Give us a little bit about your background and when you first started publishing.
I’ve been writing since I was in first grade, when I wrote and illustrated my own stories to entertain my classmates. I wrote my first novel when I was twelve, but as you can imagine, it will never see the light of day. When I was in college, I got my start in publishing with poetry and short stories in literary journals. In 2010, I published my first romance, and I’ve never stopped writing romance ever since!
Historical Setting Related:
- Have you visited the places you’ve written about or just read about them?
I haven’t been fortunate enough to visit England, which is where most of my books take place, just yet, though I do plan on taking a trip there in the near future!
- What interesting settings have you used (homes, battlefields, events in history, etc)?
For my Regency series with Dragonblade, I’ve been focusing on the Napoleonic Wars. In my Victorian series, I’ve been intrigued by the Fenian dynamite campaign of the 1880s.
- Why did you choose the particular period you write in? What is it about that era that speaks to you?
I write Regency and Victorian. I’m drawn to times of great upheaval and unrest, particularly wars and the human aftermath of them.
- What inspires you to create a certain character (give example)? Have you ever changed the character arc because it didn’t work with the story-line?
I’m interested in gritty characters who are damaged and real and imperfect. I’ve never changed a character arc—although I’m a pantser, I always begin a book with a very clear concept of who my characters are and how they’ll change and grow together during the story.
- Do you have a certain quirk in your writing process? Do the stars have to be aligned or do you have to have your favorite tea? Where do you do your best writing?
My main quirk is that I like to move around, so you’ll find me writing somewhere else in my house just as much as I’m at my desk. Some of my most memorable scenes have been cooked up from my kitchen island! I also like to be alone and uninterrupted when I’m writing. That isn’t always the easiest to manage with small children, though!
- From all your books, who is your favorite hero and why?
I can’t pick a favorite because I really do love them all, but I loved writing Morgan in Marquess of Mayhem. He’s so conflicted and damaged by what happened to him at war, and giving him his happily ever after was very rewarding.
- Outside of your own genre, what’s your favorite genre?
I’m a huge fan of New Adult romances, and I will happily devour any rock star romance I can get my hands on.
We hope you enjoyed learning more about Scarlett, be sure to check out her new book titled “Marquess of Mayhem” Book three in her “Sins and Scoundrels” series releasing 07/25/2019.