Interview with Scott Harding

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I enjoy the fact that I can take subject matter that is very personal to me and allow a reader to become absorbed in my experiences and imagination. The reader can then take a journey that their own life and choices does not allow and maybe learn something much deeper about themselves.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are what matter most. I love to tell stories and i want my audience to enjoy them. That is why feedback is so important. I want my fans to feel like they have benefitted from my work whether its entertainment or the ability to find an answer to one of their problems.
What are you working on next?
I am working on the second book of the Medals & Memoirs series. It will encompass many stories into a free-flowing experience through the life span of one very fortunate character. It will also be based during World War II and involve the crew of a "flying fortress."
Who are your favorite authors?
For horror, there is only one King. For romance, Sparks is on the top of my list. Fantastic character development and deep, rich stories from both.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My children are and always will be my top priority in everything I do. Most people enjoy a break from their kids. Mine rejuvinate me and keep me young.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work full time as a Nurse Manager serving our veterans. There is no greater sense of pride than serving those who have served and I thank each and everyone of them for that honor.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I live in a smaller community, but a very intellectual one. Word of mouth is the best form of advertising for any type of business...including books.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wish I could say yes, but I'm sure it was an essay for Mrs. Thomas, my first grade teacher. She was an amazing and nurturing woman.
What is your writing process?
I map my characters and timeline of events. Then I sit and wait for inspiration to hit. My first book was written and revised in less than two months and I am very proud of the outcome
How do you approach cover design?
I like symbolism. Although my next covers will be much more impactful, The cover of Please Rise was a photo I had taken at Folly Beach in South Carolina. At low tide, these two pilings were always there, side by side. It reminded me of true love and how a deeper love can endure the harshest of wind, weather, and time.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I read for pleasure was The Stand. Stephen King has a very unique way of developing literary "hooks" into each character and then uses them or doesn't use them at his whim. That is why it is so easy for him to lead you in any direction he sees fit. I never dreamed of being a published writer, but I owe my desire to write on his work.
What do you read for pleasure?
Surprisingly, I am a horror fan.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I use social media and local news and radio to begin the wave.
Describe your desk
My desk for the first book was an air matress in an unfurnished apartment in Charleston, South Carolina. My desk, now, is wherever my laptop come to rest.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Altoona, Pennsylvania. It is a railroad town that is slowly dying. There is a rich military history here and a strong patriotic presence.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords took away the angst of trying to be traditionally published. I knew I had a good story, but no name. Smashwords gave me the opportunity to "get in on the ground floor." I guess we will see what happens from here.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
This is easy...The Dark Tower series.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My laptop is my best friend for everything.
When did you first start writing?
I have dabbled for years, but lacked the motivation to publish.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Its facts surrounding the military career of a veteran I had cared for in hospice combined with a deep and lasting testament of love, sacrifice, and patriotism.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I say this with a chuckle...fear of rejection by a traditional publisher.
Published 2016-04-23.
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Books by This Author

Medals & Memoirs: Please Rise
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 57,080. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Based on the conversations between a hospice nurse and a survivor of the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor, the story of life and love can endure the greatest hardships. Suffering catastrophic injuries and the loss of everyone and everything he knew, follow the life of Robert McMullen as he resurrects his life while fate and blessings provide the ultimate tribute to love.