Summary from Goodreads:
Tormented after a daring escape, Cora Sandoval must find a way to stop the Arrazi from murdering innocent people and from violating, using, and killing the Scintilla for their powers. She must also accept one bitter betrayal: Finn Doyle—the Irish boy who has both a piece of Cora’s heart and soul—is Arrazi…
On the verge of extinction and sought by those who would either consume or destroy them, Cora and the remaining Scintilla survivors must solve the mystery of The Light Key. If they fail, the truth will stay buried forever and mankind will pay the ultimate price.
No longer will she hide.
No longer will her loved ones be hunted.
And she will have her vengeance…even if she shatters her heart in the process.
Book One: Scintillate
INTERVIEW WITH TRACY CLARK
Who is your favorite character (that you’ve written)?
Tracy: I adore writing the snarky-girl character and Cora’s cousin, Mari Sandoval, is that for me. I challenged myself with Cora to write a more contained character, one who doesn’t always need to have the quick comeback. Cora is strong but has a quieter strength. Mari gets a lot of the awesome one-liners. She was fun to write. The most honest answer to this question though, is that in DEVIATE I loved writing from Finn’s pov. Because he is the “rock star poet” I got to delve into his sensitive yet tortured mind. He has a lot to be angry and upset about and being in his head was a great experience.
Are any of the characters inspired by someone in real life?
Tracy: Totally! Cora is very much like my friend Monica whose family is from Chile. Her looks and quiet demeanor are patterned after her. And Mari, Cora’s cousin and best friend in the book, is a complete homage to my girl, Lucy. Even my son recognized it when he read the book! A male character, Giovanni, has some characteristics of the other best friend in my Tribe, Mary Claire who is Danish and well-traveled and sure of herself.
If you could jump in to any book and live there, which book would you choose?
Tracy:Is there anyone on the planet who wouldn’t want to go to school at Hogwarts? Nuff said.
What was last book you bought OR what book are you looking forward to reading?
Tracy: The last book I bought was COMPULSION by Martina Boone. She’s a friend and a colleague in our blog group YA Series Insiders. I can’t wait to read it! I’m also looking forward to reading WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart. I’ve had the book for a while and am so late in reading it!
If you could be any kind of creature (other than human), which would you pick and why?
Tracy: It’s a tie between a bird for the pure joy of flying free and a well-loved and spoiled puppy.
If you could no longer write/read, what hobby/profession/habit would you choose to fill the void?
Tracy: I’m fascinated by wine. The process of making it, blending it, the differences in regions all over the world. I even took a DVD class recently to learn more. If I woke up in NightmareLand where I couldn’t write or read, I’d be a Master of Wine. ß actual designation.
Of all the little things and simple pleasures in life, which one do you enjoy most of all?
Tracy: Because writing is my passion, I’m guilty of doing it even when it would be better for me to unplug and recharge. I’m really driven! But lately, I’ve been getting the repeated message that in order to live a truly full life, I need to allow for time to not be “productive.” I need to chill and putter more. I LOVE to read magazines! A stack of mags, a glass of wine, sitting out on a lounge chair in the yard. Heaven.
If you could have a casual, 30-minute conversation by the fireplace with any author, living or dead, who would you choose, and what would you ask?
Tracy: Is it cheating to say I’d love to have a conversation with the fascinating couple that is Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer? They intrigue me as artists, as people, as blatantly REAL humans. I think it’d be a kick-ass time, too.
What event or accomplishment would you consider to be the highlight of your career thus far?
Tracy: Completing this series was a huge accomplishment! So many threads, characters, story-lines, themes go into writing a trilogy and it’s a big task to tie everything together in a way that keeps readers turning pages throughout every book. I’m very proud of having done The Light Key Trilogy.
What thought or sentiment would you like to have copied and put into one million fortune cookies?
Tracy: “Feel the fear and do it anyway.”
About the Author
Tracy Clark is a young-adult writer because she believes teens deserve to know how much they matter and that regardless of what they’re going through, they aren’t alone. In other words, she writes books for her teen self.
She grew up a “Valley Girl” in Southern California but now lives in her home state of Nevada, in a small town at the base of the Sierra Foothills. Her two children teach her the art of distraction and are a continuous source of great dialogue. She’s an unapologetic dog person who is currently owned by a cat.
Tracy was the recipient of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Work in Progress Grant. A two-time participant in the prestigious Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program where she was lucky enough to be mentored by bestselling author, Ellen Hopkins, who taught her so much about the art of writing and cured her of her ellipsis addiction.
Her debut novel was inspired by her enchantment with metaphysics as a teen, seeing it as the real magic in life. Tracy is a part-time college student, a private pilot, and an irredeemable dreamer.