Kelly : Colleen you were one of the first writers I had met at a conference in my writing journey. So it's extra special for me to see the upcoming publication of your first release on August 19th! Crazy question? How are you feeling about that?
Colleen: I am beyond excited. For as long as I can remember, I have dreamed of having a book published. Each step of the way has been amazing. I love working with Castle Gate Press. They’ve been so encouraging, and I’ve learned a lot about the publishing business.
Kelly: What's the title of your book and what's it about?
Colleen: The title of the book is Misconceptions. It’s the first in the Missteps Series. It’s a suspense novel set in the near future.
Below is the back cover copy for Misconceptions~
And she’s too curious.
In the near future, the birthrate in the United States has dropped precipitously … everywhere except a few small pockets. Posing as a social worker at a southern Ohio hospital, TV news reporter Dominique Sherwood aims to get the scoop and find out why.
Her investigation takes a radical turn when she meets Dr. Joseph Armstrong. His attention makes her heart flutter, but his theory about the birthrate decline makes her heart stutter. It’s too strange to even consider, but it’s her only lead.
Dominique follows the trail into the dangerous underworld of black-market adoptions as Joe and his family are unwittingly drawn into the web of deceit and murder. And when the truth comes out, more than just her story is on the line.
Kelly: Sounds awesome! I can't wait to read it :-) We've been friends for many years. We've seen each other at many ACFW writer's conferences. What's your take on the value of a conference for an up and coming writer?
Colleen: I believe writing conferences are valuable on a several different levels. The first is the opportunity to learn and fine tune the craft of writing. Every writer, no matter how experienced should always be open to learning. The second value is meeting fellow writers. (That’s how we met.) Writers are a unique breed. Having friends who understand the writing process helps get you through the hard times and rejection that all writers face. Another value is the opportunity to meet with agents and editors. The appointments at writing conferences are a great opportunity to meet industry professionals, introduce yourself and your book, and find out what they’re looking for.
Kelly: What has your greatest obstacle been in writing your book?
Colleen: Wow, that’s a hard one :-) Misconceptions is a unique novel. Because it has mysterious elements I can’t give away too much, but when I pitched the idea to a few different editors, although they liked the idea, they felt it was too far out of the box. Keep pitching your idea, eventually, you’ll find someone who loves it as much as you do.
Kelly: What is your favorite part of writing?
Colleen: I love writing the first draft. It’s when I shut off the internal editor and just write. I clean it up in the second draft.
Kelly: How has your faith played a role in your writing journey?
Colleen: I love weaving the truth of God’s Word into my fiction. People are reluctant to listen to a sermon, but if you can relay a message via a story, you can capture their attention. I believe He gives each writer a passion for the lost and a story to reach them. I’m a "pantser" (writing people will know what this is) I use a plot line, but sometimes let the story take a turn I didn’t know about. Misconceptions was written this way. I was surprised myself by the turns it took.
Kelly: Finally, I'd like to know if you used our famous line in your book. For the readers sake I'll explain that Colleen and I attended a Dallas conference years back. As we wandered the streets of GrapeVine, Texas in search of an adventure, we sat next to a local Texan. The gentleman sat with a beverage in one hand and a phone in the other. His famous drawled words will forever stick in our minds. "Just sitting here with my sweet tea, thinking of you." Best. line. ever.
Colleen: It was the best line ever. Don’t forget about the patch on one eye ;-D Misconceptions does not have that line in it, although I agree, it is a fantastic line!
Kelly: Guess I'll have to use it than~ lol. We did have a great time in town, met a lot of great folks and stayed out of trouble. Not too bad for two suspense writers on the loose. It was great chatting with you my friend. Best wishes on your debut novel and many blessings ahead!
Colleen: Thank you, Kelly. So excited to see all the Lord has planned for your writing!
Author Colleen Scott is an active mother and wife. She keeps busy homeschooling her children, directing plays for the local homeschool group, and playing endless fetch with her border collie. When not writing, Colleen enjoys reading, going for long walks, and spending time with her family and friends. She lives in the Midwest, and Misconceptions is her debut novel. Watch for the new release of Misconceptions on August 19th!
Contact Colleen on her email~ firstname.lastname@example.org
Or find her online here~ Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/ColleenScott.TruthInFiction?ref=aymt_homepage_panel