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Indie Author Interview: Scarlett Hathaway

Hi my Bookish Gremlins! Welcome back for another week of Indie Author spotlight interviews. Today we're interviewing Debut Novelist Scarlett Hathaway, author of the Urban Fantasy YA Title "Tear in Reality" that released in September earlier this year. It's a coming of age tale where for once instead of reading about the supernatural creatures through the eyes of a human we get to see the world through the eyes of the supernatural characters, I truly enjoyed being able to read this novel and you can check out my review of this title in a previous post but for now let's dive into this interview shall we?


Young POC woman, Author Scarlett Hathaway
Indie Author Scarlett Hathaway

Let us get to know you:


1. Where are you from? Does that have any impact on your writing?

a. I’m from Washington D.C. which in my personal opinion is a very boring city if

you’re a native. If you’ve seen one museum or monument, you’ve seen them all.

But D.C is also a pretty artsy city so I definitely was creatively influenced and

encouraged to pursue the arts while growing up.


2. How old were you when you first started writing your own stories?

a. I was probably around 7 or 8 when I first started writing my own stories. I jumped

from comic books to screenplays and then gradually made my way to novel

writing.


3. What do you do to relax?

a. What is relaxing lol? I think the closest I get to unwinding is playing the sims to

be honest.


4. Was there any one moment in your life that made you want to become an author?

a. There wasn’t an exact moment that made me want to become an author

actually. I just remember one day having a story to tell and deciding on a whim

that putting it in a novel format was what worked best for it, then I just kept doing

it.


5. How many unfinished novel ideas do you have lying around?

a. I have the gift/curse of needing to complete everything I do, so I have a lot of

ideas but none I’m ready to commit to yet.


6. While I love to rep all Indie Authors I like to spotlight those that are part of

marginalized communities, would you say you are a part of such a demographic?

How do you think this influences your writing?

a. I would say it definitely affects the type of choices I make with my writing.

Marginalized identities are just now getting the spotlight in traditional publishing,

but it’s still not perfect. Something that drew me to self publishing intentionally

was that I would be completely free to tell my stories without having to water

them down or make them more appealing to a straight white audience in order to

get my foot in the door.  


7. If you could change any one thing about our world today, what would it be?

a. I feel like the obvious answer to that is to say world peace but I also feel like that

would put us in some weird Giver situation? I feel like we need conflict but I’d

lessen it significantly.


A bit about your writing:


8. How do you go about writing? Are you a planner or do you just write?

a. I’m a huge planner! I genuinely can’t start anything unless I know every step of

the way and have an outline.


9. Where do you do your best writing?

a. I rarely leave my home so I guess that makes it the best place by default.


10. Are you a full-time or a part-time writer? How do you think that affects your

writing?

a. I would love to be a full time writer but it doesn’t look like that’s in the cards for

me anytime soon. Writing takes a lot of energy so finding time to balance

everything is the most difficult part for me. 


11. What do you find to be the most difficult part about writing? The easiest?

a. The hardest part of writing for me is the actual writing part. Working up the

motivation to actually sit down and work takes forever. I’d say the easiest part is

always dialogue. Even on my worst writing days I can still manage pages of

straight dialogue.


12. What comes first, plot or characters?

a. Characters always come first for me and usually the character comes attached

with their story and I just go from there.


13.  Is there any writing advice you would like to give to a writer working on their first

novel?

a. Just write the thing. Don’t look back until you reach the finish line. It's super

tempting to get stuck in a never ending loop of editing but once you break out of

it and finally finish a project, writing gets so much easier.


14. Why did you choose to self-publish?

a. I’m a control freak ha ha. I knew from the start how long I wanted this series to

be and knew there was no guarantee that traditional publishing would take so

many books from a debut author. I’m open to trad pub but definitely not for this

series.


15. What genres or authors inspire your writing?

a. Ally Carter and Rick Riordian heavily influenced the type of stories I like and my

sense of humor. I don’t think I’d even be a writer if I hadn’t found their books.



cover of Tear in Reality by Scarlett Hathaway
Debut Novel Tear in Reality by Scarlett Hathaway

Book Specific:

  

16. What was your inspiration for this book? 

a. Shows like Charmed and Sabrina the teenage witch are big inspirations for this

book. Basically this book is a love letter to 90s paranormal tv.


17. Do you have a favorite character? Scene?  Personally I love Kate and Paris. I know

Kate is just a side character but she’s just more up my alley, probably because I’m

not exactly the intended audience as this is a YA title.

a. Paris and Kate are both my favorites too! Kate is actually a main pov so I’m so

excited that you like her because there’s much more of her to come.


18. Why have a romance between Ken and Lola? I wasn't really sold on it but I’m

guessing there will be more in the next book.

a. I’m very much someone who’s unsatisfied when the leads get together at the end

of the book and you never see them again. I was really interested in starting the

relationship so early on so we could follow every stage of their relationship. This

is just the very tip of the iceberg and I’m excited to develop it further.   


19. Will we see the Fae boy again? I kind of like the idea of Ken having a rival for

Lola’s affection.

a. Finn and his brother may show up again in the future, Lola does still have that

favor to cash in.


20. Were there any parts of the novel you found challenging to write? 

a. I am a severe underwriter, so I actually ended up adding over 20k words to this

book and the final product still ended up on the shorter side. At some point I just

had to accept that the story was as long as it needed to be.


21. The ending definitely has me reeling. I want to know exactly why they’re being

targeted. And why Lola is so cagey about her past. Would you be willing to give

us a small teaser from the next book?

a. Book two is gonna expand on the world in a big way and that's honestly the most

I can say without spoiling anything.



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