It’s Wednesday, which means today I introduce you to an author you may not yet know. Hopefully this leads to some new book discoveries for you. Today we have Jayde Scott, another fellow author at The Writer’s Voice. Jayde just released the third book in the Ancient Legends series, Voodoo Kiss, this month!
About Voodoo Kiss:
Aspiring rock star, Sofia, had her whole future figured out. Or so she thought until her sister’s sacrificed in a horrific ritual. Now Sofia’s haunted by dreadful nightmares and terrifying visions from a past she never knew existed.
On a trip to Brazil, something awakens inside Sofia — her legacy, a blessing and a curse, drawing to her every paranormal creature out there: vampires, demons and reapers, ghosts and Shadows, and something much darker that’s been twisting its way into her heart and soul. With the help of Thrain, a striking demon of the highest order, she sets out to uncover the truth about herself and the ones she loves.
In a world of love and betrayal, of reincarnation and ancient bonds, to solve the mystery of her sister’s murder, Sofia must embrace her own century-old legacy. But do do so, she must also let evil into her soul.
Jayde Scott is a British author most notable for creating the Ancient Legends series. She lives in London with her family and several pets.
And now onto the interview!
Tell us about you in 10 words.
I became a writer because I always wanted supernatural powers.
Haha! That’s awesome! If you tweeted about your latest release, what would it say (140 characters or less)?
With a striking demon’s help, young voodoo priestess Sofia sets out to uncover the truth about her past life she never knew existed.
Ooh, enticing… If you could spend the day with any of your characters, who would it be and what would you do?
Definitely Thrain because he’s a gorgeous bad boy slash demon who knows how to turn up the heat.
Hmm…we all seem to like spending time with hot bad boys. What’s up with that? Anyway…what’s your favorite part of being a writer?
Readers telling me they enjoyed my novels. It makes my day every time.
I know, right?! Best. Part. Ever. Well, that and working in your PJs whatever hours you want. But there’s always a downside. What’s the hardest part of being a writer?
Being a writer can be a lonely profession. I definitely miss the interaction with others. What’s also difficult is staying focused and keeping away from the Internet.
Stay away from the internet? *cough* I have no idea what you mean. *cough* What do you wish you would have known before you became a writer?
You don’t need an agent or publisher to become a writer. I wish I had written more instead of wasting years on querying in the hope to find an agent or publisher.
Yes! I have all kinds of stuff to say about that, but this is your interview. So what made you decide to go indie?
Being published was my New Year’s resolution in 2010. When December 2010 came and I still hadn’t received an offer, I knew I had to do something. I figured I had nothing to lose by publishing my first book on Amazon. Others had done it before me. That first book wasn’t successful, probably because I knew nothing about marketing ebooks or reaching the right audience, but I liked the aspect of being an indie author and having control over what I wrote, how many books I wrote, choosing a cover and so forth, so I published my young adult paranormal romance series, Ancient Legends.
Nothing to lose and so much to gain. What do you like most about being indie?
Being in control. I love designing my covers and creating book trailers. I also love writing at my own pace and about whatever I feel like writing.
If a writer came to you asking advice about going indie, what’s the most important thing you would tell them?
Write the best book you can and edit well. Don’t publish a book that isn’t edited.
Amen! It’s what sets apart the winners from the wannabes. Okay, onto what you like to read. What’s the last book you read and what’s next?
The last book I read was my own novel, Voodoo Kiss, because I had to edit it. I’ve been meaning to read Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier for a while now. Definitely look forward to taking a few days off from writing and editing to read it.
Another book to add to my TBR list – in addition to yours, of course. We all have these teetering piles of new books to read, but there are always favorites we go back to. What book or author can you read over and over again?
The Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice. I must have read that book a hundred times and still love it to bits.
Oh, good one! Ebooks or Dead Tree Books? Why?
Definitely ebooks because I’m an environmentalist and against chopping off trees for the sake of creating paper.
Finally, where can we connect with you?