Interview with Cheney Leigh Scott

Published 2016-04-27.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing after high school when my sister bought me my first laptop, so I guess this is all her fault:)
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Skyborne Legacy follows Meri McCloud as she attempts to bargain with Fate and rework destiny as we know it.She's a saucy little minx who's manipulating everyone around her while trying to rule her army, The Untamed, and simultaneously creating love matches. Many people don't like her yet but by the last book we'll see that she's just a big softy.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Well, i wrote a book called Awakening and submitted it to a publisher. After weeks of nail biting they came back with praise and even said how much they liked it. wasn't 'up to guidelines' i.e, not enough sex. That being said, I can't change everything I write just to fit into some box the publishers want to shove me into. I self publish because while its harrowing and demoralizing at times, at least I can publish what I want, how I want, without a million suggestions that I'm not going to consider if it changes the story.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
The Smashwords platform has made this self publishing ordeal bearable. Where before I couldn't really get much exposure due to the genre I write, I get to just upload my work and Smashwords does the hard stuff like sending samples to vendors and keeping me informed. I've sold more books and had more interest in the last two months on Smashwords than the year I had my books on another vendor site.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I get to take the characters and the story and just create an entirely new reality. I love it when people like what I write, like the characters and get into the book as if my alternate reality really exists for them the way it does for me. I can't express enough how great it is to have just one person read my books and give me a good review.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything really. To have someone read the books and tell me they liked it makes the whole process and all angst worth every minute I spend worrying about whether I wrote it write or gave the best of myself. Fans are more than just people who buy books, they're the cheerleaders no team can do without.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Coffee. Seriously, I can't function without my first cup, and then, when my brain starts waking up, I start thinking about the next chapter, line and story.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading. Always reading.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yup, and it wasn't that great to tell the truth. I still have it stashed in my cupboard somewhere because you never abandon your first kid, even if its the weird one.
What is your writing process?
Coffee. Pencil and paper to get something down. And then I just go at it. Not the greatest way to do it but I think faster than I type so it's the only way for me to get some of it down before its lost.
How do you approach cover design?
Nervously. I'm a little terrified of infringing on peoples rights so I shy away from downloading from the net. This cover is the result of a lot of thinking and the decision to go with good versus the usual bare chest and steamy eyes.
What do you read for pleasure?
Jane Austen and whichever new author catches my eye. I like romance, lots of romance and steamy love scenes are not unappreciated.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My phone. I take it everywhere so its convenient what with all the reading apps my sister downloads for me.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
What are those? No seriously, I've just found a free review site and I like to dabble in the Facebook thing when I can figure out what's going on. Goodreads is good too, but half the time I feel like word of mouth and good reviews should do it.
Describe your desk
Cluttered. Pens. Books. Coffee mugs. And the ice-cream bowls!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in South Africa in this little suburb where the guy at the grocery store greets you by name. It's not that it influenced my writing, but I guess being 'normal' gave me a good base to start on?
Who are your favorite authors?
Jane Austen, Joanna Lyndsey...the list is really endless.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Google. Goodreads. Facebook.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Northanger Abbey, The Shining and this Dean Koontz book that I don't remember the title of right now. The others change from day to day as I read more, but those three will always be my favorites.
What are you working on next?
Tamed, the fifth Skyborne book. It's about time Gemma Stone got her own story, I think.
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