Please welcome Tarah Scott to Author Migraine Central.
Today we will be interviewing her. Take a look!
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? I didn’t give any real thought to being a writer until I was in my early thirties. It wasn’t until I was nearly forty that I wrote my first book.
How long does it take you to write a book? For a full length romance, 95,000 words or so, about eight months.
What is your work schedule like when you're writing? I try to write every day. I write, break for breakfast, or to clean house. Then I write more, break for promotion, clean house. Write more, break for laundry. Eventually, I pick up my daughter from school and I try to get a little writing in before the day is over.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? If I’m on a particularly difficult section, I like to say out loud what I’m writing as I’m writing it. It helps me figure out how it really sounds.
How do your books get published? I started with small presses, like The Wild Rose Press and Etopia Press. Like everyone else, I submitted with a query and sample chapters. I worked my way up into indie publishing.
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books? Life! Ideas are everywhere.
When did you write your first book and how old were you? I was thirty-nine, almost forty, when I wrote my first book.
What do you like to do when you're not writing? Bake, a little gardening. I have a teenage daughter and we spend a fair amount of time together.
What does your family think of your writing? My daughter and brother are very supportive. They have little choice! I couldn’t turn off writing if I tried.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books? How mysterious the muse it. Things come together almost ‘magically.’ It’s a true mystery.
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite? I write under two author names. Between the two, I’ve written a couple dozen books. One of my favorites is the erotic paranormal/fantasy romance, Labyrinth. The story is very dark.
Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they? Write, write, write, write, and write more. Read—a lot. Write more, then find a couple people you trust to read the book. Take to heart their constructive criticism. Then rewrite and revise—a lot.
Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say? I’m very fortunate. I hear a lot from my readers. They sometimes tell me that a particular book I wrote is a favorite of theirs, or how a particular hero is special to them. Things like that. It’s very heartening.
Do you like to create books for adults? I have written about half a dozen erotic titles.
What do you think makes a good story? Characters we can relate to. Characters who are bigger than life. Characters we want to know.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up? I wanted to be an archaeologist. Stephen King says that writes dig for a good story. I guess I ended up being an archaeologist—of sort—after all.