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Follow Fest 2014

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Name: Renee Scattergood

Fiction or nonfiction? 

Mainly fiction, but I do post the occasional article on writing and/or self publishing on my blog, or as a guest on other blogs.

What genres do you write? 

Fantasy and YA Fantasy

Are you published? 

Yes, I am currently self publishing a series of novellas called Shadow Stalker. Epsiode 1, The Hidden Truth, was released on 30 August 2014 and is available as a free download through Smashwords and other online book retailers. Episode 2, The Delohi-Saqu’s Fate, has just been released and is available for 99 cents through Smashwords, Kindle and other online book retailers. You can also get it for half price by signing up to my mailing list below.

Do you do anything in addition to writing?

I love pretty much anything to do with marketing and promotion. I love helping out other authors in that area as well.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I was born in the U.S., but I came to Australia nearly 10 years ago to meet my (now) husband. We met online and after meeting in person we knew we never wanted to be apart again. So I’ve been here since. We’re still very happily married and our daughter turns 9 this month. I can’t believe how quickly the time has flown.

Our daughter is autistic, so she takes up a lot of my time, but I love her to pieces. I wouldn’t want to change a thing about her. She’s got the funniest and most amazing personality and she teaches me a lot about myself. She also gives me some great ideas to write about. She wants me to help her write some children’s stories. She’s a pretty decent artist, so it will be really fun to help her with that.

It’s hard at times too because I have to go to school with her 4 days a week, and I homeschool her 1 day a week. It’s like having a full-time job on top of trying to write full-time, so I have to come up with some really clever ways for finding time to write.

I don’t have much time for anything else at the moment, but when I do have free time I love to read and watch movies. We have our family movie night every Friday night to make sure we have our time as a family. We either have pizza (my favorite food) delivered or I’ll make tacos or something, and we’ll eat dinner while watching a movie together. It’s a lot of fun.

What are you reading right now?

At the moment I’m reading Sins of the Father by Melissa Barker-Simpson. After that I’ll be reading the sequel, Hands of Evil.

Which authors influenced you the most?

Oddly I haven’t been influenced to write by other authors. As a kid, I was a huge Star Wars fan. I suppose you can say that George Lucas influenced my love for telling stories, but I hadn’t even considered writing them down until I was in my mid 20’s. And I didn’t even consider writing as a career until I was nearly 30.

Although, when I’m having trouble with writing, Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth Series always gets the creative juices flowing. I’ve also been creatively inspired recently by a series called The Emperor’s Edge by Lindsay Buroker.

Where can people connect with you?

Blog/Website: Renee Writes
Twitter: @ReneeScatts
Facebook Page
Goodreads Author Page
Smashwords Author Page

Do you have a newsletter?

I don’t have a newsletter, but you can sign up to my mailing list. I send out updates a couple of times a month, plus I offer subscriber only contests, shorts stories/flash fiction, and other goodies. At the moment, I am running a monthly draw for subscribers where 1 person wins 12 free episodes of Shadow Stalker. Subscribers also get everything I publish for half price.

Is there anything else you’d like us to know?

I am still in the process of building my beta readers list. I’m also happy to be a beta reader for other authors and help out with blog tours and other promotional activities. Feel free to contact me.

Also this week I am running a Pro-Blitz Tour to promote preorders for Shadow Stalker: The Delohi-Saqu’s Fate (Episode 2). There will be a interviews, reviews, a short story, contest, and more. We will also be running a virtual book signing at the end of the tour on Saturday 27 September, the day of the release. You can find out more about it on my Events page.

Thank you so much for stopping by! If you’re participating in the Follow Fest 2014, feel free to leave me comment with the link to your post and I’ll be happy to check it out!

Beta Readers Wanted

Would you like to have the opportunity to be one of the first people to read my work?

I have a few beta readers, but I would like to have some more, especially since with Shadow Stalker I’ll be publishing something once a month. I know people won’t always be available, so the more people I have helping out, the better.

A  beta reader is someone who reads your manuscript after it’s been edited and gives you feedback to help you further refine it. You don’t need experience as an editor or proofreader, and you wouldn’t need to go through it with a fine tooth comb. Just make notes, as you’re reading, of the things you happen to catch. The feedback I need from my beta readers includes:

* Sharing your thoughts on what you read. In other words, tell me whether or not you liked it and why (the why is very important).
* Telling me if there’s something missing from the story. Does it seem like there are gaps or loose ends?
* Letting me know if there are parts you don’t understand or find confusing.
* Pointing out parts of the story that don’t need to be there.
* Identifying grammatical errors that are there (you don’t have to be a grammar expert).
* Whether the story seemed to flow naturally, or was it choppy or too fast/slow paced. Did you feel drawn into the story?
* Whether the characters and dialogue were realistic?

For the Shadow Stalker series I would need to hear from you within a week of sending it to you. That will give me time to make any final edits before publishing. You would have 3 to 4 weeks to read through my novels.

If this is something you’d like to do, just send an email to I’ll be sending out the manuscript for Episode 1 in about a week. Looking forward to hearing from you! 🙂

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