Colleen Houck Book Club: Live Chat With Veronica Rossi about the Under The Never Sky series

Here are some of the snippets of the discussion from our live chat earlier with Colleen Houck and Veronica Rossi. I had so much fun fangirling 😀

*Tawney: Hi Veronica! Welcome to the chat. What do you find as inspiration to motivate you to write? Under the Never Sky is a fabulous series! Are you going to be delving into new territory regarding a new sparkly book idea?

*Veronica: Tawney, thanks for your questions! Well, for writing motivation, a lot of times I’ll listen to music or read or go for a long walk. As for STORY inspiration, that can be anything. Life. A movie. A book. A person. I think everything cooks in a sort of idea stew in my brain for a while, until I feel like I can see the story. Until the characters start taking shape, and their desires and wants and problems. Then I write!
As for what’s next, I have a two-book series coming up in 2016. It’s a little different from the UTNS series, but I’m really excited about it. And I just started working on a third series that I’m really hugely excited about.
Thanks again for your question – and I’m so glad you enjoyed the UTNS series!

*Yun-a: And you’ve probably been asked this question loads of times, but which character is your favorite/most like you?

*Veronica: This is such a tough one to answer, because there are so many of them I love. Obviously, Roar, Perry and Aria. But I was surprised by how much I enjoyed writing Soren and Brooke. I also have a soft-spot for Reef and Twig and Willow. And Cinder… see? I can never answer this question without ending up sounding like I’m listing ALL my characters 🙂

*NYZE: Hi Veronica! I love the trilogy! Would there be an extension series or the like? 🙂 That would be awesome! ♥

*Veronica: Hi, Nyze! Thank you! I’m so glad you liked the series. No plans for an extension series now, but perhaps some day!

*NYZE: Oh! I’ll still look forward to that since I miss all the characters ♥  Anyway, have you started writing Riders? 🙂 I’m excited about that too though it still a long wait from now.

*Veronica: I know! It feels like RIDERS is sooo far away! It’s written. It just needs to be edited and revised, which will take a few months. It’s just that the whole publishing process, from editing, to design, to printing, etc. takes so long. But hopefully the time goes fast!

*Shara: Do you ever base your characters on people you dislike? You don’t need to give names. 🙂

*Veronica: Shara – ha ha ha! No. I haven’t done that. Not EXACTLY. But I’ve borrowed characteristics, for sure! I definitely will write down things people say. Usually what I do is pull out my iPhone and email myself a great piece of dialogue, when I hear it 🙂

And then, there was this..

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Book Recommendation: Under the Never Sky Series

I’ve decided to feature this series on my Book Recommendation for this week since I’m thinking of rereading it. I also wanted to post something I’ve read for a change. This has been my favorite before The Lux series came out and still one of my favorites.

Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she’s never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim.

Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He’s searching for someone too. He’s also wild – a savage – but might be her best hope at staying alive.

If they can survive, they are each other’s best hope for finding answers.


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Sprinkled with Love

I’m not really into love novels because I’m more of a fantasy/adventure reader. I love those books the like of the Percy Jackson or Harry Potter series, like I said this for the nth time. There are love angles on the PJ and HP series, but it’s so minimal that you will enjoy the adventure more. It’s more of a kick or a twist to make the story more fascinating. Lately, I’m struggling to find a good read, I created an account on Goodreads so I won’t be outdated for bestseller books. I was browsing books when I stumbled upon these books that have amazing covers. For me, a good cover add up to a book’s value contrary to the saying “Don’t judge the book by its cover.” A writer could not expect that his book will sell if he wrapped it on an old newspaper clip. Could he? Anyway, I read two sets of series this past week. Both of them were adventure/fantasy kinds of stuff, but they’re sprinkled with a great deal of love. Two totally different worlds and stories, but both thrilling and adventure packed I may say.

Anna Banks‘ book covers are so striking and beyond beautiful. That’s the first thing that I have noticed when I stumbled upon her books. I read the plot and it immediately hit me that this is one of those books that’s obviously yelling for “And they lived happily ever after..” and I love it right away, blame it to Disney. Plus the fact that I’m fascinated with mermaids and under the sea adventure since Disney made The Little Mermaid movie and it’s sequel.

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