Kylie Scott is equally adept at creating a happily-ever-after in a zombie apocalypse, as she is in the hedonist world of a rock star. This has made her something of a rock star herself, with a legion of devoted fans who devour every written word of the Audie Award winning, New York Times best-sellingauthor. Or in the case of her latest novel, every spoken word.
“Doing an Audible Original gave me the opportunity to work with one of my favourite editors who is now at Audible. She worked on the Stage Dive books with me when she was formerly at St Martin’s Press and I was keen to do this project with her,” explains Kylie.
Repeat is a second-chance romance with a twist of amnesia and is narrated by recording veteran Andi Arndt; “Andi was chosen by the publisher of the Stage Dive series and I thought she did such a wonderful job I’ve worked with her ever since. She’s brilliant at narrating and so knowledgeable about the industry too.”

While one would imagine the internet browser history of a romance writer would be an interesting experience to peruse, for Kylie the research goes beyond the computer.

“With Repeat, I read a lot about people’s experiences and talked to a doctor and a psychiatrist about the condition. Recovery times for head wounds and how people adapt to living with that kind of trauma. As for Flesh and Skin, I read a bunch of survival books which were interesting.”
“With Repeat, I read a lot about people’s experiences and talked to a doctor and a psychiatrist about the condition. Recovery times for head wounds and how people adapt to living with that kind of trauma. As for Flesh and Skin, I read a bunch of survival books which were interesting.”
Survival books? That’s where the zombie apocalypse comes into the story. Although Kylie’s first novel was a 150,000 word paranormal romance that has “never seen the light of day”, her first published work was Flesh – an epic story of lust, love and trust as a heroine and two heroes battle to survive, hunted through suburban wastelands, which has achieved cult status.
“I’m a huge fan of The Stand by Stephen King and I loved the empty world and end of times themes. That combined with my fascination for George A Romero’s films and I guess zombies and an apocalypse were inevitable,” says Kylie.
Flesh was written and rewritten over about the course of a year, with Kylie working on it with a mentor to help clean up writing mistakes and develop her craft. “It was surreal seeing something of mine in print for the first time,” she says of Momentum publishing the novel. “I can’t actually remember how we celebrated… The kids were littler then, and it was harder to get away. Probably with pizza and a few drinks in front of the TV!”
With fans desperate for a continuation on the series (Flesh was followed by Skin, and a novella), Kylie is ambivalent; “Maybe eventually. Never say never and all that. When the right story comes to me, I’ll think about revisiting that world. It was a lot of fun to write the series.”
Mainstream success came in the form of her Stage Dive series, beginning with Lick. Kylie is modest of this achievement, claiming she wrote the right book at the right time.
“There weren’t a lot of other rock books out there and the Cinderella type of theme is a perennial favourite and appeals to a lot of readers. I needed them (the characters) to wake up married, so Vegas was the obvious answer for a setting. I don’t know… I don’t think it’s easy for anyone to crack the market especially given how flooded it is these days. Hard work, a dash of luck, and perseverance,” she says.
While rock stars are a world away from zombies, it’s a coming home for Kylie. “A good portion of my childhood was spent taping my favourite songs off the radio. I’ve always loved rock n roll and music videos and I play a bit of guitar. Also, Marianne Faithful’s autobiography and others like her fascinate me. So, when I started getting more into contemporary romance, writing about rock stars seemed the obvious choice. They’re so fun and glamorous, living this crazy life that revolves around their art.”
It was 10 years ago that Kylie decided to “give writing a serious go”. For a year or so when she was first published she continued to work part-time in retail, writing on a laptop during her lunch break, until she perused writing full-time.

“Relationships are fascinating and I love the message of hope at the end.

What’s not to love about romance? And the genre is so broad – love can happen any time and any place, in the future in space or in the Scottish Highlands in the past. And stories centring women coming into their own, deciding who they are and what they want to do with their life are wonderful to me.”
Kylie aims to write a minimum of 2,000 words a day, turning around a novel in anywhere from one to six months, depending on how the words are flowing; “Sometimes a book comes together quickly, sometimes not so much.” Her (“crowded”!) office houses plants, her collection of ceramic and wooden skulls, various non-fiction books used for research, plus a big computer screen and an ergonomic keyboard.
“So long as I get my coffees, I’m usually good to go. Occasionally my cat Johnny will grace me with a visit. His specialty is stepping on the keyboard and screwing up whatever document is open.” ♥
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