I’d like to welcome Lynda Scott here on the blog! Here’s her bio in case you don’t know her:
In her family of Kentucky‘ridge runners’, oral tales were a tradition that even the children participated in. She spent many nights with her brother, cousins and friends telling tall tales to excite the imagination. Now she creates award winning science fantasy romance filled with despair, hope, love and courage
Lynda, along with the talented and beautiful Linda Wisdom, have a new erotic paranormal short story series coming soon from Coliloquy – Great Escapes. First up is Great Escapes – Valentine’s Day, where a pair of erotically inclined ghosts bring two strangers together. Check my blogs, website, or other contact information for the details as they become available.
And just so you know, she’s GIVING AWAY a free copy of Altered Destiny to one lucky commenter! *make sure you fill in the email section so we can get ahold of you!* Here’s the interview!
1. Who was your first author crush and why?
Oh, that’s easy. I was 12 when I fell in love with Isaac Asimov. I’d been staying with my uncle’s family and he had this tattered paperback, The Mule and the Foundation. I started reading it and Bang, Bop, Boom! I became a Science Fiction lover. But…even though Asimov was one of the Grand Masters of Science Fiction, he wrote about people and that’s really what endeared him to me. I loved the imagination needed to create the far flung galactic empire with its political intrigues and problems but the story was developed on the back of three people; a newlywed couple and a skinny, almost pathetic character they rescued. That rescue propelled the story forward and led ultimately to the very satisfying ending. I’ve always been drawn to stories where the imagination is rampant but if there isn’t a real connection to the people of the story…then it’s a ‘no go’for me.
2. What was your first clue you were a writer? Was it a long journey or a short one? Have you always known?
Well, I started writing stories when I was probably about 6 years old. Granted, they weren’t ‘good’ stories, lol, and mostly involved animals that had very human-like wants and needs. They also included a lot of illustrations. I kept writing all through school. It was common for me to either have a book in my hand or a tablet of paper. I’d read the book but when I ran out of books, I’d‘write my own’. School trips almost always included the tablet and my scribbles. Frequently, if other students saw it, they’d want to act the story out (yeah, they were probably bored and needed a little distraction). I kept writing during odd moments through my jobs or college and through my marriage and the birth of my daughter. I did slow down while she was little because I firmly believe in participating with and enjoying every possible moment with your child. Since I had to work, those precious moments were limited and I wanted to make the most of them. As she grew older, my addiction to writing began creeping back in. She and I would both sit with our tablets and write (or draw). Eventually I started putting my stories on my computer and then started sending them out (I started as a Science Fiction short story writer) and then discovered the joy of getting them published. That was a real trip!
3. What are some of your writer-esque quirks (do you have to be in your pjs? always facing the door? Do people look at you after something funny happens and say ‘that’s going in a book, isn’t it?’)?
I need sound, either the TV or CD or radio while I write. If I’m lucky enough to find music that really reflects how I feel about a certain character or scene…well, that’s what I’ll play. It just really orients me and puts me deep into the writing. I haven’t had anyone ask if something funny was going into a scene but that might be because I’m muttering, oh man, I’ve got to write that down! My family and friends know I’m just a little on the weird side. Okay, maybe a lot but they still love me. I hope.
4. Finish this joke: A clown, a priest and a writer all get onto an elevator…
the clown falls over his size 15 feet and bangs his big red nose against the back wall. The Priest rushes to help him, but thinks the clown might be dying so begins last rites. The writer hits the emergency button, then flips open her camera phone to record the scene. But the battery is dead. She begins digging in her weekender-sized purse for a notebook so she can write the scene before anything changes. But there’s no notebook, so she starts writing on her forearm. Then the ink runs out of her pen! She quickly looks around, sees the blood on the wall, says ewww, no and pulls her $30 Passionate Red lipstick out to finish her notes. On her arm. On her dress. On her legs. When the rescue squad arrives, they see the writer covered in what appears to be bright red blood and whisk her out on a gurney. The moral is to always be prepared and carry several ink pens and lots of paper.
5. Speed round: Without giving it too much thought, pick which one you favour over the other:
Chocolate or flowers
Talk or Text
Mountains or Beach
Cowboy or Marine
Wine or Beer
Cats or Dogs
Ebooks or Paperbacks
Pantser or Plotter
Batman or Superman
Ability to fly or Power to be invisible
Prius or Hemmie
Follow the rules or Break the rules or Make My Own Rules
TV or Movies
NY or LA
Vampires or Angels
Fall or Spring
Neat or Messy
Werewolf or Genie
Tell jokes or Pull pranks
Home cooked meals or Go out to a restaurant
Okay, I guess that shows that I don’t follow directions all that well 😉 but, hey, how can you choose between a cat or a dog? If I chose cat, my elderly Zuzu would have her little heart broken, poor dear. But if I chose dog, well, my alien kitten Wookie, who is both muse and writing partner, would put her nose and tail up in the air and not speak to me for a couple of hours. Mmm, maybe I should pick….no, alien kittens can be vicious critters 😉
Great Escapes – Valentine’s Day
By Lynda K. Scott & Linda Wisdom
By Lynda K. Scott
Science Fantasy Romance
Eric d’Ebrur is out of time. He must fine the legendary Heartstone and fulfill the ancient Gar’Ja bond he shares with the Stonebearer. But when he finds her, he discovers that love can be more dangerous than the Gawan threat. Eric can defeat the mind-controlling Gawan but will it cost him the woman he loves?
After terrifying episodes of hypersensitivity, Keriam Norton thinks she’s losing her mind. When handsome shapeshifter Eric d’Ebrur saves her from the monstrous Gawan, she’s sure of it. But insane or not, she’ll find the Heartstone and, if she’s lucky, a love to last a lifetime.
Available in print and ebook format
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by Lynda K Scott
Science Fantasy Romance
Available in ebook formats
Stranded on an alternate Earth, architect and Jill-of-all-trades, Liane Gautier-MacGregor must find her way back to her homeworld before she’s enslaved…or falls in love with a man who is the exact duplicate of her ex-husband.
Devyn MacGregor’s alter ego as the Reiver Lord is the only way he can fight the Qui’arel and their nefarious Bride Bounty, a tax paid with human females…until he meets the oddly familiar woman who claims he is her husband. And who sets in motion the rebellion that will either free his countrymen or destroy them.