Each month, the All The Kissing team features an author in our ATK spotlight to bring you their stories, insight and challenges. We hope that you can learn from your favorite authors, pick up writing tips, and empathize with names you know because they’ve been there. This month, we’re interviewing author Kylie Scott.
Introducing Kylie Scott
USA Today and New York Times best-selling author of the acclaimed Stage Dive Series and the spinoff Dive Bar series, Kylie Scott has a knack for writing imperfect characters with heavy doses of both heat and humor.
In Trust, her YA contemporary romance, a gun in the face prompts teenage good girl Edie to examine her life and what’s truly important. When John, the bad boy who saved her life, decides to help Edie with her pesky V-card problem, their burgeoning friendship takes a complicated turn, and when danger knocks a second time, they could lose more than their hearts.
Welcome, Kylie. Thank you so much for joining us!
I was enthralled with your latest book, Trust. Edie is such a compelling character, forced to question what matters in life faster than most of her teenage counterparts. What inspired her complexity?
I think all teenagers question life and its complexities. It’s just natural. Relationships and how other people do or don’t fit into our worlds. What various responsibilities actually mean and their impact. Having so many experiences for the first time is a huge growth experience in itself. It’s these years that can form so many aspects of us as we go into adulthood.
The teen years have a profound effect on who we become as adults. Writing was my escape during my drama-laden teens. When did you know you wanted to be an author?
I’ve always been a big reader and carried a notebook around. But I got serious about writing about ten years ago when there was room in my life for committing myself to finishing a book. Joining a writing group, going to conferences, and attending classes just followed on from that.
As a fledgling writer trying to finish your first book, what did you with struggle most as far as craft, process, and/or mechanics?
All of it really. There’s so much to learn and that’s ongoing throughout a writing career. Learning to take criticism is a huge step and really the only way to grow.
Too true. We never stop evolving as writers and critique is essential to the evolution. What is the most difficult part of the writing process for you now?
Plotting through the middle section of a book can often be problematic for me. I usually know my beginnings and ends quite well.
Ah, getting from point A to point B is something I can identify with. What advice would you give to newbie romance writers about craft and the publishing industry?
If you want it badly enough, you’ll get there in the end.
Great advice we can apply to our lives as whole, and it’s vital that the journey from A to B is enjoyable, so let’s have some fun. Our theme this month is Tropes. Are there specific tropes that draw you as a writer? What about as a reader––do you gravitate to certain storylines?
I love Beauty and the Beast and Fish out of Water storylines in particular. Challenging characters to grow and evolve beyond what they are. To reassess their ideas of the world and their place in it. That’s always fun for me.
What is something our audience might not know about you?
My husband is one of my beta readers.
That’s wonderful! It would be difficult to for me pursue writing if the hero of my own story didn’t support me during each step. Speaking of heroes … Top three book boyfriends of all time?
I’m going for classics. Gilbert Blythe, Rhett Butler, and the Beast.
I love those. The moody hero is always my favorite. Tell us about Chaser, the next book in the Dive Bar series––Eric seems to be more of an anti-hero. What was it like for you building his story?
He badly needed to grow up and have his world and ideas challenged. With few real responsibilities and a lot of people in his life propping him up, he needed to recognize that he was cruising through life with little real effort. It was nice watching him rise to the challenge and evolve into a man who could be depended upon.
I can’t wait to get my hands on Eric’s story. Can you tell us what you’re working on next?
A book set in Australia with an older hero and younger heroine. I haven’t written that situation before, so I’m really enjoying it.
That sounds interesting! I can’t wait to learn more. Thank you for joining us and sharing your insight.
Chaser, the third book in the Dive Bar series, is currently up for preorder and will release April 17, 2018. You can learn more about Kylie and get news on upcoming releases at KylieScott.com and follow her on Twitter as @KylieScottbooks.
Feature image courtesy of Kylie Scott’s Facebook