Q & A with D.G. Kaye – Featuring Lauren Scott – #NewRelease – More than Coffee: Memories in Verse and Prose

Welcome to my Q & A for September. Today I’m thrilled to be featuring my friend and author, Lauren Scott and her beautiful new book – More than Coffee: Memories in Verse and Prose. Lauren writes beautiful poetry and short story memoirs. I’ve been following her blog for a few years now and as Lauren has recently released her newest book, she’s on blog tour now, so I thought I’d jump in on her booklaunch tour with doing a little Q & A here with her. Enjoy!

 

 

Lauren Scott

 

About Lauren:

 

Lauren has authored two collections of poetry: New Day, New Dreams (2013) and Finding a Balance (2015). In the last couple of years, she began exploring memories from her past, penning them into short memoirs. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Matthew, and their lovable canine, Copper; they have two adult children. Family has been an aspect of life she has always held dear. From her experiences over three decades: raising a family, grieving through loss, finding joy in the smallest things, and the many backpacking and camping adventures, her writing takes a magical path of its own.

 

The marvelous wild world that surrounds her: the smell of the woods, the sound of a babbling brook, and the chorus of birds never disappoint in providing inspiration. Recent backpacking trips with Matthew along the California coast and Sierra Nevada have stirred up thoughts to write about love, lost friendship, family, and the possibility that anything can happen. Hikes along the Paper Mill Creek remind her that life is fragile. From trout hatchlings to swallowtail butterflies, Lauren is marveled at how the world is interconnected and that every living thing matters. She is a poet, short memoir writer, and nature lover who hopes her readers will find a little nugget of delight, comfort, or understanding in her poetry and stories – some detail that resonates with them beyond her words.

 

 

 

Blurb:

 

From the early woes of childhood and teen years, this collection of stories and poems paints a picture of young dreams and fears. But as adulthood sets in, these dreams and fears change. More than Coffee touches on love and loss, nature and endurance, marriage and parenting. In these memories, humor diffuses fear and taking risks proves to be a powerful method in boosting self-confidence. Through it all, whether in the wilderness near a sparkling lake or in the comfort of home, there’s nothing like a good cup of coffee. A poignant and reflective collection of verse and prose that is best enjoyed sipping your favorite coffee roast.

 

 

Welcome

 

 

Let’s get into a little Q & A and get to know more about Lauren!

 

Where do your book ideas grow from?

 

Inspiration is derived from a simple walk around the neighborhood with my dog: flowers blooming in springtime, bees buzzing in the distance, clouds forming art in the sky, or a subtle touch of a breeze. Family is most important to me, so I write about the love of my life, my husband of 32 years, who I met in a comical manner. My parents who have since passed away have been the fodder for poetry and short memoirs – losing one parent is difficult enough, but both is beyond surreal. It’s like the family foundation slipped into a sink hole. I find inspiration from my son and daughter who have turned out to be compassionate, amazing adults, and how it took some getting used to when my husband and I became empty nesters.

 

I write about loss and grief – the importance of letting those tears flow – but also the necessity of occasionally giving freedom to your silly self. Camping and backpacking have played an integral part of our life, so living in the wilderness near a sparkling freshwater lake encourages a plethora of thoughts eager to be written. Hiking five miles further up the mountain to a lake filled with lily pads is like entering a fairyland inspiring a new level of ideas for my muse.

 

When work on my memoir began, my mind transported to the past: recalling formative childhood years, finding forever love, becoming a mother, and taking on challenges that I never would have attempted before. I strive to convey the value of slowing down and reveling in surrounding beauty, feeling gratitude, meeting a challenge head-on, and living in the here and now. We’re only gifted one ride around the sun, so why not make it the best possible ride?!

 

DG: Even your response here is beautiful prose Lauren. Yes, writing about truth in life is all about the moments we take in and how we interpret them. 🙂

 

 

What are your writing goals for this year?

 

I had set a writing goal to publish my memoir, More than Coffee: Memories in Verse and Prose which was released in early September. What a feeling of accomplishment, especially because my first two books were collections of poetry. More than Coffee speaks of memories from the past written in freeform poetry and in short memoirs. The process took longer than I anticipated, and I thought the editing would never end. Eventually, the point of confidence that every comma and verb was written correctly was finally achieved. I am thrilled to check that box off, but in the process, I was able to relive many wonderful moments from my childhood into my adulting. When loved ones have passed on, it is the gathering of fond memories that sustain us and bring them to life.

