GETTIN’ LUCKY: An interview with Lindsey Scheibe, author of RIPTIDE

I spent this weekend on a beach, waxing my surf board and psyching myself up for the big surfing competition, all while trying to contain my swiftly changing feelings for my hunky friend Ford…

Oh, wait, that all happened in the fast-paced beach read Riptide by Lindsey Scheibe!  And now everyone will have the chance to pick up this perfect summer title!

riptide cover

Here’s the Goodreads summary to give you a glimpse of the awesomeness:

For Grace Parker, surfing is all about the ride and the moment. Everything else disappears. She can forget that her best friend, Ford Watson, has a crush on her that she can’t reciprocate. She can forget how badly she wants to get a surf scholarship to UC San Diego. She can forget the pressure of her parents’ impossibly high expectations.

When Ford enters Grace into a surf competition—the only way she can impress the UCSD surfing scouts—she has one summer to train and prepare. Will she gain everything she’s ever wanted or lose the only things that ever mattered?

I KNOW RIGHT?  Awesome.  And here to delve further into the awesome is Lindsey herself!

Thanks for joining us, Lindsey!  Where did you get the idea for Riptide?

Riptide is the second book I’ve written. The first was an MG Heist and Caper that I’d love to revisit some day. With Riptide, I knew I was ready to write something totally different and YA felt like a natural way to go. The storyline was what I knew first, but I wasn’t sure how to write a book like that with mass appeal. I had
some questions:

What would make the book enjoyable?
How would I be adding to the literary conversation?
What would be different and add an element of fun?

Then bingo. As someone who had spent my high school years surfing, I knew I wanted to write this book in the context of a surf world and San Diego seemed like the right place to set it.

Grace sounds like a very tough girl! Tell us a little more about what drives her
during this intense summer.

Independence, proving herself, a long-term exit strategy, and driving her future is what drives Grace.

Do you mind talking (in a non-spoilery way of course) about Grace’s relationship with her parents? It adds so much depth and meaning to Grace’s search for freedom on the waves.

So… how to address the subplot that brings depth and meaning to Grace’s search for freedom on the waves in a non-spoilery kind of way? Ack. Let’s see, I think I’d like to address it from the perspective that I think on some level most readers will be able to empathize with Grace if they’ve ever been in a position where they felt like they had to present themselves one way but felt totally different on the inside. Grace is in that position in regards to maintaining her family’s reputation at her own personal detriment, which is for Grace the crux of
her reality.

Did you have to do any research for Riptide? Did you take up surfing?

I actually spent my high school years surfing in Galveston, Texas. So I had a surfing background, even if it wasn’t West Coast surfing.

I did do quite a bit of research on San Diego beaches, maps, and surf competitions in general. I also spent a solid amount of time watching surfing videos on you tube and Netflix, which is a pretty awesome way to spend your time if you have to research something.

The cover is so much fun! What did you think when you saw it?

I fell head over heels for it. I love the color scheme and Grace running with her board. The Flux team really did an amazing job designing the cover and I think it will stand out well on the shelves.

As this community is All for One and OneFour KidLit, we’d like to know what two or three books inspired you as a kid.

Growing up, I loved everything Louisa May Alcott. I read and reread all of her books from an early age. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was also another favorite of mine. And of course, I still have like fifty or sixty copies of the Babysitter’s Club.

Honestly, narrowing it down to two or three books is kind of difficult. Since the age of seven, we realized I read faster than my mom, an English teacher… and I read tons of books from elementary on which is probably what helped me out when I decided I wanted to write books. I had put in a lot of time reading them. 🙂

Thanks, Lindsey!  And best of luck on your debut!

Author Bio:

Lindsey Scheibe lives life on the edge. She’s tried her hand at surfing, bouldering, and most terrifying of all… publishing. Lindsey’s YA novel, RIPTIDE, sold to flux books and debuts in May of 2013. These days, you can find her hanging out with her family, where she’s traded her hiking boots for family dinners and theatrical bedtime stories.





Librarian by day, Bethany Hagen is the author of the forthcoming LANDRY PARK, set to be released from Dial February 4th, 2014. She lives in Kansas City with her husband and two children.

4 thoughts on “GETTIN’ LUCKY: An interview with Lindsey Scheibe, author of RIPTIDE

  1. Surfing TERRIFIES me, so I cannot wait to pick up this book and get inside Grace’s head. It’ll be a totally different viewpoint. This sounds so great 🙂

  2. Lindsey! I love it. I love your cover. I love your blurb. I love it all! I’m telling my editor and cover artist team to check it out ASAP! I can’t wait to read it. I went to SDSU and have way too much love for all of this.

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