The Wisdom of Evil by Scarlet Black.

The Wisdom of Evil

By
Scarlet Black

Q&A with Scarlet


  
            1)      At what age did you decide you wanted to be an author?
I’ve always wanted to write. I was around 8 years old when I read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (My favorite children’s book to this day.) I wrote little pamphlets up and tied them with a ribbon to give away as presents at around that age. I was always an avid reader. Believe it or not, I started writing short screen plays while in the fifth grade, which were actually performed in the auditorium at school. What a rush it was! I then went onto short stories and finally full length novels.
  
2)      Where do your ideas come from? Are they based on your life experiences or do they just come to you?
My ideas come from both. A lot of my characters are based, at least in part on real people I’ve come across. The Wisdom of Evil is one such book. Salem Moon came to me in bits and pieces. I get a lot of ideas while doing mundane stuff, like weeding or cleaning. I carry a personal recorder with me so I don’t forget them.
3)      When you began to write seriously, how long did it take for you to finish your first book? (How often did you start and stop?)
The Wisdom of Evil is my first novel. It took me over a year to write, including a lot of revisions and editing. I usually finish, then have two beta readers read it, then go on to edit and revise myself before it ever goes to publisher. So, yes, I do stop and start. If the writing becomes choppy and ceases to flow, I’ll walk away for a bit and come back to it. The novel is also one of two. I had two totally separate ideas for it. I kept the original, which I will work on now. It’s a dystopian thriller called: Last Rites of a Nation.
4)      Was it difficult to get your first work published? If so, why?
 Yes, it was. I must have queried over one-hundred agents and publishers. Most were very kind and the reasons for rejection were mostly “Current trends” in the market. Lol! I’m a firm believer in making the trends, not following them. While this makes it more difficult to compete with what’s out there now, I feel that writing well; and coming up with truly original ideas is satisfying. I was pleased that World Castle picked it up. Shortly after, I did retain an agent, but with another piece, a novella called “The Last Gift.”
5)      In The Wisdom of Evil, Glory isn’t merely afraid of death, she is absolutely terrified of it. So much so, that she will go out of her way to avoid any situation she thinks could possibly cause her death. Do you think that most of your readers will be able to identify with her fear on some level?
 I think fear of death is a basic instinct we all share. The phobia Glory suffers from is a very complex and hard to treat problem. This is a very down to earth story and I’m sure readers will be able to identify with an ordinary woman and her family as they go through the worst grief imaginable. In all horror, it’s necessary to isolate the person and that is effectively done because she can’t tell anyone, except her husband who doesn’t believe her. The Grim Reaper won’t leave her alone; she can’t hide and has to fight back.
6)      Throughout this story, the reader watches as Glory transforms from a terrified and helpless woman who is controlled by her fear, into a woman who masters that fear in order to fight for what’s important to her. Is that a message you intend for your readers to see or did Glory’s character just develop that way as your story progressed?
Yes, that is the message I wanted to convey. Everyday women can relate to doing whatever it takes, despite their fear to protect their family. Glory’s character did develop somewhat on its own while writing, but I had written a bio for her and an outline for the book, so I knew what would she’d be like for the most part.
7)      Considering all of your published works, do you think that they each have a deeper meaning, a positive message that you want your readers to pick up on or do you write your books solely to entertain your fans?
To entertain the reader (I hope) But,all of my works have underlying meanings and messages to them. My favorite writers, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Anne Rice, Dan Brown and Michael Crichton all have deeper meaning and insights into the human condition. And really, I can’t help myself being a psychology major. LOL! I hope to always leave the reader with “food for thought” when they finish my books. I hope they enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them!

            Everyone knows that from the moment we are born, we begin to die. The journey from birth to death is called ‘life’. Everyday life is full of situations that, given the right timing and set of circumstances, can bring the Grim Reaper to our soul’s door. How would we behave, I wonder, if we could see Death coming to take the souls of our loved ones and, in the end, our own?

Perhaps we would become our own version of Glory Soloman in The Wisdom of Evil.  As the story starts, Glory is like a terrified mouse in a room full of cats, constantly searching for a way out or a safe place to hide that isn’t there. Glory knows that, eventually, her time will come to shake hands with the Reaper, but that doesn’t mean that she is going to go easily into that endless sleep.
Wisdomofevil 1800x2700Death has a plan for Glory. He is going to take away everyone that she holds dear and then, when he’s had his fun breaking her heart and her mind, he’ll take her. That’s what he thinks, until our timid and terrified Glory comes out swinging. How does one fight the inevitable, the promise of death creeping closer and closer every day? Every hour? Every minute of our life? Ask Glory, she’ll tell you.
Read Scarlet Black’s The Wisdom of Evil to find out who wins this battle of life and death and how a battle such as this can be won…or lost.
I absolutely LOVED this book! I have to say I have never read one like this before. Scarlet did a fantastic job of dragging the reader in from the very first page. I have to give this book a 5***** rating. My advice to you is to BUY THIS BOOK NOW! I guarantee that when you finish this one, you will want to devour all of Scarlet Black’s work!
Happy Reading.

