Scarlett St. Clair lives in Oklahoma with her husband. She has a Master’s degree in Library Science and Information Studies and spends a lot of time researching reincarnation, unsolved murders and Greek mythology–all of which made it into her debut novel, When Stars Come Out (Oct 2018).
Anora Silby can see the dead and turn spirits into gold coins, two things she would prefer to keep secret as she tries to lead a normal life at her new school. After all, she didn’t change her identity for nothing.
As it turns out, hiding her weirdness is just one of many challenges. By the end of her first day, she’s claimed the soul of a dead girl on campus and lost the coin. Turns out, the coin gives others the ability to steal souls, and when a classmate ends up dead, there’s no mistaking the murder weapon.
Navigating the loss of her Poppa, her mother’s mistrust, and Roundtable, an anonymous student gossip app threatening to expose her, are hard enough. Now she must find the person who stole her coin before more lives are lost, but that means making herself a target for the Order, an organization that governs the dead on Earth--and they want Anora and her powers for themselves.
Q&A with the Author:
1. When did you start writing, and was there a specific event or person who influenced you to become an author?
o I started writing when I was thirteen. I read the Lord of the Rings on Christmas Break and fell in love with the world and the characters. I really just wanted to create something like that world. So I did...and I never stopped.
2. Are you currently working on a project, and if so, can you tell us anything about it?
o I’m working on the sequel to WSCO. I’m also working on a spinoff story set in the same world. I’ll have more information on the sequel to WSCO in January.
3. What is your favorite writing snack?
o My favorite writing snack is almonds. I also like to have a decaf Americano with half and half or an unsweet iced tea nearby.
4. If you could have dinner with any of your characters, which ones would you choose? Why? What food would you serve?
o I would have dinner with any of them, but I think it would be REALLY hilarious to invite Shy, Thane, and Roth to dinner. They would just banter with each other. I would serve pizza because they are all teenage boys (well, except Roth, but he’s in his twenties) and they can eat a lot of food.
5. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
o Yes! I really think WSCO was my book of growth. I learned my writing process and came to embrace it. Before now, I tried to force myself to try a lot of other writing processes without really analyzing how I write best. Now I know that I will ALWAYS write a draft around 40-50,000 words, then just rewrite and rewriting, building upon my characters and world. It’s such a relief to understand how YOU write.
6. How do you relax, or what do you enjoy doing when you are not writing?
o Since I have a full-time job, writing is usually how I relax, but I go see movies with the husband or spend time with my nephew or exchange student (she’s from France and like a little sister!).
7. What is your largest unfulfilled dream, and what are you doing to reach it?
o Probably to be a New York Times Bestselling author...but you can all change that! ;)
8. What do you fear most?
o I fear being disconnected from people who I consider family.
9. What was your favorite Halloween Costume?
o Hmm. I’ve loved being Belle the last couple of Halloweens. I was Belle in her yellow dress and Belle in her blue dress.