I am excited to have the opportunity to share with you an interview with the author Jess C Scott. I enjoyed her book, The Intern, the first of her SINS07 series. Jess has published several books, of various genres.
Jess identifies herself as an author/artist/non-conformist. Her literary work has appeared in a diverse range of publications, such as Word Riot, ITCH Magazine, and The Battered Suitcase. She is currently working on the SINS07 series, as well as an urban fantasy project featuring cyberpunk elves. Her novella, The Devilin Fey, hit #1 in Amazon’s “Hot New Releases in Bargain Books” in July 2010.
Without further ado, the Jess C Scott interview:
BCM: Music and dance play a large role in The Intern. Can you share your favorite influences for the book?
JCS: I’m not sure I can include them all! In no particular order—I was inspired by real-life hip hop dance instructors, fitness instructors like Denise Austen and Jennifer Galardi, music artists like Beyonce and Shakira, as well as Korean pop bands and artistes (like Rain, Se7en, and BoA). I can’t really pick a favorite. They’re all fantastic.
BCM: What is your favorite part of this book? Is it a character, a dance sequence, a particular scene?
JCS: I enjoyed building up the character of the dance instructor. There are several scenes I think of from time to time. I’ve included one below.
*****EXCERPT (from POV of protagonist, Suzie Q)*****
There’s even a freakin’ roof garden at the top level. It gives an alluring, brilliant view of the city nightscape. Roxeth is a grand city, awesome by day but even more spectacular at night.
“This is so beautiful.” I’d like to turn a little to face Jo.Zee, another “view” for my eyes, that wouldn’t be too much of a bad thing. I’m lingering, breathing deeply, just because he smells so good. He isn’t stinky in the turnoff kind of way—it’s a sweet, natural, hint-of-a-sweat boy smell. I think I’d like this even more than if he were fresh out of the shower.
“I love rooftops,” Jo.Zee says, taking in the city skyline. “It’s nice dancing high above the crowd. Takes you to new heights.”
I ask if he’s ever danced on top of a building before.
“Many times...but never with somebody else.”
BCM: On your website, you state that you are an artist, author, and non-conformist. Tell us a little more about each of these roles.
Author: I’ve always liked to write. It makes me feel alive, and adds meaning to my life. I’ve a blog post on “my goals as a writer” here.
Non-Conformist: I believe human life is diverse, which is what I aim to reflect/capture, with writing. I’ve never really been into fads—I like challenging myself to come up with something creative and original. I share my various “discoveries” with readers, via each story I work on.
BCM: What made you decide to write SINS07 as a mainstream series?
JCS: My first two books (a blog/IM novel, and a multiple-genre-crossing short story collection) were a bit more alternative. I guess I enjoy writing both experimental/innovative material, as well as mainstream work. It keeps me balanced (and from getting bored)!
BCM: Can you share with our followers how you view the role of popularity, drugs, and sex in The Intern? How does this viewpoint differ from other popular books?
JCS: As a teen, I found that many books either gave an overtly glamorized or overtly realistic portrayal of the themes of popularity, sex, and drugs. Drugs don’t feature in The Intern (though they probably will in one or two of the other books in the series). I’ll include drugs if they’re an important component to the plot. I believe life can imitate art, sometimes, and I create characters and situations that I would like to see more of, in real life. I basically usually aim for something that is honest, meaningful, and entertaining.
BCM: What can our followers expect next in the SINS07 series? Do you have other projects in progress?
JCS: Book #2’s deadly sin is “gluttony”—the lead protagonist is likely to be a model (or an heiress). I am 30% done with finalizing the first book in an urban fantasy series featuring cyberpunk elves, and I’ve been wanting to start work on a dragon short story too (since I own the dragon website).
BCM: Thanks so much for sharing with us!
JCS: Thanks very much for having me today!
Be sure to check out the Books Complete Me review of The Intern.