Kylie Scott opens up about her latest novel in the Stage Dive series.
Where did your creative muse come from when writing the Stage Dive series?
Years of watching music video shows like Countdown and MTV.
Do you have personal experience with the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle?
I worked in a guitar shop for a while, hanging out with session musicians. So I’d heard lots of interesting stories about the lifestyle.
The covers for the series are amazing… what input do you have in their creations?
They are great, aren’t they? But I can’t take the credit for them at all. The art department at Pan Macmillan did a fantastic job.
For first-time readers of your work, are the Stage Dive books written in chronological order or can readers pick up whichever book takes their fancy?
They do work as standalones, yes.
When creating characters, what do you find to be the most complex of processes?
It’s really just a matter of writing the story until I start to hear the characters’ voice clearly in my head.
When the final chapter is written, do you ever feel the need to go back and tweak characters to make them more likeable or unlikeable?
There’s always editing involved. Having another person’s input on the story is invaluable.
Desire plays a huge part in the Stage Dive series and your ability to translate it into the written word is simply brilliant. What process do you go through to ensure the emotions of this type of genre reach the readers?
The sex has to mean something and move the story forward. Each encounter needs to develop their relationship and be different from the last.
What are you reading right now?
The Deal by Elle Kennedy. Loving it.
Favourite food whilst in the midst of writing?
Haha. Whatever is fast and easy.
Do you plan your writing or just go with the flow of what comes to the imagination?
I need to roughly plan scenes or words get wasted.
Who or what influences your writing style?
I love Stephen King and the minimal style of Lorelei James.
Do you have any advice for budding authors?
Take the time to properly learn what you are doing. Get used to receiving feedback, both negative and positive. It’s the only way you move forward.
What’s next for Kylie Scott?
The Dive Bar series! I’m writing about the other end of the music business when things don’t work out and our hero has to go home after years of being on the road. It’s a big adjustment for him.
As the lead singer of Stage Dive, Jimmy is used to getting whatever he wants, whenever he wants it, whether it’s booze, drugs, or women. However, when a PR disaster serves as a wake-up call about his life and lands him in rehab, he finds himself with Lena, a new assistant to keep him out of trouble. Lena’s not willing to take any crap from the sexy rocker and is determined to keep their relationship completely professional, despite their sizzling chemistry. But when Jimmy pushes her too far and Lena leaves, he realises that he may just have lost the best thing that ever happened to him.
New York Times bestselling author Kylie Scott is a long-time fan of love stories, rock ‘n’ roll and B-grade horror films. Published in six languages, Kylie has sold over half a million copies and has twice been voted Australia’s Favourite Romance Writer by the Australian Romance Readers Association, as well as winning Favourite Continuing Romance Series with the Stage Dive series. Kylie lives in Queensland with her two children and husband.