Author Interview: The Other Side of Life by Jess C. Scott

Welcome to Author C. Jess Scott

Jess is an author/artist/non-conformist who’s dedicated to writing original stories that are both meaningful and entertaining. She focuses on substance over short-term success with current fads and marketing hype.
Jess writes in a diverse range of genres such as urban fantasy, contemporary fiction, YA fiction, poetry, and cyberpunk.
Most of her work is fueled by an intense drive to inspire others to favor social/spiritual values over shallow values 🙂


Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Because cyberpunk elves are a cool concept.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
Many, many books in different genres (I always have a quite-long list of future projects). I’m currently editing a book I co-authored with Matt Posner, a “Teen Guide to Sex and Relationships” (more info @ http://jessink.com/teenguide.htm).

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Hearing from readers who appreciate my work. It keeps me motivated to maintain some level of personal/artistic integrity.

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world…which would it be?
Either a fantasy-medieval world or a lush alien planet like in Avatar.

What is your favorite Quote?
“Better to die on your feet than live on your knees.”

How do you react to a bad review?
I’ve responded to some in the past (politely though–never rudely). I’ve mostly stopped reading reviews (good as well as bad)–I’ve gotten too busy keeping up with new projects. I understand that my work reflects my vision, and that everyone reacts differently to that ‘vision’.

If you were a bird, which one would you be?
Either a hummingbird or an eagle (speed or strength, either one).

You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?
A small house, maybe. I am quite low maintenance 😉

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?
instantaneous (in)sanity (that was the original title of my blog).

What’s your favorite season/weather?
Rainy weather (I like the sound of water, looking at the water it flows/falls, the mist during a light steady drizzle, everything). And I like the K-Pop star ‘Rain’ too (hot!).

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
I think I sat on some steps outdoors and said to myself, “Oh, yay, first sale.” This was sometime in mid-2009. Then I started thinking about my other/subsequent goals (with both publishing and life in general). I’m always planning and looking ahead.

What is your guilty pleasure?
I can’t think of any right now. Probably because I don’t associate guilt with pleasure (oops!).

What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
None, but I’m an ardent fan of Joan River’s Fashion Police (and Joel McHale on The Soup).

Favorite places to travel?
Anywhere–the more international/global/varied, the better.

Favorite music?
Moby. Classical. Electronica. Rock.

Favorite smell?
Pheromones.

Write a Haiku about your book:
cyberpunk elven
thieves on a mission, in the
other side of life

The Other Side of Life

Anya and Leticia are partners-in-crime who steal for a living. Their world turns upside down after a chance encounter with fellow rogue, Ithilnin–the enigmatic leader of an Elven band of thieves.
A scuffle to prove who’s “the better thief” transforms into more than Anya and Ithilnin ever bargained for. They retrieve the missing piece of an ancient poem, before getting caught in the secret dealings of a megacorporation. What they uncover threatens to alter the very essence of not just human life, but the other side as well.
Elven intrigue, cyberpunk action, and a deadly dose of danger come together in The Other Side of Life.