I am thrilled to have Scott Tracey by the blog today for an interview.
Scott Tracey is the author of the Witch Eyes trilogy and the upcoming Moonset. He lives in Ohio. He traveled the country on a Greyhound for a month, devoted a semester of school to starting a series of urban legends, and spent five years perfecting how to say “would you like fries with that” for a short story.
Which characters from the Witch Eyes trilogy and Moonset would be friends?
Oh geez. I just see lots of conflict. I think Drew from Witch Eyes and Malcolm from Moonset would get along the easiest, because they’re both unnecessarily snarky. Plus they both have unhealthy gym obsessions. Although that friendship probably wouldn’t last long. Drew likes to push buttons, and Malcolm likes to hate everyone. But it would be good while it lasts, though!
Did you plot out the whole Witch Eyes trilogy before you began writing?
I had a general idea of the structure of the series, but the third book is almost completely different from the outline I originally had (and even the outline I sent my editor about a year ago). Like I knew that the first book was the Introduction book, the second book would be about consequences, and the third would be about the feud itself. So all that remained the same. It’s all the particulars that changed from my original idea.
There are certain specific parts I knew from the beginning – I knew about one of the main events that happened at the end of DEMON EYES for example, but the things that led up to it changed dramatically. And there’s a scene in PHANTOM EYES that I’d been waiting three years to write, so to finally get to do so was fantastic.
You are stranded on an island. Given you have water, food, and shelter, what are the 2 other things you absolutely need to have?
Well, I’d say my Kindle, but there probably wouldn’t be any power outlets on an island (which is really just unacceptable, I’d totally stay stranded on an island if it had electricity. Well, it would also need WiFi too, but yeah).
For my first, I’d say one of those big compendiums that contains all of Shakespeare’s writings, because if I was stranded on an island, at least I’d have time to read through all of the plays and sonnets I haven’t read yet.
Then I’d be like Hurley on lost, and take my iPod, because it wouldn’t last forever, but I’d listen to music for at least as long as I could.
Since this clearly says a lot about a person – what is your karaoke song of choice?
I can honestly say that I’ve never done karaoke, and I probably never will. It’s really not my thing. But if I was ever TO do it, I would probably be ironic and do some old school 90s pop, like Britney or the Backstreet Boys.
What is a book you have read recently and loved?
Well, I literally just finished The Magicians by Lev Grossman, which was amazing, but I’m also re-reading the Caitlin Kittredge Lovecraftian steampunk series, which starts with THE IRON THORN and then THE NIGHTMARE GARDEN. It’s YA, and I don’t think enough people have read it – the books are simply fantastic!
After destroying the demon Lucien, Braden—son of Belle Dam’s most powerful warlock, Jason Thorpe—doesn’t need the power of his witch eyes to see that everything in his life is turning against him: friends, family, and even his visions. When disturbing nightmares of Lucien’s return haunt him, Braden discovers that the simmering feud between the city’s two witch dynasties is fast approaching its explosive boiling point.
While struggling to come to terms with his attraction to Trey, Catherine Lansing’s son who should be his mortal enemy, a diabolical plan starts to unveil before Braden’s eyes. Young women are disappearing from Belle Dam, and as he investigates, Braden is forced to explore the dangerous unknown power within himself. But when the truth about his family is revealed, Braden must pay a terrible price.
Now for all of you who haven’t read Witch Eyes, book 1 – I’m giving away a signed copy of Witch Eyes so you can catch up! (It really is a marvelous book!) Fill out the rafflecopter to enter and ends October 27. US only.