 

DG: I’m glad you accomplished what you set out to do Lauren. I know how life can get in the way of our good intentions. Writing memoir is certainly reliving the moments. 🙂

 

 

Would you like to share with us what upcoming projects and/or ideas for books you’re working on?

 

As I inched closer to the finish line with More than Coffee, the wheels in my mind started turning again, and I wondered what will come next? I have written more than a dozen new poems I would love to see in print, but those may have to wait. I recently pulled a children’s book idea from my archived computer files. This book or a possible series commenced over two decades ago. And then life happened, raising children took precedence, and that idea became complacent in the archives. I feel now is the right time to breathe some life into this project. However, I don’t know the first thing about writing a children’s book. For now, though, I’m enjoying the ride on Cloud 9 from the release of my new book and the positive feedback I’ve received, along with the generous support from wonderful blogging friends. Once this ride slows down, the children’s book research will begin, and I’ll see where it takes me.

 

DG: That sounds fantastic Lauren. I could definitely see you as a children’s writer. That will be a wonderful project to dive into no doubt!

 

 

Do you have any advice you can share for new writers?

 

My advice is to simply write! Don’t think too hard! Years ago, I allowed intimidation to prevent me from pursuing my writing passion – intimidation from not holding that BA or MFA in Creative Writing. However, several years ago, I attended English classes required for an associate degree at our local community college (baby steps to a bachelor’s degree), and I’m proud to say that I aced those classes. I loved the writing and the experience. But what halted me on that path to a two-year degree was the requirement to take other classes that might not interest me, then to spend time doing that homework. Instead, my son nudged me into starting a blog. I slowly began to share my writing, feeling a little timid in the beginning. At the same time, I followed many talented authors. Before I knew it, WordPress transformed into an online classroom. I learned about various formats of poetry. I read compelling fiction with authentic dialogue. I laughed and let the tears fall when reading memoirs. I delighted in immersing myself into charming children’s books.

 

Thus, I made another choice, pouring my heart and soul into writing for my blog, a wonderful platform to engage with other like-minded bloggers. Regardless of age, learning is infinite, as well as growing in one’s craft. Maybe I’ll step foot on a college campus again? Whether that happens or not, I’ll continue to read, letting myself be drawn into fantastic tales of fantasy, mystery, and romance. I’ll feel the myriad of emotions when reading beautiful poetry, gaining more knowledge along the journey. And when inspiration moves me, I will write. So, follow your writing passion regardless of credentials or age.

 

DG: I’d say that is the best advice for new writers afraid to take the plunge. Oh yes, it can be so intimidating when we first begin. But the blog gives us our own platform to experiment with our writing and a great audience to inspire us to keep writing. It’s all about community for us writers. 🙂

 

 

Books by Lauren Scott

 

Lauren Shares an Excerpt from her story – Ascent

 

When we reached the top and I looked down that sleek granite dome, I was amazed at what I had achieved. Never underestimate our abilities. On the other side of the dome, Shealor Lake was in full view. We gave our legs a short rest, drank some water, then headed downhill with the enticing pull of the lake’s beauty. As we neared the bottom, my emotions ran wild. I was relieved that we finally made it, but a sudden wave of grief washed over me. We removed our packs and sat on a log for a time-out. I was so overwhelmed that the tears found freedom. I didn’t fight them. I cried for the loss of Dad. I cried for having completed this hike that I didn’t think I was capable of. I would’ve backed out graciously had I known the details.

 

After a few minutes, I composed myself and looked to the lake. The water, a jeweled phenomenon. It sparkled, inviting us for a swim. While we set up our back-country camp, the orange-hot sun blazed down on us as if we had drastically turned up the thermostat, so the cool lake water soothed our sun-kissed skin. The fact that we were all alone in this canyon full of forest and smooth granite was beyond welcoming. The tranquility offered me the chance to reminisce about Dad and my parents together. The solitude afforded a perfect destination to grieve, think, remember, and cry. Mourning the loss of one parent was difficult enough but losing both felt surreal – a new stage of life had begun.

