More than Coffee Interview with Yvette at Priorhouse

I am honored and delighted to be featured on Priorhouse blog today. It was fun to be interviewed by Yvette while we talked about my latest book, More than Coffee. Of course, we talked about coffee, and even tea poured into the conversation, but there is also more to enjoy and learn. And if you aren’t familiar with Priorhouse blog, visit Yvette here . She runs a regular interview series with other authors, participates in photo and writing challenges, and really shares a little bit of everything. And now Yvette will take it from here…

Hello Readers.
Today’s Interview features author Lauren Scott .
Starting note –  this is the final Priorhouse Interview for Spring 2023. The spring series included Restless Jo (here), Liz Gauffreau (here), Dan Antion (here), Linda Schaub (here), Sherri Matthews (here), Dan Fenner (here), Miriam Hurdle (here), and today’s post with Lauren.    The Interviews will resume again in summer.  

  • One of the main reasons for this interview is to share about Lauren Scott’s book, More than Coffee: Memories in Verse and Prose.
  • My review of the book is on Good Reads (here) and the book is briefly explored in this post.  
  • Also, if you drink coffee and/or tea, you might enjoy our brief chat about different types of mugs.

PRIOR: Lauren, thank you so much for making the time for this interview. Can you share a little about yourself?
LAUREN: Since my teen years, I’ve always had journals to jot down my random thoughts or emotions, but I began sharing on my blog,, over a decade ago. Writing poetry has been a joyful experience but also cathartic during difficult times. I also enjoy writing memoir and have dabbled in fiction short stories. Recently, I developed an interest in attempting children’s stories, when inspiration came at full speed, so I have completed two children’s books that have not yet been published. But I have finished the manuscript for one of them, so I have passed it along to my illustrator, and I’m excited for this new adventure and can’t wait to see the finished book.
My husband, Matt, and I have been married for thirty-four years, together for thirty-five years.
lauren and husband - interview 2023
We have two grown children
And we have a cuddly Labrador, Copper.
PRIOR: Copper seems like a great dog. I enjoyed the post about Copper: “A Labrador writes a poem…”  

LAUREN: I have authored two collections of poetry: New Day, New Dreams (2013) and Finding a Balance (2015), and my latest book, More than Coffee: Memories in Verse and Prose was published in 2021.  My poetry has been included in several anthologies, and I am a published author at Currently, another poetry collection is in progress that will hopefully be released in June 2023.
PRIOR: Best wishes with that book release.
LAUREN: Thanks,Yvette. Recent backpacking trips with my husband, along the California coast and Sierra Nevada mountains, have stirred up thoughts to pen about fear, loss of friendship, overcoming challenges, nature, of course, and the possibility that anything can happen.
©Lauren Scott
©Lauren Scott
These wilderness adventures provided a myriad of writing inspiration for the book More than Coffee, as well as for my upcoming book.
Speaking of my upcoming book, the title is Ever So Gently, and will be a larger compilation of poetry, mostly freeverse, but with a modicum of syllabic poems in forms such as Haiku, Tanka, Shadorma, Oddquain, and Etheree. There are three different themes that will be woven from the first page to the last: my love of nature; Love in a romantic form, a deep love after 35 years together, and love for family; and lastly, poems about the many pieces in the puzzle of life, along with the beautiful brush strokes of life’s painting that begins as a blank canvas…joy discovered in many facets, dealing with loss and heartache, the effects of climate change, and a hint of personification.
My writing projects are sometimes serious – drawn from painful subjects and raw emotions – or they spotlight my silly side – pulled from humorous moments.
As you can discern, I am inspired to write about family, love, loss, and nature – the marvelous wild world, the smell of the woods, the sound of a babbling brook, and the chorus of birds singing.
PRIOR: That is another thing your writing brings to the world – you let us feel nature with you.
LAUREN: Nature has so much to offer if we simply open our eyes. Hikes along a local creek remind me that life is fragile. From seeing trout hatchlings to swallowtail butterflies, I marvel at how the world is interconnected and every living thing matters.
©Lauren Scott
Yvette, my honest wish is that my readers will find a little nugget of delight, comfort, or understanding in my poetry and stories – I hope every reader will find some detail that resonates with them beyond my words.
PRIOR: Well that is what I took away from More than Coffee when I read it – I felt the “little delights and comforts”. That book is what led to this interview. I bought a softcover copy from Amazon and enjoyed reading a few selections each day for an entire month. I found that your very personal selections were also universal and written in a way that lets us experience many of the memories and reflections with you.
From the back cover of the book:
 “More than Coffee is a memoir that paints a picture of young dreams and fears through short stories and poetry. But in adulthood, these dreams and fears transform. This collection touches on love and loss, nature and endurance, marriage and parenting. Humor diffuses fear, and taking risks proves to be a powerful method in boosting self-confidence. Through it all, whether in the wilderness near a sparkling lake or in the comfort of home, there’s nothing like a good cup of coffee. This book is a reflective collection of verse and prose best enjoyed sipping your favorite coffee roast, or your preferred beverage.”

