Today’s perfect 10 interview session is with author Renee Scattergood. The questions in these interviews are designed to gain more insight into the inspiration, background and strategy of the authors that stop by.
Please enjoy this edition of A Perfect 10 and look for an exciting announcement regarding all of the participating authors for 2018.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
It really depends on the day. Most of the time it energizes me. I love writing. But I have an autoimmune disease that occasionally causes brain fog. On those days, writing is hard, especially when I push myself to write when my brain doesn’t want to focus.
Do you ever write under a pseudonym? If not have you considered it? Why or why not?
I considered it, but then I changed my mind. I was mostly concerned with maintaining my privacy, but I’m not as worried about that now. Actually, I’m having a great time getting to know my readers and letting them get to know the real me.
Does a big ego help or hurt writers? Why or why not?
I think it hurts writers. But then, I think a big ego hurts everyone. A big part of what helps with an author’s success is building a relationship with your readers. A big ego gets in the way of that.
What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
Well, I’m hoping it’s the money I’m spending on the marketing course I’m taking. LOL
What does writing success look like to you? Have you achieved it?
I’ll consider myself a success when I can support my family on my income as an author. I’d love to be able to tell people I make a living doing what I love. Who wouldn’t?
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book? What sources do you use?
I haven’t had to do much research yet since my stories and the world’s I create come from my imagination. Most of the information I need I’ve been able to ask my husband (where using weapons and fighting are concerned) or just look it up on Wikipedia. It’s pretty basic stuff so it doesn’t require a lot of research.
How do you select the names of your characters? Have you ever regretted choosing a particular name? Why?
I use a name generator on a site called Fantasy Name Generator. It’s got multiple generators for so many different things. Sometimes a name pops into my head, but when it doesn’t, that’s what I use. I’m very particular about naming my characters. I spend a lot of time on it, so I haven’t run into a situation where I’ve regretted the name I’ve given a character.
What is the hardest type of scene to write?
Action scenes are very difficult for me. I’m not sure why. The only way I can write them is by imagining the scene in my head as though I’m watching a movie, then write what I see. Sometimes it can take a while if the images pass too quickly and I have to keep going back to the start of the scene…kind of like restarting a song to write down all the lyrics. It can get a little tedious for me.
If you could have dinner with four people, living or dead, who would they be and what would you want to ask them?
Wow…hmmm… Do they have to be real people?
I’d really love to have dinner with Yoda if he was real. I’d want to ask him all about the Force and his life as a Jedi. We’d probably have to have multiple dinners to cover that though.
Real people I’d love to have dinner with: George Lucas – He created Star Wars! I’d love to ask him about world-building and the ins and outs of creating a story for the screen.
Tim Grahl – I’d love to pick his head on marketing books.
George Carlin – I’d want to just chat about everything with him. The man was comedic genius.
What platform has brought you the most success in marketing your books?
It’s hard to say. I use the funnel system, so I mainly use social media and my website to get people to download my free book. Then if they like that one, they can get the second free by subscribing to my newsletter. Then I use the newsletter to promote my other books. It’s worked well for me so far.
Shadow Stalker Part 1 (Episodes 1 – 6)
The Hidden Truth (Episode 1)
A young shadow stalker is destined to enslave the people of the Serpent Isles, and the Galvadi Empire want this child of prophecy dead. Auren Trasks perfectly normal life is disrupted when the Galvadi invade, and she learns a startling secret about her past. A secret that will change her life forever.
The Delohi-Saqu’s Fate (Episode 2)
Auren is being targeted by the Council of Elders, and the only one who could put an end to their corruption is her father. But leaving the Dark Isle would turn Kado against her.
Shadows’ Betrayal (Episode 3)
After seeing the monster she will become, Auren swears not to leave the Dark Isle. Despite that, the elders are conspiring against her. To escape their scheming, she and Kado decide to explore the Dark Isle. But worse things await them in the forests.
Forbidden Love (Episode 4)
Kado and Auren survive a deadly storm, but when Auren is forbidden from pursuing love with another young shadow stalker, will it be enough to drive a wedge between her and her foster father?
Destiny Reconciled Part 1 (Episode 5)
Auren and Kado accept that they may not be able to avoid her leaving the Dark Isle. Now they have to prepare for that eventuality. Will the training be more than Auren can handle?
Destiny Reconciled Part 2 (Episode 6)
Cathnor has been arrested and is facing a death sentence. The Dark Isle is out of control, and Kado is the only one who can help his people. So he prepares Auren for the possibility that she may have to leave the Dark Isle without him and face her destiny alone, but can she leave him and do what must be done?
Renee Scattergood lives in Australia with her husband, Nathan, and daughter, Taiya. She has always been a fan of fantasy and was inspired to become a story-teller by George Lucas, but didn’t start considering writing down her stories until she reached her late twenties. Now she enjoys writing dark fantasy and paranormal thrillers.
She is currently publishing her monthly Shadow Stalker serial, and she has published a prequel novella to the series called, Demon Hunt. She is also working on a new series of novels, A God’s Deception.
Aside from writing, she loves reading (fantasy, of course), watching movies with her family, and doing crafts and science experiments with her daughter. Visit her site for more information and a free copy of Shadow Stalker Part 1 (Episodes 1 – 6): http://reneescattergood.com
Connect with Renee:
Renee’s Author Spotlight: http://reneesauthorspotlight.blogspot.com.au/ – a blog where I feature indie and small press authors.
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