Today Iím chatting to Jess C Scott
, author of EyeLeash
, a YA blog fiction novel, and numerous short stories. Jess
, welcome to FAR!
Tell us about EyeLeash
and the concept of blog fiction. What challenges did you face with this story?
Thanks for having me! To me, blog fiction is storytelling via a blog format. Writing this story was especially challengingódetails consistently had to be checked and re-checked, especially with the date and time stamps on the individual blog posts and/or IM chat transcripts.
You also have an erotic short story collection published, 4:Play
. How did you choose which stories to include in this collection? Which story is your favourite and why?
I wrote my first erotic short story when I turned 18. I wrote a few more (in succession) when I was 21 or soóI submitted some to contests and magazines. 4:Play is simply a collection of the better erotic stories I've done. A chapter titled ĎAppetizersí showcases erotic poems that I wrote over the span of a few months.
Due to the range of genres which feature in the book, I have several favourite scenes (more so than a favourite story)ólike the scenes in The Devilin Fey, between an incubus and his chosen lover. I liked maintaining a sensuous tone through that story, as opposed to hardcore erotic.
Can you tell us a little about your other upcoming works?
I started off writing original, experimental, and innovative material. Iíve submitted my other (more commercially-minded) projects to literary agents (a YA contemporary novel, and YA urban fantasy). I just finished polishing the YA urban fantasy not too long ago ;)
You also write poetry and have had several poems published. What is it about the poetic form that attracts you to it?
Brevity. I like having to focus all you want to say, in a few words.
Your books feature cover art you drew yourself. Do you draw your characters before, during or after the writing of the book? Do you find the characters are more real to you because you can literally give them a face to the name?
It happens at random. The sketch on the cover art of the first book was done in 2004; the book was published in 2009. I think it helps that I have a variety of ďsourcesĒ that I can gain inspiration from. I usually have to be able to not just visualize, but be the characters, in order for the aspect of realism to really show.
I see you also maintain a website about dragons, which has articles, poetry, images and even quizzes. Why do you like dragons, and would you share your favourite dragon fact with us?
The dragon features in mythology and culture across the globeóit makes you wonder about the shared consciousness and experiences of the human race. Favourite dragon fact: Japanese dragons have three claws/toes, Korean dragons have four, while Chinese dragons have five.
You lived in Singapore for many years before moving to the US. What do you miss most about Singapore, and what do you enjoy most about where you live now?
I liked aimlessly wandering around the slick shopping malls of Singapore. Right now Iím in Maineóitís quiet, and a great place for writing.
What books are you reading at the moment?
Textbooks. Iíve a stack of novels waiting to be read too.
You self-published your first two books. What piece of advice would you give other authors who wish to take the self-publishing route?
I think itís really important to come up with a professional-looking book cover! Itís the ďfirst impressionĒ people are going to receive of the product. I'd also advise self-published authors to be proud of their accomplishment(s), and keep going. More writing = more books = more exposure for one's brand identity.
What kind of music do you listen to while you write, or do you need complete silence?
I listen to anything from rock, to classical, to Korean pop. I do need complete silence now and then, when itís an absolute need to focus on things like plot details (and making sure it all makes sense).
What is your writing routine once you start a book?
For my latest book, I worked out an extensive outline, which proved to be really useful. I work very intensely. I cranked out about 2,000 words per day (to complete my YA urban fantasy), and tweaked the query and synopsis along with writing the actual novel (instead of writing the query and summary after the book was completed, which is what I did with my other books).
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island, what three things would you take with you?
a. SPF 45 + Moisturizer
b. Swiss Army Knife
c. Water Bottle
While writing, how does the story develop for you? Do you go from start to finish or create scenes as they come to you?
Usually I go from start to finish. I work better when itís chronological. Now and then I might skip ahead to an ďexcitingĒ scene...but Iíll invariably hop back to make sure everything fits in place.
What would you like to accomplish with your writing career?
I would like to be very, very accomplished in the future. Iíve always dreamed big, and aim high when it comes to what Iím passionate about in life. It makes the tremendous effort worthwhile.
Do you have a website or blog information you would like to share with our readers?
Thank you, Jess
, for taking the time to chat with us. We wish you every success with your books!
My deepest thanks.
Interviewed by: Maija