PRIOR: It really is a great book to go in and out of. While the Kindle e-version might be ideal for some folks –  other readers might want to consider the soft cover of More than Coffee because the experience of reading will be different. It makes a great coffee table book.  Here are the links:
I liked all the entries in More than Coffee and one that stood out was the short poem called Wealth:
It’s a postage-stamp dwelling
with a few chips and dents,
but within the walls lie
giggles and imaginations.
Love enfolds itself
into every crevice…
a wealth much greater.

©Lauren Scott

LAUREN: That poem has a personal connection, so I’m glad you liked it too.
PRIOR: I also liked the selection 1989.
LAUREN: 1989 is one of my favorites, a story that tells the funny tale of how I met my husband, and how I’m so grateful now, that after 34 years of being happily married to each other, 35 years together, he is my best friend and I am his. We complement each other. Communication is key in any relationship, so it has been a constant in ours. We talk about everything and have held each other up in times of sorrow. Our life has also given us much to celebrate, and he is the subject of many of my poems.
Another favorite is the story, The Way It Was, which is about my childhood dream as a nine-year-old. I wanted to sing professionally and that dream wound its way into high school where I shared how an amazing teacher encouraged me to step out of the box I had trapped myself in regarding the types of songs I sang. I learned something new and great about myself. Moments in the spotlight were not only fun, they were beyond thrilling.
However, that story, The Way It Was, also touches on the transformation of dreams and that it is okay to have more than one dream. We are in control of our own choices, so if we decide to slide into a new lane, it’s alright. Dreams are allowed to change shapes as we grow, without regrets, but with many special memories. Gratitude is also key in this story.
PRIOR: That might be one of my favorite quotes from you:

“Dreams are allowed to change shapes as we grow, without regrets…”

It is wise – encouraging – and something many of us need to embrace.  I also like your resilient outlook and I think the wellness messages layered in your book can edify and model wellness ideas.

LAUREN:  I love that you have discovered the many layers of messages in my memories. More than Coffee isn’t just about sharing my experiences or even drinking coffee. It’s about the subtle life messages that I’ve sprinkled throughout the book, hoping they’ll enlighten or resonate with my readers, and this book spotlights the people and places that have enriched my life.

