Scott Cramer – “Next Big Thing” Interview

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TNBT: What is the title of your book?

Night of the Purple Moon (The Toucan Trilogy, Book #1)

TNBT: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

After bacterium from a comet’s tail kills off the world’s adults, a group of kids struggles to survive long enough for scientists in quarantine to find a cure.

TNBT: Where did the idea come from for the book?

I had written several young adult novels that were ‘quiet dramas’. It would take me fifteen minutes to explain what each story was about. So I wanted to write something big and bold, with high stakes and plenty of action…and which I could describe in a sentence.

TNBT: What genre does your book fall under?

Young Adult / Science Fiction. Abby, the main character, is thirteen years old. Most of my readers, though, are over the age of twenty.

TNBT: What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

All the credit goes to Jenny Bird at ‘Forever Young YA Blog”

Jenny’s picks for who to play Abby and Jordan: Chloe Moretz and Asa Butterfield

TNBT: How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

One year. I am not the slowest writer in the world, but I am far from being the fastest.

TNBT: Who or what inspired you to write this book?

My definition of inspiration: creative impulse meets fear of failure.

TNBT: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

A lot of reviewers have said it reminds them of Lord of the Flies, except that it is much more upbeat. At the same time, many other readers have said they went through a box of tissues.

TNBT: Where people can learn more about you?