Interview with Magdalena Scott

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in Southern Indiana, and quite literally have been writing about small town life since I learned the magic of cursive back in second grade. I wrote many letters to friends and relatives, and particularly an aunt and uncle in the Los Angeles, CA area always wrote back. They told me I wrote interesting letters, when all I did was write about my little life in my little town. I suppose my aunt and uncle were my first 5-star reviewers.
Tell us about your Serendipity, Indiana series.
Serendipity is a place where unexpected things happen--good things, for the most part. Before I wrote the first story in the series, "Small Town Christmas," I knew there would be several other books to follow, and I knew who and what some of the books would be about. Before I even got that book published, my beta readers were asking about one of the minor characters, Emily, who was in a car wreck. They wanted to know what happened to her, and that led to the long process of writing "Emily's Dreams." I say long because Emily's story was quite a journey for her, and for me. Doing Emily's story second changed the story order, but sometimes you just have to be flexible. So it turns out that Serendipity's surprises aren't just for the characters, or the readers...they're also for the author. Hey, I like surprises, as long as they're happy ones!
When did you first start writing?
As soon as possible. I have always loved words! I wrote a play in second or third grade that we performed on the playground during recess. Sad to report that only one tiny page of the play has survived.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle and a Kobo. My Kindle is very old, and very basic, but has served me well. I like its reliability and ease of use. My Kobo Aura is shiny and new, and has a built-in light which is a treat. There are also times I read ebooks on my Smartphone. I think whichever I'm using at the time is my favorite!
Published 2018-01-02.
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Books by This Author

Serendipity, Indiana Small Town Romance Bundle 1
Series: Serendipity, Indiana. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 128,540. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
Serendipity, Indiana Small Town Romance Bundle 1 contains books 1, 2, and 3 in the series (Small Town Christmas, Emily's Dreams, Christmas Wedding), plus a bonus short story (Christmas Honeymoon).
Serendipity, Indiana Small Town Romance Bundle 2
Series: Serendipity, Indiana. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 122,790. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
Bundle 2 contains books 4, 5, and 6: THE BLANK BOOK ~Alice’s life was hijacked by a story she wrote in an old blank book. In movie star Robert’s recurring dream, Alice has the lead role. What is their next chapter?~ THE RING ~Carla makes wishes come true for everyone but herself. Can she and Jared Barnett change that?~ THE ROAD NOT TAKEN ~Will a Christmas miracle heal Francie and Brad's marriage?~
Serendipity, Indiana Small Town Romance Bundle 3
Series: Serendipity, Indiana. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 80,170. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Serendipity, Indiana Small Town Romance Bundle 3 contains books 7, 8, and 9: A PIECE OF HER SOUL ~Sweet romance meets light paranormal. Don’t miss autumn in Serendipity!~ ONCE UPON A TIME ~Taylor is looking for a new start. Ken made a commitment he won’t break. Neither one knows their future began decades in the past.~ A COWBOY FOR CHRISTMAS ~Hannah is determined to lasso the cowboy of her dreams~
Home for Christmas
Series: The McClains of Legend, Tennessee, Book 7. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 35,850. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
Maureen McClain and Damien Phillips had a perfect relationship for a few weeks. Then Maureen discovered something about Damien she couldn’t forgive, and his life took a drastic turn. Falling in love was easy the first time they met. With help from the McClains, can they overcome the past, to create a future for themselves and for the Damien’s baby daughter?
A Cowboy for Christmas
Series: Serendipity, Indiana, Book 9. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,440. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Hannah fell for Jacob the first time they met. His bossy brother Michael keeps getting in the way. Losing isn't an option in her bid to win the cowboy of her dreams.
Once Upon a Time
Series: Serendipity, Indiana, Book 8. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,420. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Taylor is looking for a new start. Ken made a commitment he won't break. Neither of them realizes their future began decades in the past.
Small Town Romance & Recipe Sampler
Price: Free! Words: 22,160. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Methods / Quick & Easy
USA Today Bestselling Author Magdalena Scott brings you eight first chapters from The McClains of Legend, Tennessee small town romance series, along with a recipe suggested by each book. It’s a fun new way for Legend fans to re-visit the town, and for newcomers to get a taste--literally--of the simple pleasures awaiting them in these clean, wholesome stories of love, family, and home.
