Interview with Ginger Scott

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a lower-middle-class neighborhood west of Phoenix, Arizona. My youth was a mixture of urban and small-town experiences, and nearly every drop has colored my writing in one way or another. The way neighbors know each other, the way families all stay the same--that's the small-town sense of where I lived and where my relatives grew up. The gang violence, racism, intolerance and clash between rich and poor comes right from my environment growing up. I love to share the rich beauty of Arizona in my stories but I will never shy away from the gritty parts either.
When did you first start writing?
Loaded question! When I was very young. I journaled and wrote short stories and poems often, but it was after reading Forever by Judy Blume, and then The Outsiders by SE Hinton that I decided I wanted to write books one day. I took the journalism route in college, because I also wanted a guaranteed paycheck. I loved the idea of telling real stories, too, and I think I'm a better fiction writer for it. I approach my stories looking for the details, asking myself questions along the way. I carried my first book, Waiting on the Sidelines, around half finished for years (as in more than a decade). My husband challenged me to finish it in 2012, and I published it in 2013. That was the moments the floodgates were open, and those journals and notes came pouring out.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, Cry Baby, is about the very real-life struggle many young men in our poorest neighborhoods face when gangs have a chokehold on where they live. I went to school with gang members. They were doing jobs when we were in grade school, and by the time we were in junior high, many of them were packing guns. We had memorialize shooting victims in our high school, some innocent bystanders not affiliated with the gang at all. I knew really good boys who grew up to live, and often die, tragically. Cry Baby is their story. It's about what happens when love gets tough and makes you start to question your path. It's about courage and loyalty, and that place where they intersect. I'm tremendously proud of it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I let the fear of rejection stand in my way for years. I was so terrified of not being accepted in the book world that I just put off trying. The more I learned about independent publishing, though, the braver I got. That fear transformed into just a lot of hard work--and I've never been afraid of hard work. This outlet was my blessing, and it's grown to 16 books and counting. I love the freedom to tell my story exactly as I picture it in my head. I do hope to traditionally publish in the US soon, but I will always want to be involved in the indie world as well.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I love being a Smashwords author. Every author wants to reach as many new readers as possible, and Smashwords is always thinking of creative ways to introduce our books to new readers. I love being involved with their promotions and I cannot say enough about the peace of mind they give me in managing my titles on so many platforms. I have promised to bake cookies for a lot of people who work there.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Building new characters that readers want to stay with them for years to come. Character development is the one area of my writing that I focus on most, and when someone writes to me and tells me that they want to hear more from a couple in one of my stories, or even better, from a side character, it's a huge win. I high five myself. For real.
What do your fans mean to you?
Life. They are life. I want to hug every single one of them. I don't have that fear that plagued me for so long, and it's absolutely because of them.
What are you working on next?
I have a few stories in the works, mostly mature YA romance standalone stories. I'm also hoping to turn a few short stories into longer works.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are so many. Of course those early ones - Blume and Hinton. And King is well...the king. I think Curtis Sittenfeld is brilliant, and Erin Morgenstern (The Night Circus). I could list dozens but these are the ones that rise to the top for me.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family and this life. There are so many joys in the world. Sometimes it's hard to see them, but I always remind myself that they're there. I love something every single day.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Baseball. Both watching my son and watching my favorite team, the Dbacks. And the Cubs. And the Nationals. And...yeah...
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Lots of ways. Sometimes I sift around on blogs or on Goodreads lists, and other times I check out recommendations from other writers. I love to read books by my author friends, and I love to dip outside of my genre from time to time. I think you can find romance in almost any story.
What is your writing process?
It's a bit of a compact mess. You could fit my outline on the back of a receipt--sometimes it's literally on the back of a receipt. Then I fill up Word document pages with character notes. I make playlists and mood boards, and I research when I need to. Then, almost always, that first scene strikes me and it becomes a furious thunder of typing. The outline shifts and changes, but the bones are always as they began.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love both my Kindle and Apple Books apps on my iPad.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I love connecting with readers on social media. I'm a big fan of Instagram. I Snap in spurts, and Twitter and me have a love affair that gets serious during baseball playoffs. I find my bookish family in Facebook, though.
Describe your desk
It's an old, fifties wooden desk that's been refinished with a deep, cobalt blue bottom for the drawers and sides and a dark walnut brown top. I made my husband drive 200 miles to a small town in northern Arizona to get it. My entire office is decorated around this desk.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Super Fudge by Judy Blume. It gave me a love of reading. I read every book like it. And it's because of my love of Judy Blume that when I discovered her chapter books, I found Forever. And that is the book that made me want to write.
How do you approach cover design?
I love working on my own covers. I usually have a mood in mind, and sometimes I have an exact image in mind. I am fortunate to have some very talented photographer friends, and we have done some epic custom shoots to create the perfect cover for some of my stories. My favorites will always be The Hard Count and Memphis. DLRfoto is a genius!
What are your five favorite books, and why?
This answer will change, so no holding me to this.
Great Gatsby because it's brave to write a tale so bleak.
Friday Nigh Lights because Bissinger's sports reporting goes layers under the surface. And it spawned an entire culture. (It's my favorite nonfiction book, so if you're an FNL fan and didn't know about the origins, you must read it.)
