KATIE: Was writing a sequel vastly different than writing the first book in the series? What was more difficult? What was easier?
SCOTT: Much different. I had a number of false starts. Each time I tried to summarize too much of the first book. I studied several trilogies and discovered a wide range of approaches. Some included a prologue (I didn’t want to do that). Some included a lot of summarizing. In the end, I tried to pare back anything already covered in Night of the Purple Moon. With respect to the characters, many of them were developed, so the challenge became having them continue to grow and change. That was the fun part.
KATIE: What's your process when plotting a book? Do you outline? Fly by the seat of your pants? Do a combo?
SCOTT: It is evolving. I am doing a bit more planning. I don’t think I will ever be able to outline a book first, but I do try to think through some of the major plot points.
KATIE: Explain some of the unique marketing techniques you've employed to help sell your series.
SCOTT: All tried and true techniques. So many authors of trilogies have come before me. I lowered the price of Night of the Purple Moon, and now it is free. At some point, I expect I will put a price on it again. I have a subscription list, so I can keep readers updated on my progress. I just ordered some very exciting bookmarks which have images from each book in The Toucan Trilogy. Some people might say the end of Colony East has a bit of a cliff hanger. . .
KATIE: What's up for book three in the series?
SCOTT: I am chipping away at Generation M, and I hope to publish it in the Fall 2014.
KATIE: Do you plan to write in any other genres instead of dystopian? What's up next for you?
SCOTT: I am totally stoked about self-publishing a children’s picture book, MORE MOTHERS! It is a form of writing that I have discovered is deceptively challenging. It is a learning process. Plan A is to collaborate with an illustrator. Writing tends to be a solitary endeavor, and the collaboration part is something I am really looking forward to. If the final eBook receives decent reviews, I would like to consider a kickstarter project to fund a print run. But that’s getting a little ahead things at the moment.
KATIE: When you're not writing, what would we find you doing?
SCOTT: Lots of things. But lately you might find me watching YouTube videos to learn a proper tennis stroke. I just picked up the sport again. I am at the stage where it is a miracle when a) the ball makes it over the net and b) the ball stays inside the white lines on the opponent’s side. A volley is a series of miracles.
KATIE: What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
SCOTT: Dove bars. ‘House of Cards’ series on Netflix. ‘Foyer’s War’ series on Netflix. And Guiness Stout.
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