Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
Ginger Scott and age is just a number 😉
Fiona: Where are you from?
Arizona. Born and raised; lived here my entire life.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I went to Arizona State University and graduated with a degree in journalism. I worked as a breaking news reporter as well as a features writer and editor for many publications in Arizona. I switched gears to marketing and PR when an opportunity to work for my hometown opened up just as they were about to host a Super Bowl. I have always been into design and digital media, and digital marketing became my world for a long time before I finally got the courage to share my fiction. I’m married with a teen son, and we pretty much eat, live and breathe baseball.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I have a new book coming out in May. It’s called BRED and it is a coming-of-age love story inspired by Great Expectations. I’m so excited for it; it’s a book I’ve wanted to write for a long time! I was also just nominated for a Rita ™ Award from RWA for my YA novel Cry Baby. Having this book—about a boy in a gang, desperate to get out, and in love with the new girl on his block—recognized means so very much to me.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
When I was young—maybe 11 or 12—I read the book Forever by Judy Blume. I fell in love with the realism of it all. She wrote a story about a teen girl’s sexual awakening and all of the complicated emotions that go along with it. It was a story that touched all of my questions and fears and it was full of characters I knew!This was my life, these were my friends…I wanted to write something just as real one day.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
The first time I was published in a newspaper in college. I had written for my own enjoyment, poetry and short stories that I never shared, but when I saw a story I worked on show up on a front page, that hit home. My name was there, and even though it was a news article, it had my voice to it. I told a story. It took me a few years to get the courage to share the stories in my head, and I’m so glad I did.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Both that Judy Blume book I referenced above and the book The Outsiders. Those were two stories that felt really personal, with depth and characters I understood. I wanted to write something that felt that way, so after college, I began sketching out ideas for my first book. I spent years nibbling at it, afraid to finish. But one day, my husband dared me—so I did. And it is everything I always hoped it would be. That book was Waiting on the Sidelines, and it’s about small town life, expectations, young love, young heart break, forgiveness, bullying, grudges, peer pressure, class and one really spectacular high school quarterback. It spawned a series I just finished this year. The Waiting Series. High school sweethearts through a lifetime of ups and downs. It will always be special to me.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I called that book simply BOOK for a really long time lol! It needed something that felt just right. I wanted to get a sports reference because sports is something important in my life. I write a lot of sports into my fiction, and I like to describe the action. I like the emotions and the highs and lows of it. I was running through various football idioms in the shower one day and when that one popped into my head I knew it was perfect. It describes the story down to its core.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I tend to write very real. My character development is the most important part of my craft. I want readers to miss them, to picture them in their heads, to hate them or love them. I think for characters to be real, sometimes they have to do ugly things. My prince charming is not always so charming, but I think that’s what makes him real. We all mess up. And the angst is delicious anyhow. I am challenged with inner dialogue. I can sometimes get really quiet and give too much when less is more. It is something I work to improve on in every book.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
A lot of it. All of my books have some of me and the people in my life woven through the fabric of the story, but it’s just inspiration. Sometimes it can be things that I wish happened that way, or things I’ve observed from afar. I am often inspired by news stories and current events or the state of the world. I don’t ever want to be afraid to tackle the hard subjects, especially with my YA books. I write about racism and mental health a lot, because I think our youth needs to identify with what plays out in the real world, and to see themselves and to have important discussions.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
It’s always different. Sometimes I’m inspired by a place I visit and I take notes while I’m there to save for later. Sometimes, I call on places I know by heart. Arizona and Chicago are places I know very well, so they tend to be my backdrop most often.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I design my own covers 😀
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
There is a message in all of my novels. I can’t help it, even when that message is simply to open your heart to love. In my first book, Waiting on the Sidelines, that message is to be fearless, strong and to know yourself. In every copy I sign, I write to “wait for the ones who deserve you.” In the book, it was really a lot of waiting for the boy to be worthy. And I think in the end, he was.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
Ohhhh there are so many. I have an author friend – Kennedy Ryan – who writes really passionate but meaningful love stories. She writes with fearless abandon, and isn’t afraid to tackle some truly difficult subjects. I admire that so much. One of my favourite authors is Curtis Sittenfeld. She writes stories that are very real, and she can write the ugly parts. She’s also very witty, and her characters live and breathe. I aspire to be like her in many ways.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
I would say my friends…one of my best friends, actually. Her name is Jen, and she pushed me to make the leap. Other than that, my foundation in writing that I earned through journalism has only made me better, I believe.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I do. I am willing to put the work in that comes with it, too. It’s more than just penning a story. It’s marketing, sharing, networking, educating when able to pay it forward.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No, and that’s a rare feeling haha! I am so satisfied with how it came out. I can’t wait for everyone to read it!
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I did. This will be hard to explain, but sometimes I feel this pressure to put in way more than is needed to move the story forward. I am the kind of reader who likes a lot of color and nuances in a story, but there’s a balance that needs to happen when crafting a story. I was able to move this coming-of-age story along without bogging it down in scenes that wouldn’t make a real impact. That’s not to say the quiet, special moments aren’t there, but the distractions are gone.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Oh man do I have so many ideas for so many books lol! I’m actually going to talk about an older book I wrote that I would LOVE to see in film or TV. I would love to see The Hard Count adapted, and I would die for Tyler Posey to play Nico Medina!
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Don’t let fear stand in the way. Even if you have to start by just writing for yourself, then for you and a best friend or a family member. Keeping pushing those boundaries. I let fear stall me for so long. Fear of failing, sharing, being judged—it’s hard. It’s not worth quitting though.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I cannot ever repay you for this gift you’ve given me. The best I can do is keep writing and delivering something I hope you’ll enjoy. I promise to never stop giving you my very best.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m reading Kennedy Ryan’s newest book, Hook Shot. Then I’m reading a special ghost story by Alyson Santos.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I do! Super Fudge by Judy Blume. It’s why I picked up that chapter book as a pre-teen, because Blume never let me down. Turns out she changed my life with her words.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Angsty, heart-breaking storylines and absurd, dry sarcasm. That last one is a laugh, by the way.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
My grandpa Gus. I have always been told he was a gentle, amazing man. And he was a bootlegger!
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Sports. Our family bleeds warning track dust—baseball is our life!
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Oh this list is long, haha! I watch anything and everything. I’m dying for the end of Game of Thrones, and I cannot wait for the next season of The Handmaid’s Tale.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Food – real, authentic Mexican food.
Color – orange.
Music – all of it! I tend to fall into the alternative/mod side of things. The Killers are my favourite band. But I love a variety – jazz, vintage classics like Otis Redding or Sinatra, classic rock like The Rolling Stones or Journey…Tom Petty! Oh, and old school rap.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I would read, and then I would go see those books in their movie adaptations. Cycle, repeat. But I can’t imagine not writing.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Hugging my husband and son. Nothing is more important than that.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
She could spin a good yarn.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Yes! I would love visitors to check me out at www.authorgingerscott.com.
The Like Us Duet:
A Boy Like You –
The Falling Series:
This Is Falling –
You and Everything After –
The Girl I Was Before –
The Harper Boys:
Wild Reckless –
Wicked Restless –
The Waiting Series:
Waiting on the Sidelines – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CD69PT6/
Going Long – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FG2QWSQ/ The
Hail Mary –
How We Deal With Gravity –
Cry Baby – http://a.co/8SiQ8DK
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Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Ginger-Scott/e/B00CMN0076/
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