JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Madison, author of Scattered Lies II
(Influential Writers Publishing)
Scattered Lies II shocks us with matchless plot twists and an assemblage of characters whose lives have evolved from intimate dreams to headlining events.
Joey Pinkney: Based on the response of Scattered Lies, what have you done to make Scattered Lies II a better book?
Madison: I stuck to my gut. Being a new writer, I learned fast that people will like you or they won’t. Everyone will have an opinion. Many people wrote me after the release of Scattered Lies. I was happy with the good and the bad. It’s like show business: if they not talking about you, that’s when you worry.
JP: Now that you are not new to being a published author, how have you grown as a writer since the publication of Scattered Lies?
Madison: I’ve definitely learned you need patience and time management skills in this business. Waiting for reviews, venue confirmations and trying to get the most exposure is crucial. Then having to find the time to write… It gets crazy sometimes, but I’m adjusting.
Being a published writer leaves you with so many feelings of accomplishment and success. You become more confident in your skills. It’s provided motivation for the future.
JP: Was having a sequel to Scattered Lies planned before embarking on Scattered Lies II, or did it come after the fact?
Madison: I never really thought about it in phases. I honestly just started writing, and it kept growing. It seemed like everything happened so fast. From publication until now has been the most exciting and disappointing ride of my life. Right now, I’m just going with what feels right and from the feedback I got from Scattered Lies, a sequel was inevitable.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take for you to start and finish Scattered Lies II?
Madison: I try to stay focused on my goals, and that has helped my writing process. I have a very supportive team that keeps me grounded and motivated. Sometimes when I feel like I just can’t get it to come together, I’ve created alter egos. I will transform myself into a character, and write from that point of view.
As I said, I was just doing what I love to do. The story just took on a life of its own. So I suppose Scattered Lies I and II were kind of written simultaneously.
JP: What’s next for Madison?
Madison: I don’t even know where to begin. I plan on taking full advantage of this opportunity GOD has given me. I have a lot of things in the mix with a few surprises. Let’s just say it will end with an exclamation point.