What prompted you to write that first book? Did you always want to be an
I’ve always wanted to be an author. I think I was six when I wrote my first ‘book’, lol, maybe younger. My mother always said that I began writing as soon as I could hold a pencil and I believe she was right. And, of course, the yearning just got worse as I got older. I wrote my own fan-fiction for some of my favorite TV shows, and I wrote fantasy romance before there was any such thing.
How do you decide which story to write?
Most of my stories (both short and book length fiction) begin with an image. It might be a scene or an image of the hero or heroine. Or it might be an image of something significant to the story. Heartstone began with an image of Eric, a tall, dark haired, clean shaven fellow with dazzling silver gray eyes. I knew right then he was a shapeshifter and I knew this wasn’t because of a curse or magic. Altered Destiny was based on a scene of Devyn MacGregor battling a dragon with a force sword. I had to work a little harder to get the story that went with that scene, lol.
Can you tell us a little bit about your latest release?
Stranded on an alternate Earth, architect and Jill-of-all-trades, Liane Gautier-MacGregor must find her way back to her homeworld before she’s enslaved…or falls in love with a man who is the exact duplicate of her ex-husband.
Devyn MacGregor’s alter ego as the Reiver Lord is the only way he can fight the Qui’arel and their nefarious Bride Bounty, a tax paid with human females…until he meets the oddly familiar woman who claims he is her husband. And who sets in motion the rebellion that will either free his countrymen or destroy them.
Altered Destiny, available as an ebook at Barnes & Noble and at Amazon, is a cross-genre book with elements of science fiction, fantasy and time travel (of a sort) combined with romance. Mostly romance. In it, we see two Devyn MacGregors. One from this world who is selfish and arrogant and one from a world close to ours who is heroic and self sacrificing.
You’ve created such wonderful worlds in both Heartstone and Altered Destiny, can we expect a sequel to either one soon?
I would love to do sequel’s for both Heartstone and Altered Destiny. But new characters are always clamoring for my attention. They want their stories told and they want it NOW, lol.
Altered Destiny is available as an ebook on both Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
Have you done anything different promoting an ebook versus your print book, Heartstone?
Altered Destiny just became available and I’m still experimenting with promo for it and for Heartstone too. Heartstone is available in print but it’s also available as an ebook for those with ereaders. One thing I do like to do is find some one unique thing in the story to talk about. In Heartstone, Keriam, the heroine, makes dakka soup for an injured Eric. So I created the recipe and offered it to the readers where I was doing a guest blog. And my alien kitten, Wookie, loves helping me with contests by choosing just the right person to win the giveaway.
Eric d’Ebrur is out of time. He must find the legendary Heartstone and fulfill the ancient Gar’Ja bond he shares with the Stonebearer. But when he finds her, he discovers that love can be more dangerous than the Gawan threat. Eric can defeat the mind-controlling Gawan but will it cost him the woman he loves?
After terrifying episodes of hypersensitivity, Keriam Norton thinks she’s losing her mind. When handsome shapeshifter Eric d’Ebrur saves her from the monstrous Gawan, she’s sure of it. But insane or not, she’ll find the Heartstone and, if she’s lucky, a love to last a lifetime.
Do you plot your stories out or do you just start writing?
I have a somewhat convoluted method, lol. I start with an image and either go forward or backward to arrive at the beginning of the story. This usually gies me an idea of what the story problem is and that tells me what the end needs to be. The journey from the beginning to the end, though, is shrouded in mist. Think of it as walking into a thick, swirling fog. You can’t see very far in front of you so events and characters sort of appear out of the mist a little at a time. I love fog and the mystery it releases bit by bit
What was the funniest thing you learned about your hero/heroine from writing
In Altered Destiny, Liane the heroine is afraid of snakes, spiders and sharks then wonders if she’s really afraid of things that start with an S. I had to convince her that she was also afraid of earwigs even though they don’t start with an S.
Which of your characters is most like you and which is least like you?
Oh, that’s a tough one. I think all the characters I write have elements of myself in them in one way or another. Particularly the heroines, both Keriam of Heartstone and Liane of Altered Destiny have traits similar to ones I’d like to claim. I say like because I don’t think I’m as brave as either of them even though they also don’t consider themselves brave. As for which is least like me? The villain in Altered Destiny has a measure of cruelty and selfishness that I certainly hope is nothing like me, lol.
Can you describe your office or where you normally write?
My office is either a controlled disaster or the set for Warehouse 13, lol. I have a gazillion books stacked in various spots, books for research, review and for pleasure reading. Plus I have some of my collectibles, dragons, dinosaurs, unicorns, pegasi, Star Wars figurines, Star Trek figurines, an array of candles for refreshing my mind (I love the scents – hazelnut, chocolate, mint, jasmine). Oh, and I seem to be the Keeper of the Dead Printers. Got two dead ones lurking in here right now. Then there’s my attempt at being a ‘lady’. Notice the word ‘attempt’. The walls are a lovely lavendar and I have a beautiful Tiffany style lamp. I’m not sure who I’m trying to fool with that ‘lady’ attempt, lol. My office is also Wookie’s room. She has her food dish, bed and toys in here because, well, she has to keep an eye on me and that’s her job. She elected herself as my muse and does it fairly well.
Which came first the plot or the characters?
The characters, most definitely. Without the right character, I simply can’t write the story. I’ve tried. It just doesn’t work for me. The character has to have the right look, the right character traits, the right background. Not all at once, mind you, though that doesn’t hurt. But he or she has to jell in my mind before I can write the story.
Have you ever gotten stuck while writing a scene or chapter? How did you
Remember the candles I mentioned? I’ll burn one of them. Sometimes if I stare into the flames for a few minutes, my mind will relax and I’ll be able to see what needs to be done. If that doesn’t work, I’ll go wash dishes or vacuum. That usually kicks the creative juices in gear because who wants to do housework????
Did you do any research for you book and, if so, did you find any interesting information that you had to include in the story?
I do research for every book. Why? Because I love research, lol. For Heartstone, I researched terra forming and binary stars. For Altered Destiny, I spent hours – no, days – researching Scottish sayings and culture. I put what I felt to be appropriate auld Scots sayings at the front of each chapter as a kind of tease toward what might be in there.
Where can readers find out more about you?
Readers are always welcome to visit my website http://www.lyndakscott.com and to join my newsgroup. It’s a low volume list so won’t flood your email box.
Check out my contact page
for Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, Myspace and especially for my newsgroup. I’ve always got giveaway drawings (either my own or by guest authors on my blog) that readers are eligible to enter. Lots of cool books and other nifty stuff
What’s your current book list and where can we buy them?
Heartstone, Mundania Press http://www.mundania.com/book.php?title=Heartstone
Heartstone is available in print and ebook format at both Mundania Press and at Amazon
I’m offering a giveaway of one ecopy of Altered Destiny to one lucky reader. Here’s how you can be that reader
1) Leave a comment here with
2) the answer to this question: What three things that start with an S is Liane afraid of?
3) Make sure to leave your email address so I can contact you
4) Do this within 2 days of the post going live and I’ll have my alien kitten, Wookie, select the winner.
Thanks for having me visit, Linda!
Thanks for being here, Lynda.
Bio: In her family of Kentucky ‘ridge runners’, oral tales were a tradition that even the children participated in. She spent many nights with her brother, cousins, and friends telling tall tales to spark their imaginations. Now, award winning Lynda K. Scott writes science fantasy romance to excite the imaginations of those who love romance and wait breathlessly for the Happy Ever After.