Author Interview: Scott Cramer

for_twitterThis week, Night of the Purple Moon author Scott Cramer joins me for an interview!

Scott Cramer and his wife reside outside Boston in an empty nest/zoo/suburban farm/art studio with too many surfboards in the garage. You can find him on Facebook, at his blog, and on Twitter: @cramer_scott.


1.     This idea is terrifying. What inspired you to write it?

I’ve written two other YA novels. Both are sitting in my drawer. I think they have a lot of potential and I will revisit them someday. Both are very quiet character-driven dramas.

In Night of the Purple Moon, I wanted to go big. I wanted to write a high-concept story, a story with an expansive canvas, where the challenges are huge and the stakes high. Early on, though, I discovered that it still had to be a character-driven story.

2. Night of the Purple Moon deals with a lot of heavy life and death issues and difficult choices, and sometimes it’s hard to believe the characters are still kids. Did some of your characters surprise you with their actions/reactions?

With the internet and social media and TV and evolving parent styles, I believe that kids today are much more mature and knowledgeable than they were a decade ago.

Emotional maturity is another topic, but in general they are smarter and more competent than previous generations.

It’s easy to imagine absolute chaos and paralysis happening if all adults suddenly died. But in certain circumstances, with the right mix of kids, I think they would do reasonable well.

Finally, as an author, I always hope that I deliver enough reality so that readers are willing to suspend disbelief in some areas, and go along the ride.

3. Sailing is an integral part of life on Castine Island. Are you an experienced sailor, or did you have to research that?

 I know how to sail and I have raced small sail boats. I also love to read sailing adventures. The greatest sailing/adventure story of all time is Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing.

In NOPM, sailing offered a bountiful topic to further explore the theme of man vs. nature and the emotional and spiritual growth that crossing bodies of water symbolizes, and heart-pounding moments of survival.

4. What was the strangest/most surprising information you found during your research?

  had been looking for something that separated pre-pubescent kids from the rest of the population. Having the space germs attack testosterone and estrogen, which the body produces in increasing levels at puberty, I thought worked pretty well. Then I discovered, at least in the case of testosterone, that the body produces much less in older males. That would permit older males to survive a bit longer than younger men. Early in the book, Abby and Kevin get to meet their neighbor, an old man, just before he dies.

5. Can you give us any insight into what’s next for Abby, Jordan, and Toucan?

 Book 2 is called Colony East. When the demand for resources and supplies far outweighs the supply, then some hard decision must be made. Who gets what? Who decides? Is it better to care for a few well, or try to care for many and risk spreading supplies too thin? I am hoping to have the book ready in June 2013, but I also want to make sure I am happy with it before I publish.

Sounds fantastic! Thanks again for the interview, Scott!

Scott Cramer and his wife reside outside Boston in an empty nest/zoo/suburban farm/art studio with too many surfboards in the garage. You can find him on Facebook, at his blog, and on Twitter: @cramer_scott.

And don’t forget to check out Night of the Purple Moon at:


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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cheryl B. Dale
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 15:17:06

    Nice interview!


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