GUEST BLOG: Balancing Life and Writing by Scott P. Southall Plus Giveaway!

Writing is a passion but not my occupation. My day job is one of being a global banker based in Sydney, Australia. It’s a job I love because of the people I work with, the clients I serve, and the intellectual challenge it provides. That being said, it is job that often stretches from morning to late into the night as I work with colleagues in New York, London, Hong Kong and Singapore.

On top of my banking career I am also a husband and father of young children who are 8 and 6. As most parents will attest, when you have young kids very little of your life is about you. During their waking hours they consume most of my attention whether it’s making meals, drawing, playing dinosaur bingo, jumping on the trampoline, doing cartwheels, going to the beach, playing poo bingo, going fishing, cleaning, etc.

As a result, I’m often asked “how do I balance a very full life and my passion for writing?” Especially given that writing is largely a solo activity. The answer is not easily. I’ve tried writing while my kids were around but they sat on my head. I can tell you it’s very hard to write with a child sitting on your head. Finding the time takes compromise and commitment. Time to develop the concept, flesh out the characters, outline the plot, write the story, revise the story, edit, edit, edit and eventually publish.

I try to make sure that I proactively communicate with my wife about both work and family commitments. Sometimes writing has to take a back seat to be both the husband and the father that I want to be. I try to look for blocks of one or two hours at night where my wife might be working or watching a movie. I do the best that I can to use these blocks of time to get in a rhythm and write like the wind.

As indicated previously, most of my free blocks of time are at night after the kids are asleep (see the child sitting on your head part referenced earlier). When I have late zoom calls I try to use the time before or in between calls to write. It’s not always easy to write after 9 or 10 pm at night when you are already tired. You have to be committed to the cause. Getting started is often the hardest part. As Newton’’s first law states—an object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion. Once I start writing I always get a second wind.

While it’s a juggle to balance a life and writing I have found it to be very rewarding. I love writing. There is also a real sense of accomplishment when the book is completed and an even bigger payoff when someone let’s you know they have enjoyed reading it.

The Order of Time Series

Picture two twelve-year-old fraternal twins who are like night and day. She is a smart and highly organised MMA fighter. He’s not a fighter, he’s a lover of history, art and Star Wars. Despite their differences they are one formidable team. Together Anastasia and Edward Upston travel through time and navigate ancient civilisations, angry gods and mythical monsters in their quest to protect the integrity of human history.

About The Order of Time

Anastasia and Edward Upston are eleven year old twins who are different in almost every way. Despite this they are inseparable and he best of friends. They tackle the highs and lows of sixth grade together whether they are fending off bullies at the elite Blake Academy or examining rare antiquities at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Then: life gets complicated.

They discover that their friend and mentor, Dr. Gregorian, is part of a secret society called the Order of Time. It turns out that time is not fixed, it’s a fluid continuum where changes to the past can create ripples all the way through to the present. It unwittingly falls to the twins to travel back through time to ancient Egypt where they must overcome deadly assassins, evil high priests and vengeful gods in order to prevent disaster. Together Anastasia and Edward must navigate all obstacles to preserve the past and find their way back home.

About The Order of Time and Odin’s Door

The orange light bathed the snow-covered fields as the fiery globe began to dip below the horizon. It was strange that something so beautiful could signal the arrival of something so evil. One thing twelve-year-old twins Anastasia and Edward Upston knew for sure was that when mortals were caught between two bickering gods nothing good would come of it. Surviving the Viking Age may be the hardest thing they ever do, if they can…



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About The Author

Scott is an American author and banking executive who lives in Sydney, Australia. He grew up in the suburbs of Washington D.C. and attended Georgetown University. While he loves his job as a global banker, his true passion is making up stories with his children. His debut novel, The Order of Time, reached #1 in its category on Amazon and was the 2021 Reader’s Favorite Gold Medal Winner in the Children’s – Mythology/Fairy Tale genre.


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November 16: Andi’s Middle Grade and Chapter Books
November 18: Literary Gold
November 23: Momma Says: To Read or Not to Read
November 30: Rogue’s Angels
December 2: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
December 7: Nickie’s Views and Interviews
December 9: Novels Alive
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December 28: All the Ups and Downs
December 30: The Faerie Review
January 4: Our Town Book Reviews
January 6: Eye-Rolling Demigod’s Book Blog
January 11: Read Your Writes Book Reviews
January 13: Sybrina’s Book Blog
January 18: Gina Rae Mitchell
January 20: Splashes of Joy
January 25: Westveil Publishing
January 27: Sandra’s Book Club
February 1: The Pen and Muse Book Reviews
February 3: Jazzy Book Reviews
February 8: Kit ‘N Kabookle
February 10: Author C.A.Milson
February 15: Coffee and Wander Book Reviews
February 17: Don’t Judge, Read
February 22: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
February 24: Long and Short Reviews
March 1: Welcome to My World of Dreams
March 3: Books in the Hall
March 8: Girl with Pen

Dayna Linton
Dayna Linton
Dayna is the owner of not only Novels Alive but of Day Agency, a full-service self-publishing agency for independent authors. She has been assisting independent authors to achieve their dreams of becoming published authors for over 15 years. From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling authors to the first-time author to every author in between. Dayna is a self-professed bibliophile. While dancing has always been her first love, reading came as a very, very close second, with gardening coming in as a close third. Dayna is also the divorced mom of four adult children and a very proud grandma. She is also a web designer, social media specialist, book blogger, and reviewer. She's a long-time Disney lover and a Utah Jazz, Utah Utes, and Dallas Cowboys fan. See Dayna's reviews here: Dayna's Reviews


  1. Hi Dayna. Thanks for hosting and sharing The Order of Time Series. I am going to be checking in to answer any questions that anyone might have.

  2. I enjoyed the excerpt and I love the covers! The series sounds like a great adventures! Thanks for sharing them with me and have a wonderful holiday season!

    • Hi Eva. Thanks for you kind words. The books are targeted for middle grade readers but I have also had a lot of positive feedback from slightly more “seasoned” readers as well (I also like to say young at heart). I hope you give them a try.

    • Hi Diane, The ebook for the first book in the series is on sale for $.99 during the blog tour. Please do give it a try. I hope you enjoy it! Regards Scott

  3. Books like the The Order of Time Series are great for encouraging kids to fall in love with books and reading. Once they start a wonderful book series, they never want to stop reading!


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