Kierney Scott – Romance and Community

Hi friends!

Welcome to the 5th Annual Read-A-Romance Month!

While I read romance all year long, August is the month we celebrate this awesome genre! Come back every day to read all three “Power of Romance” posts. Check out the full calendar of authors here. You can also find links to the last four years’ posts from the boxes in the sidebar, and if you’d like, you can follow RARM on Facebook.

Happy August!

#LoveRomance #ThePowerOfRomance

The Power of Romance to Create Community

One of my favourite things about being an author is the amazing community I get to be part of, from the readers to the bloggers and of course the other authors. When I started writing, I never imagined I would have the opportunity to develop a network of such lovely people that I get to call friends.

Soon after Carina UK opened their doors I was sent a Facebook invite to join a ‘Super Secret Writer’s Group’ by the lovely and very organised Aurelia B. Rowl. I was thrilled. There were half a dozen or so of us, mostly romance writers, who had all been offered a contract with the shiny new imprint of Harper Collins. Most of us were newbies. We were green, I was perhaps the greenest, but we were all so excited to have achieved our dream of writing for a major publisher.

In the beginning, the posts were mostly virtual squeals of delight and then lots of practical posts about what to expect and what we should be doing. Over time more authors joined the group and we all learned the ropes together. Our careers have taken different directions and a lot of us have moved to different publishers but we have stayed in contact, posting most days.

The posts moved from writing advice to moral support as we went from colleagues to friends. Over the years there have been work struggles, health struggles, divorce, and even the passing of one of our own. But through it all there have been a lot of laughs. We support and champion each other. When one of us makes it to number one (even if it is the most obscure category), you can guarantee the rest of us are celebrating too.

 

 

I am so grateful for my writing community. Lots of us have dedicated books to the group. So now when you see a mention of the ‘Super Secret Writing Group’ or the ‘Carina Author Group’ you will know what we are talking about.

 

Kierney recommends:

Gina Calanni    –     facebook.com/GinaCalanniAuthor     –     @Amazon

Anabelle Bryant     –     www.anabellebryant.com    –   @Amazon

Darcie Boleyn   –    darcieboleyn.wordpress.com     –    @Amazon

Portia Macintosh   –    portiamacintoshbooks.wordpress.com   –   @Amazon

Katie Oliver  –   katieoliver.com   –   @Amazon


Questions for the Author:

Tell us about a moment when you felt or were aware of the power of romance.

When I was little my mum worked two jobs and went to school full-time. My dad worked in a different city so for all intents and purposes she was a single parent Monday to Friday. She was overworked, and exhausted. If she ever got a spare moment she escaped with a romance novel.  She bought them at the second-hand bookstore, always hot historical romances, usually with Fabio on the cover. They weren’t “bodice rippers” or “cheesy books” to her they were stress relief.

When I started writing romance I had this in the back of my mind. I wanted to write books that people escape into. I wanted to help people get lost in another world where they know there would be a happily ever after.

Tell us about an object that has powerful memories for you.

As a rule, I don’t have emotional connections to things. I am the opposite of a hoarder. I go through the house on an annual cull, donating things to charity we don’t need. I even donated all my daughter’s baby clothes which surprised some people but she didn’t fit into them anymore so it seemed sensible to give them to a baby who did. The one thing I have kept is the nightgown I was wearing when I gave birth to my daughter.  Becoming a mum and meeting her was the best day of my life. Even now typing about it, I have teared up because it was such a profound moment. So I keep that tatty blue maternity nightgown with three wee holes along the seam.

Tell us about a word that has power for you.

Responsibility. We often talk about our rights but just importantly are our responsibilities. Living in society, being part of a community requires everyone to honour their responsibilities. There is power in it because by being responsible we have the ability to create the world we want.

Tell us about a powerful book you read this year (or one that’s so powerful you’ve never forgotten it).

The most powerful books I have ever read are Love You Forever by Robert Munsch and Someday by Alison Mcghee. I can’t make it through either book without crying. They are both children’s books that capture the power of love and the ephemeral nature of life. They are both so beautiful.

Tell us about a person who’s had a powerful influence on your life.

My sister Emily is amazing. Even if she wasn’t my sister I would say that. Life has thrown so much at her but she has a strength that awes me. Watching her navigate life when her husband was terminally ill and after he had passed, has inspired me so much. She has every right to be bitter but she treats everyone with so much grace and kindness. She is a reminder to me every day of the kind of woman I want to be.

