Hi Horizon fans,
Remember when I asked you all to submit your questions on Horizon, and said that superstar author SCOTT WESTERFELD was going to answer them? Well, the wait is finally over:
THE ANSWERS ARE HERE!!!!!
You guys asked some AWESOME questions, so well done to you...am I right to think that we've got some aspiring writers in this forum?! You guys are THE coolest!!!
Anyway, without ANY more delay, I'll go ahead and share the super awesome answers to your fantastic questions!!!
Here are the answers to our Q&A with SCOTT WESTERFELD!!
Q: Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
A: Finish everything. It’s very tempting to give up on a story when you can’t figure out what happens next and move on to the next shiny idea. The problem with that habit is that you’ll get lots of practice at writing beginnings, some practice at writing middles, and none at writing endings! And endings are the hardest part.
Q: Why did [redacted] have to die? Is Molly going to survive?
A: Horizon is a survival story, which means that death has to be a real possibility. And that means characters dying! But I promise not to kill *your* favorite character, so keep reading without fear!
Q: When is the second book coming out?
A: September this year! It's called DEADZONE and is by Jennifer A. Nielsen, who you may know from books like The False Prince and Mark of the Thief.
Q: Which is your favorite character?
A: Yoshi and Molly. I can’t pick one. I love Molly’s smarts and teamwork skills. And I love Yoshi’s conflicted introspection and swordplay. It's kind of cool how different they are from each other. Molly is always trying to help (and be helped by) others, and Yoshi makes a fortress of himself.
Q: How many books will there be in the series?
A: Seven books, in seven different environments. The game will update for each one!
Q: How did you get your inspiration for Horizon?
A: I really like the book Hatchet, but I wanted a version with more characters, more geeky science, and more weird creatures. Because weirdness and geeks make everything better.
Q: Who is behind the kidnapping?
A: No spoilers! But trust me, it's not just a dream or an experiment or something fake like that. The stakes are real!
Q: In the podcast a desert was mentioned as the next stage of the game. In the game an audio recording describes a desert with bright red sand. Are these one and the same?
A: Well spotted! (But it's not like any desert you've ever seen before.)
Q: If you were a part of this group who survived the plane crash, what skills would you contribute to the team’s survival?
A: Witty repartee. Because without comedy, what's the point of living?
Q: Yoshi has an awesome katana sword! What inspired you to weave that into the story?
A: Yoshi has rejected his father, but the sword represents the fact that he's still connected to his Japanese heritage. Also, that Japanese law about not taking swords over 150 years old out of the country is really cool, and I wanted to write something about it. His sword is based on a real one in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, by the way. And the scabbard really is made of silk and shark skin.
Here's a picture:
AND THAT'S IT!!!!
How cool was it to hear Scott's answers? Not only am I on the edge of my seat and ready for book 2, hearing from Scott makes me want to read book 1 all over again!
Which one of his answers was YOUR favorite???
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