Nancy- Lynda K. Scott stopped by for a little one-on-one as she shares her latest release, Riding The Odds. This book is science fiction romance and was released on February 3rd. Please tell my readers a little bit about your book.
Lynda- Riding The Odds is a story of beating impossible odds to survive and to thrive when it seems the entire galaxy is against you. Tara Rowen survived the Risien Plague but lost her family. She’s rescued by missionaries but the rescue ship crashes on an outlawed planet. She accepts a Wild Rider, Zie, but has to flee to keep Zie and herself safe. She ends up on Bittersweet, a planet of down-on-their-luck settlers and hiding-from-the-law criminals but she learns to play poker and to create jewelry from a mentor there. All this before she turns 14. By the time she’s an adult, she’s a crewman on a cargo ship but her heart is always with the family-style space ship her parents owned before their deaths. She has a new identity for herself and Zie when the odds turn in her favor and she’s able to salvage the trade ship and re-name it Rowenhawk. She stays just above bankruptcy and obeys the laws…until her Rider, Zie, names a devastatingly handsome man as Tara’s mate. Although Riding The Odds is a science fiction romance, I’ve also done paranormal and horror, but I tend to gravitate toward science fiction. I’ve found that I can blend science and paranormal elements to make what I like to call Science Fantasy. I’m weird like that.
Nancy- Nothing wrong with that! When did you start writing toward publication?
Lynda- I started with short fiction a looonnngggg time ago in a land far away. No, wait, that’s a different story. It has been a long time though. As I said earlier, I started with short fiction, made some sales, got a huge number of rejection slips and spent a lot of money on stamps. Yes, I started before it became common to email your manuscript to your editor.
Nancy- Why have you become a published author?
Lynda- What else was I supposed to do with all these stories floating around in my head? Stories exist to be read, to be shared and/or to teach. So I needed to find a publisher for them.
Nancy- What is your writing routine like?
Lynda- I take care of my furbabies, the alien kitten Wookie and my darling Skye, a Golden Retriever first, then prep breakfast for myself and hubby. I try to get most of my writing done from mid-morning to noon, then in the evening. Of course, there are times when I get more or less writing time but my family and my pets tend to be time sponges unless I get very firm with them.
Nancy- Having achieved your goal to be a published author, what is the most rewarding thing?
Lynda- I LOVE people telling me that they loved the story or the characters. I LOVE hearing them say they cried at the sad parts or bit their nails at the scary parts. I LOVE hearing them tell me how much THEY loved the ending or the characters or…anything really. It’s like hearing a teacher praise your child when you go to Parent-Teacher conferences. It just makes you want to smile and say, ‘Hey, I created that!’
Nancy- Will you share some encouraging words for authors still struggling for that first contract?
Lynda- Don’t give up when you get that nasty rejection letter (and you will). Keep writing. Keep learning. Keep sending your manuscripts out. Eventually you’ll get the last laugh, just as I did.
Please Share three fun facts about you that most people don’t know.
1) If a tiny kitten has lost its mother, I know how to teach it to go potty.
2) I can bake a cake on a camp fire.
3) I know how to churn butter (learned at my grandmother’s knee).
Did I mention I’m a font of useless and possibly scary information?
What’s next for you?
Right now I’m working on book 2 in my Rider universe. It’s tentatively titled Riding The Storm and is about Christopher Drummond, aka Drummer, who made an appearance in Riding The Odds. He’s an ice jockey who wants revenge on the villain who tried to kill Tara in Riding The Odds.
BOOK BLURB Spaceship captain Tara Rowan has a Rider—an organic symbiote—that enhances Tara's physical abilities. But she can never risk anyone discovering her Rider's true origins. Especially not the sexily dangerous stranger who appears out of nowhere. Trace Munroe is looking for a kidnapped princess, and the only way to find her is to blackmail Tara. Except that a blazing attraction to Tara is definitely complicating things...and if Trace follows his code of honor, it could destroy the woman he's falling for.
How can my readers buy your book?
Readers can go to the Entagled Publishing's HOME PAGE
MORE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lynda K. Scott is a member of RWA and several RWA chapters. She has been a member of the Horror Writers of America and the SFFWA (for science fiction writers) which was also a good learning source.
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