For this fourteenth episode of Writer’s Spotlight, we the enigma known only as “Scribe X”– another member of the Scribes’ Circle whom I have gotten to know over the past year. Scribe X is a talented writer, and also quite proficient at meme wars. Sightings of Scribe X are as elusive as those of Nessie.
What names do you write by?
Give us a short introduction to you.
How long have you been writing, professionally and/or as a hobby?
Writing for 25 years, but only in the last year have I shared my writings with the world
In what genre(s) do you write?
Adult Fiction, romance, and erotica
Do you outline your stories ahead of time, or do you let the story grow as you write?Plotting vs. Pantsing depends on how the story comes to me. If the idea comes to me underdeveloped, then plotting helps get the creative juices flowing. But if the idea comes as a storyline, even if it’s just a single scene or a single experience, then it’s fun to put the words on the page and see where the story takes you. Whatever your process, the most important thing is just to begin. The end result will take on a life of its own as you work through either process.
Which authors have influenced and inspired you the most?
Oddly enough, the authors I enjoyed in my childhood probably influence my writing more than anything I’ve read in the last ten years. Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume, and Mildred Wirt Benson (writing as Carolyn Keene) excelled at crafting characters we WANT to follow and engage, and telling stories we NEED to see through to resolution.
Do you write in other ways, such as poetry, songwriting, technical articles, etc?
In my professional life, I also write workforce training and development materials. It is a perpetual effort to remove the technical voice from my works of fiction.
How has your life experiences affected your writing?
While I am intentional not to “write my life”, I think it’s important to tap into the human experience, personal emotion, to write well. A writer has to be willing to explore the hidden places of their own soul in order to speak to the soul of the reader. It’s the emotions, not merely the experiences, that draw us in and keep us there, turning the pages.
What scene that you’ve written has moved you the most, and why?
“Moved” can mean so many things. I think I was most surprised by a scene I wrote where a young woman succumbs to the urge to pleasure herself in the restroom at work following an intriguing encounter with a beautiful stranger. I knew I was writing a work of erotica and that things would get hot and heavy, but that scene wasn’t even remotely on my radar when envisioning the course that story would take. It proved to be a delightful detour.
Beta Readers – Yes or No? Why?
Beta Readers? Absolutely! They’re the taste testers in my little bakery. Somebody’s got to lick the bowl!
What inspires your story ideas?
Life! There are stories all around us just waiting to be told. I am honored that stories continue to choose me to amplify their voice.
Do you belong to any Writing Groups?
I Love my fellow Scribes over at The Scribes’ Circle! The ways in which we challenge each other and collaborate with one another bring out the heights of creativity within all of us. I am certainly a better writer as a direct result of this fellowship and I imagine we all share that sentiment.
Tell us about all of your works in progress (include your favorite snippets).
Diverting from my work in short stories, I’m currently 2,000 words into my first as yet unnamed novel following a young woman who has arrived at a monumental ethical crossroads in her life. The short-term effects and long-term implications of her decisions bleed into every area of her life and we join her on the journey to right that ship.
Have you been published?
You can read the works of Scribe X in The Scribes’ Circle’s Unbound erotic anthology
[JMA edit – you can find Unbound here]
How can readers follow you?
Is there anything else you want readers to know about you?
Thanks, Scribe X, for taking the time to share a little piece of you with us!