PRIOR: Speaking of coffee in the title of your book, what is your favorite brand of coffee?
LAUREN: My favorite coffee is Peet’s dark roast blend called Major Dickenson’s. Peet’s is a popular local coffee shop downtown, a five-minute drive, or a lovely twenty-minute walk.
PRIOR: Do you have a favorite mug?
LAUREN: As to a favorite mug, you wouldn’t think this would be difficult to answer, but I love mugs! I collect them like kids used to collect baseball cards. I can’t choose just one, so I’ll name a few: my daughter and I used to watch “Friends” so I love the “Friends” mug she gave me. My son gave me a pretty blue mug with Rise and Shine on the front, another favorite.
©Lauren Scott
Both of these mugs are big enough so that I can use my milk frother for a foamy touch similar to a latte. And then I have several matching sets that my husband and I have bought on trips we’ve taken – all sentimental.
©Lauren Scott
LAUREN: I have to say that every mug that sits on the shelf in the cupboard holds some kind of significance.
PRIOR: Oh how fun that you enjoy a variety of cups/mugs.  I do not collect coffee mugs, but sometimes my husband will tease me when I go shopping and he will say, “No more mugs…” ha  – and he might say, “no more bags, pillows, or places to sit” – 🙂
LAUREN: I know what you mean…my husband will say the same about no more mugs!
PRIOR: Well we both know that the mug we use depends on the beverage. Black coffee? Any small mug will do. And for tea? Depends on the kind of tea I am using. I used to make loose leaf tea but I have found what I like in bags. I know some folks will cringe to read that (like maybe Janet–  ha – and FYI – here is her interesting post about Irish Breakfast Tea).

LAUREN: One kind of hot tea that I enjoy is Yogi Mango Ginger. Once in a while on a winter evening, a hot cup of tea hits the spot and both of those flavors are favorites. When winter arrives, an occasional hot chocolate hits the spot. Who would’ve thought marshmallows could be so entertaining! Hot chocolate used to be more of a staple years ago when our children were little. Now though, the kids and my husband and I don’t eat marshmallows (after learning the ingredients, reading labels of the foods we eat began years ago) 🙂 .  Iced tea is my go-to drink when the sun bears down with all its might in the summer months. 
PRIOR: I am glad you mentioned the seasons because I actually drink less coffee/tea in summer months. Do you have a favorite season?
LAUREN: I love the renewal of spring, the colorful blooms poking up through the soil, inviting inspiration and hope. Warm tones of autumn and cooler temperatures bring a sense of relief following the heat of summer. But there is something also relaxing about sitting on our patio on a calm summer evening, feeling a balmy breeze pirouette around us. I also love the coziness that winter brings. We enjoy fires crackling in the fireplace, lighting candles and reveling in their soothing ambience, and feeling grateful that we are tucked inside our cozy home when the rain falls in droves, the wind blows aggressively, while the temperature plummets.
It’s really hard to narrow down all the wonderful past memories into one favorite season. Many seasons brought joy and some brought buckets of tears. The summer and fall months from 2017 to last year when my husband began taking me backpacking will always be special. By this time, I was in my mid-fifties, had some reservations, but I also felt determined, wanting to get that pack on my back and my boots on the trail. I write about my journey in one of the stories, “Ascent.” I express my joy of accomplishment while also grieving the passing of my father. At this time, both of my parents had passed. A chapter in my life I had to slowly process.
All the summers of taking our young children camping and showing them the beauty of the great outdoors, another favorite “season.”
My favorite season, though, isn’t about weather, but rather, about family in a more simple, yet profound manner. My husband and I entered into the empty nest “season” two years ago. Our daughter and son both now live across the country. They are chasing their dreams and we are proud of them. And as much as we talk, text, and visit as often as possible, it’s not enough “in person” time for me. So, my favorite season of all is when our grown children are home to visit and we are all together.
PRIOR: I enjoyed what you shared about seasons. The weather seasons – and then the seasonal changes we experience with family and life’s milestones. It was so well said and it has been a highlight of this interview for me.
LAUREN: It has been fun to share today. Thanks again, Yvette, for this wonderful opportunity to talk about my book, and I’m so thrilled that you enjoyed it.
PRIOR: I enjoyed it for an entire month and I look forward to your release of Ever So Gently. Another highlight of this interview was the brief chat about mugs and coffee/tea. 

