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?
Hello, All! I’m MarZé (pronounced mar-ZAY) Scott and I’m celebrating forty-seven years young.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I was born in Nashville, Tennessee, but was raised in Ypsilanti (ip-si-LAN-tee), Michigan, a small city about thirty miles outside of Detroit.
Fiona: A little about yourself (i.e., your education, family life, etc.).
I’m the proud mother of five amazing children, who I affectionately refer to as “The Royals” and caregiver to my grandmother who lives with dementia. I don’t currently have a blog, but I often us social media (Facebook particularly) as a platform to talk about my adventures and struggles with caring for a grandparent who was once very independent.
I attended college late in life. I attended Washtenaw Community College, graduating with an Associate Degree in LiberalArts in 2012. I transferred to the University of Michigan and graduated in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Language Arts. I celebrated four years of single living at the new year.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I had the honor of participating in writing the series, Kings of The Castle, as a contributing author to the anchor book and writing the sixth installment of the series, King of South Shore, which released December 13, 2019. That’s still pretty exciting.
I’m working on a couple of new book releases for 2020, starting a podcast, and designing some merchandise.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve loved to write since elementary, but with family becoming my priority very early in adulthood (I married at 20 and became a mother at 22), writing was put away for caregiving. My imagination became very frustrated, as it pertained to creating for myself, and stayed that way for a while.
I started writing in 2015 as a way to make my “me time” productive. I don’t like lengthy times of empty spaces, and writing was a way to relax and still be doingsomething.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I first considered myself a writer when I shared a very rough first draft of my first novel with a friend. Her eyes grew wide as she read the first chapters in front of me. When she looked up from the text, she said, “This is good—really good. You should consider publishing.”
I was absolutely floored and proud all in the same moment.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
While attending community college, I had a class in criminology. In one class we discussed adult sentencing for minors in the American Justice System and the subject of that topic was a girl named Cyntoia Brown, a sex-trafficked sixteen-year-old who had been convicted as an adult of killing one of her “clients”. It was one of the saddest accounts I had ever heard.
Gemini Rising was the “alternate” story of this young girl’s life.
I thought of the life of this young girl and “What if” questions arose within myself. What if she had different guardians? What if she didn’t kill that man? What if she had an advocate? What if love found her? Questions turned into images in my head of how her life would’ve been and I wrote the story that came to mind with an alternate outcome.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I love studying astrology, but strangely it had nothing to do with the choice of the title. When I thought of the name Gemini, I thought of a two-sided personality. Aisha Mosely, the protagonist of the story, had to live a double life in order to survive her circumstances. Her “Rising” is the result of finding herself and the strength she needed for her story to change.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I don’t think I have a specific style of writing though I’m often told that my writing style is poetic. I just write what comes from my head and heart.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
None of Gemini Rising is based in my reality or anyone I knew, only supposition of what someone’s life would be like living with those circumstances.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I don’t have to travel to craft my works, though I’dlike to. Seeing a place for yourself, and experiencing the sights and smells, and vibes brings a more realistic feel to the text. I like when experiences seem to jump off the page when an author writes about a place he or she has visited. It’s a goal to be able to travel for the purposes of book writing
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My cover designer is the phenomenal J.L Woodson of Woodson Creative Studios.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
There are a couple messages, though I didn’t plan it that way.
In both Gemini Rising and King of South Shore, the message is no matter how bad your life starts, it doesn’t have to remain that way, nor does it dictate your future.
Happiness is its own reward and one that everyone deserves.
There may be more, but those are the ones I found when I read the book.
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?
I’m very much a nonfiction reader. I love a good biography and I’m a self-proclaimed textbook nerd. With that being said, I have only a few fiction writers I enjoy reading. However, I’m a tad bit biased when it comes to my love of new fiction writers as these authors helped me understand how beautifully written fiction can be felt.
I love romance author Elle Wright. Her characters a relatable. I love the way she writes a sex scene.
