Scorn 1 - Scorned: Author Interview Scorn of Secrets
B. Truly
Genres: Coming of Age, Romance, Young Adult
Publication date: April 27th 2021


I must keep it locked away—the memory of my darkest secret…. When the rising tides of my life peak, I’m left struggling with the currents of the storm. The first dilemma is my dad’s gambling debt. Mama bounces back quickly from the ramifications it causes. She proves this by getting a new man. Her Rico Suave is just the tip of the iceberg—she moves us across state to live with him and his two sons. My outgoing, older sister fits right in—she’s the total opposite of me. I am Madison Guillory, the shy, quiet type. Taught to make the best of even the worst situations, I contemplate giving my new family a chance. Living with my future stepbrothers is interesting, to say the least. They’re like night and day. I have more in common with the laid-back brother, and we become instant friends. I’m adjusting to Taylor High, and the arrogant brother is even starting to grow on me. Maybe everything will work out after all. My life finally seems to be falling into place until a dreadful night shatters my dreams. My world is flipped upside down because of the consequences I must now bear. The memories of that night lurk in the shadows to torment me. If I think of what happened, I’ll succumb to my fear. His face has scorned me. No one will believe me if I confess, not even my own sister. I hold the key to my darkest secret, desperate to keep it locked away.

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The Author Answers

  • Can you tell your readers something about why you chose this particular topic to write about? What appealed to you about it? Why do you think it is different and your approach is unique?
    • I was a fan of V.C Andrews as a teen. I read the Heaven, Ruby, and Dawn series and My Sweet Audrina. Those books sparked the idea for Scorn of Secrets.
  • How long do you think about a topic before deciding to write about it? Do you have a set of notes or a notebook where you write down topics that appeal before making a decision as to which topic this time?
    • I don’t have a set time frame to think about a topic. Normally an idea springs to life and I may turn over the ideas for a day or two before I start writing an outline—sometimes it’s the same day. I usually make a detailed outline of the scenes the story is telling me. It depends on how much of the story has presented itself and the inspiration behind it on when I write it. The are no set parameters on when the inspiration hits. Once I have made a detailed outline, I may continue to write scenes for that book. Or I may work on another story until I feel the time is right to complete that story.
  • How long does it take to research a topic before you write? And for this book?
    • There is no set time frame for research. As I’m writing a story, I research what topics come up as I go along.
  • How many times have you been rejected before your first novel was accepted or before this book was accepted?
    • Thanks to Kindle Direct Publishing none of my novels have been rejected. I didn’t have to worry about the gruelling process of becoming traditional published since I as self-published.
  • Did you need to self-publish on e-books before a publisher took you up?
    • The 1st novel I published was e-book and paperback through Kindle Direct and CreateSpace.
  • Would you recommend self-publishing and building an audience before approaching a publisher? If so, what benefits do you see that it might have for the aspiring novelist?
    • I feel self-publishing is a great option because you don’t have to worry about submission objection, and you can get your work out there. But I do feel that you need to find promotional services like blog blitzes, tours, book giveaways, and sites to market your book to get the word out. With millions of books on the market it is very difficult for your book to be recognized without having advertising for it.
  • What do you read when you are ill in bed?
    • I do like reading in bed at night. But if I am in the mood for reading, then I will read when I’m off or after work if I get quiet time.
  • What is your favourite genre?
    • Dystopian, Sci-fi, Psychological thrillers, Urban, and Paranormal Romance are among my favourites.
  • If you could recommend a living author – who would it be? A dead author?
    • V. C Andrews, Ruby Dixon, Jennifer Armentrout, Jamie McGuire, Tarryn Fisher, Emmy Chandlier, Abel Regine, Susan Trombley, Nicholas Sparks, and Stephen King.
  • Which author had the most influence on your writing? Your writing style? Your writing genre?
    • V. C Andrews, Ruby Dixon, Jennifer Armentrout, Jamie McGuire.
  • In your opinion who is the funniest author now writing?
    • Ruby Dixon is freaking hilarious.
  • Which of your books are you most proud of?
    • My latest novel, Scorn of Secrets because it’s the 1st novel I ever wrote when I was fifteen. It was 350 pages handwritten. I pulled it out in 2015, dusted off the cobwebs, and then I revamped the story keeping the bones. I’ve worked the hardest the make Scorn the best it can be. Since it is the 1st novel I’ve written and finally gotten out there, I am the proudest of this accomplishment.


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B. Truly has wanted to be an author since she was fifteen years old. She is grateful to have accomplished this dream. B. Truly has very vivid dreams and a wild imagination. She likes to read, watch tons of TV shows, and movies. She’s addicted to romance and gets a thrill out of suspense and sci-fi. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romance, sci-fi, dystopian, and paranormal genres.

B. Truly likes to explore conflicted plots of romance with thrilling twists. She also loves creating impossible situations for her characters to grow from and try to overcome.

B. Truly has three wonderful children, and a husband who defines the person that she is today. She works full-time as an Ultrasound technologist in Houston, Texas.

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