Kylie Scott took the romance world by storm with her Stage Dive novels starring the four tattooed members of a rock band and the young women they fell in love with.
Now Scott launches into a new series that has links to her Stage Dive books but explores the less glamorous side of making music and growing into who you are. Scott talked to the Amazon Book Review about her new book, Dirty, plain-talking in relationships, and what she’s reading now.
Amazon Book Review: Your new series-starter, Dirty, takes place in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, where Stage Dive got its original start. What inspired you to return to the band’s birthplace?
Kylie Scott: A good friend of mine lives in Coeur d’Alene and it’s the most beautiful place to visit. Mountains covered in trees and the gorgeous lake. I love going there. The Down Town waterfront area has a great vibe with some brilliant bars and shops. Mid-Town, where the Dive Bar is set, is a slightly quieter, more locals-only kind of area. When I decided I wanted to get away from the larger cities, it was my first choice!
Lydia makes an extremely dramatic entrance into Vaughn’s life when he finds her hiding in his bathtub while she’s still wearing her wedding gown. What’s your favorite part of that scene?
When he unknowingly turns on the tap and douses her with cold water. That poor woman. She really does have a terrible day.
Many of the characters in Dirty—heck, just about all of them—are struggling financially as they try to achieve their dreams. How did that affect the story you wanted to tell about Vaughn and Lydia?
I wanted to get away from the millionaire rock stars and bring things a little closer to reality while still having fun. Money can solve an awful lot of problems.
Whether you’re writing about musicians or zombie survivors, what themes do you keep coming back to in your novels?
I think women coming into their own and friends being the family we make for ourselves are two of my most common themes.
Lydia and Vaughn’s relationship hits a number of rocks along the way. At one point early on, after Vaughn accuses her of wanting to hide in a cushy marriage, Lydia tells him, “The way you just spoke to me is not okay.” Other romance novels often have characters wallowing in hurt feelings and misunderstandings without making attempts to solve them. Is plain-talking about relationships—friendships or otherwise—something you’re a strong believer in?
I try not to have the drama fueled by a situation where if the couple had just sat down and talked things out, the trouble would disappear. As a reader, I find that frustrating. Of course, sometimes there are very good reasons why people can’t discuss things. But I want to read about adults, not petulant children.
Though you’re only one book in, your Dive Bar series is already peppered with lots of fascinating characters who have messy backgrounds to deal with. Do you have the whole series plotted out already?
Yes, I do!
What have you read lately that you’ve been recommending to friends or other readers?
I've been recommending The Lie by Karina Halle, Logan Kade by Tijan, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, Welcome to Orphancorp by Marlee Jane Ward, and Wildest Dreams by Kristen Ashley.
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