Mary Ann Clarke Scott
My early loves included two things: books and art. In my world view, blank white pages, and even blank white walls, were begging for my creations.
Neither of these passions have waned, despite all the adventures I’ve had in the meantime. I wrote my first romance novel at the age of nine, but soon abandoned both writing and drawing (because apparently they were frivolous pursuits doomed to make me a pauper) for a career in architecture, and then an academic career in environmental gerontology. Tiring of both, and still none the richer, I have returned to my first loves, writing and painting.
Quirky Q & A
My uniform … Biker pixie chic: leggings, tall boots, a boho top and cropped leather jacket. Lots of chunky rings. Maybe a scarf.
Creative fuel … Half-caf Italian espresso lattes and fruit pie
Geeky fascinations … Wormholes and time travel, archeology, European history, French films, neuroplasticity, metaphysics, Jungian psychology, using big words 😉
Greatest weaknesses … My son, Regency romances, boots of any kind, abstract expressionism, homemade fruit pie!
My books are organized by … Fave authors get their own shelf. The rest by Writing craft, Classics, YA, Romance & WF, SF, Middle Grade, Non-fiction resources.
Fantasy Jeopardy categories … Jane Austen novels, Indian culture, the History of Ukraine
First Feminist Role Models … Gloria from All in the Family & her aunt Maude, my sister, Katherine Hepburn, George Elliot, Georgia O’Keefe, Mary Richards.
On my nightstand … Animal Vegetable Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver, Malice by Eileen Cook, Buddha’s Brain by Rick Hanson, The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins, Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer, The Moon Sisters by Therese Walsh, Mother Teresa’s Advice for Jilted Lovers by Donna Barker.
Fantasy best friend … Monica Geller from Friends, Marg Delahunty from This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Elizabeth Bennett.
On the turntable … Coldplay, Sting, Van Morrison, The Verve, Eric Clapton, Nora Jones, Keene, Lisa Gerard, Phil Collins, U2, Arturo Sandoval, Tschaikovsky… it’s a BIG turn-table and I take it with me while hiking in the mountains!
I love to write about … young women on journeys abroad who discover themselves and fall in love while getting embroiled in someone else’s problems and professional women in their 30’s struggling to balance the challenge and fulfillment of their career with their search for love, family and home. I also love to weave dramatic relationships into close-to-home sci-fi adventure plots, particularly in the steampunk (Victorian era) and cyberpunk (gaming) sub-genres.
I live with three large men and three small mammals on the beautiful West Coast of British Columbia, and though I know I live in paradise, still love traveling the world in search of romance and adventure, and when not writing, can be found painting, cooking, gardening, cycling, hiking trails, doing Pilates and yoga and of course, reading.