Interview with Kylie Scott
©Jane Harvey-Berrick, 2019
I first came across Kylie Scott’s books with the Stage Dive series. I loved the world she created, and she was one of the first people to write a series of books with each of the band members having their own story. It’s a fairly well-used trope now, but Kylie was one of the first, and she did it brilliantly.
I’ve also found her to be one of the nicest and most supportive people to fellow authors. Awesome writer, awesome person.
Enjoy the interview!
Q When did you start to feel like a writer, the moment when you thought, Yes! I’m a writer!
I think it was when I really settled into a writing routine and started getting a story down on paper. It was an absolute mess, but I felt like I was at least getting somewhere. Next came lots of workshops, conferences, and some mentoring. I don’t know if I felt like I was a writer exactly, but I felt like I was working toward something. The full feeling probably didn’t hit until the publication day of my first book, though. The first time I actually saw some return for my effort. That my book was in reader’s hands was also a big moment. For me it came in lots of small stages.
Q I first read your Stage Dive series. How do you feel about those books looking back from a few years and a lot more books?
The really cool thing about writing is that there’s always more to learn. I did a re-read of the series last year to write the novella “Strong”. It was interesting. Of course there’s things I’d change about the books now so many years later. But you have to respect what the stories mean to some readers. And I’m very grateful people have such affection for the books.
Q What is the most rewarding part of being a writer?
I guess just sharing stories with people. Getting paid to daydream. There’s a lot of work involved, but it’s an awesome job. I feel extremely fortunate to be able to do this.
Q What’s a typical Kylie day like?
Wake up, coffee, kids to school, mess around on social media, answer emails, procrastinate some more, extra coffee, and finally settle down to write or edit or whatever I have on the plate that day. At night, I like to chill with a book or some TV.
Q Does your environment influence your work? How do you think being an Aussie influences your writing?
My office is pretty damn messy and there’s usually a cat around here somewhere. As for being an Aussie, the more I travel the more I see that each country or even state/area, has its own sort of culture. But then I grew up watching a lot of American TV and movies so … I don’t know. I guess we’re all a mixture of what we’ve been exposed to, what we’ve absorbed along the way.
Q What do you want to achieve?
Someone once told me you’re only as good as your next book. So I always want the next book to be a little different, a little better. Of course, that’s all subjective. If I can earn a living telling stories and get to travel and meet readers now and then that’s pretty awesome.
Q What is your favourite reader experience, either in messages or at an event?
That’s a tough one. There have been some amazing people along the way. And being able to interact with authors that I read and admire is always mind-blowing as well. But having a reader tell me they felt understood for a moment, that I took their mind off their problems and to a better place for a little while, that’s pretty wonderful.
Q What is your philosophy in life?
Be kind. To yourself, to others, to the world at large. I don’t always manage, but I keep trying.
Q Describe yourself in three words.
Introvert. Awkward. Dreamer.
Q How would your best friend describe you?
She’d probably say I was great. She’s fantastically loving and supportive like that. You got to have your girl squad to help lift you up and to encourage you to lift others up in turn.
Q If you were an animal, what would you be?
I can be fantastically lazy and zoned out so probably a cat.
Q Most likely to say…
Awesome. Or a sweary word.
Q Least likely to say…
Yes, I have already done that I am so super organized.
Q What is your favourite colour and why?
Black or navy or denim blue. I’m pretty boring like that. So all of my clothes match and I don’t have to think too hard when I get dressed. Mornings are hard. Plus the tattoos are pretty colorful so I tend to just let them be the interesting accessory in the outfit.
Q When you’re having a bad day, what cheers you up?
Music. Books. My loved ones. A stiff drink.
Q What would be your ideal day? Where would you be? Who would you be with?
Hanging out with my partner on a balcony with a nice view and drinks in hand. Otherwise, a long bath with vodka and a book is pretty great.
Q Mountains and snow, or beaches and sunshine?
I don’t have much experience with snow, but I do love the mountains.
Q Do you think writers are different to other people? Are we observers? Creators?
I think everyone’s mind works a little differently. Someone once told me you need the storytelling gene to become a writer. Perhaps that’s another way of saying you need to have that interest in story and characters. In building plots and developing tales. Most of us do seem to be observers, yes. And we’re definitely creators in that we’re generally creative.
Q Have you ever consider writing with a friend? If you have (I don’t think so?) what was the experience like? How did it differ from writing by yourself? What were the pros and cons?
Maybe. I don’t know. I’m used to having things my own way. It would be a very interesting experiment, that’s for sure. You’d have to pick the right person whose writing style and sense of humor too perhaps, compliment yours. You’d also need to have a relationship where you can build on each other’s work while being honest about what did or didn’t work for you in the story.
Q Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time?
Hopefully doing the same thing a little better.
Q Best book hangover – which book do you go back and re-read multiple times?
Probably “Sweet Dreams” by Kristen Ashley. I don’t know how many times I’ve read that book now.
Q What are you working on now?
A romantic suspense.
Q What message would you like to give to the people who read your books?