Victoria Scott is a YA writer represented by Laurie McLean. Her debut book will be, THE COLLECTOR: A DANTE WALKER NOVEL (Entangled Teen, March 2013). Victoria has a master’s degree in marketing, and lives in Dallas with her husband. When not writing, she can be found grubbing on cotton candy and snuggling obese cats. You can cyber-stalk Victoria online on her website or on Twitter.
Now on to the FIVE QUESTIONS
1. What was the spark of inspiration for The Collector?
I had this thought about what someone’s soul is worth. I thought about what I would have sold my soul for at age seventeen. And whether that would be different today. I feel like everyone has a price. It may be to acquire money, fame, beauty…or to save the life of someone you love. But I do believe everyone would put a price on their soul. And once I started obsessing about that, I couldn’t stop.
OMG. Too much fun. I feel like guys can get away with being incredibly arrogant easier than girls can. It’s horrible, but probably true. So it was fun to really let loose on the page and make him as cocky as I wanted.
3. What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Find a good critique partner. Someone who will champion you every step of the way and never let you give up. I think most aspiring authors are pretty damn savvy. They know what needs to happen to get published. But even the most strong-willed needs a cheerleader who understands.
4. If you could go back in time, where would you go?
To England, Medieval style. I’d be a princess and eat sweet breads and have a hot prince. There’d also be a horse. And electricity.
5. Finally, Star Wars or Star Trek?
Star Trek. The latest movie where the guys are super sexy. Yeah, that one.
About The Collector
He makes good girls…bad.
Dante Walker is flippin’ awesome, and he knows it. His good looks, killer charm, and stellar confidence has made him one of hell’s best—a soul collector. His job is simple, weed through humanity and label those round rears with a big red good or bad stamp. Old Saint Nick gets the good guys, and he gets the fun ones. Bag-and-tag.
Sealing souls is nothing personal. Dante’s an equal opportunity collector and doesn’t want it any other way. But he’ll have to adjust, because Boss Man has given him a new assignment:
Collect Charlie Cooper’s soul within 10 days.
Dante doesn’t know why Boss Man wants Charlie, nor does he care. This assignment means only one thing to him, and that’s a permanent ticket out of hell. But after Dante meets the quirky, Nerd Alert chick he’s come to collect—he realizes this assignment will test his abilities as a collector, and uncover emotions deeply buried