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Meet Inara Scott

Who is your favorite author?
It really depends on genre–I love Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Jenny Crusie for contemporary romance, and adored Anne McCaffrey and David Eddings for fantasy. In young adult, I’m all over the place, but I love just about everything Meg Cabot writes.

What inspired you to write? What inspired you to get published?

I don’t think there’s a specific inspiration. I’d say it’s more like an obsession. Or maybe a disorder. Definitely not healthy, but I definitely can’t get rid of it!

What is your favorite moment from working with an editor? An agent?

I just love when I get revisions and they click in my mind, and I realize that this is going to make the book much, much better. It’s like someone has given you a perfect window into your own work. It’s an incredible feeling.

What is your favorite cover designed for one of your books?

I really like the new cover for the second book in my YA series, which is called The Marked. But I also love the cover of my first adult romance, called Radiant Desire. It shows the back of a woman and there are very delicate butterfly wings superimposed over her. It’s really beautiful.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers wanting to get published?

Be prepared for a hard business and get ready to develop an incredibly thick skin. Think hard about what you want to get out of being published, and if you’re doing this to make a lot of money, or because you want to be famous, or because you think it will be an easy way to work from home, think again! Publishing is not for the faint of heart. Do it if you truly love it, and can’t imagine doing anything else.
What are you currently working on?
I’m working up proposals for a new YA series and a contemporary romance series. But honestly, I’m so busy right now promoting three new releases, I haven’t had time to write for a while. I’m really looking forward to my April release and getting back into the swing of things.
How do you deal with negative reviews?
Despite what some reviewers think, I believe the experience of writing (and reading) is almost entirely subjective. While reviews may speak in absolutes (good writing/bad writing, good plot/bad plot, good pacing/bad pacing) really, it comes down to one person’s experience of the book, so it’s hard to get too worked up by them not enjoying it. It’s just a part of the game. You have to let it roll off your back or you’ll go crazy.

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