Scrivener Virgin Interview

Scrivener Virgin Interview

Lauren Lee Merewether: A fellow student at the Self Publishing School and an avid participant in its sister school, Self-Publishing School – Fundamentals of Fiction.

On 22 May, Lauren is launching her latest historical fiction book Salvation in the Sun, the first book in the series, The Lost Pharaoh Chronicles.

It’s on sale at Amazon US for $1.34 and at Amazon UK for 99p. However, it is free for two days: 20/21 May.

Salvation in the Sun has already received a five-star review from Readers’ Favorite, and Lauren and I am looking forward to seeing how it does on the Amazon Kindle Store.


Tell us about your first book: Blood of Toma

Blood of Toma received a finalist designation for the Montaigne Medal awarded to the most thought-provoking novel as a part of the Eric Hoffer Award. It also won one of five Finalists spots for the Next Generation Indie Book Award in Historical Fiction.


How did Scrivener make writing easier for you?

In writing Blood of Toma, I used Word. All of the notes and web URLs for research were tracked in Word Comments. I deleted each one when I didn’t need it anymore, and key items were captured in a notebook.

I don’t recommend that approach! It was time-consuming and talk about scrolling through 300 pages of comments to find that one fact about that one place – yick. AND once it was deleted, it was gone and I had no easy way of finding that resource again unless I wanted to repeat the hours of research.

After that book, I took a break,  just because it had taken so long to write. Then a few years later, I heard a friend was using Scrivener to write her book and she loved its organizational capability. So, I thought, for $45, I’ll buy Scrivener 2 for my Mac, and wow, it made research and keeping facts straight so much easier which, of course, sped up my writing productivity.

I then upgraded to Scrivener 3 because I’m a techie at heart – I finished out the book in Scrivener 3 but most everything I did for the book was in Scrivener 2.

Just to show you how much time Scrivener saved – I wrote Blood of Toma in two years, and I wrote Salvation in the Sun in four months and was able to send it off to the editor before the holidays!


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