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

Home for Christmas
Series: The McClains of Legend, Tennessee, Book 9. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 35,750. 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. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 23,460. 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. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,530. 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: 25,410. 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: 22,300. 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: 39,060. 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: $2.99 USD. Words: 66,400. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
~ Alice's 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: 8,030. 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: 30,670. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
December First—Jim proposed, and Melissa accepted. 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 8. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,790. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
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 7. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,700. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
1975: Dorothy Robbins is working hard to build up her Leaving Legend Fund. But she’s waitressing at Jim Bob’s Saloon, where the only thing worse than the tips are the songs on the jukebox. Charles McClain is back in town, but just for the holidays. Can the path that leads you away also bring you home?
Second Chances
Series: The McClains of Legend, Tennessee, Book 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 29,760. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
When Anne McClain Bradley returns to Legend, the last person she expects to see in her old hometown is Pete Garrity. Every time she looks at him, she's reminded of the pain she wants to escape. Pete thinks she may be the answer to his dilemma of how to sell out and get back to civilization. Not to mention that for years, Anne's had a strong effect on him. Can they give each other a second chance?
Building a Dream
Series: The McClains of Legend, Tennessee, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,390. 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) One month to build a dream, or to watch it die. It's a renovation project that will change their lives.
Where Her Heart Is
Series: The McClains of Legend, Tennessee, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 35,950. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
Betsy McClain left Legend, Tennessee 2 years ago, with a broken heart, a baby to care for, and precious little else. A heartfelt request from Dorothy McClain is the only thing that could bring to Legend, even temporarily. Mike McClain wants to get to know his only child, and win back Betsy's love and trust. The only thing standing in the way is Betsy's stubbornness...or is it Mike's?
Christmas Collision
Series: The McClains of Legend, Tennessee, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,780. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
From USA Today Bestselling Author Magdalena Scott: CHRISTMAS COLLISION 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: 32,670. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Holiday » Family
Spend the holidays in Legend, Tennessee with this sweet romance from USA Today Bestselling Author Magdalena Scott... She needs a new life, he's determined to keep the status quo. If they don't compromise, the whole town loses. And they'll both miss out on a second chance at love.
Emily's Dreams
Series: Serendipity, Indiana, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 62,720. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
Emily Kincaid has a second chance at life, and a voice in her head that keeps nudging her along. But she can’t move forward without dealing with her past.
Small Town Christmas
Series: Serendipity, Indiana, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 34,100. 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.