Author Spotlight: T.E. Scott

See full issue for 2016 06-27

If you had a writing motto what would it be?
'Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.' I'm certainly not the first to suggest that William Wordsworth's words inspire me to write, but I remember the day I read 'Intimations of Immortality' in which Wordsworth writes, 'Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower; we will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind.' It was as if he were writing to me...reminding me of a hope of something greater. I went in pursuit of the things that inspire, literature, art, love. In fact, all of my endeavors in life stem from my 'heart's breathing.' It seems the most fulfilling way to live.

Where do you draw your inspiration?
I draw most of my inspiration from the setting around me. I've spent my life immersed in the musical world, so naturally, music infuses what I write. I also happen to live in one of the most spectacular parts of the world...New Zealand. It is a country of vast beauty. It is a young country built upon people's sweat and labor. I find their stories and histories very inspiring.

What is one interesting fact about you?
I met my now-husband when he was five and I was eight. My family had moved from the States to New Zealand in the early 80s and our families became fast friends. We moved back to the US six years later, visiting NZ occasionally over the following years. Twenty years later, the young, blond childhood friend of my brother appeared on my Texas doorstep. He was slightly more appealing, I must admit. After a quick engagement, we were married and moved back to the green land of my childhood where we now run a little farm and wrangle our two children.

Have you learned anything from the self publishing process and would you do anything differently next time?
I've learned that it's a hard business! Writers want to write. But indie writers have to write, market, self-promote, swallow their pride, accept rejection, celebrate success, advertise, and keep on writing. I'm not sure that I would seek representation the second time around, but getting reviews and validation is certainly one of the hardest parts of indie publishing. I'd love to just write!

What has been your most successful marketing strategy?
Facebook promotion has been a very positive marketing strategy. Perhaps it's my gracious friends who wish to see me succeed, but people have generously shared my Facebook page and promotions. I've also found Goodreads Giveaways to be a very cost-effective way of getting my book out there. Of course, shipping to the States is not cheap, but it's well worth it when several hundred people request a copy!

What is the best kept secret you have found in regard to indie publishing?
There was once a stigma associated with self-published books. As a former English teacher, I wanted the validation of a publishing house. But today we live in a different world. There are great works of writing on the indie scene and it has been the power of the people to discover them. No longer are writers at the mercy of agents and publishing houses. Stories that might never have been told are now in the hands of readers. I think that's a powerful thing.

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