Sunday, March 10, 2013

An Interview With Author Angela Scott

Author of Dessert Rice Series and Zombie West Series
Picture I hear voices. Tiny fictional people sit on my shoulders and whisper their stories in my ear. Instead of medicating myself, I decided to pick up a pen, write down everything those voices tell me, and turn it into a book. I’m not crazy. I’m an author. For the most part, I write contemporary Young Adult novels. However, through a writing exercise that spiraled out of control, I found myself writing about zombies terrorizing the Wild Wild West—and loving it. My zombies don’t sparkle, and they definitely don’t cuddle. At least, I wouldn’t suggest it.
What advice would you give to indie authors getting ready to publish? 
The biggest advice I can give is to make sure the product you plan to publish is as perfect as you can get it. Nothing is ever perfect-perfect, but try and get as close to it as you can. Hire a professional editor. That is HUGE. Pay for a good looking cover design. These things are so important and readers are picky and they will ding you in reviews for those kind of things. Don't skimp on those two things. I can't stress that enough.
What were your favorite books/authors as a child? 
I loved Beverly Cleary! I also read all the books in The Box Car Children set. Well, as many of those books as I could get my hands on. On my 8th birthday I received the box set of all the Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House on The Prairie books, read those, and I still have them to this day. Now to convince my daughter to read them. I've held onto them for 32 years.

Who are your top 5 favorite 'best-selling authors, now? 
Jodi Picoult has always been one of my favorites to read. I can read anything of hers and be happy. I also enjoyed Suzanne Collins and the Hunger Games. Most everything else I read, lately, have been by other indies who wouldn't be considered best sellers, but who's books I've enjoyed and wanted to support. I read a lot of indie lately. 
Are there any indie authors/books that you would suggest? 
I'm going to give a shout out to some of my dear friends, who's books are amazing but very few people know about. The first is Robb Grindstaff, author of Hannah's Voice. I loved this book and it is written extremely well. One of my all time favorites. My next shout out goes to Stevie Mikayne, author of Jellicle Girl. This too is an amazing book and the characters are fantastic. I would also suggest trying John Abramowitz and Shannon Mayer for some wonderful zombie tales :)  

What is one piece of advice you would give to new and aspiring writers? 
 I know this question is redundant, but I really liked Angela's response to another interviewer. 
You're always going to suck as a writer. Frank and downright mean, right? But it's true. And once you believe you don't suck anymore, then you need to step away from writing and no longer do it. Because no matter how much you learn, how much you grow, how great you might think your writing is, there is always, always, room to improve. Keep learning, keep writing, keep creating, but never ever think you're done learning. Be humble and continue to improve and improve and improve… 

Just for a little fun, Angela played; This or That?
 #1 - iPd or Mp3? iPD

#2 – Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate

#3 – Mashed Potatoes or French Fries? Mashed potatoes with fries on top.

#4 – Comedy or Drama? Comedy

#5 – Danielle Steel or Nicholas Sparks? Danielle Steel

#6 – Fantasy or Reality? Reality

#7 – Call or Text? Call

#8 – Public School or Home School? Public School

#9 – Coffee or Hot Chocolate? Hot chocolate

#10 – eBook or Paperback? eBook 

Where can readers find you?

Oh, I love to be stalked. I can be found at these various places:

Twitter: @whimsywriting


Killin' walkers and havin' a smoke. Male bonding in a zombie apocalypse.

Many thanks to Angela Scott for taking the time to do this interview with me and sharing previous interview answers. Check out her blog for lots of great info!

I have one final question for Angela and you! If you could be any character in any story, who would you be? 

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