Interview + Giveaway with Inara Scott – Author of The Marked

As crazy as it sounds, I have yet to read Inara Scott’s YA series. The Talents and The Marked both sound equally awesome. Until I churn out a review for you though, I’ve got an interview with the author, herself! Read on! And be sure to read till the bottom – there’s a giveaway!

IceyBooks: Given the chance, would you change anything about your main character?

Inara Scott: No, I wouldn’t. Danica is really fully-fleshed out to me, and I can’t imagine her being anything different. She isn’t perfect-some probably think she’s naive-but I see her as someone with a really strong inner core. She’s a lot more innocent than some 9th graders, but in some ways she’s also incredibly aware of her power, and the fact that nothing in life is purely good or bad.

IceyBooks: If you could go back in time and meet anyone and say anything, who would it be and what would you say?

Inara Scott: There are tons of important religious leaders and political figures I’d like to have a conversation with, but the person who really comes to mind is my grandfather. I adored him, and lost him when I was in college. Now that I’m older, and think a lot about philosophy, I’d love to hear his opinion about things.

IceyBooks: Tell us how you landed your agent?

Inara Scott: Hard work and determination!! I wrote two books before I started the Delcroix series, and queried lots of agents for both books. All rejections. Then I wrote The Talents, and was rejected a lot for that, too. But one agent said YES, and that was all it took. I refused to give up. That’s the only way to be successful, if you ask me.

IceyBooks: Do you have any advice for aspiring young writers?

Inara Scott: See above! :) Have faith in yourself, and confidence in your writing, and keep trying. That doesn’t mean you think you’re perfect-learn from the rejections and constantly seek to improve your craft. Writing is a journey and publication is NOT the end. Make writing a part of your life, and the rejections won’t feel quite so painful. It’s all a part of the ride.

THE MARKED on Goodreadsย | Find Inara on Twitter | Website | Goodreads

Excited for THE MARKED? Still haven’t read THE TALENTS?
Enter below for your chance to win pretty finished copies of both THE TALENTS and THE MARKED by the oh-so-sweet Inara Scott!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.



  1. Reply


    April 20, 2012

    I loved The Talent and I still haven't read The Marked, but it's on my TBR list and I'm eager to pick it up as soon as I have time!!!

    It's always interesting to hear how authors finally got their babies published and I'm glad Inara didn't give up :)

  2. Reply


    April 20, 2012

    I read The Delcroix Academy and can't wait for The Marked. I feel like its been so long between the two though. I might just have to go back and do a re read!

  3. Reply


    April 22, 2012

    i haven't read any of the books yet, however delcriox academy had me really interested and have been in my to read list for a few months now. i would really love it if i won them, so i can finally read them. i have also heard good comments of Inara, so i would love to read her other series the marked!!
    thanks for this amazing giveaway!!
    you are the best
    email: passantelashram[at]yahoo[dot]com

  4. Reply

    Denise Z

    April 22, 2012

    Thank you so much for taking the time to share with us today. I would love to read these books and am really looking forward to the fun:)