Interview with Everly J. Scott

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Atlanta Georgia and have lived all over the country, but I've always returned home! My travels more than anything have influenced my writing. The more you get out there and experience the world, the more inspiration you have to draw from. Write what you know is an old adage for a reason.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first book when I was in high school. It was awful! But it taught me how much I enjoy the writing experience and the creativity involved.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My next book is the first in a series currently called Pura Vida, but that could change before publishing. It's about a young woman who has always lived an adventurous life but a bad accident has left her feeling uncertain about her future. She is determined to get back to who she was and part of that means getting back to her job as a freelance photographer. Her next assignment is a high profile piece on a tourist company based in Costa Rica and they are all about living life and taking chances. She soon finds herself zip lining through the jungle with her sexy tour guide who has no trouble helping her reclaim her adventurous lifestyle.
The story and agenda behind all my novels is to create a strong dynamic leading female who is realistic, flawed but completely capable of standing on her own two feet. My leading male characters are just as important. I always strive to create a relationship of equality between my characters. Just because she is the strong, independent woman does not mean the man isn't equally strong and independent.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I got frustrated with the "real" publishing process. It is so difficult and time consuming to find an agent, and pray they are able to get you a publishing deal. And that is just the beginning. I want to get my books out there now. I don't want to wait eighteen months before my book is finally deemed ready by a group of people who don't care about it as much as I do. Don't get me wrong, I do not write a draft and throw it out there. Everything I write goes through the editing and proofreading process. I do all the work that the "real" publishers would, and I do it to the best of my ability, but I do it faster and I get to do it my way.
The more I know about traditional publishing, the less interested I am in pursuing it. I'll happily be an indie author any day.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I am new to Smashwords, but I have great hopes! So far, it has been a positive experience.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The creativity. It is my favorite thing to do. I can get so lost in my stories, it doesn't feel like work.
Describe your desk
A total mess! I have a huge desk but I always seem to end up huddled in the middle with an itty bitty working space!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy painting and drawing, but I don't often have much time for it. I also love hiking on the weekends and long trips in the car.
What is your writing process?
I will wait until I am really inspired by an idea and then I just sit down and pour it all out into a jumbled mess of thoughts and ideas. Then I come back to it in a few days or weeks and weed through the mess. If I am still excited by the concept I'll spend some time working on a rough draft. I work best if I write from beginning to end just to get the draft on paper. Then I take some time to evaluate see what I like, what I don't like, decide what it needs and go from there.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
iPad but I use the kindle and ibooks apps a lot.
What are you working on next?
I have a very rough draft for a short series about a young woman living in New Orleans. She comes from a difficult background, but is working very hard to make something of herself. By day, she is a housekeeper, by night she is a pre-law student at a local community college, but she wants to go to Tulane University more than anything. She is in desperate need of a scholarship so when she has the opportunity to become the full time house manager for the premiere law professor in the country, she takes it. Her deepest desire is to get the good professor to mentor her in a program that will provide her with a full ride to Tulane. The only problem is she needs his recommendation and the professor has NEVER recommended anyone to the program.
I like this take on the classic student/professor romance story. And as always my girls are strong and independent, eager to make something of themselves and my guys love them for it!
Published 2015-02-12.
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Books by This Author

The Divorcee
Price: Free! Words: 4,650. Language: American English. Published: January 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
When Avery Thomas stumbles into the middle of his best friend's divorce, he finds himself falling for the lovely, soon to be single, Leela. He tries to remain objective and professional when she asks him for legal advice, but Leela sees her divorce as a formality. She is ready to move on and she has her sights set on Avery.