Spotlight Week Author Interview: Veronica Rossi

I’ve been a fan of UNDER THE NEVER SKY ever since I first listened to the audiobook version a couple of years ago. So I was quite thrilled when I met author Veronica Rossi at the 2012 Wondercon YA Panel.

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 Veronica Rossi with other YA Authors: Andrea Cremer, Gretchen McNeil, Ransom Riggs, Lissa Price, Ann Aguirre and Kami Garcia at the 2012 Wondercon YA Panel


Author Veronica Rossi is one of the busiest writers out there, so I’m lucky she even had time to do a blog interview with me. :)

Without further delay, I present the talented Veronica Rossi.


Author’s Bio from her website

Veronica Rossi is the author of post-apocalyptic fiction for young adults. Her debut novel, UNDER THE NEVER SKY, is the first in a trilogy. Released in January 2012, it was deemed one of the Best Books of Year by School Library Journal. The second book in the trilogy, THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT, debuted in January on the NY Times and USA Today Best Seller Lists. The final book in the series, INTO THE STILL BLUE, is expected to release January 2014.

Foreign rights to the UNDER THE NEVER SKY trilogy have sold in over twenty-five territories to date and film rights have been optioned by Warner Bros.

She completed undergraduate studies at UCLA and then went on to study fine art at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two sons. When not writing, she enjoys reading, painting, and counting down the minutes until she can get back to making up stories about imaginary people. 

Her work is represented by Josh Adams of Adams Literary.
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The Talented Veronica Rossi

1. You’ve just recently finished writing the third book in the series (hurray!). Which of the three books did you enjoy writing the most? Which one gave you the most trouble?

 I loved writing the final book, INTO THE STILL BLUE. It felt great to deliver on all of the threads I’d been building up! And THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT was the hardest, because I had a few false starts with it, but I’m extremely proud of the end result.

2. The world in UNDER THE NEVER SKY is full of merciless yet fascinating landscapes—wastelands, skies full of electrical storms, and enclosed cities. What inspired these settings, and how did you go about building this world?

The setting for the trilogy was loosely based on a future California, specifically the Central Coast. The Aether was inspired by an image that I’ve always found particularly beautiful – light dancing on water. Building the world happened with a lot of research, followed by improvisation, followed by research, followed by improvisation. You get the picture :)

3. If you could spend one day with any character in your series, who would it be?

 Either Soren or Marron. I find Soren fascinating, and I’m drawn to Marron’s wisdom and sense of calm.

4. Your trilogy has been optioned for film by Warner Brothers (I’m so excited!), which scene from UNDER THE NEVER SKY would you be most interested in seeing live on the big screen?

One of my favorite scenes is the “rooftop” scene, where Aria and Perry first hold hands. It’s a quiet scene, but something shifts in that moment for them. I feel like their friendship begins. I’d love to see that scene!

5. What’s your typical day as a writer like? Do you have any writing-related rituals or quirks?

Most days, I get my kids off to school, then I answer emails for a little while, then jump into the manuscript. I usually listen to music, and I’m very committed to setting—and trying my best to keep—daily goals.

6.  Are you currently working on any other projects?

I’m working on a series right now, but I’m not at liberty to discuss it yet. I can say that it’s an upper YA fantasy, and that I’m really excited about it.

7. What advice would you like to give to writers on the road to publication?

Find support. Find people who are in the same boat, and people who can mentor you. Writing is so solitary. I found, for me, that it really helped to create a sense of community. Also, and most importantly: don’t give up! Writing takes lots and lots of focused effort. You have to just stay with it, even when it’s difficult!


Come back this Friday for the final part of the Spotlight Week, where I give away a signed copy of UNDER THE NEVER SKY.

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36 Responses to “Spotlight Week Author Interview: Veronica Rossi”

  1. So awesome you met Veronica! I’m a HUGE fan of hers. I love this series and can’t wait to read Into the Still Blue. Loved learning more about her and her writing process.

  2. Find a mentor? I think that’s what I need to do. But where would I look? Is there a specific site that caters for this? Would a mentor be different to a CP?
    Don’t give up – thanks for the reminder!

  3. Great questions, Nutschell. Great answers, Veronica. It was interesting to see that you enjoyed writing the last book the most. Pulling it all together is satisfying.

