Today’s “Five Photographs” guest is SF/PNR author Veronica Scott, who is also the “SciFi Encounters” columnist for the USA Today Happily Ever After blog. (For those of you that didn’t see it yet, she wrote a great post last Thursday on the appeal of fantasy romance.) She’s here today to share a little bit about herself and her writing. Welcome, Veronica!
Something That Represents Something Unique About You
I worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (think Mars Rovers) in the Acquisition Division for a very long time. I was on the business side of the house, not a rocket scientist, but it was an incredible set of experiences! (I’m a fulltime author as of this past March.) This is a photo of the service award I recently received. There’s a tiny galaxy laser etched in the center!
[Jill: That is awesome! I think JPL would be an amazing place to work. I’m sure the business side of it was really interesting. Of course, it’s equally great that you’re now a full time writer. Congrats!]
Something That Represents Where You Live
I live in drought stricken Southern California, so these nearby succulents and cacti represent our current state.
Your pet(s) or plant(s) or thing you care for (besides your human family/friends)
Jake and Keanu, two very companionable and lively cats
Something (not someone) that really frustrates you
Time! In three ways: I’m not a patient person at all, so I hate to wait for things. Second, there’s never enough time in a day for all the things I want to do, even writing fulltime now. And third, I spend too much time on social media (because I have so much fun there)!
Something that brings you joy (besides writing)
Something that brings me joy is time spent with my grandson and we’re usually building Legos, so here’s one of our latest building projects.
What’s the elevator pitch for your latest published novel?
My latest novel is Mission to Mahjundar, science fiction romance. “Special Forces soldier of the future falls in love with blind Princess of Shadows, places rescuing her above his mission objective.”
What are you working on next?
I have Ghost of the Nile coming out in late May, and I’m just finishing the first draft of my next SFR, tentatively entitled Star Cruise: Marooned.
What are you currently reading?
I’ve been on an epic romance fantasy binge and just finished Radiance by Grace Draven, which I LOVED and can’t recommend highly enough.
What are you currently watching (TV shows)?
“Dancing With The Stars”, “Twelve Monkeys, “The Walking Dead,” Say Yes to the Dress,” “Madam Secretary”.
[Jill: my older daughter loves “Say Yes to the Dress” :-D ]
Favorite fantasy creature, villain, or weapon not from your own work?
Anne McCaffrey’s dragons from the planet Pern. I so want to be the rider of a golden dragon!
Biggest challenge facing writers today?
With all the wonderful books pouring out from authors these days, I think discoverability is the key. Finding your own audience!
How can we meet that challenge?
By being proactive on social media – whatever channels work best for the individual – and I love the way authors are helping each other, as with this guest blog opportunity of yours, forums, Facebook groups (and events)…sharing information and shining a light on each other’s books that we’ve enjoyed goes a long way. And of course, writing the next book, and the book after that is critical. So, it’s a juggling act but the books are always the most important thing.
Thanks for having me as your guest with this fun photo blog!
More About Veronica
Best Selling Science Fiction & Paranormal Romance author and “SciFi Encounters” columnist for the USA Today Happily Ever After blog, Veronica Scott grew up in a house with a library as its heart. Dad loved science fiction, Mom loved ancient history and Veronica thought there needed to be more romance in everything. When she ran out of books to read, she started writing her own stories.
Thank you, Veronica, for the interview and for sharing your pictures with us! I enjoyed getting to know more about you. :-)