Interview with Scarlett Cross

What motivated you to become an indie author?
Quite simply: E-Readers. There are so many devices out there today, and it's so super easy to publish thanks to sites like Smashwords. In the past, the only thing that had stopped me was the daunting task of finding a publisher to turn out actual physical books. Thanks to new technology, that is no longer necessary, making being Indie an almost natural choice.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
By making my success possible. My goal was, and has always been, to be a published author. Regardless of whether my book succeeds or fails (but let's face it, I hope it succeeds) I have accomplished what I've always wanted to do. Thanks to Smashwords free publishing!
What are you working on next?
I am currently editing and preparing A Life Less Ordinary: Book Two, which I hope to submit for publication in the next month.
Who are your favorite authors?
JD Nixon, Anne Rice, James Patterson, to name a few.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My kids. Both of my boys (teenagers now) are autistic. They are different, but I refuse to say anything is wrong with them. I lovingly call us the weirdo family, and we're proud of it. My boys face every day with enthusiasm, minus the time spent in school because really, they're teenagers, but even that sometimes brings an exciting or funny tale they can't wait to share when they get home.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Playing online MMORPG games, watching television or movies, studying the Russian language. I used to read, but I found it interfered with my own creative process. Can't wait to delve into some new books as soon as I get the chance!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I like to pick up freebie books, and then if they interest me, I'll look up more from that author and will even pay for them. I also pick some books that have been written based on movies or have had movies based off of them, but those are few and far between. I prefer giving the Indies a chance, since I am one myself now, that holds even more meaning.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Wow, yes I do. It was written in cursive over the span of probably three, maybe four single-subject spiral bound notebooks. I was twelve or thirteen. I vaguely remember it was about vampires. My parents found it and threw it away. I was heartbroken.
What is your writing process?
It just happens. A Life Less Ordinary was supposed to be a short story, but once I started going with it, I just couldn't stop. Ideas pop into my mind at the strangest times. When I'm playing games on my iPad, when I'm eating dinner, and I can't tell you how many times I've woken my husband at two in the morning because I jump up to run type something before I forget it.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The Dog of Pompeii. I do, it was the first time I'd heard about the notion of unconditional love. I cried when I read it, I suppose I was probably in second grade. My reading level was at college level by that time, but I still had to participate in grade level reading, just like everyone else in the class. I've never forgotten that sad little tale, and likely I never will. It touched something deep in my heart that only motherhood has since reached.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like a gritty crime drama better than a romance any day.
Describe your desk
I don't have a desk. I have an enormous monitor and a giant big-man recliner almost all the way across the room from it. So I can sit back and relax while writing or gaming.
Published 2015-04-06.
Smashwords Interviews are created by the profiled author, publisher or reader.

Books by This Author

A Life Less Ordinary Book Three
Series: A Life Less Ordinary. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 106,340. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
The story of Ivan and his brothers continues to deepen and they flee the ever threatening shadow of the Janus program. Following a massive, crippling attack on all humankind, they find a new member to their family who none of them are sure they can trust. With good reason.
A Life Less Ordinary: Book Two
Series: A Life Less Ordinary. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 85,530. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Separated, torn apart by what they believe to be the Russian government, Aleksei and the rest flee before the onslaught of a force better known as two men who were once very close to them. Ivan and Dmitri. Now they have gone into hiding in an old castle in Romania, though they all know it is only a matter of time before their secret location is discovered.
A Life Less Ordinary: Book One
Series: A Life Less Ordinary. Price: Free! Words: 92,910. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
It is 2114 in post-apocalyptic, war-torn Russia, just as the economy and life are beginning to rebound. As the second eldest of three brothers, Ivan is just trying to live his life as what he has always been led to believe, a walking genetic anomaly. He is soon to find out just how wrong he has been his entire life.