Ask the Author: W. Scott
What would you like readers to know about you?
As a child, my very first dream was that of becoming a professional male figure skater. before I even owned my own pair of ice skates, I would replicate certain performances and choreography from skaters that I had admired on my living room carpet. (my mother would call it rug-skating lol).
What is your book about for those who haven’t read it?
My books are a collection of poetry and prose, a series titled “bottled messages”. there are three books within the series and each poem or piece of prose serves as a small note or a letter. the reason that the series is title “bottled messages” is because those poems serve as a sort of written manifestation of almost everything that I’ve kept hidden inside of myself for almost thirty years. but also, I am an old soul at heart and while writing the series, I kept envisioning these poems being put into small glass bottles and these notes and letters would sail across various oceans, in hopes that they would reach someone and that they would finally understand.
What has been your inspiration for writing it?
Each book deals with a relationship that I’ve had. the first book, “post-its and parchment”, deals with the relationship that I’ve had with my younger self (the past). the second, “notecards and scrolls” deals with my present relationships. and the last book, “postcards and bristol” deals with the future, those relationships that I may possibly have.
What was your favorite scene or part of your book to write?
once I’d reached the second book and had to sit down and write it, there was so much that had poured out of me. it was the easiest to write out of the entire collection. out of all three, that entire work is my favorite so far.
What books or authors inspired you to become a writer?
my favorite poetic author would have to be Ntozake Shange, she wrote “for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf. I read her work years ago and it just pierced my heart and has stayed with me ever since. even though the entire work is speaking to the strength and unity of womanhood, I was able to find my own bit of strength in it as well. her voice, her passion, her message, it was all awe-inspiring. other authors that I look up to would have to be j.k. rowling, cassandra clare, k.y. robinson, alison malee. there’s so many.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book?
write. write. write. even in those moments that come and tell you that you aren’t a writer, write. expect rejection. expect criticism. but also expect that at the end of those things, your story needs to be told.
post-its and parchment: https://www.amazon.com/Post-its-Parchment-Messages-W-Scott/
notecards and scrolls: https://www.amazon.com/Notecards-Scrolls-Messages-W-Scott/
postcards and bristol: https://www.amazon.com/Postcards-Bristol-Messages-W-Scott/