Interview with Jess C. Scott

Jess C. Scott

Interview Date: 6/1/2012


Jess is an author/artist/non-conformist who’s dedicated to writing original stories that are both meaningful and entertaining. Most of her work is fueled by an intense drive to inspire others to favor social/spiritual values over shallow values. Jess is also the founder of jessINK, an innovative publishing company that focuses on substance over hype.

Do you have a favorite superhero from novels, comics, or movies?

Probably Batman and/or Spiderman. Batman is unique because he's a superhero that doesn't actually have a "supernatural" power. And I've always liked spiders, so...

Kev's response: Well, we won't hold that against ... wait ... WTF?

Do you pre-plan your stories, or are you a by-the-seat-of-the-pants style writer?

I pre-plan most of the time. I tend to be more efficient when there's a clear outline I can follow.

Do you have a favorite genre to write in? To read?

It's got to be both engaging and interesting (for both reading and writing)! I like authenticity and originality too. I like experiencing something "memorable."

Can you tell me something odd about yourself?

I've never developed a coffee addiction.

Kev's response: Me either, although I'm definitely a caffeine addict. First thing I hit in the morning, before my workout, is a nitric oxide pre-workout drink that contains a fair chunk of caffeine....

Do you write one story at a time, or do you have several novels in the works at one time?

I might work on several outlines at a time, though I usually write one story at a time. I find it easier to stay focused and disciplined that way.

Have you ever wondered why evil people want to take over the world. Why not take under it?

Maybe that's why I like the cyberpunk genre (with its focuses on "underground" movements!).
To answer the question, maybe the evil people with the biggest egos are the ones who get the most attention. They like to be seen taking over the world, as opposed to working in a more subtle way by taking things under (i.e. working "under the radar").

Kev's response: Aha! So there is the way to take under it!

What are your current projects?

I'm currently working on Self, a short story anthology that links personal spiritual growth to each of the seven virtues.
I started working on it once I'd completed Bad Romance, a pop culture inspired short story collection which links star-crossed lovers to each of the seven deadly sins. Bad Romance turned out to be quite evil and I had to do something to cleanse my mind and conscience.
I'll also be working on completing The Cyberpunk Elven Trilogy in the later half of 2012, along with a couple of series I've been planning (an urban fantasy and murder mystery project).

Kev's response: Sounds very cool. You know, I never hear anyone bring up the seven silly sins. I feel as though they've been left out.

Do you have any advice for others about self-publishing?

Have clearly-defined goals. If your sole goal with self-publishing is to maximize profits, target a commercial niche that has a large audience. If you have other intrinsic goals, you should respect those goals if you're not the type that is able to relinquish personal/artistic integrity.
I've a mini eBook that contains some advice for others about self-publishing, titled Self Publishing Wiz (

Kev's response: With only half of the word "wizard," do we need half of a wand to use the advice? :)

Do you have any online sites where readers can find out more about you (and your books)?

Kev's response: Jess, thanks for joining me, and good fortune on your cyberpunk finale! Sorry to hear about Amazon banning some of your stories.

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