Queen of the Underworld
I had the opportunity to interview the witty and charming Helen Scott, here is what I learned from this gifted storyteller.
Helen Scott lives in the Chicago area with her wonderful husband and furry, four-legged kids. She spends way too much time with her nose in a book and isn’t sorry about it. When not reading or writing, Helen can be found absorbed in one video game or another or crocheting her heart out.
Tell us a little about yourself. How did you first get into writing?
I started writing in school for creative writing classes and loved it. I was almost an English major in college, but people were always asking me what I was going to do with it, so I was a psychology major instead. What I didn’t realize at the time was that for both subjects grad school is the key to getting a job in the field. The problem was I didn’t want to go to grad school, so I started working and eventually ended up with a job at a call center. We weren’t allowed to have electronic devices or books, so it was just me and a pad of paper and a pen. That was when I began writing as an adult.
If you didn’t write, ideally would you do for work?
Maybe be a literary agent or professional book reviewer? Something where I could read books all day!
Does your family support your career as a writer?
I’m very lucky that they do. My husband was one of the people who helped me realize that I wanted to self-publish my books. He’s my rock and helps me from freaking out when something goes wrong or I get a case of writer’s block.
Is being a writer a gift or a curse?
A gift for sure. I love coming up with characters and worlds in my head. Each one feels so unique and exciting to me that it’s almost like falling in love over and over again.
Tell me about your new release or WIP.
My latest release is Queen of the Underworld. It’s the final book in the Cerberus trilogy, and it’s a doozy. Poppy and her guys are fighting to claim the throne and nothing is going to stand in their way, except a goddess, and a human organization bent on taking control of the Underworld for themselves.
My WIP is a novella that is in the Wardens of Midnight series and will be included in a box set later this year!
What was your hardest scene to write?
There’s a scene in The Siren’s Bride which was hard for me to write since it was the last book I had planned for the series (I won’t rule out that there may be more in the future). As you can tell from the title there is a wedding that is being planned and happens toward the end of the book. After everything I had put the characters through writing the wedding made me cry because they finally got their happily ever after. It was hard to write because it was a goodbye in a way, but it was a good kind of hard.
Do your characters talk to you?
Yep! Some are more demanding/louder than others, but eventually they all talk to me and tell me what they want. I just do my best to give it to them.
Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
I like to throw small cameos from other characters into books, which the reader will only understand if they have read my other books. It doesn’t add anything important to the story, except a little smile from me.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Both? Let’s go with both. It really depends on what I’ve been writing as to whether I’m energized or exhausted. My brain works in mysterious ways (even to me) so something that I will have paid no attention to earlier in the story will suddenly become important, and that’s really exciting and I get super energized from that. Other times there are scenes that are emotionally draining and leave me exhausted.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything! I love my fans. It still feels weird to think that I have fans and that people want to read these crazy worlds that float around in my head. Without them and their encouragement I wouldn’t push myself so hard to be a better writer or to write the next series and the next. Without them I’d still be stuck at my day job, which I hated. So, yes, they mean the world to me and I love each and every one of them!
Read any good books lately?
So many good books! I feel like there are so many talented authors out there. I just finished The Crow’s Murder, The Last Serpent, and Wings of Spirit. I highly recommend all three series.
Care to share the love and give a shout out to another Queen of RH?
Huge shout out to Kel Carpenter and Stacey Brutger for helping to keep me on track with my writing!
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