New! Cover Reveal for the upcoming novel titled:
‘HOW WE DEAL WITH GRAVITY’ by Author Ginger Scott.
And check out our Author Q&A with Ginger Scott below.
Synopsis for ‘HOW WE DEAL WITH GRAVITY’:
When her son Max was diagnosed with autism, Avery Abbot’s life changed forever. Her husband left, and her own dreams became a distant fantasy—always second to fighting never-ending battles to make sure Max was given opportunity, love and respect. Finding someone to fight along her side wasn’t even on her list, and she’d come to terms with the fact that she could never be her own priority again.
But a familiar face walking into her life in the form of 25-year-old Mason Street had Avery’s heart waging a war within. Mason was a failure. When he left his hometown five years ago, he was never coming back—it was only a matter of time before his records hit the billboard charts. Women, booze and rock-n-roll—that was it for him. But it seemed fate had a different plan in mind, and with a dropped record contract, little money and nowhere to go, Mason turned to the only family that ever made him feel home.
Avery loved Mason silently for years—until he broke her heart…completely. But time and life have a funny way of changing people, and sometimes second chances are there for a reason. Could this one save them both?
★★★Author Q&A with Ginger Scott★★★
Q: How do you feel you’ve grown as a writer since your debut novel, in comparison to the writer you are today?
Ginger Scott: I read every bit of feedback I get–through reviews, emails, posts on Facebook. And I read the good and the bad. I’ve learned what readers like and what they don’t like. I’m still learning–I think I’ll always be learning. But even knowing what the reading public likes and dislikes, I still try to write to my own instincts. But I’ve gotten tighter. I have learned to keep my characters rich and full of detail without giving too much and overwhelming a reader.
Q: Your debut novel ‘Waiting On The Sidelines’ is one of my favorite coming-of-age stories. Did you find it easy or difficult to write in the frame of mind of teenagers experiencing their first-love while going through the motions of high-school? By the way, your execution on the story was perfection! 🙂
Ginger Scott: Firstly, thank you so much for saying that. I fought really hard to make sure everything I wrote for that story was honest and authentic–making characters say things they would really say and feel how they would really feel. Sometimes it’s hard to show weaknesses in your hero and heroine, but I think it was necessary for that story to work. Maybe I am one of those people who will never grow up, but the high school frame of mind was the easiest for me. I love that time, and I love how vulnerable teenagers are. Every emotion is new and raw–like Bambi trying to learn how to walk. I’m looking forward to writing high school again.
Q: Would you ever consider writing a third novel in the ‘Waiting On The Sidelines Series’ or are you completely done with that storyline?
Ginger Scott: I think about it all the time. I may write a novella or a spin-off story on some of the other characters. Nothing concrete has formed in my head yet, but I won’t close that storyline down completely.
Q: If you could choose your favorite male character from the awesome leading men in your own stories, who would you say is your personal favorite:
Reed from ‘Waiting On The Sidelines’, Cody from ‘Blindness’ or Mason from your upcoming-novel ‘How We Deal With Gravity’? And why?
Ginger Scott: This is hard, because they are all so different. Reed will always have a special place in my heart — he’s that homecoming king that you always think about, and he’s a football player. But Cody has the biggest heart of them all…although, hmmm Mason is pretty good too. And he’s a musician. I think I’d still go with Reed. But Cody and Mason are sharing the silver medal. At least, right now they are. I may change my mind later!
Q: Will ‘Blindness’ and your upcoming-novel ‘How We Deal With Gravity’ be stand-alone novels or are you keeping the option open to possibly turn them into series’?
Ginger Scott: ‘How We Deal With Gravity’ will be a stand-alone for sure. There’s always an option of telling the stories of other characters, but that storyline is complete for that hero and heroine. I may write more for ‘Blindness,’ though. The story as it reads right now is complete. I don’t like leaving things undone, so it can be read on its own as a standalone. But I’ve had some interest in more, and I have pages of notes on more for Cody and Charlie, and I’d kind of like to open them up again at some point.
Q: The synopsis for ‘How We Deal With Gravity’ sounds very interesting. Can you share some backstory about the characters with us from your upcoming-novel?