A Piece of Her Soul
Series: Serendipity, Indiana, Book 7. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,220. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Holiday » Halloween
A light paranormal, second chance Halloween romance: Nick Marshall has a hole in his soul, and Jacqueline must help him find the missing piece. Their teenage history in the gossipy town of Serendipity, Indiana compounds the situation, as Jacquie’s visit to help her injured mother turns into something more. Her gift is needed here, but she won’t put her family in the spotlight by staying.
The Road Not Taken
Series: Serendipity, Indiana, Book 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,200. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
Francie Standish Carrington and husband Brad are spending Christmas in her hometown of Serendipity, but it's no vacation. There are marital problems, career decisions, and a major change on the horizon for the Standish family Christmas tree farm. Can Francie find a way through all this, to a happy ending for anyone?
The Ring
Series: Serendipity, Indiana, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 39,170. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Carla makes wishes come true for everyone but herself. Widower Jared and his kids have won her heart. But is the future possible without forgiving the past?
The Blank Book
Series: Serendipity, Indiana, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,650. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
Alice's small town life was hijacked by a story she wrote in an antique blank book. In movie star Robert's recurring dream, Alice has the lead role. Does she dare write a new future for them both?
Christmas Charm
Series: The McClains of Legend, Tennessee, Book 6. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,060. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
CHRISTMAS CHARM (A SHORT STORY) Anne McClain Bradley is hosting her son Christopher and his girlfriend Meg for a small town Christmas, but absolutely nothing goes as planned. As it turns out, that is a very, very good thing.
Christmas Wedding
Series: Serendipity, Indiana, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,750. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
December First: Jim proposed, Melissa accepted, and Matthew is excited to have a daddy. But with just twenty-five days to make it happen, is it possible to create the perfect Christmas Wedding?
The Holly and the Ivy
Series: The McClains of Legend, Tennessee, Book 9. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,950. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
~ There's no chance for happiness when your least favorite person is the love of your life. ~ 1978: Eli McClain is in Legend, Tennessee, as an honored guest, and everybody but Jeannie Adams is thrilled about it. She doesn’t want to see his smug, handsome face, or be reminded of the kiss they shared right before he abandoned the small town they both called home.
Under the Mistletoe
Series: The McClains of Legend, Tennessee, Book 8. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,390. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
From USA Today Bestselling Author Magdalena Scott - a retro romance set in Legend, Tennessee, c.1975. They want to escape their little hometown forever, even if that means giving up on love.
Second Chances
Series: The McClains of Legend, Tennessee, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,960. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
~ Trying to escape their painful past, Anne and Pete move to the middle of nowhere...and find each other. ~ Legend, Tennessee has a way of healing broken hearts, no matter how longstanding the brokenness. But first one must believe in possibilities...for second chances, and for moving forward with hope.
Building a Dream
Series: The McClains of Legend, Tennessee, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,510. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
From USA Today Bestselling Author Magdalena Scott: BUILDING A DREAM (Book #4 in The McClains of Legend, Tennessee series) ~ When you need an old building renovated fast, and the best contractor in town is an irritating bad boy. ~
Where Her Heart Is
Series: The McClains of Legend, Tennessee, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 36,190. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
He's won his daughter's heart. Can he also regain her mother's trust? Fall in love with Mike, Betsy, and their daughter, LizBeth Ann, in this heartwarming sweet romance!
Christmas Collision
Series: The McClains of Legend, Tennessee, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,720. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
From USA Today Bestselling Author Magdalena Scott: CHRISTMAS COLLISION (McClains of Legend, Tennessee - Book 2) Snowbound in a remote mountain cabin, Rebecca and David can't wait to be rescued. But the help they both need most is each other.
Midnight in Legend, TN
Series: The McClains of Legend, Tennessee, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 34,240. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
Christmas Ball? Check. Quaint small town with an uncertain future? Check. Handsome, exasperating, human roadblock to every new idea? CHECK! Midnight Shelby has her work cut out for her, if she's going to create a new life in Legend, Tennessee. Single dad Martin McClain wants to keep Legend as idyllic as when he was a kid. Legend's future - and theirs - may depend on a compromise.
Emily's Dreams
Series: Serendipity, Indiana, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 62,800. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
After the accident, Emily must learn how to live, not simply survive. How will David Standish fit into her future? And what is that voice in her head, pushing her along? 
Small Town Christmas
Series: Serendipity, Indiana, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 37,330. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
Single mom Melissa and her young son need a new start. Jim wants a second chance. The past can ruin their future, or make it magical.