Today I am happy to introduce author Renee Scattergood. I was able to interview one of her characters, Makari, which you can read here.
Tell us about your books. Is there one in particular you are promoting right now? What is it about?
Right now I’m working on my Shadow Stalker serial. It’s about a young shadow stalker, Auren, who is being hunted by Drevin, Emperor of the Galvadi, who claims she will enslave the people of their world. Auren is trying to end his tyranny while trying to avoid his prophecy.
What genre(s) do you write in? Who is your audience?
I write dark fantasy for young adults over 15 year old and adults.
Tell us about your writing process. How do you fuel your writing?
I always start with a character. I develop the main character and the story comes from that. Once I have a general idea of what the story will be about, I start writing down ideas. Then I organize the ideas into a basic plot. Usually by that point, I know about how long the story will be and I can start breaking down the main plot into smaller plotlines to figure out how many books it will take to write out the entire story. Then I start planning the individual books. I write out the scenes and develop a timeline. Once I work out how it all fits together and have the scenes in the right order, I separate it into chapters. The last step before writing is putting together a detailed outline. This makes the writing go more smoothly and allows me to work out any final kinks and details in the story, which saves time with editing later. Once the story is written, I do my self-edits and then I sent it off to my editor.
What inspires you to write?
Writing is a need for me. I have an overactive imagination that needs an outlet or I’d explode.
What do you read? What are your favourite books and who are your favourite authors?
Lately I’ve been reading mostly indie authors. My favorite indie author is Lindsay Buroker with her Emperor’s Edge series. I’m also a big fan of Terry Goodkind and JK Rowling.
I’ve just discovered Lindsay Buroker myself — she’s fantastic!
Do you have any advice for someone starting out as a writer?
Ask for feedback from other authors or get a writing coach. It will help you hone your craft. And keep writing. All successful authors have well more than just one book. You have to keep writing and keep meeting new people.
Are you self published, traditionally published, or a hybrid? Why?
I’m self-published. I’m still considering submitting some of my novels to a small publisher, Crimson Edge, but other than that I will keep self-publishing. I have a very entrepreneurial spirit. I love having control of the process and being my own boss. It’s fun and challenging!
How do you market your books?
I really just focus on marketing my first book, which is a free download. I use social networking to meet new people and give away my first book. If they enjoy that one, they can sign up to my newsletter and get the second one free as well. After that, I can use my newsletter to promote my new releases to people who are already familiar with my work and waiting for my next book. Of course, I do announce my new releases on social media as well, but I don’t spend too much time on it. I also do interviews, write guest posts and participate in blog tours. My platform is growing slowly, but steadily, so I think I’m doing something right. 🙂
What challenges have you faced in your writing and how did you overcome them?
My biggest challenge was my fear of success. I was afraid that if I succeeded as an author, the demand on my time would become too overwhelming. I’m also quite introverted and socially awkward, so the idea of having to socialize with people scared me. It’s not so bad on the internet though, and I worked through it by starting slowly. Instead of trying to publish a long novel, I started with a serial that I could publish more often. It was less intimidating and kept me writing regularly.
As an extreme introvert myself, I totally understand where you’re coming from!
What new projects are you working on or are excited about right now?
I’m just starting my first novel series called A God’s Deception. I don’t want to mention too much about the story yet, especially since I’m still working out the details, but I’m really looking forward to it. I’m going to write the first 3 novels in the series before I start publishing them so that their release dates will be about 3 or 4 months apart. I figured my readers would appreciate that rather than waiting 6 to 8 months between books.
Do you have any closing remarks?
I just want to thank everyone who has given me a chance by downloading and reading the first part in my Shadow Stalker serial. So far I’ve only gotten positive feedback, so that has me really excited. I hope your readers will give it a shot too. 😀
Thanks so much for being here today Renee and for sharing your process with us.
About Renee Scattergood:
Renee Scattergood lives in Australia with her husband, Nathan, and daughter, Taiya. She has always been a fan of fantasy and was inspired to become a story-teller by George Lucas, but didn’t start considering writing down her stories until she reached her late twenties. Now she enjoys writing dark fantasy. She is currently publishing her monthly Shadow Stalker serial, and she has published a prequel novella to the series called, Demon Hunt. She is also working on a new series of novels, A God’s Deception. Aside from writing, she loves reading (fantasy, of course), watching movies with her family, and doing crafts and science experiments with her homeschooled daughter. Visit her site for more information and a free copy of Shadow Stalker Part 1 (Episodes 1 – 6).
Connect with Renee Scattergood:
Website/Blog ~ Renee’s Author Spotlight (a blog where Renee features indie and small press authors) ~ Amazon ~ Smashwords ~ Wattpad ~ BookBub ~ Goodreads Author Page ~ Goodreads Shadow Stalkers Page ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Google+ ~ LinkedIn ~ Pinterest
Places you can find Renee’s books:
Demon Hunt (A Shadow Stalker Prequel Novella) l/ Auren’s yearly camping trip with her foster father, Kado, turns to disasters when she accidentally lets a demon from the shadow world loose on Luten Isle. She and Kado have little time to hunt it down and return it to where it belongs, before it starts its killing spree.
Shadow Stalker Part 1 (Episodes 1 – 6) / Auren learns she is destined to enslave the people of her world, and Drevin, emperor of the Galvadi Empire is determined to end her life before it happens. Her foster father, Kado, has sworn to protect her and trains her as a shadow stalker. But her training is cut short, when their people are overrun by the Galvadi Empire. Now she has to find a way to help her people without succumbing to the prophecy.
Shadow Stalker Part 2 (Episodes 7 – 12) / Auren is captured by the Galvadi trying to rescue her friend, Jade. Then she is tortured by the man who is supposed to love and protect her. When Makari finally realizes she’s not the delohi-saqu as his father claims, he helps her escape, but their plans don’t go as expected.
Shadow Stalker Part 3 Individual Episodes 13 – 15 (Episodes 16 and 17 coming soon!)