Friends, I know all of you are bursting at the seams with excitement over the fact that the†Under The Never Sky trilogy is FINALLY complete and you probably cannot get enough information about this series. I am beyond pleased and excited to host Veronica Rossi here today for an interview, check out, Rossi’s answers are fascinating.
1. The world of the Outside and Reverie are so richly imagined, which do you think you would fare better in?
I would definitely choose Reverie. Iíd love to spend time in the Realms. They arenít that different than being a fiction writer. A good portion of my day is spent, mentally, in pretend places.
†2.†The journeys of Aria and Perry as characters have captivated many, many readers. What are a few things you’ve learned from your journey writing this series?
I learned that I could write a series! Iím joking, but itís true. This series marks my first three published books and my first trilogy. I believed I could it from the beginning, but there were certainly moments of self-doubt along the way. Itís a tremendous feeling to not only have completed it, but to be proud of it. I feel much more confident as a writer now. I can stand in front of people now and say: I write books. I can look in the mirror and say: you write series
3. If you could pick a theme song for Into The Still Blue, what would it be?
Shine by David Gray has always been the song that best captures everything I wanted to say, and how I wanted to say itówith vibrant images and raw feeling, and all this wonderful texture; that song contains sand and ocean and fire. Itís such a hopeful, sad, inspiring song. I love that itís all of those things. Hope is so much more believable to me in the context of doubt. And the final lyricsÖ they get me every time. In my music library, itís my most-played song by a mile.
4. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Write as much as you can. Do it, because even if itís less than you want it to be, itís useful. No piece of writing is ever wasted. Read as much as you can. You can read on your phone, so you have no excuses; you can carry a book around always. Read diversely. Study great writers. Iím reading short stories by Amy Hempel right now and discovering a whole spectrum of colors that I havenít been using in my work. I love that. For me, itís like getting new toolsÖ and since I love what I do, those tools feel like toys!†
5. Kiss Marry Kill for Soren, Perry, and Roar! Who would you kiss? Who would you marry? Who would you kill?
Easy. Kill Soren, kiss Roar, marry the big blond guy with the crooked nose.
6. What does your writing routine look like — (i.e. do you have to be drinking something? Do you write at home? Do you write every day or when the inspiration strikes?) Inquiring minds want to know.††
I write every day, after Iíve successfully slain the procrastination and self-doubt monsters. Some days, they donít put up much of a fight. Others, itís a blood bath. But every day, I write. Even if itís just a line.
7. What’s next on the horizon for you?†
Iím co-writing an NA with a dear friend under a pseudonym, Noelle August. We wanted to have fun, and turn some of the commonly seen characteristics of the genre on their ear. Thatís called BOOMERANG and itís coming out this summer.
Iím also drafting a project that Iím very excited about, but canít talk about yet. Itís become a passion project for me. It keeps me up late at night and wakes me up early. When I started UNDER THE NEVER SKY, I believed in that book enough to give it years of my life. Enough to let it become an obsession. Thatís how I feel about this new novel. I am a prisoner to it, and very happy to be.
Thanks so much!! I totally do not even know what to do with myself now that I have no more of these books left to read!
Thanks so much, April. I really appreciate you having me on your blog, and Iím so glad youíve enjoyed the books.
Oh! I almost forgot to mention: did you know that Roar was named after a very good Pinot Noir? I thought you might like that fact, considering
About†Into The Still Blue:
The earth-shattering conclusion to Veronica Rossi’s “masterpiece” Under the Never Sky trilogy and sequel to the†New York Times†bestsellingThrough the Ever Night†(Examiner.com).
Their love and their leadership have been tested. Now it’s time for Perry and Aria to unite the Dwellers and the Outsiders in one last desperate attempt to bring balance to their world.
The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe-haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do-and they are just as determined to stay together.
Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. And when Roar returns to camp, he is so furious with Perry that he won’t even look at him, and Perry begins to feel like they have already lost.
Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble a team to mount an impossible rescue mission-because Cinder isn’t just the key to unlocking the Still Blue and their only hope for survival, he’s also their friend. And in a dying world, the bonds between people are what matter most.
In this final book in her stunning Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi raises the stakes to their absolute limit and brings her epic love story to an unforgettable close.