Joan Fitting Scott – Author Interview

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

My most recent book is Skinning the Cat: A Baby Boomer’s Guide to the New Retiree Lifestyles. It is a guide for boomers about to retire who want to make their retirement years productive years. My research shows that boomers will have active and unusual retirements, filled with purpose and innovation.

Tell us something about yourself.
I’m a baby boomer. I’m from California, but live in Texas. I have a BA and MA and worked in government and the nonprofit sector before starting my own PR and freelance writing business. I’m now retired. I love to travel, am studying Italian (lived in Italy once) and French and piano. Archaeology is a hobby and I hope to go on a dig.

What inspired you to write this book?

I was inspired to write my book when I became an empty nester. When my two children moved away to school, then jobs, I took stock of what I would do next. I was also approaching retirement. I decided to have a varied and active retirement, then researched to see what other boomers had in mind. I learned a lot!!

How did you publish this book? Why did you decide to self-publish?

I decided to self-publish when I got a bona fide offer from a publisher, but didn’t like it much. Since I felt the information in the book was timely I didn’t want to start over finding a publisher. So I went to Infinity Publishing and was satisfied with the job they did for me.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

How did I know I wanted to be a writer? Well, I guess I’ve been writing in my head since I was about seven years old–also directing movies in which I starred. I guess I got started by getting a fabulous liberal arts education, then reading, writing and being curious. Lots of things intervene between real and in-head writing, but a writer never stops writing!

What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?

The hardest part of writing is getting paid for it! Also, with blogs, etc. out there anybody can write, even those who shouldn’t be. It’s always tough to see garbage rewarded and good stuff go unnoticed.

What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?

I like to read lots of stuff, but prefer nonfiction. I’m on a biography kick now. Real people’s lives are often more fascinating than made-up stuff. I just finished a biography of Gertrude Bell, a very important person in archaeology and the creation of Iraq after World War II. Fabulous!!

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

Readers can find my book at,,,