Guest Blog Interview- Author Kinney Scott

Moscato and Tea is excited to bring you a new Tea Time Interview with our special guest Author Kinney Scott. Take some time to subscribe, and follow our podcast on all digital platforms now. New episode dropping September 3rd 2019 as we discuss all things Beauty, Business, and Community.

Tea Time Interview

Where are you from?

Hi Keke. Thanks for the invite. I’m from Olympia, Washington and I’ve spent my entire life in the Pacific Northwest.

How did you get started?

I began writing when I was young, just for me, chasing the voices that landed in my head. When my last kid left for college I decided to go back to school and finish my degree. That year spent focused on writing gave me the confidence to begin Inheriting Trouble, the first book of the In Ashwood series.

How long does it take you to write a book?

I generally work on two projects at a time, juggling my creative side on a first draft while editing another. With that schedule, from start to finish a book takes about four months.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

I’m most creative in the morning and like to wake up, feed the dog, grab coffee and then get words on the page. After my creative engine slows down, I check emails and social media for marketing before I begin editing or other detail work. This is in a perfect world when the phone isn’t ringing, or my dog hasn’t tracked mud all over the house.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I don’t know if it’s a quirk, but once a character gets in my head, I dream their life instead of mine.

Any advice for other women wanting to start a business or become a writer?

Even before I began writing I was self-employed, working in the insurance industry. My advice; understand the wants and needs of your customers, or in writing, your audience. Do they want to be entertained? Do they need help or advice? Once I figure that out, I do all I can to meet that need. As an author, I try to write something the reader will find satisfying.

Which hurdles did you personally face and how did you overcome them?

Hurdles happen daily. Most of them are small, but others are so big I will never find a way around. Surrounding myself with encouraging people who have positive energy helps me trust enough to ask for help. And I try to give as much help as I receive – to be there when my friends need me.

How did you get started? Talk me through it.

I started writing Inheriting Trouble because I had time. Going back to school gave me the confidence to risk putting my words in front of a wider audience. I finished the first three books before I began marketing. This idea came from a podcast I watched with advice from Barbara Freethy. Teaming up later with a small group of writers helped me figure out this complicated business. If I hadn’t met them, I’m not sure if I’d still be writing. That circles back to the last question – it’s essential to find people you can trust and learn as a team.

What genre would you write in besides romance?

I’d like to write some mystery/thriller books someday. Trouble Brewing had a mystery element, and I loved writing the villain, Stephen. I’ve also begun the first few chapters on a children’s book, under a different pen name. I have two grandchildren and would like to publish something just for them.

How can people find your books?

Kinneyscott.com is a great place to start.

I also keep in touch on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/kinneywrites/

And Bookbub will send out alerts on every new release. https://www.bookbub.com/profile/kinney-scott

What’s your biggest inspiration?

For me it isn’t the big things that inspire so much as the small - little details, snippets of conversation, the way things smell, the tilt of a person’s head when they’re talking to someone they love. I try to get those details on the page in a way that connects with the reader – every once in a while, I succeed.

Tea time. If we have time a fun quick-fire answer segment.

Your favorite president living or dead?

Roosevelt

Favorite guilty pleasure?

Coconut cream pie

Worst habit?

Using half and half on my cereal instead of milk.

Name something you did in your youth that your parents don’t know about.

I skipped school quite a bit. It was a bad idea.

Celebrity Crush.

John Cusack (totally gives away my age, but I loved him in Say Anything)

What are you not good at?

Math

What are you reading besides your book?

Roni Loren’s Loving you Easy

What music are you listening to right now?

Tom Petty – Free Fallin’

Favorite travel destination?

Hawaii – Hapuna Beach.