MONDAY MOTIVATORS – CANDICE LEMON-SCOTT

Candice Lemon-Scott is the first author to share her tips on how to overcome writing challenges and stay motivated.

We hope this helps get your writing week off to a great start.

ABOUT CANDICE

Candice Lemon-Scott

Candice Lemon-Scott is an award-winning Australian author, editor and presenter. She has published 14 books. Her quirky style, fast-paced narratives and originality appealing to young readers in particular. Her most recent book Ocean Warriors: The Rise of Robo-Shark is an environmental adventure book with STEM themes. Her previous series, Eco Rangers, is a wildlife adventure series. Her first series Jake in Space features turbo space cars, hurtling asteroids, and evil villains. 

She has received awards recognition in the Wilderness Society’s Environment Award for Children’s Literature, Green Earth Award, Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, PPA Award and EPAA (Educational Publishing Australia Awards). Candice has a Bachelor of Communication / Diploma of Arts (Professional Writing & Editing) and is a PhD candidate in English. When not writing, or running her bookstore, Candice can usually be found on a beach somewhere.

For more, you can visit her website: https://candicelemonscott.com.au/ 

THE BOOK

Ocean Warriors: The Rise of Robo-Shark is an environmental adventure with STEM themes for kids 7-12. It’s set in the not-too-distant future at a time when sea creatures are virtually extinct. In this future world, kids are sent to Environmental Citizenship summer camp, and Kai and Emily go to a research submarine to help restore extinct sea creatures. Kai would rather spend his days playing virtual reality games than restore the icky sea cucumber, until one day he sees a great white shark out the portal of the submarine.

The problem with that is, sharks are extinct. Plus, this one is a cyborg. Kai then sets about working with Emily to prove its existence and learning to communicate with it. In getting to know the shark, he becomes determined to bring sharks back from the brink of extinction. Not everyone likes the idea of great white sharks roaming the seas again though, and they come up against an evil organisation trying to thwart the mission.

THE HARDEST THING ABOUT WRITING THIS BOOK

The hardest thing about writing the book was combining writing from the point of view of a human character with that of the robo-shark. It was very different getting in the ‘head’ of a cyborg great white shark compared to that of  my main character, Kai. It was a particularly challenging process to get the shark voice right in creating an anthropomorphised character. I really had to think about how a shark might perceive a world where most sea creatures have disappeared from the oceans in a different way to how humans would see it.

HOW CANDICE OVERCAME HER WRITING OBSTACLE

I originally wrote the different points of view in separate scenes, alternating between the shark point of view and the human ones. Once I’d written those initial draft scenes, I started to combine them into the story. It took a lot of redrafting, particularly in playing around with different ways the shark might ‘talk’ and in seeing the world through the shark’s worldview.

THE HARDEST THING ABOUT BEING AN AUTHOR

The hardest thing for me is finding the time to dedicate to writing around running my business, my love of travel, and family life.

HOW CANDICE DEALS WITH THE CHALLENGES OF BEING AN AUTHOR, AND WHAT KEEPS HER GOING

I made the decision a long time ago that I was going to dedicate at least one day of the week to writing and nothing else. When the kids were very little it was only a few hours a week and gradually I’ve been able to build that up. Knowing I have that set time each week really helps me and it’s surprising how much can be achieved by giving myself even a small block of time. My passion for storytelling is what’s kept me going. Stories that come to me will persist until I write them, and it brings me a lot of joy to write. Writing is my ‘me’ time.