An Interview with Margery Scott

MargeryScott_Zane_500x750px_2If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be, and why?

I think I’d love to live in Hawaii. There’s something about palm trees and year-round warmth on an island surrounded by water that seems ideal to me. But realistically, I’d like to live anywhere I don’t have to deal with snow and ice for months at a time.

Do you have other talents? Or is there a talent you don’t have that you wish you did?

It’s not really a talent, but I love to shoot pool, and I’ve been lucky enough to play in the APA National Championship in Las Vegas twice. As for real talent, I’d love to be able to sing really well. I used to be able to be a mediocre singer, but now I only sing when I’m alone. I’m kind to other people that way 

What genre(s) do you write in and why?

When I first started writing, I wrote across the board, searching for my niche. These days, I stick mainly to historical western romances.My family didn’t have a TV until I was ten years old, and as soon as I discovered westerns, I was hooked. There was something about those men and women who tamed the wilderness, lawmen and outlaws, painted doves and schoolmarms, wagon trains and railroads. I loved them all. It seemed natural to write what I loved to watch and read.

Tell us about your current series/WIP.

I’m just starting to plot another Morgans of Rocky Ridge novella. The Morgans was originally plotted as a trilogy, but I had so many readers email me asking for more that I’ve decided to extend it. When I went back to read Zane, the last novella in the trilogy, I realized I’d added another branch of the family who joined Zane and his family for Thanksgiving dinner. It seems my subconscious – or my muse – is smarter than I am and laid the groundwork for more books without any effort on my part.

How has your experience with self-publishing been?

Self-publishing my books was the best decision I’ve ever made. Patience is not one of my virtues, and I love having complete control over every aspect of the publication process.

How long have your book(s) been out? How long between books if you have multiple sales—and if you have multiples did you see a bump in sales with subsequent publication?

I published my first novel in May, 2011. I had quite a backlist in different genres, so I published them all that first year. In retrospect, I think that was a mistake, and I should have spread them out a little more. I didn’t see the bump in sales many writers do because I was writing in different genres. Again, I think that was a mistake. Building readership is much easier when you’re writing the same type of book. When I published the Morgans of Rocky Ridge trilogy, I was advised to set the first novella, Cade, perma-free. Since then, sales of the other two novellas have increased.

What genres are you drawn to as a reader?

I read historical fiction and historical romances, almost any period other than Regency/Victorian. I also read thrillers and romantic suspense.

Do you write under a pen name? Why or why not? How did you choose it?

I do write under a pen name, which I chose because my last name is too difficult to spell, pronounce and read. I chose Scott because I am a Scot originally.

What did you want to be when you were a child? Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?

I was a late bloomer. As a child, I planned to be a doctor. I even had a ‘hospital’ set up in our basement. I hated English and History in school, so naturally it made sense that when I did start writing once I had an empty nest, I’d write historical romances.

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My books are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and iBooks.

Do you have any upcoming FREE promotions you would like to tell us about?

Right now, the first book in the Morgans of Rocky Ridge series, Cade, is FREE on Amazon.


The west is a dangerous place, especially for a lawman. Zane Morgan, sheriff of Rocky Ridge, Colorado has accepted this and has resigned himself to being alone. He won’t ask a woman to share his life when the odds of him living long enough to raise a family are slim.

Priscilla Rowan is on the run. Pregnant and fleeing her preacher ex-husband, she’s on her way to California when nature ruins her plans and her child decides to be born sooner than expected. Although she doesn’t trust any man, she has no choice but to accept Zane’s help and protection until she can move on.

As Zane and Priscilla grow closer, Zane discovers protecting her becomes much more than his duty. But when the threat is eliminated, can he convince her to stay without giving up who he is?


He turned and left the room, but paused at the doorway. “You didn’t tell me your name.”
She hesitated, tore her eyes away from his face. “Patricia Rowe,” she lied. She couldn’t tell him the truth. She only hoped after all his kindness that he’d forgive her when he found out why she’d lied.
He smiled again, and she couldn’t help smiling back. “It’s nice to make your acquaintance, Mrs. Rowe.”
“Please, call me Patricia.” Being referred to as a married woman reminded her too much of Henry. It implied she had a man to love her, to take care of her. She had no man to share her life with, and she was glad. Never again would she be foolish enough to believe in love.
“Zane,” he reminded her a moment before he left, closing the door behind him.
Priscilla relaxed against the pillows and closed her eyes. Why had she lied about her name and where she was going? She’d panicked and spit out the first thing she could think of, but now that she had, she’d have to stick to her story.
But she wouldn’t have to worry about it much longer. As soon as she found her clothes and she had her baby back, she’d be on her way.



A late bloomer, I didn’t start writing until I found myrself with an empty nest, some free time, and an old standard typewriter my father found somewhere I’d rather not think about. I still have the empty nest (except for my husband) although now it’s on a lake far away from the city, the typewriter has been replaced by a computer, and free time is a thing of the past. I have written all across the genre board as the muse and the mood hit me, but these days I tend to stick to either historical romance or romantic suspense. When I’m not writing or traveling in search of the perfect setting for my next novel, you can usually find me wielding a pair of knitting needles or a pool cue.

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