  4. Optioned for a film – that’s very cool!

  5. Super cool. I loved the first book and am anxiously looking forward to the series conclusion. Loved the interview. Yay!

  6. Cherie Reich says:

    So cool you got to meet Veronica! Loved the interview and can’t wait to hear more about her next series. 😀

  7. Fun interview. I’m going to have to go look for that book in audio. I have these credits, you see…

  8. Karen Lange says:

    It’s wonderful to meet Veronica! Love the advice to find support. Writer friends are the best! :) Thanks, Nutschell, for sharing this interview with us.

  9. PK Hrezo says:

    Wow how great you got to meet one of your writing heroes! I love learning some of her inspiration comes from light dancing on water. And her advice is something I’m understanding more and more as I continue down my path.
    Thanks for sharing this! :)

  10. Nas says:

    I loved reading Veronica’s interview. Thanks Nutschell. Some awesome advice here!

  11. Sounds like Veronica has lots of exciting stuff going on. I like novels that include settings that come to life.

  12. VR Barkowski says:

    Outstanding interview Nutschell and Veronica. I loved the answer to #7. I think that’s why many of us blog. The support and camaraderie are amazing in the blogosphere.

    VR Barkowski

  13. Wonderful interview! That’s an excellent piece of advice too. I don’t think I would be able to everything without the support of this amazing writing community.

  14. Pat Hatt says:

    Great interview and congrats on the movie rights too. And yep way to be write and write some more

  15. Mary Pax says:

    How fun to meet a favorite author! And support is so important.

  16. Great interview and great advice!
    The series sounds really good. :)

  17. joylene says:

    Awesome interview. I never get tired of learning about good writers. Veronica is so pretty too. Her books sound wonderful.

  18. How lucky that you met her and got to interview her! Awesome! I agree with her advice- support is a must! :) Also- it was wonderful to learn the books are being made into movies!

  19. I’ve been wanting to read this series! Nice interview. That’s great that she was able to take the time to stop by.

  20. LG Smith says:

    Love that title, Under the Never Sky. :)

  21. I really hope it does become a film. How awesome would that be????!!
    Great interview!!

  22. Lexa Cain says:

    Wow – Veronica’s author pic is gorgeous! I enjoyed reading the interview. Her success is really inspiring. I wish her tons more of it! :-)

  23. Carina Olsen says:

    Great interview 😀 Thank you both for sharing. <3 I adore Veronica and I'm dying to read Into the Still Blue :)

  24. I like the advice to find support and a sense of community. That and the “keep on” nugget, which is true for pretty much everything in life that’s worthwhile.

    Waving and smiling,

    Rhonda, one small, caffeinated American mom

  25. Julie Luek says:

    Great interview– the trilogy sounds amazing. Sending Veronica all good wishes for a huge success both in print and hopefully on the screen too.

    Nut– great interview– you ask such good questions.

  26. Sherry Ellis says:

    I completely agree that it is important for writers to engage with other writers so they don’t feel so alone. The support is really beneficial! That’s very exciting news that the trilogy is being considered for a movie!

  27. Daily goals are smart. They keep us moving forward.

  28. Wow. What an awesome interview, Nut! The title had me. But how exciting for her that it could be in the theaters. Best wishes Veronica! I cannot wait to read the first one. :-)

  29. mshatch says:

    I so agree about the mentoring part. Excellent interview :)

  30. Great questions in your interview. You have a nice blog here. Thanks for the post and your comment on my blog.

  31. Lydia Kang says:

    I loved Under the Never Sky and I’ve been itching to read the next one. Great interview!

  32. Lydia Kang says:

    I loved Under the Never Sky and I’ve been itching to read the next one. Great interview!

  33. Hilary says:

    Hi Nutschell and Veronica – the series sounds fun – and what imagination to bring it all together in a trilogy – good luck with the movie and your ongoing projects ..

    Nutschell – no wonder you enjoyed your time with Veronica .. and it’s always interesting to read how others are doing …

    Congratulations to you both – cheers for now – Hilary

  34. Emilyann says:

    What a great interview! Congratulations on so many accomplishments, Veronica. Your story is very inspiring for those of us just dipping our toes into the writing and publishing world.

    Great feature again Nutschell :)

  35. WB? Too freakin’ cool. Way to go!

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