 

I hope you all enjoyed getting to know a bit about Lauren, her writing and her new book. Visit Lauren at her blog and at her Amazon author page to discover some of her other books.

 

Visit Lauren:

 

BLOG: https://baydreamerwrites.com/

AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE:  https://www.amazon.com/~/e/B08NCRH4MK

 

©DGKaye2021

 

60 thoughts on “Q & A with D.G. Kaye – Featuring Lauren Scott – #NewRelease – More than Coffee: Memories in Verse and Prose

  1. Debby and Lauren, what a cracking interview and review. So full of warmth, love, insight and guidance. Lauren, wishing you every sparkly best for your release of ‘More than Coffee’. My copy arrived in the post today and I am so looking forward to reading it. ❤ Lauren ❤ Debby, you host beautiful interviews and this is top-notch. ❤ Debyb ❤ xXx

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    1. Thank you so much my Lovely UB. I was thrilled to have Lauren and her beautiful book over. And I too look forward to reading her book. Good for you receiving your copy, how lovely. Lauren will be thrilled to hear. Hugs and love my sweet friend. xoxo ❤ xx

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    2. Hi Jane, you are so wonderful and have been very generous with your support! And yes, I am thrilled you have a copy now and hope you enjoy my memories. I am also honored to be featured here on Debby’s beautiful blog and loved the interview. Thanks so much to you both for all of your support! Hugs galore! xoxo

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  2. Yes, Lauren has the best advice for new writers – simply write! I too wish I had studied for some kind of English ‘ology, especially when I was young and had the time. Like Lauren I’m enjoying blogging and writing. Thanks for an entertaining interview, Debby. x

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    1. Hi Stevie, Thank you for your kind words about my writing advice; I’m relieved to read that I’m not the only writer without an abundance of English ‘ology. 🙂 I loved Debby’s interview and am delighted to be here today.
      Thanks again to you both! 💗

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  3. I recently heard about Lauren on another blog (Maybe The Smorgasbord?), and I enjoyed reading about her process in becoming a writer. It sounds that we have quite a few similarities. My wife and I have been married 35 years, and we also live in northern California. I’ve done a little bit of backpacking, too, though it sounds like she and her husband are more proficient at it than I ever became.

    The self-doubt, endless editing, and long journey all sound pretty familiar to me. Good for Lauren in making her dream become a reality!

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    1. Hi Pete. You may have also recognized Lauren’s name from a beautiful review I shared here she wrote for my book. You two are almost neighbors! So glad you enjoyed. 🙂

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    2. Hi Pete! It sounds like we are neighbors. I’m so glad you enjoyed Debby’s interview. I’m honored to have this opportunity with her, as she is a fabluous writer and friend. It’s also great to learn that you and I share some similarities, and Congrats on 35 years of marriage! Regarding proficiency at backpacking, my husband is that person, not me. 🙂 I still consider myself a novice. But I have discovered so much about myself, along with experiencing beauty on the trail. I appreciate your understanding in many aspects of my answers, and thanks again for your kind words.

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  4. Hi Debby, I’m definitely sounding like a broken record, but thanks again for this wonderful interview to spotlight my new memoir. This book launch has been exciting, to say the least, and you know the feeling. 🙂
    Big hugs to you for your generosity and kindness. ❤️❤️❤️

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  5. I like how Lauren receives inspiration from nature and lets the inspiration flow: “I write about loss and grief – the importance of letting those tears flow – but also the necessity of occasionally giving freedom to your silly self.” Thanks for the introduction to an author I’d like to get to know better, Debby!

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    1. Thanks for your lovely comment, Marian, and I’m glad that line resonated with you. I think it’s important to cry if you need to; it’s not a sign of weakness, but it is a means of cleansing. Then of course, taking life too seriously can be detrimental to our well-being also. So, let the spotlight shine on our silly sides. 🙂 I look forward to getting to know you too. Thanks again! 💞

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    1. Thanks so much, Jacqui! The promotion has been a blast and I’m filled with gratitude from all the support. 🙂 And thanks about the children’s book. It’ll be fun to try something new. The draft is finished, which is good. Have a great weekend. 💗

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  6. Hi Debby, it is lovely to see Lauren featured here. I only met her as a blogger a short while ago and now I’m seeing her everywhere which is rather wonderful. Lauren’s comment I don’t have a BA or MFA in Creative Writing responated with me. I don’t either. I have a masters in Accounting and a Chartered Accountant qualification. Sometimes I think its easier to write without the restrictions of a degree in writing. Just my thoughts anyway.