Ginger Scott: ‘Waiting on the Sidelines’ will always be my baby and special to me because it was my first. But ‘Gravity’ is probably my most precious story. It touches on a subject near to my heart–autism. It’s a love story, first and foremost. But, the heroine is what I like to call a warrior. I’ve met and interviewed dozens of parents of children with autism in my volunteer work, and the strength they have to fight daily battles for their children is awe-inspiring. Avery, my main character, is a parent of a child with autism, and I hope she stands as a tribute to those strong and brave parents I’ve met over the years. Mason is one hell of a sexy singer/songwriter type. He’s a Les Paul guitar-playing, jeans-wearing, messy hair and scruff, blues-lovin’ musician trying to get a big break but failing. Avery and Mason have history, and it’s messy and tangled, and at the start, that history means more to Avery than it does to Mason. But as the story progresses, those scales start to shift. ‘Gravity’ is really a story about second chances and finally becoming the person you’re meant to be. Sometimes it just takes that other person in your life to show you what’s important.
Q: You mentioned that your upcoming-novel touches on a subject that means something special to you, the subject being autism. What inspired you to write ‘How We Deal With Gravity’?
Ginger Scott: My first real encounter with autism was as a young journalist for a magazine. I didn’t know much about autism, but I wanted to tell its story. So I spent a lot of time with an amazing family, and a woman who was inspired by her son’s diagnosis to help found an organization to help other diagnosed families find answers. That organization is called the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center, and since my first story on autism, it has grown to become a leader in research and therapies for children and adults with autism. That first story also sparked a lifelong connection in me to help to continue to tell autism’s story. I volunteer to write cover stories for the organization’s magazine, ‘Outreach,’ and I’ve interviewed dozens of families on their experiences. I’ve also had family and friends who have experienced a diagnosis since that first story as well, which has made my connection that much more personal.
Through these experiences, though, there was always this common thread–these parents are so strong, and they fight so hard for their children. But they rarely put themselves first. It got me to start thinking about how they find love. There are many marriages that have not survived a diagnosis. And I started to think about those single parents fighting this battle and they’re chance for love. That’s really the nucleus of the story.
Q: If ‘Waiting On The Sidelines’ or ‘Blindness’ were to be optioned for film, who would you love to see cast in the movie adaptations?
Ginger Scott: Oh man is this my favorite game to play:-) Let’s start with ‘Waiting on the Sidelines.’
There’s a model from Brazil named Arthur Sales, and he has a GREAT Reed Johnson look, especially a college Reed. But, to go a little more mainstream and cast an actor, I’d probably go with Steven McQueen from Vampire Diaries. I think Nolan needs to be someone with a certain amount of toughness, but a vulnerability to her at the same time. I’d love to see Chloe Moretz. And I LOVED Hit Girl!
Now to ‘Blindness.’ Again, I have a real-life motocross racer who makes a great Cody. His name is Kerim Fitz-Gerald and he’s from South Africa. But, to stick with the actor mode…the perfect Cody is Cam Gigandet in my head. Charlie might be Aimee Teegarden or Ashley Benson.
Q: What is your favorite genre to read from? What is your favorite genre to write from?
Ginger Scott: I really love coming-of-age romance, and it’s probably my favorite to read and write. There’s something about all of these firsts and not knowing what to do or how to act. Even as you mature, you still hold on to those insecurities that you started out with, at least on some level, and I think that’s what makes coming-of-age stories so powerful.
Q: Do you have any future novel plans you can share with us at the moment?
Ginger Scott: I can’t wait to get ‘How We Deal With Gravity’ in front of readers, and that’s my focus right now. But I do have a story I’m working on outlining–one that really sinks into the trenches of that first year of college. I’m really excited about it and it will be my next project for sure. Then, I think I may look into that ‘Blindness’ notebook and see if there are other places to take Cody and Charlie. I have some ideas in mind.
NOTE: A huge thank you to Author Ginger Scott for your wonderful responses and participation in the Q&A. Now, just anxiously awaiting the chance to read and review your upcoming-novel ‘How We Deal With Gravity’. I’m certain it will be another captivating fan-favorite! 🙂
‘How We Deal With Gravity’ Novel Release Date: July 8th, 2014
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