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My interview is posted here.
Welcome Scott Cramer, author of The Toucan Trilogy. Scott has stopped by to discuss his excellent series–The Toucan Trilogy.
What’s your favourite thing about spring?
The light! The return of brilliant sunshine. I live in the Boston area and winter is a cold, dark time. There are places where winters are darker and colder, but I wouldn’t want to live there. December 21 is an exciting day for me because after that the days get longer (Conversely, I get a little depressed on June 21, the first day of summer, because the days start getting shorter). But I am in my glory in March with the light crashing all around.
What’s the best thing about being a writer?
Hearing from and communicating with readers. I feel very lucky to be able to make new friends all around the world.
What’s the worst thing about being a writer?
The first draft. I am not a fast writer. The process of writing a first draft is a laborious, psychologically painful, grinding slog. After that, things improve little by little. By the third or fourth draft, writing is almost fun. Then comes the final draft when the story takes on its sharpest focus. The joy of the final draft is just enough fuel to propel me into a new work.
Tell us more about your books.
I’ve written a dystopian series, The Toucan Trilogy. The story follows three kids (Abby Leigh, her brother, Jordan, and their baby sister, Toucan) after a catastrophic event kills most of the world’s adults.
The books are clean. There is no sex, serious romance, only a minor swear or two, and no graphic violence. The subject matter is weighty, though, which is why I would give the novels a PG-13 rating.
Abby and Jordan are teens, but the majority of my readers are adults. I tried to tell a story that people of all ages can enjoy. I’ve received more than a few pictures of “three generations” reading the books together (grandmother, mother, daughter)
Today, March 30, kindle users can get all three novels of The Toucan Trilogy– Night of the Purple Moon, Colony East, and Generation M– for 99 cents, marked down from $7.99
Plotter or Pantser?
I started as a pure pantser. Then I studied screenwriting and discovered story structure. (I recently optioned a screenplay to Peck Entertainment). Now I am “half and half.”
What are your top tips for surviving a bad review?
Fiction is highly subjective and readers naturally have a variety of tastes. Writers should expect to receive a wide range of opinions on their work. Ninety-five percent of the time, I can step back and appreciate that someone took the time and energy to post a review. Of course, some reviews can take the wind out of your sails. At the end of the day, I try to think about it this way: maybe my writing is not so great in somebody’s eyes, but I am creating something in my own voice, and that makes it unique and special.