Vernon Scott is a graduate of Mercer University and Trevecca Nazarene University. He has received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Creative Writing, a Master of Education degree in Higher Education Leadership, and a Doctor of Education degree in Leadership and Professional Practice. Vernon currently working towards earning a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Sex Coach Certification.
His academic research deals with rape culture. This research is part of what inspired his first book and his advocacy against rape culture.
Vernon has a passion for writing and education. His past work experience includes customer service and higher education. Currently, he is working on building his publishing and coaching business. He is also developing an online course that provides a comprehensive learning experience on rape culture. He plans on expanding his course offering further.
Lastly, he host three podcasts. His main podcasts are the Heauxliloquy Podcast and the Dismantle the Culture Podcast. The Heauxliloquy Podcast is all about sexual expression and having fun nuance discussions about sex. The Dismantle the Culture Podcast focuses on educating others about rape culture. And the last podcast, the Silent Letters Podcasts, extends his business’ advice column.
1) When did you know that writing is what you were called to do? What is it about being a writer that you love the most? What about being a writer frustrates you the most?
I was in 7th grade when I fell in love with the art of storytelling and writing. I even remember my first story I wrote. It was called the Great Pickoff. The thing I like the most about writing is the way it clears my mind and removes distractors. However, the frustrating part is having writer’s block and lacking inspiration.
2) Can you tell us a little about your book(s) and where our readers can find out more about them and you?
So, my book is all about healthy sexual expression and discovering who you are on a sexual level. It also encourages people to take ownership of this part of themselves. Looking at the title, you would not expect it to be about self-help, but that’s the thing I like most about it. We often find ourselves in the most random of places, why not do the same by providing the unexpected within a provocative book? People can purchase the book on Amazon.
3) Where do you draw your inspiration from for the stories that you weave together and the characters that you create?
When it comes to writing fiction, my inspiration comes from experiences, friends, family, and an overactive imagination. But in the world of poetry, that inspiration often comes from personal trauma.
4) Do you have a schedule for when you write? Do you outline your novels? How long does it take you to finish a novel? What projects are you currently working on?
I see myself as a non-traditional stream-of-consciousness writer. I have tried writing weekly, but outside forces often hinder that. But I’m attempting to write twice per month and develop my poetry whenever the spirit hits me. When it comes to outlines, I’m not a huge fan. Typically, my outlines include chapter titles, and that’s it. Outlines are not my friend, however, I am envious of those who can outline their work. My previous book technically took 2 years to write. After reducing some stress and freeing up my time, most of the book was written in 4 months. I am currently in the process of working on 3 projects. One book is the second book in the Essential Guide series. This one is called Sneaky Links and Online Dating. The second project is a book detailing how I became confident about who I am. There is no title for this book yet, but I am excited about its future. The last project is my podcast. It’s called the Heauxliloquy Podcast. It is all about sexual expression. I see it as a link between my personal research, the Essential Guide on How to be a Hoe, and Sneaky Links and Online Dating.
5) What’s the first book you ever read that really moved you emotionally? Who is your favorite author to read? What book are you currently reading?
The first book that ever moved me emotionally was the Stray by Dick King-Smith. My favorite author is Zane. I am currently reading the Art of Sex Coaching by Dr. Patti Britton.
6) What has been your most significant achievement as a writer thus far? Where do you see yourself within your career in the next five years?
I would have to say the most significant thing I have done as a writer is publishing. Making the decision to put myself out there lifted a weight off my shoulders and I am more confident about my next book. In the next 5 years, I see myself as being both a Sex Coach and Sex Therapist with roughly 6 books published and a thriving podcast and business.
7) How have you dealt with rejection within your writing career? What is your advice for other writers to better be able to cope or navigate their way through the publishing process, be it traditional or self-publishing?
Rejection is normal for me. Professionally, I have applied to over 300 jobs and received roughly 15 offers. On top of that, my topic of interest is taboo. Rejection is the standard, but acceptance is my motivation. The advice I have for other writers is that the rejection of your novel does not mean you are a bad writer. Those willing to accept your novel are just waiting to tell you yes. Be open to changes, but remain true to yourself.
8) Do you find it hard to juggle the creative side of being a writer against the business side of being a writer, in terms of marketing and promotion and things of that nature? How hard has it been (or easy) for you to build up your author platform?
YES! It is a struggle for me. Dealing with algorithms and best practices on social media platforms has become a drag. However, I am a rebel. I am actively making decisions that focus on my brand and its representation versus social media trends. It will be a slow growth process, but integrity matters more to me than going viral.
9) What unique quality is there about you, about your art, that you feel represents your authenticity? How does writing help you be more empowered in your purpose?
I write to educate and spark personal growth, which also helps me be purposeful.
10) How can readers find you and your books?
Readers can find my book on Amazon. All future work will be available on my website, slaytorsplayhouse.com. Those who are looking to follow me and my work, I recommend following me on twitter @Trealmon and subscribing to the Heauxliloquy Podcast.
Social Media Handles
Personal twitter: @Trealmon
Personal IG: @Trealmor
Business Twitter: @Slaytorsplay
Business IG: @Slaytorsplayhouse