It is my pleasure to get to introduce you to Mindi Scott, fellow 2010 debut author of FREEFALL, which comes out in just a few days! In the meantime, Mindi has generously promised a copy of FREEFALL to one lucky reader (see below for details).
I'd heard about Mindi and was so excited to find out she's a hometown Seattle girl! We met at the SCBWI Western Washington Conference last spring - in fact, you can meet Mindi in my TMAS author secrets video:
FREEFALL is the tale of sixteen-year-old boy, Seth McCoy, who was the last person to see his best friend alive and the first to find him dead. The story begins about two months after that event when some of the numbness is starting to wear off and Seth has to decide how to move forward with his life.
Holly Cupala: so what is the story behind the story?
Mindi Scott: My husband has been in various bands since he was in high school, so a lot of the dynamics and band details are from my observations being around musicians all the time.
Also, I have certainly experienced loss, grief, and pain. None of the character backstories in Freefall match my life, but I found it very easy to relate to some of them. There’s actually a conversation between two of the characters about what it’s like to dream about people who have passed away. Every time I read it, I’m kind of overcome by this feeling of gratitude, like, I am so glad that someone else understands!
Of course, the funny part is that I’m the one who wrote their dialogue and, in fact, created them, so it makes complete sense that they would understand!
Holly: What do you most hope your readers will take away?
Mindi: I really wanted to show how communication and connecting with people can help someone pull themselves out of a rut, so I hope readers will pick up on that.
Holly: Any story secrets you might be willing to share?
Mindi: Originally, Seth’s mom was having a fling with the drummer in Seth’s band. (I know, right?!) Everyone who read that draft thought it was pretty scandalous, but the real reason I ended up changing it was because I discovered that it had nothing to do with Seth’s arc.
Also, there used to be a character named Hailey who figured prominently into the story. She was the girlfriend of Seth’s older brother as well as the sister of Kendall (a girl in the story). I realized, though, that Hailey was undermining the roles of both Seth’s mom and Kendall, so Hailey had to go!
Holly: What’s up next?
Mindi: I’m working on more contemporary YA novels and hoping for the best!
Thank you, Mindi!
Mindi has generously agreed to give a copy of FREEFALL to one lucky commenter! You have until Monday at midnight to comment on one of the following: a) why you'd love to read FREEFALL, b) if you have ever dreamed about someone you have loved or lost, and if the dream changed the way you thought about them, or c) why you think grief and healing are important subjects in YA lit.
And here's an extra treat, readers...the book trailer for FREEFALL. Enjoy!