The stuff that inspires me, and why I love that sick, twisty, tummy feeling so damn much!
I have a sweet spot. Wait…let me rephrase that a little. My characters have a sweet spot. I write high school and college romance. But to be a little more specific, when an industry pro asked me recently for one succinct way to explain my stories, in a nutshell, I said I’m a modern-day, rated R John Hughes…with athletes.
That…that’s my sweet spot.
I like to write characters between the ages of fourteen to twenty-four. I like to write their pain, their mistakes, and the assholery that comes out of their mouths. And when they deny themselves things, make things messy, break each other just because they can—I love that too!
I often get asked what inspires me—what makes me think of my characters and the stories I write. And while I get a lot of my ideas from people-watching and the things I see in real-life, the feeling—that sweet spot? It’s inspired from the movies, TV shows, songs and all of those pop-culture ghosts that clutter my brain. I’m always chasing that feeling—the one that makes my stomach drop and pause, waiting to fall just a little more. I want to feel that. I want to make readers feel that.
One sweet ride.
When I write a book, I make a mood board. It’s really more of a folder on my desktop now, but the concept is the same. I fill it with things that feel right—that make me feel like the book I want to write. When I wrote the Waiting Series, my mood board was made up of bonfires, Friday Night Lights reruns and the Lumineers album. I could close my eyes and smell fresh-cut football field grass, hear the sounds of the crowd in small-town bleachers and taste the bad beer pulled from the back of pick-up trucks out at a desert party.
Wild Reckless was darker, my folder filled with moody music, cute boys in beanies, Marlboros, growling old pick-up trucks with engine blocks and raised tires, abandoned farm houses, whiskey and rusted basketball rims. But the sights and sounds were just part of that feeling. I love Wild more than anything I’ve written for one reason—the angst!
Where do I go when I want to draw on that deep-down feeling, when I want to make a reader want something—want the boy to just give in and kiss the girl already, to just touch her, just enough, in a way that says something more? I draw on my inspirations.
Does anyone else here love Jordan Catalano? I mean, like, the way he leans on his lockers and looks at Angela (aka Claire Danes) as she walks by, pretending not to look at him, her mind consumed with nothing but him? That’s the feeling I go to! Or what about that moment in My So-Called Life when he takes her hand for the first time in the hallway, and people see? Oh my sweet angst…that!
I think my first tryst with angst came in Pretty In Pink, when Andy has the breakdown in the car, when she doesn’t want Blaine to see where she lives, when she tells her dad her guy backed out on her, and then again when she shows up at prom just to prove they couldn’t break her and their eyes meet.
It’s the reason I love Pride & Prejudice—a proud Lizzy not willing to bend for Darcy, and those almost moments when they dance around the fact that they’re so freaking on fire for one another they can’t stand it, but damn it to hell if they give in easily.
I loved every second of that feeling when I wrote Wild. I loved the push and pull, the little reveals, and the relief when someone gives in…just a little. And I find myself in that feeling again.
I’m working on a follow up to Wild Reckless. This one, Wicked Restless, is about the littlest Harper brother—Andrew. And I’m spending time with him in two of my favorite places—his teen years, at sixteen, and again at twenty-one. Andrew is complex, the product of a lot of circumstances—some of his own doing and others completely out of his control. Like his big brother Owen, Andrew has a lot of darkness buried in him. And like Owen, when he finds a girl—the girl—it’s never easy.
Trust is hard. Forgiveness even harder.
And oh…sweet, sweet angst…
BIO: Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling author of eight young and new adult
romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How
We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, The Girl
I Was Before and Wild Reckless.
A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has
been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.
When she’s not writing, the odds are high that she’s somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ’em, Devils).