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indie writer interview -- Jess C. Scott, nonconformist

Posted by Matt Posner on October 29, 2011 at 9:00 PM

What’s your name, where are you from, where do you live?

Jess C Scott | from Singapore | currently residing in Maine (big change!)

What do you write and why do you write it?

I write in a range of different genres (YA, poetry, urban fantasy, contemporary with erotic elements, etc.). I like trying out different forms and settings to come up with original material.

Recommend to readers a book you have written.

Skins is a 5000-word flash fiction collection I’ve compiled (for animal lovers). One of the stories features “Laer,” the dark elf from my Cyberpunk Elven Trilogy.

I was inspired to write a short story on animal rights due to a particularly grotesque photo of crocodile-skinned chairs in the November 2011 USA edition of Harper's Bazaar (the photo is included in the last story, Skins).

Killing animals to make a fashion statement = a sickening + cold-blooded vanity.

Product Page: http://www.jessINK.com/skins.htm

Recommend to readers a book by someone else.

Why I Write, by George Orwell.

Tell an interesting experience from your life as a writer.

Most of my writing is a balanced blend of fact and fiction.

Tell an interesting experience from a non-writing job you’ve had.

My first job was distributing flyers on the street. It was pretty fun and relaxing.

In one of your books you talk about a business model for success as an independent writer. What are the very basics of that plan and how do you feel you are progressing toward your goal?

The plan covers the basics of building brand identity (which is vital for long-term success). I mostly focus on quality and improving my character via the work I do. The discipline sets the standard for future goals and projects.

I admire your business model very much and I keep it in mind all the time.

You had some controversy regarding Amazon.com removing your writing. What was that about and how has it turned out?

One of my erotic short stories had taboo content that “violated Amazon’s policies.” I made slight tweaks and there’ve been no problems with the re-issued versions.

I’ve also stopped using the “erotica” label because my erotic material focuses on psychosexual themes (with less emphasis on explicit scenes).

Original blog post: http://www.teleread.com/ebooks/amazon-removes-incest-related-erotica-titles-from-store-kindle-archive/

What are the pros and cons of being a multi-genre author?

Pros: It’s never boring. It’s challenging. Versatility improves ability.

Cons: It can be a bit harder to target a certain niche, if you want a high rank on the Amazon bestseller charts.

You use a pen name. I’m not asking you to reveal your real name, but what was the strategy that went into your decision to use a pen name, and how did you actually come up with the name?

When I was twelve, I started to sign off all my journal entries and random writings with the name, “Jess C Scott.” To me, it’s associated with freedom and creativity (to combat any mundanities in my life!).

You do all of your own art for your covers, interiors, and book trailers? Talk about what it feels like to be a multimedia artist.

I’ve done the artwork for some covers, and I use CC-licensed images for certain books (to save some time). I do the cover design, interior formatting, and do book trailers now and then as well. I’ve always liked working with multimedia (I started early with my 12-year-old dragon website, www.dragonsinn.net). Keeps boredom at bay.

If you had a brush with death, describe it.

Death: “Time to go, Jess.”

Me: “Aight.”

I love that. What are your views about love?

“Love is a serious mental disease.” ~ Plato

“Men always want to be a woman’s first love. Women have a more subtle instinct: What they like is to be a man’s last romance.” ~ Oscar Wilde

“We loved with a love that was more than love.” ~ Edgar Allan Poe

What are your views about work?

I am very closely connected to my work, so I need to work with a clean conscience. I’m driven by both passion and purpose--a clear vision is of utmost important.

Give me a link to a funny YouTube video.

Julian Smith – 25 Things I Hate About Facebook http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVA047JAQsk

Give me all the links you want to post to promote your work.

http://www.jessINK.com

http://www.facebook.com/jessINKbooks

http://www.twitter.com/jesscscott

And my latest freebie for animal lovers: http://www.jessINK.com/skins.htm

Jess has fifty books for sale at amazon.com. Here is her author page:

http://www.amazon.com/Jess-C-Scott/e/B002FBJLZ2

Here are some more links I found for Jess:

Goodreads quotes from Jess C. Scott:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/2980674.Jess_C_Scott

Another interview:  http://conversationswithwriters.blogspot.com/2011/09/interview-jess-c-scott.html

And another:  http://www.wordriot.org/archives/3159

Her wordpress blog:  http://jesscscott.wordpress.com/about/

Jess has a lot of presence on the web. Search for more -- after you finish buying some of her books!

 

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1 Comment

Reply Junying
7:03 AM on November 10, 2011 
Great interview, Matt and Jess.

Glad to know a bit more about you here, Jess. 50 books on Amazon? You've not been idle, are you? Will check you out and add you on my GR etc. Time to connect :)!