Scarlett Rugers (writing as Scarlett Archer) has just released a book 1001 First Lines which is now available at Amazon! You can purchase a paperback, .lit, .epub, .mobi and PDF versions here: http://www.1001firstlines.wordpress.com.
She has been writing for over fifteen years, completed over eleven novels, and her main drive is in speculative fiction or its contrasting opposite romantic comedic novels. She has a passion for studying the art of story telling and is a grand lover of movies. Her focus in work is book cover designs which enables her to put all her energy in to the area she loves most- literature.
You can visit her website at www.scarlettarcher.com.
Scarlett: My latest book is 1001 First Lines. It’s exactly as it sounds! A collection of first lines- and not just the classics. From the best and the words, categorized in genre for easy access.
What’s your favorite first line in all the book?
Scarlett: That would have to be Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower”: The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.
Who or what was the inspiration behind your book?
Scarlett: I wanted to write a really good first line. That’s it. One of the best things I learned was if you want to be the best, do world’s best practice. Experience the average, the worst, and the ones that can’t be pigeon holed. That’s how 1001 First Lines came about.
I wanted to compare different genres, not just display the best. Everyone can Google the best, there are multiple sites that’ll give that up. But what if you want to see the norm of your own genre? If you write chic lit, horror, or science fiction- what’s the standard opening line that so many others use?
Is this your first published book and if so, can you tell us your experiences in finding a publisher for it?
Scarlett: I self-published. My graphic design experience put me in that position where I could do the design and layout from front to back. I’m pedantic so it was important to me to have the say on everything. As a book cover designer for self-published authors I get a pretty detailed industry view. As a business woman I felt obliged to take it into my own hands. I never try and miss an opportunity!
Where do you live and if I were coming to town, where would we go to talk books?
Scarlett: I live in Melbourne, Australia. And talking books should definitely happen at Acland St in St Kilda- on the beach. At one of the many cake and coffee shops, or Big Mouth – a fantastic cafe on the corner which fantastic food and comfy seats, or even down on the Parade where there are some places on the beach to have a coffee.
Having said all that if you’ve ever heard of National Novel Writing Month, Melbourne has an explosive gathering of writers that try and meet up throughout the year. In November the numbers triple at drinks, but if you want THE place to hang with writers that’s it!
When you’re not writing, what do you do to relax and have fun?
Scarlett: I work, isn’t that pathetic? I sort of have a compulsion to productivity, and my brain always has to be ticking over. So I design. I get creative. Sit on the couch with my laptop, a movie on in the background, a good cup of tea, I’m in bliss!
Do you have any words of inspiration for other writers?
Scarlett: Best piece of advice I ever heard for writers was: There’s no such thing as a good writer, only a good rewriter. Everyone’s first draft is a piece of liver pie so you had better accept that. The faster you do, the better writer you’ll be.
What’s next for you?
Scarlett: The first is Oscar & Josephine, a love story about death. A quick fic novella about a brother and sister who, through desperation, end up cursed. They’re forced into immortality in their six-year-old and nineteen-year-old bodies. The story is how they cope through the decades, trying to adapt, doing what they can to kick start their aging once again. This will be published between July-September 2012
The second is a dark retelling of The Wizard of Oz, in a modern environment, which involves organ transplants, dirty alleys and a Guy Richie/Quentin Tarantino-style narrative. I’m aiming for this to be ready for publication by 2014.
Thank you for this interview, Scarlett. Do you have any final words?
Scarlett: Thank you for this opportunity, I loved being interviewed!