Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Interview with RJ Scott Author of For A Rainy Afternoon

Do you have a specific writing style?

I am very much a linear writer with a pantser slant (!). I start the book and I write the story as it comes to me, along with the characters. I have tried to plan my latest book (The Summer House – English Hearts book 1) but was worried I would get bored. I’m not bored but the story is certainly not going the way I was planning.

How did you come up with the title for your latest book?

I love the idea of sitting inside a cozy house, with a cup of tea and slice of cake, relaxed and calm, possibly with a book to read. And it must be raining. The sound of rain on the windows is a beautiful sound to hear when you are all cosy inside. The cake the character makes in my cookbook story is one meant for such a day. Hence For A Rainy Afternoon.

Do you title the book first or wait until after it’s complete?

A lot of the time the title comes first because I am most independently published now and I always have the cover art done first. As yet I have not had to have a cover changed with a new title, so that is a good thing.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

That love can be found in the strangest of places and that we can learn a lot from the lives of people who have gone before us.

What books/authors have influenced your life?

When we talk influencing my life, then I would have to look at Enid Blyton, CS Lewis, Willard Price, all from  my childhood, all with strong male relationships. My biggest influence on the romance / HEA that I write is probably the copious amount of Harlequin books I devoured in my teens and early twenties

What book are you reading now?

I am reading Signs by Anna Martin. I am reading it alongside some author friends and it is the first in our *book club* that we are reading as a group. Very interesting thing to do.

What is your current “work in progress” or upcoming projects?

My current WIP is The Summer House. My most recent release was Max and The Prince (Bodyguards Inc. book 3) – it was out 27 March.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

The Summer House is the story of two men who find accepting love a challenge for different reasons. The WIP blurb is: The only person Ashby Sterling-Haynes can form an attachment to is his fourteen year old niece, and even that is in jeopardy when he is given the responsibility of looking after her cat while she is on holiday.

Veterinarian, Connor Lawson is much happier working with animals than with people. He has deliberately returned home and to the Summer House he recalled from childhood holidays for peace and quiet and the chance to heal from wounds no one would ever see. When his next door neighbor comes into the practice with a cat that has been in a fight he hides in his office because this Ashby guy is all kinds of dangerous. Too hot, too rich, too titled, and way too sexy for his own good.

Can two men who refuse to believe in love ever learn that love is the easy part of the journey to forever?

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I love Jordan L Hawk, her ability to world build is amazing. If you haven’t read her SPECTR books then run, don’t walk. J

I also love Eli Easton and Jay Northcote.

Do you have to travel much to do research for your books?

Most of my books are set in the US and although I do go to the US for GRL I rely on internet research and finding people who live in the vicinity of my story.

Who designed the cover of your latest book?

My cover art for my independently published books is by Meredith Russell. She is a brilliant cover artist who just gets me.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Don’t ever stop writing. 

For A Rainy Afternoon
Tales of the Curious Cookbook 
Book 1
RJ Scott

Genre: MM Romance

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Date of Publication: April 1, 2015

Word Count: 23,200
Cover Artist: Reese Dante


Robbie MacIntyre runs a small Post Office made from a converted Station House in a village northwest of London. He is stunned when a close friend leaves him the property as an inheritance after her death.

She owned the shop and has left everything to him. Not only that but she has left the place she lived, Apple Tree Cottage, to an American - a stranger who has recently moved to Barton Hartshourn.

The sealed box that they inherit includes several rare first editions and a cookery book. Only when the secrets of the ingredients in a particular recipe are finally revealed does everything begin to make sense... and a love story that began seventy years ago is finally uncovered.

Each Book in Tales of The Curious Cookbook Can Be Read As a Standalone

Tales of the Curious Cookbook

It’s called comfort food for a reason.

Not much is known about the cookbook, except that years ago, the mysterious Granny B collected a set of magical recipes and wrote them down. Over the years, each book has been modified, corrected, added to, and passed down through the generations to accumulate its own unique history. The secrets behind these very special recipes are about to find their way into new hands and new lives, just when they’re needed the most.

Food created out of love casts a spell all its own, but Granny B’s recipes add a little something extra. This curious cookbook holds not only delicious food, but also the secrets of love, trust, and healing, and it’s about to work its magic once again.

About the Author:

RJ Scott has been writing since age six, when she was made to stay in at lunchtime for an infraction involving cookies. She was told to write a story and two sides of paper about a trapped princess later, a lover of writing was born.

As an avid reader herself, she can be found reading anything from thrillers to sci-fi to horror. However, her first real true love will always be the world of romance where she takes cowboys, bodyguards, firemen and billionaires (to name a few) and writes dramatic and romantic stories of love and passion between these men.

With over sixty titles to her name and counting, she is the author of the award winning book, The Christmas Throwaway.  She is also known for the Texas series charting the lives of Riley and Jack, and the Sanctuary series following the work of the Sanctuary Foundation and the people it protects.

Her goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly a happy ever after.

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