Interview with Teresa Orts, author of The Year of the Great Seventh

Publisher: Drayton Press

Publish Date: July 6, 2013

Order Links:  Amazon

Synopsis: Sophie has always felt out of step—an outsider, even amongst friends in her high school with all the hype about celebrity culture. Her life in L.A. seems to have been already written for her, but when her junior year starts, it all takes a drastic turn. When she crosses paths with the school's heartthrob, Nate Werner, they fall for each other in a way neither can understand. What they don’t know is that by giving in to their desires, they are unlocking an ancient Egyptian prophecy that threatens to return Earth to the dark ages.

To undo the curse, Nate and Sophie embark on an adventure that takes them across the country. But their quest is not only to save the world as they know it. It is also a fight for their very survival. Behind the scenes, there are those that are counting on them to fail.

Interview: Q. Please tell us about your current release.

‘The Year of the Great Seventh’ is about two teenagers in L.A. who are connected to an Egyptian prophecy that predicts the end of the world. The novel is set in L.A. and New York.

Q. How did writing this book affect you?

It is the first novel I’ve ever written, so it definitely opened up a new world to me. I didn’t know that writing fiction could be such a kick. I really encourage anyone who likes reading to have a go. Writing is even more fun.

Q. Can you tell us about the journey that led you to writing?

It was almost by mistake. One night, I didn’t have a lot to do, and after surfing the Web for hours, I opened a Word document and started typing. That night I wrote a short story that I couldn’t stop thinking about. After a few months, I decided to continue it, and soon after, it became a novel.

Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

It is definitely the characters’ evolution through the novel. The plot is easy because it is something factual. How the characters feel about each other, and how it changes throughout the novel, it is harder to portray.

Q. Do you have a musical playlist you listen to while writing? If so, what kind of music?

When I got stuck, I listened to these songs for inspiration:
 “A Drop in the Ocean” Ron Pope
“Set Fire to the Rain” Adele
“Rolling in the Deep” Adele
“Devil Came to me” Dover
“The One” The Kin
“Somebody Told Me” The Killers
“I Wanna” The All-American Rejects
“Mona Lisa (When the World Comes Down)” The All-American Rejects
“The Wind Blows” The All-American Rejects
“Sex on Fire” Kings of Leon
"My Delirium" Ladyhawke

Q. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Sometimes I can’t write if I’m not at a public library. I have this fetish with public libraries.  I find them really inspiring, almost magical. There is something romantic about being surrounded by strangers and old books.

Q. Do you plan any subsequent books?

Yes, I’m actually already writing the sequel. I’m planning to publish it next summer.

Q. What are you currently reading?

‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ by Cassandra Clare.

Q. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I don’t have a favorite author, as it changes quite often. I normally rate books by how long I think about them after I read them. ‘Me Before You’ by Jojo Moyes has been haunting me for a while. I guess she is my favorite author at the moment.

Q. Please tell us your latest news (book-related or not!).

I’m going to be visiting New York soon. I lived there for quite a few years and I haven’t been back for a while. It is always nice catching up with old friends.

Q. Please tell us a fun-fact about yourself!

A few years back, I went to work for a whole day wearing two absolutely different shoes (one was brown and the other one black with totally different heel sizes). The funny part is that I only realized it when I got home at night. No wonder my hip hurt!!

Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

If you like teen drama, Hollywood celebrities, and Ancient Egypt, this is the book for you. I think it is certainly a page-turner.

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