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Author Spotlight with Renee Scattergood

Renee writes great fantasy stories and I couldn’t contain my excitement when she agreed to offer all my readers a taste of her work. But before we rush into the download link, I thought you might like to know a little more about Renee so I asked her a few questions and the answers were quite intriguing.

Q; Your format is quite unique. Can you give a little insight into why you chose to release Shadow Stalker in Episodes, rather than full length novels?

At first, I was going to do novels. In fact, I had completed the first novel, but a friend (who is a published author) suggested a lot of changes that resulted in a total rewrite. They were great suggestions, so I went for it, but my fear of writing a story that people wouldn’t be interested in grew and after two years I still hadn’t even started the rewrites. At that point, I decided to write it as a serial. It seemed safer because I could get the experience I needed with self-publishing and releasing shorter works seemed less daunting. It worked out for me because I was able to build my confidence and gain new writing skills before jumping into writing a novel. I’m really glad I did it.

Q: What got you started on the road to becoming an Indie Author?

Well, I was in college when I decided to write. At first, it was short stories after my English instructor suggested I get some of my work published. Then I took courses in novel writing and screenplay writing. I knew from the start that I wanted to publish my own work. I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit. I love being in control and being the one responsible for making things happen.

Q: I was really excited to find another Australian Indie Author. What do you love most about your home?

Actually, I’m originally from the US. I’ve been in Australia since 2004, and I absolutely love it here. I love how laid back and friendly the people are here. It’s so different from where I’ve come from.

Q: Why did you pick Fantasy as your genre?

Since I was a kid, I’ve been a huge fan of Fantasy. It’s what I read and enjoy most, so naturally, when I started writing, it’s what I chose to write.

Q: Tell us something about yourself that your readers might not already know?

Hmm… I’m pretty open with my readers, so it’s hard to remember what I have and haven’t told them about myself. This is pretty random, but it came up the other day. When I was a kid, I wanted to be an archeologist. To this day, I still have a strong interest in ancient historical artifacts, especially Egyptian. Maybe I should write a story about it. 😀

Now onto the goodies. To download the first 6 Episodes of Shadow Stalker, just click here.

You can also find Renee on her website: http://reneescattergood.com

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