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    1. Robbie, I’m definitely in yours and Lauren’s camp. And I agree, – ‘writing without the restrictions of a degree’ doesn’t stop a writer from writing. ❤

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    2. Hi Robbie, thanks for your lovely words. The book launch has been a great way to meet more writers/bloggers, and I appreciate Debby’s support, too. I’m also glad the writing degree bit resonated with you. I’m relieved to learn I’m not alone in that regard. Cheers to writing and I’m happy to have met you. Thanks again and have a wonderful weekend. ❤️

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  7. A wonderful interview, Lauren and Debby. I also think a children’s book is a great idea. And I love the advice to writers starting their creative journeys. This WordPress community is full of wisdom, advice, and kindness. What a place to learn and put ourselves out there. 🙂

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    1. Thanks for your wonderful comment, Diana. I loved doing this interview with Debby and appreciate the amazing support from everyone. 🙂 I’m happy you liked my advice, and thankfully, the children’s book draft is finished. Now it just needs massaging and editing, editing, editing. 🙂 And yes, this blogging community has been invaluable.
      Hugs 💗

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  8. We’re almost neighbors, Lauren! I live in southern California. I know, northern and southern California are very different. I could see the distant mountains that tell me that’s north and the ocean and beaches are in the opposite direction. I enjoyed reading this interview, Lauren, and Debby. What a great idea to share our memories of joy, pleasure, pain, and fear that all of us could relate to. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Hi Miriam,

      I’m actually from Southern CA, but we moved north 22 years ago. I still have family in So. Cal. and Disneyland was in my “backyard” (once a Disney fan, always a Disney fan). It’s nice to learn we’re almost neighbors! I’m so glad you enjoyed the interview and your lovely comment is greatly appreciated. 💕

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  9. It’s nice to see Lauren here! I liked your thought-provoking questions Deb and the way Lauren has shared her writing journey is heartening. She is the most natural writer, I know her from her poems, which are realistic and inspiring. More than Coffee is a lovely book. Thanks for highlighting it.

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    1. Thanks so much for your lovely comment for us both, Balroop. And I agree with you about Lauren’s writing. Thanks for sharing with us that you enjoyed her book too. ❤

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    2. Hi Balroop, what a beautiful comment to both of us! Thank you for reading this wonderful interview of Debby’s that I truly enjoyed and for your lovely words. I’m so glad you loved my book. And I’m grateful for all the positive feedback. Hugs to you both! xo

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  10. It is lovely to read this interview with Lauren. Thank you for featuring her, Debby. It is so true inspiration to write can come out of nowhere, even if we are doing something mundane like a walk. It’s funny how inspiration can sneak up on us like that. For me sometimes that writing inspiration comes just as I’m about getting ready to go to bed at night 🙂 I also agree with Lauren on advice to new writers, especially just write – and it’s something I always keep telling myself after having written for most of my life. Nothing stopping my but myself. Also agree thta the WordPress community is such an amazing online classroom with so many encouraging people who mean well. Hope all is well with you 🙂

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    1. Thanks for dropping by and leaving your thoughts on writing here too Mabel. So true, most writers use their daily observations for writing fodder. And great term for the WP community, ‘online classroom’. Hugs ❤

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    2. Hi Mabel, thanks so much for reading Debby’s interview. It was fun and good for getting the wheels turning in my head. And I’m glad you related to some of my answers as well. I’ve also had those moments going to bed, then jumping out of bed to write those thoughts down before they disappeared. I should keep a notebad on the nightstand. 🙂 I also agree with you that nothing is stopping us but ouselves. Thanks again!

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    1. Hi Sarah, thanks so much for adding my book to your list. I’m honored to be featured on Debby’s blog and really enjoyed this interview. And I’m grateful for the mention on other friends’ blogs, as well as, for the wonderful reviews I’ve received, such as Diana’s. I hope you enjoy my book. Thanks again!

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