This week, I had the opportunity to interview Night of the Purple Moon author Scott Cramer. Check out his debut YA dystopian novel here!
KL: Tell me about yourself.
SC: I live in the Boston area. My wife teaches fifth grade. We have two daughters. We also have a cat, a dog, four bee hives and five chickens. I used not to enjoy yard work but I am evolving. I like to travel, play racquetball and surf. I like reggae music and The Grateful Dead. I earned a degree in Chemistry, which, basically, I have never put to use except in the kitchen. I have written poems, short stories, screenplays, and magazine articles. Night of the Purple Moon is my debut YA novel.
SC: It’s a story about hope and faith and never giving up in the face of incredible odds.
More on the plot: A teen struggles to survive a deadly virus when a passing comet kills off the world’s adults. Abby Leigh is looking forward to watching the moon turn purple. For months, astronomers have been predicting that Earth will pass through the tail of a comet. They say that people will see colorful sunsets and, best of all, a purple moon. But nobody has predicted the lightning-fast epidemic that sweeps across the planet on the night of the purple moon. The comet brings space dust with it that contains germs that attack human hormones. Older teens and adults die within hours of exposure. On a small island off the coast of Maine, Abby must help her brother and baby sister survive in this new world, but all the while she has a ticking time bomb inside of her — adolescence.
SC: I used to have a saying. I am only a writer when I am writing. I later broadened the definition to include the times that I am thinking constructively about a story, reading (which is perhaps my greatest writing teacher) and letting my mind wander about a story. I’m still pretty good with that description of me as a writer.
SC: Learning to write in third-person. I won’t say this part was easy, but it wasn’t as hard as I thought: writing through the eyes of a thirteen-year-old girl. (I am not a thirteen-year-old girl). Finally, the hardest and most painful part of any creative writing I do is completing a first draft. It feels like busting a rock with sledge hammer.
SC: Too much CNN and Boston Globe online and The Huffington Post. It is high time for a trip to the library. Meanwhile, I keep re-reading What is the What by Dave Eggers.
SC: I am working on ‘Colony East,’ Book 2 of the Toucan Trilogy
KL: Where can we find you?
SC: Most evenings you can find me at the Lowell YMCA, after a winter storm at Jennes Beach in North Hampton, NH, before the TV when the Boston Celtics are playing, and the following online spots: http://www.facebook.com/authorscottcramer ; http://www.nanonoodle.com; and twitter @cramer_scott.