While some writers work primarily in non-fiction or fiction, for some authors – like Latayne C. Scott – one genre can lead to another. Today she gives a quick peek into her inspiration, experiences, and tips for other writers.
Welcome! Let’s start with a quick one: what genre do you write?
Actually, I write nonfiction books and magazine articles, poetry, and fiction.
What are your favorite genres to read?
I love murder mysteries and biographies.
How long did it take you complete your first manuscript (published or not)?
About three years, but it was a heavily-researched nonfiction for Zondervan. The Mormon Mirage has stayed in print almost 40 years.
Have your follow-up novels been easier or harder to write? Why do you think that is?
My first novel, Latter-day Cipher, (Moody) was a murder mystery. My first non-fiction in some ways provided much of the research and background for that first novel.
My second novel is A Conspiracy of Breath. It is a fictional autobiography of Priscilla, a character in the New Testament that some scholars believe wrote the Epistle to the Hebrews. I poured all my creative soul into writing this book. It has some lovely reviews.
What’s surprised you the most about the book-publishing process?
For my first book, how effortless it was to get published. Truly. It was nearly miraculous, because I was unknown and a famous author I met at a book signing said she knew someone who wanted a book that I (as an ex-Mormon and a writer) could write. The publishing company was Zondervan.
What’s been the most challenging part of getting a book published?
Without wanting to sound judgmental, I think the marketplace for Christian fiction is crowded right now with banal books. I’ve heard agents and editors say it makes finding good ones that much harder.
What’s your favorite part of the publishing experience?
I love seeing good reviews and getting letters from people who say my books have made a difference in their lives.
For learning the writing craft, which do you prefer – books or conferences? Why?
Books, for sure. I have a disabled husband and don’t travel much to conferences.
If you could recommend one writing conference, what would it be? Why? (If you haven’t attended one, which one would you like to attend? Why?)
I loved my experience at Mt. Hermon. It is in a peaceful setting and has such a supportive tone. I would like to go back to that one someday.
If you could recommend one writing book, what would it be? Why?
Most people have never heard of it, but I swear by The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing and its workbook. I used it scrupulously in plotting my first novel, and still use its structure in all fiction I write.
If you could pick any of your novels to be made into a movie, which one would you pick? Who would you want to play the lead roles, and why?
I think A Conspiracy of Breath would make a powerful movie. Maybe Patricia Heaton? I can’t imagine Priscilla being played by an unbeliever, or she would have to be quite an accomplished actress—literally!
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
I feel privileged to be a minister of ideas. I’m actually a patron-supported writer and it humbles me to use the same medium – the written word – as God Himself uses to communicate truth.
Thank you so much for appearing on my blog! Have a blessed day!
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