About Dee Dee M. Scott:
Best-selling author, playwright and entrepreneur Dee Dee M. Scott’s motto is “The sky is not the limit; the limit is higher than the sky” and with her extensive resume of creative works, she is certainly doing her part to live up to that motto.
Born and raised in Florence, South Carolina, Scott exploded onto the scene in 2009 with her debut novel, My Husband’s Woman, a tale of love and deception which Scott later adapted into a stage play that toured South Carolina and continues to successfully tour to this day. The play earned Scott The Golden Pen Playwright Award, and the Columbia Theater Review named her Playwright to Watch in 2013.
Scott’s follow-up novel, Sent From Heaven, was released in 2013, and she recently wrote the screenplay and served as an assistant director for Lake House, a psychological thriller that will hit select theaters in 2016.
When Scott isn’t writing, she runs Awesome Scott PR Firm & Talent Agency with her husband and heads her non-profit, Joseph & Kathy Gregg’s Child, which provides theater and acting classes for children, teens and adults.
What inspires you to write?
It is what I have always done. It just came naturally. I have been writing since the age of six. By the time I was a teenager, I was writing poetry and performing them in front of audiences. I wrote my first book after my husband brought me a computer to stop me from taking up space in our closets with the notebooks of stories that I had hand written.
Tell us about your writing process.
I love to write very early in the morning. That is when my mind is full of ideas. I know my characters inside and out, so when I start writing I let them speak and develop the story.
I keep a basic outline of the characters, but I have the story in my head weeks or even months before I actually sit down to tell the story so it flows pretty well.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I always listen to the characters. I let them tell the stories. Sometimes, I think the story should go one way and then my characters will take the story in another way that surprises me.
What advice would you give other writers?
Lose the naysayers. If you have a talent, if you have a dream, surround yourself with like-minded people who will uplift and support you. Negative people are Cancer. They will destroy you and steer you away from your dreams, if you let them. You have to stay free of as much negativity as possible. You also have to study, work hard and stay focused on your path. You can’t drive a car and worry about where the next car is going or you will crash. You have your own road to travel and you have to stay focused on it. Lastly, protect your dreams and surround yourself with people who believe in you and your vision.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
When I first started writing, I self- published. Now I bring out my books through my publishing company: Ahsyad Publications. I learned so much over the years and now have knowledge in the field that I may have not received if I had not done it on my own. Through the grace of Jehovah God and hard work I became a bestselling self-published author.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think that digital publishing will continue to grow. However, both digital and print help drive overall sales.
What genres do you write?: Romance
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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