Author Renee Scattergood
Name: Renee Scattergood
Latest Release: Shadow Stalker Part 3 (Episodes 13 – 18)
Genre: Fantasy/Dark Fantasy
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, and she’d dabbling with paranormal thrillers under a pen name.
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): http://reneescattergood.com
- How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing since about the mid 1990’s, but I only began publishing my work in 2014.
- What kind(s) of writing do you do?
Basically, I write whatever I’m in the mood to write. I’ve been trying flash fiction. I enjoy writing short stories as well. I’ve got a couple novellas I’ve written, and I’m working on two different novel series. One is a dark fantasy, and the other is a paranormal thriller I’m going to publish under a pen name.
- What are your goals as a writer, both small and large?
My more immediate goal is to meet other writers to network with, and find new readers. Long term I’m hoping to be able to support my family financially with my writing. My goals aren’t too lofty. I tend to be a realist.
- What inspires you?
It really doesn’t take much to inspire me. I’ve had an overactive imagination since I was a kid. Writing is an outlet for that.
- Have you ever fallen in love with a character? Tell us about this romance.
I wouldn’t say I’ve fallen in love. I do get attached to some of my characters though. Cali, from my Shadow Stalker serial is one of those. She isn’t a main character, but I loved her personality and no nonsense attitude. Killing her was the hardest thing I’d ever done. I cried for a few days over that.
- How do you find or make time to write?
I homeschool my ASD/ADHD daughter, so I have to write whenever I have an opportunity. I try to find time to write every day. Some days I don’t get a chance, but I make up for it on other days when I have a writing spree. I usually write when my daughter is preoccupied with other things. It’s not as hard as it used to be when she was younger.
- Do you write more by logic or intuition, or some combination of the two? Summarize your writing process.
I’d say it’s a combination of the two. I generally start with the characters, but I only come up with basics for them so they can develop naturally throughout the story. I do the same with the story itself. I work out the overall plot and the scenes, and I write a really detailed outline, but I try to let the story write itself at the same time. I often have to rework the outline to adapt to things that just happen. I take notes as I write to keep track of things that develop in regards to the characters, storyline and world building so I don’t end up with inconsistencies.
- Who would play you in your life story?
(Editor’s Note: This interview was submitted before the passing of Carrie Fisher.)
- What projects are you working on at the moment?
At the moment I’m finishing up my Shadow Stalker series. I just completed Episode 18 and now I’m working on Part 4, which is Episodes 19 – 24. There’s also the two novel series I’m working on. The dark fantasy one is, A God’s Deception, and the paranormal thriller is called, The Rise and Fall of Draven Clan.
- What process did you go through to get your work published?
I self-publish using Smashwords, Amazon Kindle, and Draft 2 Digital. Eventually I’d like to use Ingram Spark for print. Publishing is the easy part for me. I have a good editor now and cover designer. The hard part is the marketing and finding time to write and edit.
- What is the hardest part of writing for you?
The hardest part, as I mentioned above, is finding the time. I also have Hashimoto’s Disease, which often causes my brain to go foggy. It’s hard to focus on writing during those times, but I try my best even when my brain and body don’t want to do anything.
- What do you enjoy most about writing? Share your favorite work.
I just love getting all the stuff that’s in my head onto the screen (or paper if I happen to be using a notebook). If I don’t write for a while I get overwhelmed and depressed. So to maintain my sanity, I need to write often.
My favorite episode of Shadow Stalker to write was Episode 8. It’s the episode where Makari and Auren start to realize their love for one another.
- If you could have any fictional character(s), living or dead, on your survival team after an apocalypse, who would you choose and why?
Probably Sicarius from The Emperor’s Edge series by Lindsay Buroker. With all his skills, you could survive anything in his company, though I’m not sure I’d like the food he prepares.
- Which actors would you choose to play the main characters in your story?
I actually wrote an entire post on this on my blog. It might be easier to share that: http://reneescattergood.com/who-id-cast-if-shadow-stalker-were-a-movie/
But as far as the main characters, I picked Maisie Williams for Auren, Gerard Butler for Kado, and Nathan Kress for Makari.
- What is your favorite escape from day to day living?
- What are some ways in which you promote your writing? Do you find that these add or detract from your writing time?
Mainly, I focus on promoting my free book, Shadow Stalker Part 1 (Episodes 1 – 6) on social media and wherever else there is free promotion for free books. If people like that one, they can also get Part 2 (Episodes 7 – 12) free for signing up to my newsletter (I promote this at the end of Part 1). After that I use the newsletter to promote other books and stories that I release. Aside from that I try to do as many guest posts and interviews on others blogs and collect as many reviews as I can. It really doesn’t take much of my time. I also like to network with other authors (especially other indies), so we can all help each other out. It seems to be working well for me so far. 😀
- Who are some of your favorite authors? What impact have they had on your writing?
I love the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. He really inspired me to start writing novels (he makes it look so easy). And Lindsay Buroker is a very successful indie author. She shares how she has found her success on her blog, and the information she shares has really helped me over the last couple of years.
- Do you know the secret to originality in writing? Would you share it?
I don’t know if there is any secret. I think it’s different for everyone, but it really comes down to following your passion really. At least it did for me. I love fantasy, but I didn’t want to write what everyone else was writing. At first it was difficult coming up with how I would make my stories unique, but eventually I decided to focus on my interest in shamanism. I’ve incorporated that knowledge into my stories while also using futuristic type technology. The idea of mixing shamanism with technology was a bit of a challenge, but it seems to be working out better than I imagined.#Networking with other #authors works really well for me. @ReneeScatts #marketing #writerslife #interview #ourwriteside Click To Tweet
- What are you currently reading?
I read about 2 to 4 books a week, so by the time you share this interview is shared with your readers, I will probably have read several books. I guess it’s easier to just say I tend to find free books from indie authors. If I like their work, I buy their other books to read as well. I tend to stick with fantasy and its many subgenres, but sometimes I cross over into other genres if the story’s description catches my attention.
- What do you think is the future of reading/writing?
I think digital will become the primary way of reading, but I’m not sure that print will disappear any time soon. I prefer digital for many reasons (even though I love print books). The top most reasons being that it’s better for the environment and with my physical limitations, holding a tablet to read is much easier than holding a book.
Thank you for your time and the interview! We are so excited to get to know you this way. We wish you long success with all your writings!