Questions for readers:

Thanks for joining us today for the last of the spring 2023 interviews. To see all of the Priorhouse Interviews  – go here

REMINDER: The #Dickenschallenge runs until June 9th… Inviting you to read ONE novella (or more novellas) and then chat with us in June (info here) (hosts are Trent, Marsha, and Yvette)


© Lauren Scott, – All rights reserved.



93 thoughts on “More than Coffee Interview with Yvette at Priorhouse

  1. What a terrific interview, Lauren and Yvette! I love both of your blogs. It was great to learn more about your life and writing projects, and also about your mug collection 😊Although I’m not a coffee drinker, I love tea and have about 5 mugs that are my favorites (a growing collection). Thanks for sharing your story, Lauren and thanks for putting it out there, Yvette!

    1. Thanks for taking the time to read the interview, Barbara! Yvette did a great job and it was lots of fun. I’m glad you can relate to the mug collection. It makes drinking our favorite drinks even more meaningful. 🙂 And I’m happy you enjoyed reading more about my writing and life. I appreciate your support. ❤️

  2. Hi Yvette, this is a terrific interview with lovely Lauren. I have read Finding a Balance and More than Coffee and enjoyed both very much. I have her first poetry book on my TBR. This interview is very Lauren, so full of joy and love.

  3. Wonderful interview. Loved. I’m waiting on my Amazon purchase. Will be a while until I have the book in my hands. Can’t wait. So glad I read this tonight. Blessings. Good night.

    1. Thanks for reading, Selma. Yvette compiled a great interview and I am honored. And you made me smile, knowing my book is on its way to you. Thank you so much, and I hope you enjoy my memories as much as Yvette! Sweet dreams. xo

    1. Thanks so much, Diana! I just responded to your comment on Yvette’s blog, and I appreciate you taking the time to visit both. Your continual support is greatly appreciated, and I know you know that. 🙂 Enjoy your latte! ❤️☕️

  4. A great interview! I have read and enjoyed More Than Coffee and agree, it is a good book to read in bits and savour each piece. I love the way Lauren uses words to evoke feelings in her readers. As for mugs, I have a nice collection and my favourites are the ones my potter daughter has made for me. My beverage of choice is tea and you could say I’m a collector of tea as I have quite a selection but I will occasionally have a cafe con leche descafeinado at a Spanish coffee shop.

    1. Thanks for reading Yvette’s wonderful interview, Darlene, and for your lovely words about my book and writing that continue to humble me. I’m thrilled to say the least! And I’m glad you can join in the fun of mug collecting. I know I won’t stop buying them, so I’ll have to make room somehow. I’m sure your daughter’s are beautiful, and as much as I love coffee, I only drink it in the morning. If I indulge on anything once in a while later in the day with a friend or my hubby, I’ll have a chai tea latte, spicy or sweet. I forgot to mention a chai in the interview. 🙂 Your cafe con leche sounds good too! So many great coffee and tea options! Anyway, thanks again for your support! ❤️

      1. I enjoy a nice chai latte as well. The decaffeinated cafe con leche is made with hot milk so I get my calcium, the taste of coffee but no caffeine. The best of all worlds. Lovely in the summer iced too! We are spoiled for choice, aren’t we?

  5. Beautiful photos to view and reading your book stories and explanations so inspiring too 🙏🌹✍️👍🏻
    Stay Blessed you two lovely couple and your loving son and daughter dear friend ♥️ so sweet children 🥰🥰 🖖

  6. Yvette is always there to help her fellow bloggers. I was lucky to have her do some photography work for my site, plus an interview, despite my not being a talented author like yourself. (or even an author at all! haha)

    1. I agree, GP! I found Yvette’s blog through another friend who had read her book. So, I also read her book that I loved, wrote a review that I posted here, and she and I connected later. She is easy to “work with” in the interview process, asks great questions, and makes it fun with things like mug collecting. 🙂 I’m honored and thrilled, and grateful she loved my book too. Thank you for commenting and for your kind words about me. 🙂 I appreciate it. The support in this community is truly amazing.

