I’m so thrilled to have Inara Scott on the blog today! Inara is the author of the Delcroix Academy Series (YA), and is here to talk about her newest book for adults called Radiant Desire! Also up for grabs is one ecopy of Radiant Desire to one lucky winner, so please check out the giveaway details at the bottom of the post.
Please welcome Inara to the blog!
Inara, you have a popular YA series out (Delecroix Academy), and have just released your first adult fantasy, Radiant Desire. Have you always wanted to be a writer?
According to a document my mother recently discovered in our attic, I said I wanted to be a writer when I was six. However, soon after that I decided I wanted to be a veterinarian, and then a teacher, and then a mermaid. Or maybe not in that order. I have always loved writing, but never imagined that I would write fiction, let alone write it full time. I don’t usually dream that big!
Can you tell us a bit about Radiant Desire?
I think the best description I can give is what’s on the back cover of the book! Here it is:
The object of every man’s fantasy just lost her wings…
Kaia Verde is one of the four Faerie Handmaids of Zafira, Queen of the Fey. To redress an ancient wrong done to Zafira by a human king, the Handmaids make sport of mortal men, seducing and humiliating them. When Kaia sets out to seduce Garrett Jameson, but ends up being the one surrendering to pleasure, Zafira is furious. Kaia’s punishment is simple: make Garrett fall in love with her by the summer solstice, then break his heart, or face eternity without her wings—or her soul. To make the task harder, Zafira tells Kaia she cannot use her faerie magic or charm to lure Garrett into her bed.
…and now she’s losing her heart…
Kaia thinks her task will be relatively easy—as a faerie, she understands lust, and can love be much different? But once she is living among the humans, Kaia discovers the race she once disparaged is far more complex and beautiful than she imagined. She learns before she can break Garrett’s heart, she must find a way to heal it. And eventually, discovers that losing her wings may be a far easier price to pay than losing her heart.
What made you want to center the book on the world of Faerie?
Honestly, I was inspired by my daughter’s Barbie faeries! They’re the classic exaggerated beauty and femininity that Barbie is known for, and for some reason, it struck me as ironic. As if perhaps the faerie was setting men up by making herself look like that.
What do you like most about writing in the fantasy/urban fantasy genre?
I love being able to create my own worlds. For my world of the Fey, I started with lots of classic mythologies of faeries, Fey, and magical beings. I spent hours flipping through encyclopedias of legends from all different cultures and traditions. Then I took what I wanted, changed what I didn’t like, and made it my own. I’m not sure I could think of anything more fun than that!
What are some of your biggest literary influences?
I’ve always been a huge reader of romance, though I tend to jump around between historicals, contemporaries, and paranormals. My all-time favorite books are still the fantasies I read as a teen—lots of Anne McCaffrey, David Eddings, and Piers Anthony.
What’s on your nightstand right now?
A huge stack of books! I’ve got romance, non-fiction, young adult, and middle grade books all waiting to be read. But at the top of the pile is a Pulitzer Prize winner called The Warmth of Other Suns, by Isabel Wilkerson. I’m introducing her at a literary festival and her work (about the migration of African-Americas to the north and west) sounds fascinating. Last weekend I read Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins. It’s a fantastic contemporary YA.
When you’re not busy writing, how do you like to spend your free time?
I like to spend time outdoors, walking with my dog or canoeing with my family. I also try to fit in yoga a few times a week. And I’m a sucker for a quiet evening in bed reading!
What do you like best about living in the Pacific Northwest?
Oh, I love that it never gets really cold (I grew up in Buffalo, and experienced all the blizzards I needed to last a lifetime) and that it’s so green. I lived for a while in Colorado, and I never adjusted to the high desert.
Quick, name something that makes you laugh out loud!
My husband. My dog. My kids. I guess that’s three things!
Is there any news of upcoming events or projects you’d like to share with us?
Right now, I’m trying to focus on getting Radiant Desire into as many hands and computers as I can. I sure do hope everyone loves it!
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Inara was born in the winter wonderland of Buffalo, NY. She promptly commenced complaining about being cold, and didn’t stop until she moved to Durham, NC, to attend college at Duke University. After graduating with a degree in History and Women’s Studies, Inara wandered around the country teaching outdoor education and writing bad poetry. She eventually obtained a Master’s degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies from the State University of New York at Cortland, where she wrote her thesis on the effects of wilderness programs on the body image of female participants.
Given Inara’s love of argument, it was really only a matter of time before she ended up in law school. The mossy forests and volcanic beauty of Oregon led her to Lewis and Clark Law School and Portland, where she finally decided to settle down. Inara rediscovered her love of writing fiction while trapped in a hotel for a hearing in Anchorage, Alaska. It took another five years for Inara to screw up the courage to quit her lawyer job and devote herself to writing and teaching. Today, Inara writes anything and everything, including children’s books, young adult fiction, and adult romance. She also does frequent school visits, and loves teaching writing to students of all ages. Her debut novel, DELCROIX ACADEMY: THE CANDIDATES, published in 2010 by Disney-Hyperion Books for Children, was a 2010 Oregon Spirit Book Award Honor Book. THE CANDIDATES will be released in March of 2011 in paperback under the title THE TALENTS. A follow-up, THE MARKED, will be released in April of 2011. Inara’s first adult romance, RADIANT DESIRE, released in October 2011 from Entangled Publishing.
1. Giveaway is for one ecopy of Radiant Desire to one winner.
2. Giveaway is INTERNATIONAL
3. To enter, please leave a comment or question for Inara along with your email address.
4. Must be at least 18 to enter or have parent’s permission.
5. Giveaway ENDS 10/21/11
6. Giveaway book provided by Entangled Publishing
7. Author appearance courtesy of Entangled Publishing