Today I am proud to be part of the ASMSG blog hop and to present Scarlett Flame, a verstile writer and a very interesting and loveable person. Please scroll to the bottom of this interview to find a rafflecopter link and more tour dates.
Hi Scarlett, please tell us a little about your writing history. When was the first time you decided to write and when was the first time you did?
Well, I have written poems and pieces of prose all my life really, and also always kept some form of diary. I started to write seriously just a little over 18 months ago. I wrote secretly for a long time, hiding my partially completed manuscript in a bottom drawer. No one knew I was writing.
When did you decide to publish your stories?
It wasn’t a decision I had seriously thought through. I had been on twitter a little while and had begun talking to some writers and bloggers on there. One of those writers was my good friend John Dolan. I told John about my writing one day, and he suggested that I start a blog. In order to build an audience for my book and market myself. I told John that I had absolutely no idea how to write or even work a blog. Therefore, John took it upon himself to talk me through the whole procedure via Skype. If it wasn’t for John I wouldn’t be sat here talking to you at this moment in time. I have a lot to thank John for and I have told him this.
Tell us about your first book? How did you decide on the characters, plots and title?
Well the first book is actually my work in Progress which are know we are due to discuss later on.
But I realise you mean my first published work, as meanwhile I chose to publish a novel of short stories, two of which had appeared on my blog originally and the final story was added to complete the set. The characters I use are quite often based on actual people and events ( only very loosely at times though) as also my characters are based on myself in some respects, especially looks. As without fail my heroines or main protagonists all have long auburn hair and blue eyes, as do I.
The first story came to me in my sleep, and as I keep a notepad beside my bed I wrote a basic synopsis down on waking, then created my story based on what I could remember. The second came about after a discussion concerning fantasies that I actually had with a few people. These fantasies were then interwoven, and the fantasies of Sarah were created. The final story is about Dom/sub and is a fascinating subject regarding the power play between a Dominant and his submissive. This also resulted from conversations I had with actual Dominants on both Twitter and other forums.
BDSM is a very popular sub category of erotica. Will you be sticking to the proven formula or have you got plans to branch out?
As I said previously the D/s aspect of BDSM fascinates me but I was discussing kinks in general with a knowledgeable individual the other evening. His research unveiled that 1 in 10 people have tried something that would be regarded as kinky, and 1 in 100 have taken this further. Therefore this seems to be a very popular genre to write in. I recently wrote a short story that was a little different to the norm as it was a comedy piece about BDSM of sorts, maybe I will branch out in that respect.
Would you ever write in a different genre?
Yes, I already have completed three out of the five initial children’s books I am writing and just need a few more illustrations and will be able to publish them.
Who or what inspired you for the stories?
Life inspired a number of the stories and talking and discussing subjects related to the topics I wrote about, gelled them together for me.
Who would you hope plays them in a movie version?
The short stories would be a montage as they are quite different. The angel in the first story would have to be played by Ian Somerhalder who plays Damon Salvatore in The Vampire Diaries. He has the dark brooding looks I would expect from that character. Not too sure who would play the female leads but they have to have auburn hair and blue eyes lol
Did you have it all planned out before you write your stories or do the characters and story surprise you?
I have an idea for the story that I then write up as a synopsis, I also know the ending I want to achieve too, but, sometimes the characters themselves seem to just take over and surprise me! Which is good as a novel should surprise you and excite you.
Which character did you most enjoy writing?
Hmm in the novel my favourite character is Sarah, as she is a very adventurous girl and not frightened of taking chances.
What would your character(s) say about you?
Hmmm hard question that one! I think they would compare me to the main character because I share quite a few of their traits. I love romance and love. I am only a pretty over the top sort of character too. I hope they would like me and want to be my friend and lover.
What do you like best about writing? What’s your least favorite thing?
I love it when I am in the zone and my imagination takes over, weaving a story together and finding the story exciting myself. I have to say editing is a difficult task and proofreading also.
Did you have any say in your cover art? What do you think of it? Tell us about the artist.
I chose the cover art myself and the artist is a very good friend of mine. The artist is Alan Hurley and he lives in Cork, Ireland. He is an amazing artist and just gets better and better. I have a number of his prints in my living room at home and Alan has kindly signed them and given them to me. I commissioned Alan to produce a painting of my avi that I use on both Twitter and my Facebook page. It has pride of place on the wall in the main bedroom. There will be a follow up to this novel and I hope to be able to use another of Alan’s painting for that too. For anyone who also like this cover there are copies of this available from Alan on his website.
What is your writing environment like? Do you need silence or music to write?
I tend to write either tend to write in silence or maybe softly playing music as I am easily distracted by noise.