      1. If we could weed-out the people who rant and complain on a regular basis, I think bloggers could be models for peace in this crazy world!!

    2. well Thanks so much G, for your comment and Lauren – you were so easy to work with too!

      and G – you might not have authored ay books – but the way you write in your blog posts and with comments shows your writing skills and social talents – and the rich history and family stories you bring our way are priceless (and maybe a book will unfold naturally)

  7. Oh I so loved this Interview with Yvette… It was wonderful to learn much more about you… I have to say the quote Yvette picked out which you said about Dreams Was profound.. 🙂 — ““Dreams are allowed to change shapes as we grow, without regrets…””
    So true..
    Loved about the Mugs too…
    Good luck also Lauren with your children stories…. Now is the time to focus upon your Dreams to manifest them… I am certain a children’s book will be on the shelves pretty soon..
    Sending you Love and Hugs my friend.. And thanking Yvette for a wonderful interview…
    Love to you both ❤ xx ❤

    1. Thanks so much, Sue, for your wonderful comment and support! I’m happy you liked the quote that Yvette highlighted. It stems from an event in the past, one of my stories, and I think it’s important to not be so glued to a dream that if it doesn’t come true, we’ll shatter. So, yes, our dreams need to stay flexible, along with our minds. I’m glad the mugs were a hit too. That was Yvette’s idea, and boy, I could have sent her a million photos. 🙂 But that wasn’t the point. A little fun was the point, and it proved to be entertaining and relatable for many. Thanks about my children’s books also. Those are definitely a dream. Like I mentioned, my illustrator has one of them, so I can’t wait to see how it all unfolds. Even in the fall or during the holidays would make me happy if it comes to fruition. I’m focusing now on the poetry collection that should be out in June. I sure admire the prolific publishers of book after book in our community because it’s not easy and is so time-consuming, even though in a fun, creative way. Anyway, thanks so much, dear friend. Love and hugs to you too! ❤️❤️❤️

    2. Sue, I enjoyed your comment so much – it was a lot of fun – and cheers to us all learning how to let dreams breathe and morph as needed (and your “dreamwalker” handle whispers of that too…)
      and Lauren, the mugs have really been a lot more fun than I expected – hahaha how cool – even though I feel like I would gladly see all of the mugs in your collection and not grow tired

  8. I greatly reviewed your interview with Yvette. She asks such good questions! I found your answers positive and uplifting, which is always welcome. I, too, have a grown daughter living across the country, and I wish she lived close by. But she’s the happiest she’s ever been, and that’s what counts.

    1. Thanks for taking the time to read the interview, Liz. I agree, Yvette asks great questions and she adds some fun into the mix, hence, mug collecting. And I’m glad you found my answers to be uplifting.
      I recall you and I having a conversation about our kids living across country. And as much as it’s hard to not see them as often as we’d like, they are happy, like you said, and that does matter the most. I hope in the future, we’ll live closer though. One can always hope. 🙂 Thanks again, Liz! 💞

      1. Engaging interview, both in the layout and the exchange, Lauren. Just like your book, there are many layers in this rich interview. Seems a rewarding experience for you. Wonderful! Best wishes with your upcoming publication and your children’s books. 👏🏻 Enjoy the renewal of spring! 🌻

      2. Oh, thanks so much, Michele, for taking the time to return and read the interview. I’m getting ready to shut down for a little break, but I wanted to acknowledge your wonderful words. And thanks for the good wishes regarding my books. Yes, happy spring to you! The orange poppies are popping up everywhere and they’re gorgeous and cheerful! ❤️🌼🌻

  9. Lauren, thanks again for taking the time to do an interview with me. You were so easy to work with and especially with the date! I hardly ever post “early” and sometimes have to delay – and so your flexibility with the dates made it a little more wonderful for me – so thanks for that – because I am winding down the interviews until later this summer and I get to end on a note with your more than coffee book, but also ideas of mugs and types of coffee – mmmmmm

    hope you have a wonderful day and best wishes with your next book (which you know I will be getting (in the soft cover option)

