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Q&A with Scarlet Smith - Author of Spice

Updated: Nov 13, 2019

BACK IN FEBRUARY SCARLET SMITH CONTACTED HSR TO REVIEW HER RECENTLY PUBLISHED 1ST NOVELLA ‘SPICE’ SHE ALSO WONDERFULLY AGREED TO DO AN INTERVIEW WITH ME…HOPEFULLY THE FIRST OF MANY FOR HONESTLY SIMPLE REVIEWS. HERE IT IS...

Q - Your book Spice


1. Can you quickly, give us the title and genre of your book and a 30-word or less tagline:

Scarlet Smith: ‘My book is called Spice. It’s erotic fiction. Here’s the story: Can anyone go from vanilla to kinky in fourteen days and would they even want to?‘

2. Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?

Scarlet Smith: ‘My book is for any reader who wants to dip their toe into the world of erotic romance. It’s not too filthy though it is pretty naughty. It’s short and sexy and hopefully people will love it.’

3. Can you give an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series?

Scarlet Smith: ‘I originally self-published it under the name Vanilla.’

4. Who is your favourite character from your book and why?

Scarlet Smith: ‘I love Jess. I think we’ve all got a bit of Jess in us. She’s sexy but sometimes insecure. She’s adventurous but sometimes nervous. She’s feisty but loving and very sweet.’

5. What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

Scarlet Smith: ‘The scariest thing about having a book published is the panic that no one will ever read it and if they do they won’t like it. So having positive reviews is delicious. That can make a bad day good. The best thing readers can do for any writer – what I do with books I love – is recommend them and review them’

Q - Your Writing Habits


1. Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?

Scarlet Smith: ‘The best advice is what any writer would say. Keep writing and keep trying. I self-published and had so many agents say no to me before that. I never stopped. And I knew I never would. You have to keep trying. Always.’

2. How long does it take you to write a book?

Scarlet Smith: ‘I wrote and self-published some books for children before I wrote Spice and I wrote them pretty quickly. Spice took longer. The hardest thing was writing it to the end, rather than constantly changing all the way through. I could delete more than I wrote some days!’

3. What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

Scarlet Smith: ‘I tend to write at seven pm once my youngest has gone to bed. I tend to write a lot once I start. Other days the alarm goes off and I think, shall I write or shall I watch The Good Wife. The Good Wife often wins!’

4. What are your ambitions for your writing career?

Scarlet Smith: ‘I would love to write for always. I’d love to see someone reading one of my books on the train. That would be good. I’d like to buy pretty things and a big house.’

5. Do you ever get writer’s Block?

Scarlet Smith: ‘I often get writers block. And it’s so easy to procrastinate. And waste time on Candy Crush!’

6. Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?

Scarlet Smith: ‘I just have to do it. I light a candle, pour a drink and write. Even if it’s rubbish and even if it’s only for five minutes’

7. What can we expect from you in the future?

Scarlet Smith: ‘I am working on a second novella of similar length to Spice, which I’m hoping my editor will like! And I’ve had an idea for a series of books which might be fun to write. Hopefully I’ll keep writing and people will keep reading.’

8. How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

Scarlet Smith: ‘I have a website: www.scarletsmith.co.uk, a Facebook page and I am on Twitter: @scarletsbooks. Come say hi. :D’

Q - Getting to know Scarlet Smith


1. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

Scarlet Smith: ‘I have always wanted to write. And now I get to. That’s a bit of a dream come true.’

2. Which writers inspire you?

Scarlet Smith: ‘All writers are inspirational in a way. It takes a lot of work to write a book. Not just say you’d like to one day, to actually do it. It takes time, effort and hard hard work. The authors I love the most are the ones I read when I was younger. Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl. The magic of children’s books has always stayed with me’

3. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Scarlet Smith: ‘I have three boys, eleven and under, so when I’m not writing I’m busy playing mum.’

4. What does your family think of your writing?

Scarlet Smith: ‘My family are proud of me, but I do get teased. One of my sisters can’t even read Spice because she can’t get over the fact that her little sister can write about such filthiness!’

5. What is your favourite book and why?

Scarlet Smith: ‘I loved Room. It was so clever and different’

6. How do you relax?

Scarlet Smith: ‘Children asleep. Binge on Netflix. Lovely!’

7. Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?

Scarlet Smith: ‘Anne Boleyn. I don’t even know why but since reading the Tudor series of books by Philippa Gregory I find her story, death and legacy captivating.’

8. If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?

Scarlet Smith: ‘The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. When I got to the end my mouth just dropped for about ten minutes. Amazing.’

9. Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

Scarlet Smith: ‘I am always reading. I’m currently reading The Family by Martina Cole. I haven’t found many genres or books that I don’t like.

10. For your own reading, do you prefer eBooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

Scarlet Smith: ‘I read paperbacks at home and ebooks on holiday. I used to hate taking five or six books in my suitcase!’

11. Where can you see yourself in 5 years’ time?

Scarlet Smith: ‘I would love to be writing, poolside!’
  • Is there anything else you’d like to say?

Scarlet Smith: ‘Yeah. I love being a writer. I love reading a good review. I cry reading a bad one. I love that there are people who will help or support or advise me. I love that people I don’t know are buying my book, reading my book, liking my book. I’d love readers to get in touch on the website, or Facebook or Twitter. Writers can be isolated so it’s always nice to chat :D'
  • What is it about HSR that you like and why did you choose HSR to review for you?

Scarlet Smith: ‘I remember why I approached you. First it was the title. Honestly simple – I want honest reviews – even though it’s scary putting my book out there, I think you sound professional but friendly, like I would trust your opinion.  I also love your smiley faced emojis – I love an emoji! I like the good reads challenge thing on there too – I think it shows that you’re a reader who loves books.’

A BIG THANK YOU TO SCARLET SMITH FOR DOING THIS INTERVIEW WITH ME FOR HSR. If you want your work to be reviewed then please use the review request button. if your an author who would like a Q&A with me then please contact me for more info.


You can read my 5🦉 review of Spice HERE


Thanks for Reading!

Lesley


{This is a repost form my original blog Honestly Simple Reviews}

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