About Meghan Scott:
Meghan grew up showing horses all over the country. After graduating with a degree in English Literature (for which she received the Distinguished Scholar award), she ran away to the big city to pursue a career as an attorney. After ten years she “escaped” back to her hometown and farm in Kentucky, where she raised a family. Her friends, a loyal, funny, snarky group of well-educated career driven men and women, encouraged her to pursue publishing some of her stories. When not writing, she can usually be found in a barn, covered in horse hair!
What inspires you to write?
I love reading romance and the horse world has so much fodder worthy of telling. Truth, as they say, is stranger than fiction – and most of my stories have some grain of truth in them – but of course they are completely fictionalized! I write because most days, it’s more fun than doing laundry!
I have to say, though, that after I finish the book I’m currently writing, I’m going to delve into a project involving my grandfathers love letters to my grandmother during his time in WWII. I don’t know yet whether it will be fiction or non-fiction.
Tell us about your writing process.
I suppose I’m a seat-of-my-pants writer. My outline is mostly in my head. Sometimes I get stuck – sometimes I jot notes on random slips of paper as an idea hits. Sometimes I just go to the grocery and the answer comes on aisle #5 and I can’t wait to get home to write it!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I wish some of my characters were real. But then, I’ve mostly written romance – so there’s that.
I talk to myself all the time, so it’s not a big stretch to talk to my characters as if they are here.
What advice would you give other writers?
I kept a notebook of dreams and story ideas for years. I just never had the time to sit down and write them out. Or rather, I made excuses to not find the time.
Just sit down and do it. Do it a little at a time or a lot. Do it while unloading the dishwasher if you have to.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My friends encouraged me to publish. I did a lot of reading and research on the various venues. Indie publishing appeals to the control freak in me – and it’s a challenge. Just to gamble and see if I can make it work. I’d love to be wildly successful – wouldn’t we all – but if even one person gets enjoyment out of one of my books – well that’s a measure of success as well. I enjoy the whole process. Indie publishing is not for the faint of heart – it’s a 10,000 piece jigsaw puzzle. I know why people sit back and let publishers do the work. But I find it fun. Sick, right?
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I’m too new at this to really have an opinion yet. I’ll get back to you on that one!
What do you use?: Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Romance, erotic romance, adult romance, chic lit, fiction, non-fiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print