Saturday, January 21, 2012

An Interview with Scott Tracey

I recently had the chance to interview Scott Tracey, author of the wonderful book Witch Eyes. I hope you enjoy the interview!


image1. What was the hardest part of writing Witch Eyes?

I think the hardest part was equally getting the voice right, and getting over writer's block. The book started out in third person, wasn't working like I wanted, and then I switched to first person and scrapped about 20K words. It took a couple tries to get the direction right, too. Then, the few times I got really stuck it was because I either was forgetting something, or hadn't delved deep enough into it. I spent a long time working on what I called "The Lost Day" which was a number of scenes that had to happen before the book got to the climax.

2. If you could tell anything to Braden, what would you want to tell him?

Don't trust anyone, I think would be my main bit of advice. But then again, I know what everyone in Belle Dam's motives actually are, so that's a factor. ;) I'm a lot more cynical then Braden, which made it a little challenging to write: he's smart, but in some ways he's also very naive. But yeah, especially in Belle Dam, that's advice that EVERYONE should take: don't trust anyone. Especially if they're nice to you.

3. Quick! Describe Witch Eyes in 4 words or less!

Witchy Romeo and Juliet. :)

image4. Can you tell us anything about the sequel to Witch Eyes, Demon Eyes?

Demon Eyes delves a little deeper into what's really going on in Belle Dam, and we see Braden dealing with the fallout from the climax of Witch Eyes. He did some things, and had some things happen to him, and Demon Eyes is all about that old "actions have consequences" theory.

There's more to the city than just the Thorpes versus the Lansing, and that starts to come out. Drew gets a bigger role this time around, and he's one of my favorites. He's basically the color commentary this time around: Braden has some snark in him, but Drew takes it above and beyond.

Really, everything you need to know about Demon Eyes can be summed up in the first line: "Power is a problem," a dead man said to me.

5. Is there anything you would like to add?

Thank you so much for having me!