    1. Thanks again (for the millionth time), Yvette! You were so easy to work with too and the questions were great, along with bringing mugs into the conversation. How fun, right? And I’m happy to be flexible. I wanted it to work on your timeline. And I appreciate your kind words about ending the series with my book, not to mention, your advance support for my upcoming poetry collection, Ever So Gently. I’ll be blogging today, but then we’ll be flying east like I told you. Have a great day and take care! ❤️

      1. I went to bed with a huge smile last night after checking in on comments – it was So pleasant and these blog connections are a gift
        Safe travels

      2. Colleen invited me to do an interview with her too after I commented on her blog for Kaye. That was really nice, so I’m excited again. And Congrats on Poetry Treasures 3! I can’t wait to read. I was honored to be included in the second anthology and it was a wonderful experience. 🌷🌼

      3. How awesome that you were in the second anthology
        And I hope the other authors in this third one do not mind my god and faith mention
        I know Colleen reverently shared (on day one of the book promo) that she has pagan writing and I just hope that I didn’t annoy any of them
        I wasn’t writing to evangelize – – it was just what came to me when I wrote for the theme – and was very dear to my heart – so special
        Anyhow – I will mention it to Colleen later
        Also / I look forward to your interview with her
        Will you let me know when it posts?

      4. I’m sure no one has been offended. Everyone has their beliefs and should be respected. And if there were no stipulations presented in the beginning then you should be fine. I think writing from the heart is the best. Well, that’s what I do, so I can’t claim that’s the best way. 🙂 But I’m sure all is fine. And of course, I’ll let you know about the interview if you want to. 🙂 I was honored to be interviewed by you, and I will be honored again.

  10. janesturgeoncelebrant

    Yvette and Lauren, what a wonderful post and interview. I will go and leave a longer comment on Yvette’s blog, but this is so lovely. xXx 💕

    1. Thanks for taking the time to read Yvette’s wonderful and fun interview, Kamal. I am delighted she gave me the opportunity to share about my book and simply chat about life (and mugs). 🙂 And thanks for your lovely words about More than Coffee. I’m so happy you’re enjoying it. I’ve started reading your beautiful poetry and feel the same way. Your words are soothing for the soul. Sending hugs~ 💞🙏🏻💞

      1. You are always welcome dear Lauren and so nice to have bought the book at the same time. Lovely reading your book. Lauren, Teagan has shared my book on her Thursday doors. She has done an amazing work. Lots of love and hugs 🤗❤️🤗❤️

  11. Great interview tying your love of writing and morning coffee into this great read. I too loved your book as you know Lauren and Yvette always has a way to bring out the best flavor of rich material. So fun you are diving into children’s poetry, I love that!💞

    1. Thanks for taking the time to read Yvette’s wonderful review, Cindy. She was so easy to work with. And I’m happy you read my book and loved it. That makes my heart sing again! Yvette asked great questions and added fun with the mugs. I’m excited about my children’s story morphing into a book. Can’t wait to see the illustrations! Thanks again, Cindy! Your support means the world to me. 🙂 ❤️☕️

      1. I love her reviews and she is for sure. I certainly did and it’s all so wonderful that things are opening up in your horizon. I’m excited for you.,, it’s my pleasure always! 💞

  12. What a terrific interview! I love the way it ties writing and coffee together with some hilarious memes! The “Rise and Grind” mug is too good. 🙂

    I loved your thoughts also on how your book is about the simple life messages you have sprinkled through it; perfect to read with a morning cuppa!

  13. Mother Wintermoon

    “My favorite season, though, isn’t about weather, but rather, about family.” Beautiful! Love your outlook and wishing you all the best life has to offer. You presence makes a difference in this world. Great interview. It’s mostly mugs for me, but I like teacups too. 🙏❤️🙏

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