Author Spotlight: Sioux Trett

Sioux Trett was born and raised in San Luis Obispo, California (the setting of Drawn In). She graduated from college in Oregon, and now makes her home in the beautiful Ozarks. When she’s not writing or reading, she can be found traveling, playing with the cutest puppy on the planet, or obsessing over things like Doctor Who, manicures, and Starbucks.

SiouxSelfieWelcome to the blog, Sioux! Tell us all sorts of stuff about yourself and your book!

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What is your book about?

Drawn In is about sixteen-year-old Serenity Winters (you can call her Rennie—everybody does). She goes to spend the summer with her best friend who has recently moved to California and discovers that the bad dreams she hoped to leave behind are only becoming stronger. Not content merely to disrupt her sleep, they’re starting to come to her in visions while she’s awake, and even going so far as to transport her to their alternate world. It’s set in my hometown of San Luis Obispo, and it has some fantasy/time travel elements, some romance, a little mystery, a little humor, and enough geek references to choke a Bantha. Basically, just some good YA fun. I’m currently in the process of writing book two, and turning book one into an audio book!

 

How did you come up with the story?

I had a dream one night that featured a love interest in a cave, sadly turning away, touching his hand to an open book, and vanishing. It was so vivid and so intriguing to me, I knew I had to create a story around it. I had to know the why behind what I had dreamed. The dream became one of the key chapters of the book (and one of my personal favourites!).

 

Which of your characters do you most identify with and why?

Definitely Rennie. She has my sense of humor and my love for all things geek. We also share a love of reading and Shakespeare. I suppose I wrote a lot of myself into her.

 

What is your writing process like?

I like to have the basics down (the what and why and who) but I have found that I don’t enjoy having a full-on outline. I like to have room to play and see how the characters respond without feeling tied down to anything. I’ve found that if I make too rigid of an outline, I feel like I’ve already written all the best parts and the magic is gone. I like to write… not simply connect the dots.

 

What do you snack on while you write?

Gotta have either a big glass of iced tea or a big cup of coffee (depending on the time of day), and maybe some popcorn or apple slices. If I want something sweet then I’ll have sour watermelons or peanut butter M&Ms. Yum!

 

What are some of your favorite books?

Oh wow—where do I begin?? A few all time favourites are Watership Down, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Winnie the Pooh, the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, and Stephen Lawhead’s Song of Albion trilogy. Newer favourites include the Divergent trilogy, the Ruby Red trilogy, the first two and a half books of the Hunger Games, the Legend trilogy, the Grisha trilogy, and everything by Kasie West. (Seriously, all of them.)

 

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Traveling anywhere and everywhere is my favourite thing to do when I can. Usually that means Disney, but everything from road trips to Caribbean cruises are also on the list. Most recently we went to Tokyo which was absolutely incredible and really needs to be the focus of my next story. Other than that, I enjoy reading, movies, painting, and playing with my puppy (a Westie named Kaylee).

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I’ve already had the pleasure of reading Drawn In, and you can read my review HERE.

And visit Sioux’s blog HERE.

The book is Drawn In: Book One of the Paper Dreams Chronicles

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Book Summary

Serenity Winters is taking the summer off. After her last year included crushing on the wrong guy (again), having her best friend move all the way across the country, and an unexpected loss she’s still not prepared to deal with, she deserves it. And a visit to see Maia in California seems the perfect getaway. Beaches, bonfires and boys? Yes please!

But Rennie’s dreams aren’t so easy to elude. Sketching what she can remember of them helps some, but her drawings are taking on a life of their own and the dreams they represent are starting to come true.

Enter Alex, who may or may not be perfect. (No, who is she kidding? He’s perfect. Great hair, plus he can quote Hamlet and Yoda? Come on!) But Alex has secrets of his own, namely a hidden ability to transport himself through time using a book as a portal. Could it be that both Rennie and Alex are being drawn in to the same mystery? They better find out quickly, because her dreams are getting louder. And they know her by name.

 

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