Main Drawing:

Kierney is generously giving away an e-copy of the first book in her Firing Line series, Blurring the Line. Since Kierney lives in Scotland, this drawing is open to everyone. To enter, leave a comment below by 11:59 pm PST August 9, 2017. 

She’ll be giving away another copy as part of US the international bundles, plus she’s sponsoring a tote & cup giveaway! (see below for more information)

There are many more drawings too—including international book bundles! See the bottom of the post for more information.

#LoveRomance #ReadARomance

 


American born Kierney Scott, lives in Edinburgh Scotland with her husband and daughter. She is best known as the author of the The Firing Line series. Recently she has moved to writing crime thrillers. Her new crime series with Bookouture debuts in December with Now You See Me.

Follow Kierney:    Twitter@Kierney_S

 

 

Buy Kierney’s books:

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*Please note that the Amazon button, most cover images and many text links connect to a Read-A-Romance Month affiliate portal. Thanks so much for your help & support!

#LoveRomance   #The PowerofRomance    #ReadARomance


MORE DRAWINGS!

Each RARM post will have one main drawing each day (posted above). Authors are also contributing to weekly (US only) bundles, which will be drawn at the end of the week. Each bundle will consist of at least five books and the amount of bundles will depend on the amount of books the authors contribute.

(Kierney is contributing to the international bundles and the cup/tote giveaway.)

To enter to win these bundles, send an email to Week1@ReadARomanceMonth.com with “Bundles” in the signature line. (1 entry per email address per week)

International friends!

Rather than individual drawings off posts, this year we’ll do sets of books, 3+, depending on how many authors contribute. To enter, send an email to Week1@ReadARomanceMonth.com with “International” in the signature line. (1 entry per email address per week)

Week 1 contests are through Aug. 8

For the 5th Annual Read-A-Romance Month, many of the contributing authors  are supporting an extra-special drawing – high quality tote bags and mugs printed with a fun, pro-romance image (see below).

Read-A-Romance Month, through the generous support of many of the authors, is giving away at least 30 mug & tote combos.

Plus, at least two lucky winners will win a Read-A-Romance Month “Month of Books” Mega Bundle, consisting of 31 books!

To enter these exciting drawings,  send an email to August@ReadARomanceMonth.com (US only, apologies to international friends – though keep an eye out later in the month.

(US only, apologies to international friends – though keep an eye out later in the month. I may include an international cup/tote combo.)

You will not be automatically added to a newsletter, and I promise not to sell or give your email addresses to anyone. I do reserve the right to send you an invitation to sign up for my newsletter, which will also have opportunities to win more prizes and great romance reading tips!

 

Check out all three great posts everyday in August at ReadARomanceMonth.com.  Or you can find the posts on the RARM Facebook page.  Also consider joining the Read-A-Romance Book Club page, where we discuss romance of all kinds and will have drawings and events throughout the year.

#LoveRomance  #HappyReading  #ReadARomance

  • Wendi Rogers

    The Romance Genre, from my limited experience of interacting with other genres, really is about community. Writers and readers do support each other. Thank you.

  • cheryl c.

    I have also found that the romance community of authors, bloggers, and readers is full of warm, caring, and friendly people.

  • Mike Snowberger

    Who doesn’t love kierney scott????

  • Nicole Marie

    Great post, i look forward to reading your books.

  • Sue G.

    I agree! I read romance for my happy ending. Every now and then you just need one in life!

  • Ren

    Your sister sounds amazing. You are a new author to me. Can’t wait to check out your books. Thanks for sharing

  • Melissa Cowling Terry

    I love the community for romance.

  • Booklover

    Thank you for doing this interview and sharing personal details with us. I loved reading about your admiration for your sister. Very touching.

  • Patty Vasquez

    I’m so glad to hear that there is a community of authors who support each other. That, in and of itself, is a love story, something relatively unusual in a competitive business.

  • Zeroburn

    Nice to join a good contest. Keep up the good work!

  • Pamby50

    I love that the group you started with has stayed together after moving on. That is how the romance community is. It is my favorite genre to read but I look forward to your series.

  • rebecca moe

    I can definitely relate to romance reading as a form of stress relief–it’s definitely helped me through a time or two or twenty!

    Thanks for posting!