Author Spotlight with Jess C Scott!

K.S.  Hello and welcome to the blog. I am very excited to have you here. Why don’t we start off with a small introduction? Tell us a little about yourself.

JCS Thanks for having me! I’m an author/artist/non-conformist (and English/Business senior at Adams State College). I’m currently getting ready to publish the first book in a contemporary/multicultural YA “seven deadly sins” series. I’m aiming to have it out on the market by Fall 2010.

K.S.  Any interesting writing quirks or stories you would like to share with my readers?

JCS Every single one of my stories is a blend of fact and fiction. It just doesn’t feel ‘right’ otherwise.

K.S.  When did you realize you wanted to be a writer? What sparked the desire to pen your first novel?

JCS It sounds clich├ęd, but I think the realization first hit me when I completed my first story at around 3 or 4 years old (it was a short story titled, “The Robbers”—I illustrated the cover too). I think I enjoyed the whole ‘escapism’ of it all…I still do, to this day.

K.S.  What genre do you write?

JCS I write a range of genres, though they mostly fall under the main category of “contemporary fiction.” When you break it down, I write the following genres: mainstream/literary fiction, experimental fiction, new media, erotic fiction, paranormal romance, GLBT, young adult fiction, contemporary romance, multicultural fiction, speculative/fantasy, urban fantasy, offbeat fiction, poetry.

K.S.  What would you say has inspired you most in your writing career? Or, who is your favorite author and why?

JCS Edgar Allan Poe. I discovered his work when I was sixteen years old. I was rather listless and aimless (though I didn’t want to be) at the time. His writing made me remember why I like reading/writing/the written word so much in the first place.

K.S.  What does your family think of your writing?

JCS My family doesn’t really have the time to read novels (they’re all entrepreneurs!), but they are supportive nonetheless, and encourage me to create both mainstream and alternative work (I started off with the latter, but would like to see how my upcoming mainstream work is received).

K.S.  What was one of the most surprising things you learned while creating your book?

JCS I learned that indie publishing is a model which offers speed and efficiency—I’m glad I went ahead and tried it out. The combination allows me business and creative control, which would be greatly compromised if my sole aim was to be traditionally published.

K.S.  What inspired you to write your novel?

JCS I wanted to write an erotic short story collection before I turned 25 (I’ll turn 24 this September), and I’d been wanting to write a story about an incubus for along time. My erotic short story collection, 4:Play, ended up crossing many genres (including paranormal romance). The Devilin Fey is kind of like “the background material” I created for my own world of incubi—I’m likely to refer to certain elements through this novella for an upcoming dark urban fantasy series I am about to start planning/outlining soon.

K.S.  Can you tell us a little about your novel?
BOOK DESCRIPTION: The Devilin Fey is a novella of two stories, featuring an incubus and succubus. Story #1 features a demure young woman unleashing the “devil in” her, through the intimacy with an incubus. Story #2 features a voyeuristic succubus driven by jealousy and a dangerous fixation.


There, on the rocks, was a figure—my real stranger. I had no proof, no validation. The blood in my veins knew he was the one.

He had spiked short hair on the top, a soft kind of faux hawk. Some sleek, longer strands reached the base of his neck.

He was also shirtless, but the thing that caught my attention, that made me do a double-take, was what appeared to be a pair of wings on this pale figure’s back. A pair of ashen-grey, draconic wings. They came up slightly over his shoulders, and the tips were folded across the small of his back.

It was a beautiful night. The waves were gently washing in upon the shore. And there this pristine figure calmly sat.

K.S.  Where can we find your novel?
K.S.  Do you have a website, fan site, or Blog that we can visit?
JCS (Website) (Blog) (Google Profile)

K.S.  Do you have any closing advice to aspiring writers?

JCS Write everyday. Stay true to yourself. Don’t be deterred by what others say you should do/be.

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About The Author

Katie Salidas is a USA Today bestselling author and RONE award winner known for her unique genre-blending style.

Since 2010 she's penned five bestselling book series: the Immortalis, Olde Town Pack, Little Werewolf, Chronicles of the Uprising, and the all-new Agents of A.S.S.E.T. series. As her not-so-secret alter ego, Rozlyn Sparks, she is a USA Today bestselling author of romance with a naughty side.

In her spare time Katie also produces and hosts a YouTube talk show; Spilling Ink. She also has a regular column on First Comics News where she explores writing from a nerdy perspective.