Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Veronica Rossi Author Interview

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Veronica Rossi is a best selling author of fiction for young adults. Her debut novel, UNDER THE NEVER SKY, was the first in a post-apocalyptic trilogy. Released in January 2012, it was deemed one of the Best Books of Year by School Library Journal. The series appeared in the NY Times and USA Today best seller lists and was published in over 25 foreign markets.

Her second series for young adults will begin with RIDERS (published February 16, 2016), the story of four modern day teens who become incarnations of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, and the prophetic girl who brings them together.

Veronica completed her undergraduate studies at UCLA and then went on to study fine art at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She is a lifelong reader and artist. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she has lived in Mexico, Venezuela, and all over the United States, to finally settle in Northern California with her husband and two sons.

When not writing, Veronica enjoys reading (it’s worth repeating), painting, and running. She does NOT like anything involving numbers, the addition of them, subtraction of them, you name it. They terrify her. Her obsessions generally lead to fictional works. Currently, she’s exploring New York City during the Revolutionary War.

Don’t tread on me. (If you know what that means, then you are my people!)

What else? This is getting more fun, isn’t it?

She–okay, I–am a huge fan of the SF Giants and the Golden State Warriors. I know, I know. Book types and sporty types shouldn’t be one in the same, but what can I say? I’m breaking the mold. Continuing. I have an irrational love of elephants. They make me cry, but it’s the best kind of cry. On other end of the spectrum, I abhor the shrill squeak styrofoam makes when it’s coming out of a box. Just typing that sentence made me want to scream. Needless to say, Christmas is great, but also really tough on me.

It’s probably time to wrap this up. If you’re here, it’s likely because you’ve read one of my books, or because you’re thinking about reading one of my books. Either way, thank you. Writing fulfills me like nothing else and I feel exceedingly fortunate to also call it my profession.


Was there a defining moment during your youth when you realized you wanted to be a writer?
This is a tough question! I don’t think there was a defining moment, because I was always writing and sketching. For me, the two went hand in hand from the very beginning; I can’t recall a time when I wasn’t writing and doodling stories.

Why is storytelling so important for all of us?
Stories bring us together. They show us how we’re all alike. They teach us and entertain us. What’s better than that?

What is the best piece of advice you ever received from another author?
Two things popped into my mind. The first piece of advice, given to me by a writing instructor years ago, was “Every scene has to have a heart.” For some reason, that really resonated with me. When I write I often ask myself what the emotional truth is. It’s a great question to keep in the back of your mind.

The second thing was said to me recently by Kimberley Derting, author of THE BODY FINDER and THE PLEDGE series. She told me to finish a book and move on and don’t look back. I’m getting to the point now where I have written a few books and I don’t want to spend any time wondering what I could have done better or different. I want to keep my sights focused on the next thing—on getting better and having more fun with each project. I don’t Kim has any idea how helpful that piece of advice has been for me.

In your new book, Under the Never Sky, can you tell my Book Nerd community a little about it and why they should read your novel?
UTNS is a post-apocalyptic story about two teenagers from very different societies. Aria comes from a technologically advanced enclosed city, where there’s no pain or illness. Peregrine comes from the outer world, which is the exact opposite. It’s a harsh and violent existence and survival is the only rule.

The story begins when Aria is accused of a crime she didn’t commit, and she’s thrust to the outer world. She doesn’t have the immunities to survive on the outside for long, so it’s the journey she makes in trying to clear her name and return home. Perry has a parallel storyline—the book is told from both of their viewpoints.

There is plenty of action and romance, so readers who enjoy that should pick it up! UTNS is the first in a trilogy about Aria and Perry and their world. The second book, THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT, will be released in January of 2013.

What part of Aria did you enjoy writing the most?
I enjoyed writing her transformation, both emotional and physical. She grew a lot throughout the book. She inspired me.

If you could introduce Perry to any character from another book, who would it be and why?
I have to say, I’d love to introduce Perry and Gale from The Hunger Games. They are both young men who had to grow up too quickly. They’re both loyal. They’re both hunters. I think they’d hit it off.

What are some of your current and future projects that you can share with us?
I’m working on a short story about Roar and Liv (secondary characters from UTNS) right now, which will be available this fall. It’s been so much fun to write in Roar’s point of view! Details on that will be on my website soon.

I’ve also started working on the next project, after the UTNS trilogy. I’m very, very excited about it, but I can’t provide any details yet or my agent will be displeased with me.

When asked, what’s the one question you always answer with a lie?
How tall are you?

(I’m only 5’4” and I always say 5’5”. I don’t know why. Like that extra inch propels me into being considered “tall.” I just wish I were taller, I guess.)

What’s the best advice you can give writers to help them develop their own unique voice and style?
Write. Read. Repeat.

Seriously. There are no shortcuts. Just practice, practice, practice and you’ll get closer every day.

Who is the first person you call when you have a bad day?
My husband. He’s my best friend. My mom would be a close second.

Who was your first boyfriend?
Whoa. This feels sort of private. Ummm…. Tyler Stewart. He was a nice guy. We went to the movies with his parents.

What is the one, single food that you would never give up?
Cheese. Pizza. Pasta. Fish tacos. I’m sorry. I can’t come up with a single answer for this question. I love food too much. And now I’m getting hungry…

Thank you so much for having me!

Since she’d been on the outside, she’d survived an Aether storm, she’d had a knife held to her throat, and she’d seen men murdered. This was worse.

Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland—known as The Death Shop—are slim. If the cannibals don’t get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She’s been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He’s wild—a savage—and her only hope of staying alive.