Author Bio: Scarlet Black

The review and giveaway for Scarlet Black’s The Wisdom of Evil is in two days!!! Starting at 9 a.m. on Friday the 13th, come by and leave a comment or question for Scarlet for a chance to win an e-book copy of The Wisdom of Evil. This is an awesome story that you simply do NOT want to miss out on! Below is a short bio on Scarlet, read it and make sure to come back on Friday and ask your questions for your chance to win.

 

I was Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, later moving to York, Maine where I lived for years, before locating to Florida. I’m  a wife, mother and writer and a graduate of Hesser College with a degree in Psychology and Journalism.  I’ve been married for 30 years, have one amazing son, who is my muse. We share our home with two rescue dogs as well.

I’ve been writing since I was a child;encouraged and inspired by my fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Jamison to pursue a career in writing . That year, I wrote and put on a screenplay for the class called “The Cemetery.”  While it wasn’t nominated for an Oscar and the tombstones fell over during the performance, the audience liked it.
I love nothing more than bringing my readers along on my literary journeys. So, buckle your seat belt, and enjoy the ride!
-Best always,
Scarlet Black

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Review and Giveaway for Wisdom of Evil by Scarlet Black.

Next weekend, starting on Friday the 13th, there will be a giveaway at Beth’s Writing Opinions!!! The featured book is The Wisdom of Evil by Scarlet Black. Come by and check it out, leave a comment and you could win an e-book of The Wisdom of Evil. Hope to see you there and good luck!!!

Check out The Wisdom of Evil on amazon here . There will be a Q&A with Scarlet as well as a short bio on her later in the week. Make sure to read them and answer the questions posted correctly for a chance to win the e-book!!!

What Do You See in the Mirror?

I have been struggling for a while with the issue of my weight. I have gained a significant amount of weight in the last two years. I started to jokingly refer to it as “happy fat” because I had finally settled down and was happy with my life. The joke is over now, though. I do need to lose a few pounds because I am not at a healthy weight, but I do not have to starve myself or look like I have anorexia to be pretty. It’s hard to have a healthy self-image when, every time you turn on the television, all you see is stick thin actresses and/or models.  I know plenty of naturally thin women but the point is that I shouldn’t struggle to look like them because everyone is built differently. Young girls need to have a positive attitude and a healthy self-image. Remind all the young girls in your life that they are beautiful no matter what size they are. 
Here is a picture of Marilyn Monroe, one of America’s most beautiful women. Notice the caption:
I found this photo on Facebook. It is not mine I just used it to prove a point.

REVIEWS AND GIVEAWAYS AT BETH’S WRITING OPINIONS THIS WEEKEND!!

Christmas is over and the New Year has started. You know what that means?? Time freshen up that TBR pile. In the next several days I will be posting reviews for some awesome books and some info on their authors. At the end of the week, there will be chances to win some great e-books to go on that new Kindle you just got for Christmas. Keep your eyes and open for new posts from Writing Opinions for some of the most awesome books out today!

Upcoming Reviews and Christmas Plans

I have finally found my way back to my blog! Life has been just absolutely insane for the last couple of months. I have several reviews that need to be posted both here and on some other sites, which I will begin working on immediately. Among those will be ROUGAROU II by JUDITH ANN McDowell, WISDOM OF EVIL by SCARLETT BLACK, HUMAN BLEND and EARTH BLEND by LORI PESCATORI. There will be more but those are top of my list and all great reads. A lot of us get a week or two off for Christmas, so I am going to be giving you a list of some of the most awesome books ever to start reading over your Christmas vacation.
Also, I will be looking for books to review that have a Christmas theme, so if you have any suggestions, feel free to comment. If you are an author and would like to have your Christmas novel reviewed, leave a comment or ‘Contact Me’ .
I have several more reviews that need to be posted. They aren’t all mentioned above but if I have your book and you are waiting on a review, I promise it’s coming.

CELEBRATING DANIELLE D. SMITH

Everyone who knows me, even a little, knows that I absolutely LOVE editing and reviewing books. In the process of doing both, I get to know the authors and they become “my” authors and my my friends. Every accomplishment makes me proud to know them. Every five star review, every special interview or recognition makes me smile.
The point to all this is; I love the authors I work with. A while back, I did a review for Danielle D. Smith, the author of COYOTE NIGHT. She is a graphic artist, an author, and now, she is designing a line of handbags. These handbags feature Skriker and Rose, the two main characters in COYOTE NIGHT. I am so proud for her and want to celebrate her success by posting a link back to her review and also a link so that everyone can go and see her handbags. Please let her know that you are proud of her too. Click on her name to visit her website and leave her a message. You can also leave comments on the review post, which is here. Here is the link to go see her handbags, which I think will be out in time for Christmas.