February 11, 2015

Scripted Blog Tour: 10 Random Things About Maya Rock


Author: Maya Rock
Release Date: February 10, 2015
Publisher: Putnam Books for Young Readers
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Sci-Fi, Dystopia, Thriller

Reality TV has a dark future in this thought-provoking thriller

To the people suffering on the war-torn mainland, Bliss Island seems like an idyllic place. And it is: except for the fact that the island is a set, and the islanders’ lives are a performance. They’re the stars of a hit TV show,Blissful Days—Characters are adored by mainland viewers, yet in constant danger of being cut if their ratings dip too low. And no one really knows what happens to cut Characters.

Nettie Starling knows she’s been given the chance of a lifetime when a producer offers suggestions to help her improve her mediocre ratings—especially when those suggestions involve making a move on the boy she’s been in love with for years. But she'll soon have to decide how far she's willing to go to keep the cameras fixed on her. . . especially when she learns what could happen to her if she doesn't.

***10 Random Things About Maya Rock***

  1. My favorite take-out is the veggie sampler platter from Queen of Sheba, an Ethiopian restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen.
  2. I don’t like peanut butter, it’s not an allergy. I just really really don’t like the taste.
  3. When I was a child, the Grand Central terminal station ceiling was under repair for twelve years, and the only way I knew what was beyond the scaffolding was because my Dad described it to me. I’m  still amazed every time I go there and can look up and see the consolations.
  4. I have a terrible memory for lyrics. It’s so annoying because I love to sing along, but am always getting the crucial word wrong. I heard “Blister in the Sun” today and couldn’t figure out whether to sing “pink hands” or “big hands.” Meanwhile the other person in the coffee shop was whistling the guitar riff.
  5. I can balance well, which has helped with skiing and ice skating. Otherwise I’m athletically disinclined. Someone told me that if you have big feet but aren’t that tall, it helps with balance. I think that’s the situation here.
  6. I had a system for creating the last names in Scripted, but I’m not sure if anyone’s ever going to notice! Everyone’s last name indicates their social class.
  7. I drag everyone to diners.
  8. For about two years I had a very difficult time pronouncing “Nicaragua.”
  9. My karaoke go-to is “Semi-Charmed Kind of Life.” Apparently, the lyrics that are “I want something else to get me through this . . . life” were originally “I want nothing else to get me through this . . . life.”  This fact is editing in a nutshell for me!
  10. I once waited on Kofi Annan. He’s not even famous anymore.
***About the Author***
Maya Rock
I'm a freelance writer and editor living in NYC. Scripted is my first book. 
I went through a reality TV junkie phase and was intrigued by its evolution--from seeming somewhat authentic to totally scripted. I started out with the idea of teens on a show who received individual ratings marks and would be cut if if those marks fell too low. Then I moved to the idea of two girls, one who finds it effortless to keep her ratings up and one for whom its quite difficult. Everything else grew out of that, not necessarily in the most straightforward way.

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