A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile—everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria’s help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.

In her enthralling debut, Veronica Rossi sends readers on an unforgettable adventure set in a world brimming with harshness and beauty.


“The interwoven narratives of both male and female protagonists offer broad appeal. Already selling in more than twenty countries and with film rights optioned by Warner Bros. Entertainment, Rossi’s first novel has the potential to be a blockbuster.” (Voice of Youth Advocates VOYA

“Rossi nails the feat of offering dual perspectives. Rossi grounds her worldbuilding in language, creating idioms for the Dwellers and Outsiders that add texture to their respective myths; her characters are brave and complex and her prose smooth and evocative. Inspired, offbeat and mesmerizing.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“An incredibly original plot. You won’t be able to put this book down…we can’t wait for the next installment in the trilogy!”

“An unforgettable dystopian masterpiece.”

“Fans of The Hunger Games will cheer Aria’s gradual, warrior-like transformation over the course of the novel. Perry is an enigmatic figure whose past emerges slowly and whose strength of character is only amplified by his flaws.” Booklist

“Aria is a memorable protagonist as she battles her own shortcomings with the same ferocity as she fights for the lives of those she loves. The world itself-sharply divided into garishly surreal Realms, cozy Pods, and harsh, unforgiving outside-is as creatively and lavishly developed as the characters themselves.” The Horn Book

“Rossi’s novel transcends. There’s a luminescence to her world that denies the grim realities of environmental degradation, domed cities, genetic disease, and roaming bands of cannibals. It comes across as the work of a master craftsman.” School Library Journal (starred review)

“Refreshing. Exhilarating. Rossi unravels the world’s secrets, perils, and wonders with a sure hand.” Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Will capture your imagination and your heart.” Justine

In Under the Never Sky, author Veronica Rossi definitely delivered a worthy dystopian novel with very unique sci-fi elements. Readers are thrown into a world where the Earth is literally falling apart. “Aether” storms are consuming the grounds and leaving it unfit to live for the survivors. To protect their world and their sanity, a portion of the population determined it would build a giant dome to shield them from the destructive storms. To keep their mind occupied, they developed ways to interact with others by using virtual reality technology.

The main protagonist, Aria, has always lived a sheltered life away from the dangers of this crumbling world. When her mother goes missing, she discovers things the hard way. On the other hand, there is Perry who is an “outsider” that learned the basic requirements for survival outside of the dome. When these two meet, it is like two worlds colliding. Veronica provides readers with skillfully detailed descriptions of their relationship. Their steady development felt realistic and helped with the already intriguing story.

There is more to this story that is noteworthy. There are secrets that are just jaw dropping. Veronica’s writing etiquette is laced with style and care. She is an expert of writing the unimaginable and makes readers think twice that they can possibly happen. Her approach with the “Aether” storms is brilliant and provided a highly captivating concept with the civilized vs. savage variance. Under the Never Sky is excellently crafted. Great world-building, awesome character development, and a story that is truly thought-provoking.

You can purchase Under the Never Sky at the following Retailers:

And now, The Giveaways.
Thank you VERONICA ROSSI for making this giveaway possible.
2 Winners will receive a copy of Under the Never Sky & Signed Bookmark by Veronica Rossi.
2 Winners will receive one Signed Bookmark by Veronica Rossi.


  1. Thanks so much for this amazing giveaway :) I've been DYING to read Under The Never Sky!

  2. hi veronica..nice to know you.
    veronica new athour for me..i like your cover..very nice.
    thanks for the hance

  3. Thank you for this awesome giveaway!

  4. This sounds like an amazing read! Added to my TBR List! Thank you for the giveaway!

  5. Thank you for the giveaway the book looks fab!!! If i don't win I will definitely be buying it :)

  6. THANK YOU!!! This book has been on my TBR list for sooooo long but haven't been able to get my hands on it yet :( I soooo hope to win a copy of it!!

  7. Sigh. <3 thank you for this awesome giveaway and post :D I loved this book. <3 *wants to win it* :D

  8. Thank you for the chance to win and making it international :D

  9. Thanks this is really great, best wishes to whoever wins!

  10. Thank you for the awesome donations to the giveaway!

  11. thanks for the awesome giveaway i can't wait to read this book

  12. Thank you as well for the interview and giveaway!

  13. I cant wait to read this book. Great review :)

  14. Thanks so much for the giveaway!!! I cannot wait to read Under the Never Sky!

  15. Thanks for the giveaway! I so wanna read this!

  16. Oh my! Great interview!! I loved the "Write. Read. Repeat" advice!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. Thank you for the international giveaway! :)

  18. Thank you for this giveaway! This book is going on my TBR list!

  19. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

  20. Thanks for the brilliant giveaway!

  21. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

  22. Thank you so much for the giveaway. And thank you Veronica for the donation.

  23. Thank you for this awesome giveaway and donation!

  24. Thanks for this giveaway (:

  25. OMG Signed!... *dies*
    Thank you so much girls!

  26. Thank you for this awesome giveaway!

  27. Great interview! I'm as tall as Veronica! LOL!! Thanks for the giveaway :-)

  28. Thank you for this amazing giveaway!!!! :)

  29. This giveaway is so cool! I loved UtNS, so of course I'd be thrilled to win. Thank you to you both!

  30. What an awesome interview and a great giveaway! I can't wait to read it regardless!

  31. This book rocks socks! I cannot wait for Through The Ever Night! Thanks for the giveaway!

  32. Thansk for a great giveaway, i want to read this book so bad. I hope I winn :) WOot

  33. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!