admit that I am not normally a fan of New Adult or Young Adult fiction, but
primarily itâ€™s because itâ€™s because I often feel like the teenagers are
as stereotypes, or because teenagers have so little control over so many
What I like about TRUST, is that the teenaged characters are very definitely
stereotypes, and the dialogue is very real and intelligent at the same time.
What appealed to you about writing a story about high school kids?
Kylie Scott: Everything is changing at that age and many of
your beliefs are being formed. Youâ€™ve got all these ideas and things you
accomplish, but you donâ€™t often get to make the choices for yourself. Youâ€™re
answerable to parents and teachers and friends and society. Itâ€™s a brutal
Miranda Owen: The main characters in TRUST experience PTSD after
through a traumatic shared experience at the opening of the book. Did you do
research in preparation for writing this story?
Kylie Scott: My father-in-law is a psychiatrist so I asked
a bundle of questions and read various articles about peopleâ€™s experiences.
Miranda Owen: TRUST is, like many of your books, told strictly from
female protagonistâ€™s pov. Have you written a book with alternating
before? Do you prefer writing from only one characterâ€™s perspective? I enjoy
reading first person narratives, as well as alternating perspectives. When I
read your stories that are only told from the female characterâ€™s
feel a greater empathy and connection to that character telling the story.
that part of why you choose to tell a story that way?
Kylie Scott: Yes, my first two books in the Flesh
alternate pov. Iâ€™m currently working on my first all male pov. Itâ€™s a great
Miranda Owen: Iâ€™ve found, through experience in online book groups,
female readers can sometimes be the most critical of female characters. As a
woman, and as an avid reader, if the female protagonist seems like a clichĂ©
spouting insipid dialogue, I have a hard time enjoying or finishing that
Your books are populated with lots of very different types of female
but they all come across as being very strong in different ways, and are
my favorite. As a female author, do you always try to get your female
to ring true and have a genuine quality to them â€“ perhaps more so than your
characters? Do you have a favorite female character youâ€™ve created? Who are
of your favorite female characters in literature?
Kylie Scott: I know what I want in a hero, but heroines can
be trickier. And I definitely want to do my best to put different types of
personalities on the page with each book. Thatâ€™s a big part of what keeps it
interesting for me. I love Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice and
from Sweet Dreams by Kristen Ashley. Thereâ€™s lots of characters I love. We
be here all dayâ€¦
Miranda Owen: Will TRUST be the first book in a series, or is it
Kylie Scott: Iâ€™m not planning a series for it at this
Miranda Owen: How do you choose the settings for your books? Are
any stories behind choosing the particular locations for your books?
Kylie Scott: Theyâ€™re usually places I have visited or want
visit. The Stage Dive series was set in Portland because the city motto is
Portland Weirdâ€ť. I thought that was awesome.
Miranda Owen: In interviews or posts on social media, Iâ€™ll often
authors talk about how there is sometimes a conflict about whether to have
characters who are â€ślikableâ€ť versus having characters who are very flawed.
Personally, I think itâ€™s possible to have characters who can be both things.
What are your thoughts? Is there anything you wouldnâ€™t have your characters
Kylie Scott: Everyone has that moral code or line that
shouldnâ€™t be crossed. But I think characters can be difficult and yet still
loveable. Thereâ€™s usually a bit of hard and soft in everyone you meet.
Miranda Owen: I heard once that authors donâ€™t necessarily read books
the same genre or sub-genre that they write in? What kind of books to you
Who are some of your favorite authors?
Kylie Scott: I tend not to read any romance in the sub-
Iâ€™m working on. The mind is a weird thing and I donâ€™t want anyone elseâ€™s
influence affecting my work in that way. Right now Iâ€™m reading a lot of
Fantasy/Fantasy Romance. Amy Harmon, Sarah J Maas, Kevin Hearne, Meagan
Kylie Scott is a long time fan of love stories, rock n roll, and
B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia she reads, writes and
dithers around on the internet.
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