SELF Interview


Here’s a Q&A I did with Karen Baney on my upcoming “seven heavenly virtues” Self anthology!



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Title: Self (7 Heavenly Virtues Anthology)

Name: Jess C Scott


Karen: When and why did you begin writing?

Jess: I’ve always liked to write poems and short stories — I believe I wrote my first “real” poem about ten years ago during my mid-teens. I journalled a lot too. I think I try to make sense of myself, others, and the world via the written word. Writing is one of the best ways to capture and explore the human condition and human spirit (all the good and bad about it).

Karen: Do you have a specific writing style?

Jess: I usually aim for something succinct ;)

Karen: How did you come up with the title?

I completed a “seven deadly sins” anthology earlier in 2012, which left me feeling a little sullied. I decided to do a “seven virtues” anthology to showcase the better side of humanity. I called it Self because the short stories all contain the element of self-reflection and self-discovery.

Karen: How did you choose the genre you write in?

Jess: I’ve written in many different genres from mid-2009 to mid-2012, some of which include urban fantasy, contemporary/erotic fiction, poetry, cyberpunk, and young adult fiction. I like writing stories in a Christian/Inspirational Fiction vein too. It’s a genre where there’s a focus on ideals that are more “higher-minded” than the sensational, sordid, or meaningless things we often see in the pop culture scene.

Karen: How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

Jess: I’ve written a few novels and several short story anthologies. I don’t really have a favorite. Each project has helped me learn about and discover new things which have led to some kind of progress with the next project.

Karen: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Jess: Sure — here’s a quick blurb:

SELF Anthology

There are seven virtues to directly counteract the seven deadly sins:

Chastity | Temperance | Charity | Diligence |Patience | Kindness | Humility

SELF is a reflection of the journey of self-discovery and The Seven Virtues, where the only noble battle is the fight for inner personal freedom, spiritual health, goodness and growth.

Be awakened. Be empowered. Be inspired.

Karen: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Jess: I found it easier to write about the deadly sins than the heavenly virtues. With the virtues, there were more things to think about and consider (whereas I naturally “got it” with each deadly sin, LOL). I didn’t want the virtues anthology to end up being didactic too.

Karen: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

Jess: I did learn many things from writing the Self anthology. I “walked through” the deadly sins in order to understand and portray them in the best way that I could — I’m glad I had to do the same with the virtues.

Karen: What is the most challenging part of being an indie author? The most rewarding?

Jess: For me, I’ve found the most challenging thing to be the most rewarding thing as well — the fact that an indie author has full business and creative control with their writing/publishing endeavors.

Karen: As an indie author, what would you say to a potential reader who has never read anything from an indie author?

Jess: Keep a lookout for indie titles — you never know what you might find. There’s a lot of creative perspectives in the indie scene as authors are less pressured to adhere to commercial genre conventions.

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Author Bios:

Interviewer: Karen Baney


Self-published author, Karen Baney, enjoys sharing information to help authors learn about the Business of Writing. She holds a Masters of Business Administration from Arizona State University and has worked in various business related career fields for the past 20 years. She writes Christian Historical Fiction and Contemporary Romance novels. For more information about Karen’s books, visit her website, Amazon Page or Barnes & Noble.

Interviewee: Jess C Scott


Jess is an author/artist/non-conformist who’s dedicated to writing original stories that are both meaningful and entertaining. Most of her work is fueled by an intense drive to inspire others to favor social/spiritual values over shallow values. Her website is


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