#Swarm | September 26th, 2016
Scott Westerfeld shared the inspiration for the Zeroes series, what it's like to write a series with two other people, and a little about his upcoming projects.
Scott started out the evening introducing his co-authors, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti. and the process they used to write Swarm and it's predecessor, Zeroes. "We are coming at it from different angles. The reason why we wanted to work together came from attending Comic Con and hearing about writer's rooms. It sounded like fun so we made our own mini-writer's room where we met at a pub once a week," Scott illustrated, "These character's powers are all about their influence on other people." The team was inspired to create new superpowers and had an artist bring their characters to life.
Scott shared the character sketches from Zeroes, along with how they shaped the story. Characterization changed their writing. pic.twitter.com/NBMjEvDDrH— Christy Jane (@diamondxgirl) September 27, 2016
If you're wondering how the team split the writing, the writers each took two characters and matched the chapters with the narrating characters. The team outlined the book and then wrote the chapters separately, sending chapters back and forth to each other. "We basically put the book back together," Scott recounted. One of the benefits to writing a large cast with co-authoring is that each character got a full back story and the authors know their characters very well. Good luck trying to figure out who is writing whom because the team has zipped lips!
Best way to keep settings straight? Lego models. pic.twitter.com/5eo6qgsF4f— Christy Jane (@diamondxgirl) September 27, 2016
For upcoming projects, Scott shared two very different novels coming out next year. Spill Zone, set outside of New York, is the story of a city whose population succumbed to an unknown accident, including the parents of main character, Addison. Sounds positively creep-tastic thanks to a creepy doll and the unknown origin of the spill. Scott is also writing Horizon, the first in a middle grade series where Scott is writing the first in the series but not the following six books.
We love when YA authors write graphic novels so we CANT WAIT FOR #SpillZone! pic.twitter.com/P0IEATNduO— Christy Jane (@diamondxgirl) September 27, 2016
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