Sometimes, we spot writers who are princesses, too.
Today, we are happy to introduce Veronica Scott.
Veronica Scott grew up in a house with a library full of books as its heart, and when she ran out of things to read, she started writing her own stories. Married straight out of high school to her sweetheart, then widowed, Veronica has two grown daughters, one young grandson, cats and two novels currently available – PRIESTESS OF THE NILE (paranormal romance set in ancient Egypt, from Carina Press) and WRECK OF THE NEBULA DREAM (science fiction adventure with romantic elements, self published). Two more are in the submission pipeline so she walks around all day with her fingers crossed LOL!
How did you get from your day job to writing romance? I literally started writing stories when I was seven and never stopped. So I guess the writing actually came first! Of course I had to get a lot better at the craft and in the meantime, also had to pay the bills, so I kept the day job. Maybe someday I’ll be able to “just write” – that’s still my dream!
What are your three favorite books of all time? It depends on my mood, but there are certain books I return to time and again – Frederica or Cotilllion by Georgette Heyer; Pursuit by Elizabeth Jennings and any number of Nalini Singh novels! I really can’t choose between hers…
Morning, afternoon, or evening person? Oh SO morning! I’m an annoyingly cheerful, full of energy start the day person, which the cats like because they get fed way before dawn. Of course I fade slowly as the hours go by and don’t invite me to any late night soirees. I could maybe stay awake to waltz with an eligible Duke…
Music--with or without? What kind? I like to write to music but after the first few notes, I really don’t hear it. If things are going well, I’m in the flow, off in Ancient Egypt or out in space…I have a mix of everything on my iPod, from old rock-n-roll to country to movie soundtracks.
First or third POV? Third – the adventures aren’t happening TO me LOL. I’ve written maybe three first person short stories in all these years.
How's tricks? Do you juggle multiple projects? Usually I’m working primarily on one thing at a time, although I might make story notes if something new just demands my attention. And of course when your editor wants revisions, you kind of have to stop everything else!
What's harder: beginning, middle, or the end? When I start writing a story, I know the beginning and the end and two or three major scenes in between, so what’s hard for me is writing the connecting sections and keeping the action seamless, having enough tension and conflict along the way.
Revisions: Love 'em or hate 'em? Well, much as I’d love to turn out a perfect novel on the first draft LOL, the revisions make the story stronger and ultimately more enjoyable. And sometimes I know darn well I should have added this or that but it takes the editor telling me to make the improvement to get me motivated to write all the words.
How did you come up with that title? One of my favorite old movies is “Princess of the Nile” so I resonated with “Priestess of the Nile,” although the book started out with another title but someone else had a book out already by the same name. “Wreck of the Nebula Dream” just sounded like a seagoing shipwreck kinda cadence, even if my novel is set in space. It’s “Titanic in Space” but that title was just too obvious!
Best advice anybody every gave you? Get the words out of your head onto the paper, every day.
Fill in this blank: My ideal fictional hero would think me gorgeous no matter…because he sees the inner me.
What's your favorite dessert? This old family recipe called chocolate sticks, that just drips with chocolate drops and brown sugar…although I make a terrific pumpkin pie too.
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Priestess of the Nile is available at B&N, Carina, & Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Priestess-of-the-Nile-ebook/dp/B0068742Jo
Wreck of the Nebula Dream is available at B&N, Smashwords, & Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Wreci=Nebula-Dream-ebook/dp/B007K3PZJE/ref