Interview with Marlowe Scott

When did you first start writing?
I have actually been writing since the 1960s when I attended high school. In my junior year (11th grade), I won a county contest on the subject of "Employing the Handicap". Years later, while attending college, I still had the God-given talent and earned 'A's in English Composition. (In today's grading system, that equates to a 4.0.) My college major was Communication Arts, covering all aspects of communication: verbal, written, and visual.
What's the story behind your latest book or series of books?
My books and writings have always focused on reality - things I have personally experienced. They are meant to not only inspire others, but help them and those they have contact with find that there is always a lesson and/or blessing - even though problems may arise along life's journey.
What motivated you to become a published author?
My church has a Christian School of Discipleship. I had written a paper for graduation from the program which was placed in the church's library. I discovered, however, not many people were going there to read what the students had written. As Pearly Gates Publishing began to publish for new authors, I expanded on the paper and my first book became an instant Best Seller. Some of the proceeds of each book I have published (at the time of this interview, I have three books) have been donated to the Christian Education Ministry of my church.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My joy in writing is knowing others are being encouraged and inspired by the books. Additionally, I have been personally inspired to write original poems to add to the publications.
What do your fans/followers mean to you?
Those who have read the books are important because some tell me they can identify with what is written. Others have been encouraged to continue on through their problems because the lessons and/or blessings I have received will come their way as well - in God's timing. Finally, the books are written in laymen's language, but ministers of the Gospel have also commented on the depth of the messages.
What are you working on next?
Recently, I have received inspiration about how the birds are taken care of by God, as stated clearly in the Holy Scriptures. The actual formation of how to finally write the book is a work in progress.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
My favorite authors over the years are many. To name a few:
Janette Oke
Joyce Myers
Maya Angelou
Walt Whitman
Thomas B. Costain
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
As I live in the country, I love to wake up in the early dawn hours, hearing the birds sing and chirp outside the window. Then, I thank God for another day!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your "free" time?
As a creative woman, I enjoy quilting (I have won prizes at our county fair for the past three years), making fleece throws with crochet edgings for adults and infants, and, most recently, making inspirational throw pillows out of panels with scripture and inspiring words. I also spend time with my Yorkie-type dog, Nana.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote? If so, what was it titled and what was it about?
My first story I remember the most is the one written in 11th grade (the one mentioned in question #1). The first story written in English Composition in college was about my Great Dane (dog), Lena, who had a large litter of puppies.
What is your writing process?
I write by brainstorming with myself with notes on recycled paper. I research scriptures, find graphics, and pray for inspiration for the writing - and also for a new poem. I type the rough draft and finalize after two to three rewrites before sending the manuscript to my publisher.
Do you remember the first story you ever read? If so, what impact did it have on who you are today as an author?
I started with nursery rhymes read to me by my parents, even before starting school. I memorized them and learned to read the words. My early contact with books developed into a love of reading and an appreciation for words.
Describe your desk or preferred writing environment.
My note-taking is wherever I am - sometimes at the kitchen table, others in the living room lounge chair. I often make notes while outside watching my pet. Essentially, I write wherever I am, as long as I have a piece of paper handy. My desk has recycled paper for notes, plenty of pens/pencils, folders of resources, Bible, dictionary, and hymn book - with the printer close by.
How did where you grew up influence your writing?
Growing up in the country on a farm offered many opportunities to see God and Mother Nature at work. Born into a Christian family greatly influenced my need for truth and appreciation for the "little" things in life. I was also influenced by my mother who sewed, crocheted, sang, played piano, and was able to write obituaries and such for church and civil organizations.
Do you prefer eBooks or print? Why?
Being 'older', I enjoy print books; however, it is convenient to have many books available on a single device without taking an actual book along in hard copy.
How would you describe your individual writing style?
My style is creatively sharing my life while incorporating biblical truths and principles into the stories to impact the reader's personal growth.
Published 2016-07-02.
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Books by This Author

Never Alone: Intimate Times With Jesus
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,570. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2017 by Pearly Gates Publishing LLC. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
The author shares inspiration found in being alone by creatively applying and using God's creation, music, poetry, and scriptures demonstrating that even Jesus Christ sought times to be alone to pray, fellowship, and worship God.
Worth the Journey: The Train Ride to Glory
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 18,970. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2016 by Pearly Gates Publishing LLC. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Inspirational
This trilogy of best-selling books shares the author's spiritual growth while incorporating poetry, scripture, and the telling of how life's experiences have blessed her. She has remained focused on the promises of heavenly rewards and invites readers to join in the journey.
Believing Without Seeing: The Power of Faith
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 7,080. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2016 by Pearly Gates Publishing LLC. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Faith
The concept of faith is used in many ways, such as those we have faith in who we consider faithful family and friends. Also, objects such as cars and other material things may be thought of as faithful. Is there something deeper connected to faith? "Believing Without Seeing: The Power of Faith" addresses that question. Learn what it is and how to use the power of faith.
Spiritual Growth: From Milk to Strong Meat
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 5,250. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2016 by Pearly Gates Publishing LLC. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Life / Personal Growth
"Spiritual Growth: From Milk to Strong Meat" creatively progresses from childhood to the senior life of the author. Chapters are enriched by hymn verses and inspired original poetry. The culmination of the journey is a prayer encouraging others to be blessed by the Christian Life found only through Salvation and Jesus Christ.
Keeping It Real: The Straight and Narrow
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 6,130. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2016 by Pearly Gates Publishing LLC. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Life / Inspirational
There are certainly hindrances and temptations along life's journey. This story gives assurance that by believing in Jesus and following the message of Scripture, there is a definite reward for those who choose to press on. Questions presented are meant to prompt personal evaluation of oneself to aid in keeping on the 'Straight and Narrow' as your personal journey unfolds.