Scott Prussing was born in New Jersey, but was smart enough to move to beautiful San Diego, California as soon as he received his Master’s degree in psychology from Yale University. Scott is the author of the 6 book paranormal romance Blue Fire Saga. Scott also wrote Blue Fire Beginnings, a collection of “origin” short stories for characters in the saga, and Blue Fire Heat, an erotic companion piece to the Blue Fire Saga. He is the author of the mystery/suspense novels Unturned Stones and Tangled Webs, the fantasy/adventure novel Dreams of the Last Born, and the teen romance Mine: A Love Story, whose plot is based on the hit songs of Taylor Swift. Scott also penned the XXX-rated erotica Letting Go series under the name S. T. Prussing.
Besides writing, Scott enjoys riding his bicycle near the beach, going to the movies, reading books of all sorts, hiking and golf. He remains one of the few people in the United States without a cell phone.
Scott loves to interact with his fans and has placed many of them into his books as characters.
Author Interview with Scott Prussing
What is your writing process? Do you follow a regular routine or do you have any weird, funny, or unusual habits while writing and what are they?
Writing is now my sole occupation, and I have no family, so I can pretty much write anytime I want. I have no specific routine, but I try to write something every morning, so that even if I don’t write anything at all later, I still have some product done. I have no quirks — I simply sit down at my computer and write. Sometimes I have music on, sometimes I don’t.
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?
I have never suffered a major writer’s block. When I get stuck, I have 3 favorite ways to come up with ideas. I lie in bed after I awaken in the morning and think about my book; or I take a shower; or, I walk down by the beach. All three have proven to be great sources of ideas.
What is the single most important piece of advice for aspiring authors?
The most important advice is to forget about being perfect. Don’t get “stuck” in your book trying to make everything sound just right — that’s what editing is for. Keep your story moving forward and then work out the kinks in your second or third pass.
What are your current/future projects?
I have just finished a post-apocalyptic fantasy titles ANOMALY. I am now in the editing/polishing phase, which I do myself.
Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre? If you write more than one, how do you balance them?
I hate to sound mercenary, but I pick genres that I know are popular. So I’ve written a paranormal romance series, several mystery/suspense novels, and an erotica series.
What do you think is the future for independent authors and do you think it will continue to be easy for anyone to be a published author?
It keeps getting easier and easier to self-publish on Amazon and Barnes&Noble. I expect that trend to continue. SELLING books is a whole other story — it’s never been more difficult to get noticed.
Have you ever changed a title, book cover, or even the content of your book after it was published? What was that process like?
I have made several revisions of books after the eBook was released. That’s one of the great things about eBooks — you can continually revise and fix them. Many of my changes have resulted from feedback from readers.
What are your marketing, advertising, promotion strategies and which one(s) have worked the best for you? If you had to share your most valuable promotion tip, what would that be?
My biggest marketing strategy has been to make the first book in my series (Breathless) free on all platforms. If I can hook the reader with a freebie, they are likely to purchase the remaining five books in the series.
If you are a self-published author, which platform do you prefer? (Amazon, Smashwords, Lulu, Author House, or something not mentioned), and why?
Amazon is by far the most lucrative platform, but I also use Barnes&Noble and Smashwords. Amazon is now the easiest to use, though it wasn’t always that way.
What field or genre would you classify your book(s) and what attracted you to write in that field or genre?
I write paranormal romance, fantasy, mystery/suspense and erotica. I pick popular genres and try to put my own spin on them. I think I’ve succeeded in doing that pretty well.
With self-publishing being so easy these days, do you believe there is an overabundance of books out there and how do you sort through all the hype or copycats?
There are WAY too many books out there. Many are free, and that’s about all they are worth. They create a lot of “noise” which readers must try to cut through to find the quality books (like mine!)
What is the intended audience for you book?
I write for anyone who likes to read a good story. Age doesn’t matter.
Give us a fun fact about your book(s)?
All my books have at least one thing in them that is totally original and creative. Most have more than one.
Do you find it easier to connect with your readers with the advances in technology we have today like social media? What platform do you prefer, and why?
Facebook is far and away my biggest platform, though they are making it more and more difficult to reach people there. Twitter is my second most useful platform.
Do you proofread/edit your own books or do you send them off to an editor? If you send them off to an editor, who/what have you had the best experience with?
I proofread and edit my own books, then I have some of my long term fans proofread a few chapters each, to catch goofs I might miss.
What makes your book stand out from the crowd?
Even though I write in popular (and often overdone) genres, I try to put something original in each book. For instance, in my paranormal romance series, I invented one-fanged vampires and supernatural vampire hunters called volkaanes who possess magical blue fire. Hence the name of my series The Blue Fire Saga.