The Night Circus, because I love how that circus is the main character. I can taste and smell it. Powerful words.
The Outsiders, because it tackles the times. I want to write stories that are fearless.
Prep, by Curtis Sittenfeld. I love the way she captures all aspects of being an average girl who is coming of age.
What are your books about?
I like to tell people that I write love stories for tomboys. My girls are usually tough and like to push the boys in my stories to their limits. My sports romance doesn't shy away from the sports, and I love to get into the drama and romance of the game. My biggest goal, though, is to make my stories feel real. I want my readers to feel like they're walking in the MC's shoes and feeling every joy and heartbreak, and swoon. And first kisses...those are my jam.
Published 2018-07-06.
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Books by This Author

The Hail Mary
Series: Waiting on the Sidelines. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 95,430. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
There is no compromise when it comes to football. Same goes for the heart. You’re either all in, or you get crushed. For Reed and Nolan, the clock is ticking down. Time…it does that. One way or another, they’re going to have to make a choice. This is their hail Mary. This is win or lose. The Hail Mary is the third and final book in The Waiting Series, a coming-of-age love story.
Cry Baby
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 104,320. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Romance » New adult
When you’re born on streets like these, you are loyal. Or you die. Tristan Lopez has always been loyal. This gang is his birthright and his curse. Riley Rojas didn't belong in Tristan’s world. Tall enough to look him in the eyes and strong enough to fill his shadow, she pushed him. She tested his loyalty. She needed him. He liked it. He was falling in love. And it was going to tear him in two.
A Girl Like Me
Series: Like Us Duet. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 103,650. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal
I called him Christopher when he saved me as a child. When he came into my life again, only months ago, I knew him as Wes. Just as he did the time before, he disappeared the moment I was out of harm’s way; as if I didn’t need any more saving. The world thinks he’s missing. His loved ones don’t want to believe he’s dead. Only I know just how special he is. And my heart knows he's alive.
A Boy Like You
Series: Like Us Duet. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 121,280. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
They say everyone’s a superhero to someone. I’m not sure who I’m supposed to save, but I know who saved me. We were kids. His name was Christopher. In a blink of an eye, he became the only person who made me feel safe. And then he disappeared. Now I’m seventeen. I’m not a kid anymore. I haven’t been for years. And there's a new boy. He's...familiar. But this time, I'm beyond saving.
The Falling Series Boxed Set, Books #1-3
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 311,040. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
The bestselling Falling Series books are now available in a 3-book boxed set! Books include: This Is Falling, You and Everything After and The Girl I Was Before.
The Hard Count
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 114,690. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Football and private school politics can break the toughest souls. I would know; I’m Reagan Prescott—coach’s daughter, sister to the prodigal son, the perfect family. Lies. Nico Medina is the boy from West End. Our worlds are eleven miles apart, and where each is beautiful, the other is ugly. In our twisted worlds, a boy from West End is the only shining light. And he owns my heart completely.
In Your Dreams
Series: Falling, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 105,630. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Just-right stubble on his chin, body of a boxer and a smirk that stimulates all the right nerves—women have never been a problem. All except for this one. Purple hair, gray eyes, a raspy voice and sass, Murphy Sullivan is a little bit country and a little bit rock-n-roll. And her and Casey? They have history. He can’t remember it, but she wrote a song about him—and it’s not exactly a love song.
The Girl I Was Before
Series: Falling, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 117,350. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
The selfish one. I suppose that’s the nicest thing people say about me. But I’m ready to make the hard choices and face the consequences. I’m ready to be the girl I was before, and I’m done being the one who lost her way. I’m ready to become the Paige Owens Houston Orr sees when he looks at me. Loving him wasn't part of my plan, but it happened anyway. I'm starting to think plans are overrated.
You and Everything After
Series: Falling, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 99,330. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
I'm Tyson Preeter: strong, intelligent—arrogant. Since losing my ability to walk six years ago, I relearned life. I don't do sympathy, don't want charity and don't need love. But Cass Owens is about to wreck everything. She's about to steal my strength because she needs it more. She's about to break my rules, then tear down my walls. She's about to own me, completely. And I'm about to let her.
This Is Falling
Series: Falling, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 100,590. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Two years had passed since I was the Rowe Stanton from before, since tragedy stole my youth and my heart went along with it. When I left for college, I was going to cross back to the other side, to live with the living. I just didn’t know how. And then I met Nate Preeter. An All-American baseball player, Nate showed me everything I'd been missing. And then he showed me how to fall.
Going Long
Series: Waiting on the Sidelines, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 93,060. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
They fell in love in high school and found their way back to one another despite the odds. But can first loves really be forever? For Reed Johnson, the dream was always football. But then Nolan Lennox took over his heart. Is he willing to give up his first love just to keep his true love? Or will he be too late? Reed & Nolan’s story continues in "Going Long," sequel to "Waiting on the Sidelines."
Waiting on the Sidelines
Series: Waiting on the Sidelines, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 130,390. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Nolan Lennox is a girl with a boy's name. Her great expectations for high school collapse on her when she's teased and tortured by the cruel popular girl, who only makes Nolan's wounds deeper by dating the emotionally broken quarterback who has stolen Nolan's heart. Can Nolan strike a compromise between her own integrity and the boy she loves? And can she make him notice her before it’s too late?