Monday, July 9, 2012

Authors and Books that Take You Places!

Alissa Grosso is the author of the YA novel Ferocity Summer published by Flux. Welcome Alissa! We here at TheWritersbytheshore blog believe in BIC (butt in chair), but we also think that writing (and life) should take us and our readers to fun destinations. So here we go...
Tell us a little about your book. Will we need our passports?

My new book, Ferocity Summer, takes place in my home state of New Jersey with the exception of a road trip to Florida. So, no passports are required, but you should definitely pack some sunscreen.
Wow! Sounds great. So, if I was going to have dinner with your main character, what exotic locale would we be dining at?

Oh, boy. In the book my main character does eat at least one meal at the Budd Lake Diner in Budd Lake, NJ, which I'm pretty sure doesn't qualify as exotic. That said, you can't go wrong with their feta cheese omelette. 

Who is the character you would vote as "Most likely not to make it through customs" and why?

That's a tough call. Scilla's best friend Willow is battling drug addiction. So, there's a pretty good chance she wouldn't clear customs. Then there's Bill who is busy spending his summer building a bomb to overthrow the government. Really, the more I think about it, I'm not sure if there's anyone in this book who would breeze through customs. 
If your main character was stranded on a desert island, what would be an essential travel item for them to take along?

Like me, Scilla is a reader. So, she would definitely want a good book to read. Of course, like me she tends to be pretty voracious in her reading habits. She might have a tough time picking just one book to bring along. Has anyone come up with a solar powered e-reader, yet? That might be a good solution.

What advice would you offer to other writers embarking on their own writing adventure?

First and foremost, I would say write the book that you want to read because the most important thing is enjoying the journey.

Thanks, Alissa and Bon Voyage!

Toni De Palma


  1. Thanks for stopping by Nancy. Alissa is a lot of fun!

  2. Great questions and answers! Thanks to you both.