Renee Scattergood lives in Australia with her husband, Nathan, and daughter, Taiya. She has always been a fan of fantasy and was inspired to become a story-teller by George Lucas, but didn’t start considering writing down her stories until she reached her late twenties. Now she enjoys writing dark fantasy.
She is currently publishing her monthly Shadow Stalker serial, and she has published a prequel novella to the series called, Demon Hunt. She is also working on a new series of novels, A God’s Deception.
Aside from writing, she loves reading (fantasy, of course), watching movies with her family, and doing crafts and science experiments with her homeschooled daughter. Visit her site for more information and a free copy of Shadow Stalker Part 1 (Episodes 1 – 6): http://reneescattergood.com
Renee’s Author Spotlight: http://reneesauthorspotlight.blogspot.com.au/ – a blog where I feature indie and small press authors.
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00NTJY1W2
Smashwords Author Page: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/rscatts
BookBub Author Page: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/renee-scattergood
Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8507658.Renee_Scattergood
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/reneescatts
L’intervista con Renee Scattergood
First of all: who are you? What do you do? Where do you live? Tell us something about you.
Hi! I’m Renee Scattergood. I live in Australia with my husband and daughter. I was originally from the US, but I met my husband online in 2003 and came out here in 2004 to meet him in person for the first time. We married 3 months later and I’ve been here since.
What do you write: what’s your genre and topics?
I mainly write dark fantasy… not the horror type, but more psychologically dark, disturbing and somewhat twisted at times.
What inspired you to be a writer?
When I was in college, taking a creative writing class, my instructor was really impressed with my work and suggested I get some of it published. It took several years to build up the courage to actually start writing.
Who are you writing for? Who is your target reader?
My work is most appropriate for people 15 years old and older.
Please provide a brief synopsis of your book
My Shadow Stalker serial is about a young shadow stalker, Auren, who is being hunted by the Galvadi Empire. They believe she is destined to enslave the people of her world, but in their attempt to stop her, they’ve oppressed their people. Auren is deterimed to stop their tyranny, but will she be able to do it without succumbing to the prophecy?
What is the name of your blog and what can readers expect to find there?
My website/blog is called Renee Writes. You will find a list of all my available books there, complete with descriptions and links to the various online retailers that sell tem. I share author spotlights about other fantasy/science fiction authors, personal stories, guest posts and updates about my work on my blog.
Are you traditionally published or self-published?
I am self-published. It’s something I’ve wanted to do from the beginning. I’m very entreprenurial minded, and I love being in control of all aspects of my writing.
What future projects can we look forward?
Aside from my Shadow Stalker serial, I’m planning my first novel series called, A God’s Deception. I’m also planning another serial to start when Shadow Stalker is finished. In between all that I’ll be writing the occasional novella and short story.
Can you offer one or two helpful tips for fellow writers when it comes to marketing and publicity?
The most important things to do are build your author platform and make yourself as visible as you can online. Make sure you have a mailing list and offer an incentive to new subscribers. I offer my first book as a free download and then subscribers get the second one free. It’s called the funnel system.
You use your free book to get newsletter signups and then your newsletter to promote all your future books. Also, participate in at least one social media platform. Don’t just promote yourself there. Get to know others, tell people about yourself, help out where you can (especially other authors, because when you help them, they will likely help you).
Also, participate in blog tours, write guest posts and do as many author interviews as you can. The more people see you, the more new readers you’ll find.
What do you enjoy doing aside from writing?
My daughter has ADHD and ASD, as well as severe insomnia, so she is homeschooled. My free time is spent with her, but she and I are very close. I love doing things with her. We play games (online and board games), read stories and she absolutely loves to shop. She also loves science so we have a book with science experiments and we’ll do those on occasion as well.
If you were stranded on a deserted island, and you could only have five books with you, what would they be?
It would likely be the first 5 books in The Emperor’s Edge series by Lindsay Buroker. I love those books.
What are you working on now?
Right now I’m working on my Shadow Stalker series. I’m up to Episode 16 and there are 24 episodes in all. I’m also in the planning stages of a new novel series called, A God’s Deception.
What was the hardest part about writing your latest book?
The hardest part is when I have to kill a character I’ve come to love. I also tend to put my characters through a lot of emotional and physical torment, and that can be hard to write too.
Do you have anything specific you’d like to say to your readers?
I’d just like to say thanks for giving me a chance and I hope you enjoy delving into my crazy imagination. 😀
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Really it’s a release for me. I have a very overactive imagination and writing is my outlet. If I didn’t have writing, I’d probably go insane.