I also enjoy reading Sheryl Lister. Her romances make me feel warm and fuzzy.
London St. Charles writes characters who are like people you know.
J.L Campbell writes great mature romances that are set in her homeland of Jamaica.
Naleighna Kai is my favorite contemporary romance author. I’ve read several books in her catalog. I enjoy the realness of the characters, but thoroughly enjoy how dark life situations bring about the happiest outcomes. AND she writes about older woman/ younger man romances, something I don’t read in more traditional romance fiction and I love it.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
One entity that supported my commitment to become a published author was my social circle. I have encouraging and supportive friends. These friends grew into my tribe. Naleighna Kai has a group called the Tribe Called Success who further motivated me to write for more than just one book and to consider using my talent for more than personal pleasure.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Indeed. It’s my career and one of my creative outlets.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
If I had to change anything about King of South Shore, I would’ve written in more of Kaleb and Skyler’s backstory. I think I short-changed that information a bit.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
While writing Kaleb Valentine, the protagonist in the King of South Shore, I had to learn about Chicago crime syndicates. He was a former gang member, so I had to research gang rivalries, which gang wore what colors, and how the gangs identify themselves within the organization and in the outside world. I had very limited knowledge on that lifestyle. Honestly, it’s still pretty limited. I only scratched the surface. There was a great deal more to research.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
If King of South Shore were made into a movie, I think Don Omar from Fast and Furious or Laz Alonzo from Jumping the Broom would play Kaleb Valentine. Amanda Seals would be my choice for Skyler Pierson.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Write from the heart. Never force the words to come. You nor the reader will enjoy the experience.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I love you all! I greatly appreciate your love and support. MUAH!
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I just purchased The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemison. I can’t wait to dig in.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
The first book I read was The Cat in The Hat. I was an early reader at age 3.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I find humor in everything, so lots of things make me laugh. Missing my mother makes me cry.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I’d love to meet Prince. He was a musical genius and quite mysterious. I’d love to sit in on one of his live jam sessions.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
When I’m not writing or doing family time, I enjoy traveling, meeting up with friends, or creating. I’m also a makeup artist and when time permits, I love to sew, paint, and bake.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I like the series This Is Us and Pose. I watch Netflix a lot. My favorite shows are Black Mirror and The Glow up. I have watched the Black Mirror series several times. I like old school animations like The Flintstones. I’m a huge fan of the Marvel Comic Universe films. I’ve seen all but one of the installments.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I love all kinds of food! I often tell people if it doesn’t bite me back, I’ll probably eat it.
My favoritecolorsis purple, emerald green, and turquoise.
Like food, I love all kinds of music. I’ll listen to anything from jazz, to R and B, to heavy metal, to rap. It all depends on my mood. I’ve been listening to a lot of Lo-fi lately.Chillhop Café is my favorite.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
That future is hard for me to fathom. I suppose in a life where writing is done a lot less, I’d use my time learning how to film and produce short films. It’s an interest I’ve had for a while.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
If I had only 24 hours to live, I’d call all of my friends and loved ones and invite themto a celebration that night. I’d prepare my family a huge meal of our favorite things to eat for breakfast. We’d go hangout at Riverside Park—it’s my refuge as I love to hear the river roll. We’d talk about all of the good times. All of the folks I invited would come and play cards, bring the speakers and a playlist of all of the music we like to listen to. We’d all sing at the tops of our lungs and dance. Everyone would get a hug (I’m big on hugging). At the end of the party, my family and I would go back home and chill while I’d fight my sleep so that could spend just one more minute with them.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
MarZé Scott—She was proof that unicorns and angels lived among us.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
I have a website in the works. However, I can be found on Facebook where I have a personal profile as well as an author page. I’m also on Instagram and Twitter.
Facebook- MarZé Scott, Author page @marzescott
Amazon Authors page USA https://www.amazon.com/MarZe-Scott/e/B07FW8S656?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1579606758&sr=1-1