Interview with DP Scott

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. I was the second daughter of a well-known TV and radio talk show host. I had an amazing and privileged childhood filled with unusual relatives, celebrities and dramatic characters that my father would bring home. Most of my children's stories come from childhood memories.
When did you first start writing?
I was an extremely dramatic child and started telling stories (my parents called them lies) when I was about four years of age. The first story I wrote was in grade three. It was a traumatic experience for me and I'll never forget it. At Catholic school we had been asked to read over the summer holidays. Of course I never did and so when we were told to do a book report on one of the stories we read, I had to make mine up. I called my book "The White Horse" and since I was at Catholic school, the author I created was Mary Swan. When I read my book report to the class, it was such a success that every kid wanted to read it. Sister Marie made me write the title and author on the chalkboard. Needless to say, I prayed every night that week that the kids wouldn't go to the library to try to find it.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I have just finished two more children's books. One is a Christmas tale based on a story that my father used to tell us when we were young, and the other is a magical tale set in Ireland.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is absolutely amazing and I have to take my hat off to Mark for coming up with this unique concept. If it wasn't for Smashwords, my books wouldn't be out there.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love reading and getting lost in my imagination. Because of this, I really enjoy writing magical and creative children's stories, especially ones that increase vocabulary and stimulate active imaginations in a positive way.
What do your fans mean to you?
Honestly, positive feedback gives me the strength to plug on and keep writing. Every time I get a phone call or an email from someone who enjoyed one of my books, I'm on cloud nine!
What are you working on next?
I'm working on two projects. I am writing the sequel to "Saturna the Forgotten Princess" and the sequel to "Dance with the Harem".
Who are your favorite authors?
My very favorite authors are John Steinbeck, Ayn Rand, and Margaret George.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I just enjoy being alive!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I workout, walk the dog, swim in the summer and cross-country ski in the winter. I also like to travel and have been blessed to have been to over thirty-five countries.
Published 2013-09-10.
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Books by This Author

A Wee Bit of Magic
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,730. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
Robbie’s in trouble! When his mum disappears he’s sent to Ireland to live with his maternal grandmother--someone he’s never met. Nanna seems nice enough, but she is always warning him about fairies, leprechauns, banshees, pookas and grogoch, insisting these spirits live in the forest near her cottage. Robbie doesn't believe her, but changes his mind when he meets some of the other locals.
Saturna and the Secrets of the Kingdom
Series: Saturna, Book Two. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 53,590. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
"Saturna and the Secrets of the Kingdom" is the second book which follows "Saturna and the Battle for Zard". Saturna has won the war, but the battle continues. With conflict on the planet Veectors, security issues on Jattee, and a major political situation on Mevot, Saturna must deal with each challenge to maintain control of the Zardian Empire.
Saturna and the Battle for Zard
Series: Saturna, Book One. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,510. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
The peace following an interplanetary war is threatened when the King of the Zardian Empire dies, leaving his young untested daughter behind as his sole heir. The battle begins when several planets see this as an opportunity to take over the Solar System. Young Queen Saturna must call upon her courage and wisdom to reunite her kingdom.
The Christmas Elf
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,080. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays & Celebrations / Christmas & Advent
Elmer has just finished elf school but he can't get the hang of snapping his fingers to totally disappear. He is about to leave the North Pole for New York City on his very first assignment, and is worried that the children will see him at the window. Tag along with Elmer and his friends on an exciting adventure and discover the true meaning of Christmas spirit.
Dance with the Harem
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 105,460. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Licking her wounds from a devastating breakup, Davon Marshall impetuously leaves Boston for the other side of the globe having accepted a position as physician to Prince Abdul's harem. Davon thinks this impulsive escape will help her heal, but she is in for a surprise when she finds herself caught up in a web of palace romance, deception, intrigue and murder.
The Wedding Guidebook: How to save thousands of dollars and still have the wedding of your dreams!
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,000. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Weddings » Wedding planning and checklists
The Wedding Guidebook explains everything you need to know to plan a wedding ceremony and reception, with major cost saving tips and practical suggestions on invitations, wedding attire, venues, flowers, photographers, entertainment, and more. For the true do-it-yourself person, elegant and easy recipes are also provided, including the recipe for an amazing wedding cake!
There's a Monster in the Wall!
Price: Free! Words: 2,810. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Entertainment
Jacob is afraid to go to sleep at night because he knows there's a monster in the wall beside his bed. The problem is no one believes him. Imagine Jacob's surprise when he finds out the monster is real, and that it has been assigned to watch over him!