm embarrassed to say I haven't read a single one of her books. Whoops. I'm sorry, but alergic to chocolate would be the end of the world for me. *o*

Lauren said...

Great interview; I LOVE Elizabeth's books! So, I'm really looking forward to reading Grace.

kanishk said...

It keeps the reader/fan guessing.

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