How many rewrites does it normally take you for each book?
This one had about four rewrites, but I have done numerous ones for my WIP. John Dolan has read the first chapter of my WIP and he suggested I look again at what I had written ,as he said that my writing had improved so much since the original manuscript was written that it would benefit from this. He was right too, and I will probably tweak this a little more too before I am happy with it.
How do you edit and quality control?
Ideally I print the manuscript out and use a highlighter pen, old school really! This is how I would have approached the many assignments I completed at the various Universities I have attended (three to date!)
How have you found the experience of self-publishing? What were your highs and lows?
OMG I was #SO confused by the whole process and didn’t find it easy to do at all but, will be self publishing my next book too. The many horror stories I have heard about the way some authors have been dealt with has made me sceptical of using a publishing house. But hey, if one wants to convince me otherwise I would never say never.
What is your advice to new writers?
To have belief in yourself, read other authors writing and accept criticism, especially from those that know more than you about the writing process. Ask help from others as I have found the vast majority of writers are happy to share.
Who are your favourite authors?
Ooh that is a pretty large list to be honest but here we go. Anne Rice, Dean Koontz, John Dolan, Seumas Gallaher, Tolkien, Anne McCaffrey, the list is endless really. I love an eclectic mix of writing including horror and sci fi.
What book are you currently reading and in what format (e-book/paperback/hardcover)?
I have a few books that I am currently reading in a number of formats.
I have a couple of beautiful hardback coffee table books on Steampunk called, The Anatomy of Steampunk by Katherine Gleason and The Steampunk Bible by Jeff Vandermeer. I also have a number of paperback novels. I was given a copy of Louie has landed The early days by Kevin Swarbrick when we went out to dinner recently. Also, I won a copy of The Transient by Maree Ward- Russell at her book signing last year when she was over on a book tour with Andrew Barber. I have literally hundreds of ebook that I have yet to read but the current ones of those I am reading are by Edward Naughty, Cole Browning, Johgn Satisfy, James Grey, Kitty Bittesplit, and Jon Fletcher. I read more than one at once lol
Who would you say are the biggest influences?
Another difficult question, Dean Koontz, Tolkien and Anne McCaffrey have influenced me a little but my writing is pretty unlike those too. I think I have just evolved as a writer
What books have you read more than once or want to read again?
The Trilogy of The Lord of the Rings I have reread numerous times and the Twilight novels.
What is your life like outside of writing?
I used to work as a children’s nurse but am a sort of Jack ( or Jill!) of all trades too. I have had numerous professions over the years and always risen to the top in whatever I chose to pursue. I love to do Pilates and go to the gym. I love to entertain and enjoy family parties. I spend time going out to listen to the amazing music produced by the Indie bands round and about in Manchester, and write about the gigs too on my blog.
What makes you laugh?
Slapstick makes me laugh, Lucille Ball type of humour, I cringe but I also laugh. The British version of Shameless and the series called Not Going Out and Dinner Ladies. Also Morcambe and Wise and Tommy Cooper.
What (not who) would you like to take to a lonely island?
Hmmm I would have said my kindle but maybe a notepad and pens so that I could write
Hot or cold? Warm lol I hate to be cold and can’t bare to be hot
Salty or sweet? Sweet
What would your friends say are your best and your oddest quality?
What would you chose as those qualities?
I have been told my patience is one of my best qualities and I think I would have to agree. Also my tenacity, I don’t give up on things easlily.
Tell us about your other books?
The WIP is a paranormal erotic romance set on a Steampunk world called Syros. The main characters are Alexander, who is kidnapped from Earth and taken to Syros by a group of werewolves. She has a n amazing series of adventures on the planet that involve dragons, dragon riders, werewolves and magicians for starters. It is the first in a series of books based on this world and the title of this book is The Prophecy Unfolds ( Dragon Queen)
What song would you pick to go with your book?
I love a fairly new song called All of me by John Legend. It is an evocative song and so beautiful.
I think I handle it quite well if it is helpful and well meant. I am used to receiving criticism as a university student.
Tell us one weird thing, one nice thing, and one fact about where you live.
I was an amateur body building champion some years ago, I love to help people and teach them. I live in a small mining village in an old pit cottage.
What are you working on now?
The wip process I mentioned earlier The Prophecy Unfolds (Dragon Queen) and also on a series of children’s books that will be published under my own name some time this year.
Is there anything you would like us to know about yourself and your books?
Just that I put my heart and my soul in to my writing and also give all that I can to any project that I undertake.
Scarlett Flame Blog http://missscarlettflame.
Blog Hop Tour Dates:
March 18, 2014
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