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Interview with Scarlett Archer, author of ‘1001 First Lines’



Scarlett Archer

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:

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



1001 First LinesABOUT 1001 FIRST LINES

Have you ever wondered which novels contain the most famous opening lines? Or how the writers of Science Fiction compare to those of Romance? Now you can compare for yourself, with 1001 of the best and worst First Lines from fifteen genres.

1001 First Lines is for the writers and the readers of the world, providing inspiration and instruction. Purchasing the paperback gives you a checklist of titles to tick off as you go!

Q: Welcome to Beyond the Books, Scarlett. Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?

I’m published for the first time. My second book will be coming out this year.

Q: When you were published for the first time, which route did you go – mainstream, small press, vanity published or self-published and why or how did you choose this route?

I chose self-publishing because I’m pedantic about the entire process. Putting together 1001 First Lines wasn’t your standard self-pubbed book and I liked
breaking in to the industry with that different edge. Giving back to the writing community, being able to share with them what I find fascinating about the art
of writing.

Q: How long did it take you to get published once you made the decision?

I started in late October 2011 and it was published in March 2012. That’s from brainstorming, layout, gathering the first lines, checking and rechecking first lines, design concepts and implementation, and then *finally* putting it all together!

Q: How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?

Actually, not as exciting as it will be my next book. Because it was a collaboration and collection of the work of other writers when it was published it wasn’t my soul, my work, I wasn’t exposing myself to the universe. I celebrated by going out to the movies and dinner. I always celebrate with movies and dinner, it makes me totally happy.

Q: What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?

I gave my dad a copy! He’s my most important reader, right? Then I put together my blog I wanted to spread the word, to share what my book was about and to get others involved. That’s a vital part of innovative promotion, I think. Being interactive and getting people interested on a personal level.

Q: Since you’ve been published, how have you grown as a writer and now a published author?

I’ve become much more attentive to the editing and drafting process. My experience with self-published books (reading) has been hit and miss and
I really want to put something out there that is of really high quality. I recognized for the first time just how much work is going to be involved in
making that happen.

Q: What has surprised or amazed you about the publishing industry as a whole?

About the self-publishing industry: How supportive and open everyone is. How we’re revolutionizing the approach to publishing and how my idea of self-
publishing has transformed. It was only five years ago my writing community was dead set on excluding all those who were *willing* participants of self- publishing. God help you if you took that route without considering traditional publishers. But we’re changing the face of what a published book can be, and proving that we’re good writers, we deserve a chance and we’re going to have it.

Q: What is the most rewarding thing about being a published author?

Having it in your hands. I can’t submit myself to an e-only-fantasy because the true pleasure of having a published work is having it in my hands, on paper,
with a front cover and a back cover.

Q: Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?

You will have fear, doubt, anger, and disappointment. Have that. Have it because you will have the joy, the bliss, and the happiness too.

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