Instagram Live Virtual Book Launch 26 March 2020
Hi everyone. On Thursday 26 March, Astrid Scholte was due to have her book launch in Melbourne for THE VANISHING DEEP after returning from her US tour. But with the way of the world at the moment, a virtual Q&A Chat with Astrid and The YA Room on Instagram was held instead. I would have loved to have gone to the launch to get my book signed, but it was great to still be able to hear from Astrid in the comfort of my own home. I have summarised the conversation with some of the questions asked here:
Q If you could bring back someone famous from history who would it be?
Walt Disney. I am a massive Disney fan and I would love to meet him and talk to him about where he got his ideas from
Q What was the planning process for The Vanishing Deep?
I started writing in 2017 after I had sold Four Dead Queens and it was in the editing process. I started out with the idea of having a loved one revived for 24 hours and what would you do with that time. The idea came from a Desperate House Wives episode where the character said they wanted their husband back for just 24 hours. After this I knew I wanted to write about sisters and that I wanted it to be set in a dead world.
Q Did the world building for The Vanishing Deep change during drafts?
I started with a concept, the ’24 hours to live’. Then I brain stormed different worlds and came up with the themes of death. I wanted it to be a dead world. And that the water is dangerous.
Q Did you know how it was going to finish at the start?
The ending changed 3 times during the editing process. I am not a plotter or a planner so there was a different ending of the book that was rewritten 3 times. I still have those other endings on my computer. I may release the alternative endings stay tuned.
Q What is your favourite book or movie about siblings?
My favourite is Frozen. I think one of the reasons it is so popular is because it’s about sisters. I also like Hocus Pocus. I have an older sister. I was born on her second birthday so we share a birthday. We are very close. But we are very different from Tempest and Elysea.
Q What are your next projects?
I have a new WIP Murder Manor – I have just started. Also secret project book that is due to be released next year. It is a fantasy crime mash up.
Q How can we get signed books of The Vanishing Deep in Australia?
Signed books will be available from Readings very soon. There will be updates on Instagram soon on when they are available.
Thank you so much Astrid for answering all our questions last night.