Who’s That Indie Author? Lauren Scott

Author Name: Lauren Scott

Genre: Poetry, Memoir

Books: New Day, New Dreams (2013), Finding a Balance (2015), and new release this year: More than Coffee: Memories in Verse and Prose

Bio: I live in California with my husband of 32 years, and we have two adult children. Through my experiences over three decades: raising a family, grieving through loss, finding joy in the smallest things, and the many backpacking and camping adventures, my writing takes a magical path of its own. I also love to read, and my bookcase is bursting at the seams!

What got you started as a writer? When I was a teenager, I wrote poetry about the boys I had crushes on. I continued to put thoughts to paper throughout my life, but I grew more passionate within the last decade. Now I write each day; it’s a natural part of my routine, either creating poems, drafting a short memoir, or dabbling in fiction.

What difficult experience has helped you as a writer? My love for writing turned into a passion when my daughter was diagnosed with a rare disease that would necessitate a future transplant for her survival. It isn’t fair for children to suffer, and as her mother, this news took processing that prompted me to write. My hurting poured out through words into poems and stories, some personal, some shared.

Have you ever participated in the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)? If so, how many times and what was your experience? I haven’t participated in NaNoWriMo, but it sounds like a wonderful organization. Maybe someday.

What advice would you give a new indie author hoping to publish a book? Do your research, initiate dialogue with authors who have self-published. Persevere, because if publishing your book means that much to you, you’ll do the work to achieve your goal.

What has been the biggest challenge for you during Covid? What tugged at my heart was not being able to see my daughter and son-in-law who live in Tennessee. Regarding writing, inspiration flowed at lightning speed. The last year and a half have been a challenge, but I am grateful for the abundance of creativity.

What are you reading right now? Dead of Winter, Journey 5, by Teagan Riordain Geneviene. This book is part of a series of short novellas and Journey 9 is her latest release. It has been an exciting adventure diving into this fantasy tale.

Would you rather laugh or cry over a book? Laugh!

Have you ever climbed a tree to read a book? I can’t say that I have. I enjoy sitting in the comfort of my living room or on the patio in the company of nature.

Have you ever dropped a book in the tub, in a pool or in the ocean? From my childhood, I have memories of a favorite paperback slipping out of my hands into our aquamarine kidney-shaped pool.

Could you live in a tiny house? No, but my husband and I live in a modest 1200 square foot home, a cozy dwelling, where we raised our two children. Even though we are new empty nesters, our 75-lb lab, Copper, still happily trots around the house.

What are the small things that make you happy? Baking.Flowers in bloom.Chocolate. Music. Carrot cake. A walk around the neighborhood. Backpacking. Freshwater lakes. Ping pong. Watching rom-coms or compelling thrillers. Reading. Family and writing are the Big things in life.

Website and social media links:
baydreamerwrites.com
Lauren Scott Amazon Author page


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46 thoughts on “Who’s That Indie Author? Lauren Scott

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the interview, Jill. I’m thrilled to be featured here on Barbara’s blog and appreciate all the support I have received, including yours. 🙂 Hugs to you both. ❤️

  1. Hi Barbara, I’m honored to be featured here, so thank you again for offering this opportunity. I truly appreciate it and I enjoyed this great interview. 💞

  2. Barbara, a lovely feature of Lauren and her life!

    Lauren, it’s fantastic that your creativity flourished this past year and congratulations on your latest release! It’s interesting learning more about your life and a beautiful list of important small things in your life and it’s not often ping pong makes the list!

    Wishing you both a great start to the week! hugs xx

    1. Hi Annika, it was a true pleasure to be featured on Barbara’s blog and I enjoyed answering these questions. Thank you for your wonderful wishes again, and ping pong was a big part of my childhood with the table set up in our garage and all the kids on the block over for some fun. I have to admit that I’m pretty good at the game and tend to get a little competitive which my hubby doesn’t like. 🙂 If you’re interested, I shared another interview on my blog that might interest you as well. And I’ll be sharing Barbara’s interview soon too. I’m trying to space them out. 😉
      Anyway, thank you again for your lovely comment to both of us. Hugs to you 💗

      1. Lauren, I was wondering if you were rather competitive on ping pong – that makes it all the more fun! Haha! Your husband will just have to practice a bit more! 😀 My cousins had a table in their cellar and when visiting them I would head straight down to the table. I’ll head over your blog and look at the post! Enjoy the book promotion, my friend!

      2. Annika – it’s great to learn that you, too, like ping pong. I played endless ping pong duirng my summers growing up and my parents had a table that my kids played on (me too). It always got heated because of our competitive nature, but so fun too! And we still talk about certain games 🙂

      3. Oh another ping pong player – awesome. And Lauren, as you know, the only way to play ping pong is to be a little competitive (all in fun though). Too bad we can’t have a virtual tournament!

  3. Hi Barbara, I enjoyed learning more about Lauren here. I was sorry to read about her daughter. I have had a lot of health issues with both my sons so my heart goes out to her. I enjoyed her list of small pleasures.

    1. Hi Robbie, thanks for your comment and kind words about my daughter. She’s doing fine, but the future is one big question mark. One day at a time. And I’m sorry to hear about your sons’ health issues too. It’s so hard seeing our children suffer in any way. I hope things get better for them as well. And I’m glad you liked my list of small pleasures. I think we have baking in common. 🙂

  4. A fun interview, Barb. It’s lovely to learn more about Lauren and her writing journey. I caught my breath a bit on her daughter’s illness – that’s tough inspiration, and I hope all is well. I’ve enjoyed all of Lauren’s books. She’s a delight to read. 🙂

    1. Hi Diana, I’m glad you enjoyed this interview. I was delighted to have the chance to do this with Barbara. And thanks for your kind words about my daughter too. And about my books. That’s so nice of you. 🙂 💗

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