NATALIE SCOTT: MY MAIN CHARACTER IS MY ALTER AGO
Posted by Ognian Georgiev
Natalie Scott is another new generation author, who recently published a debut book. Rules for Riders was released in July and already has a lot of positive feedback. It’s a fast paced YA novel with teen characters and very interesting story.
– What is your last book Rules for Riders: Best Friends Deadly Rivals about?
– After a near fatal riding accident, Bebe Barkley is banned from riding and sent off to boarding school. Finn Foxley, her roommate and partner in crime, devise a plan to get themselves kicked out of school, in order to return to the world they love.
Once back on the Equestrian circuit, best friends will become deadly rivals! Enter Billy O’Reilly, Bebe’s handsome trainer, who will enforce 7 Rules that will turn Bebe’s world up upside down forever.
– How did you decide to write the story?
– I love young adult novels. There is something so intense about being a teenager. Everything’s so life and death I chose the equestrian world because it paralleled my own writing life. In equestrian riding you have to overcome a number of obstacles and jumps in order to be a successful rider. I think you can say the same about real life.
– What was the biggest challenge during the write up process?
– I think to a certain degree, writing is really about rewriting. Getting my characters down was the easy part. It was the editing and streamlining story that really made me tear my hair out!
– Tell us something more about your main character? Is it close to someone from your real life?
– I consider Bebe Barkley my alter ego. I think we have the same bravado, same insecurities. My character Bebe suffers from authority issues and is a curious mix of strength and vulnerability. It’s probably how I’d describe myself.
– How much time you need to finish the story and to publish it?
– I’ve been working fairly diligently for the last year.
– Who are you?
– I am a chocolate lover, a wine lover, a book lover, a fashionista and a dreamer in many ways. How much time do we have? Just kidding, That’s my short answer.
– What are your writing habits?
– I tend to write early in the mornings, but also sometimes late at night. You never know when an idea is going to hit you. Sometimes I’ll even get a great idea in the shower!
– Are you satisfied by the sales of the book and do you plan another one?
– Yes, we’ve been getting really good buzz! I have a sequel coming out next year! The adventures of Bebe Barkley will definitely continue.
– What are you doing to promote by the best possible way your book?
– I have a great media team, Gem Ray Media. Then of course social media. Check me out at Natalie Scott on Facebook and on Twitter at @NScottAuthor
– You attended UCLA Writer’s Program, tell us more about it?
– It was a awhile ago. I took novel writing classes. I think it’s important for writers when they first start out to have the right tools. I also attended writing conferences, Grub Street, California Writer’s Conference. Of course I want to sell books, but I think it’s important to pay it forward and connect with other writers who are on the same journey as I am.
– How you survive in the hot summer days in Arizona?
– I used to live in California so I take heat breaks. I love to travel. For example I was just in Hawaii over Labor Day weekend. Besides, the winters here are beautiful.
-What are you working and is your job helps in your writing by some way?
– I am a day trader. So I’m a definitely a risk taker. I actually own shares in Twitter. I’ll bet on anything why not myself?
– Ask yourself a question (And don’t forget to answer!)
– Why call the book rules for riders? I had written the whole novel without the rules. Then realized I needed to apply them to myself. My seven rules are as follows: Commitment, Gratitude, Risk, Perseverance, Passion, and Surrender. The rules are not just for competitive riders. I believe they are a gateway for anyone who wants to be successful.
Check out more about Natalie at her Twitter
Take a look at her book
Rules for Riders