Today, I have the pleasure of introducing you to author Scott Spotson. He is among the great author’s on Goodreads, that's where we met. Scott has written three books: Life II, an occasion travel novel; Seeking Dr. Magic, a novel that imagines what are the results whenever a powerful wizard comes of aging being a young man, and wreaks his damage to the world, which is yet unaware of his existence; and You Know You’re Thin When…, a humor book using large single panel cartoons. He also includes a great blog and website that I recommend you have a look at! I love unique sites and this one certainly ranks up there as you you’ll remember.
Scott Spotson can also be Canadian, which I only mention because I think that's cool and I’m frankly envious. Canada is awesome. And Canadian writers…well, I haven’t met the one which I didn’t like! So check out Scott’s interview then examine his books!
And now, introducing author Scott Spotson:
1. When have you first start writing?
I first started writing since elementary school. I would write down, personally, short stories, sometimes for classes, sometimes for myself. But not like novels. I did enter a shorter story contest when I concerned a decade old, during my small town, and I won. I wrote my first novel when I was 20, plus it was based upon an appreciation triangle that two young male roommates at university have whenever a new university young woman walks within their lives. Also, one guy was more bookish whilst the other guy was a greater portion of a James Dean type, as well as, the latter one has got the girl ultimately. (It was a clean young adult piece!) I sent it to one or two publishers, but nothing came than it. This was way ahead of the time of the Internet, so I wear it the shelf and didn’t write again for a lot of more years.
I started writing again a year ago and was amazed at simply how much everything had changed. Remembering the previous paradigm, I even sent my new manuscript to some publishers, however nothing came of computer. But now that people have simple and easy , relatively cost-free self-publishing, I decided to self-publish on this occasion, and I like it. My first book to get published was “Life II,” an occasion-travel novel.
2. What brought one to the crazy endeavor that is writing and self-publishing?
I honestly didn’t know of the simple self-publishing nowadays. I thought I would yet again have to go through mainstream publishing companies. That’s how dedicated I was. I was relieved afterwards, to find out that one can indeed self-publish without for many books that nobody ever reads. I found out through a local newspaper article about a new local author, and I contacted her by email, and she or he subsequently said about Createspace. The rest is history.
3. What are your hopes like a writer?
Well, I’d be lying if I didn’t say I hope to become famous being an author, and have my works changed into Hollywood blockbusters and then retire rich! But my expectations today are modest: to possess numerous readers enjoy my books whenever possible, and also to truly keep these things decide to enjoy my books, in lieu of trying to prove myself or do it “for myself.” I think the moment authors start realizing that their books are not “in demand” is the minute they must try and improve, or find new stories to share with, or leave the market industry to writers who is able to do better. Happily, I am finding that my books do have an authentic market who enjoys them.
4. You have three books published. How long did they take you to write? What is your chosen genre?
YKYTW Cover FinalMy favourite genre can be science fiction, as a result of future-looking implications, and also the possibility that this unlimited can happen. Life II took around three months to write down, after about one month of plotting, then about two more months of editing. Seeking Dr. Magic took about fourteen days of plotting, 8 weeks to write down, and one month of editing. You Know You’re Thin When… is unique, because I actually didn’t do a lot of the book. I wrote the blurbs, but it took some time (naturally) for your artists to draw the cartoons. They’re great!
5. Tell me a bit bout your books and what you enjoyed and liked the smallest amount of about writing them.
Life II Book Cover jpg Dec 21Well, Life II is incredibly personal in my experience, given it re-imagines life if you lived it over again, changing that which you can. I also loved the science fiction that intrudes upon an ordinary life, including watching the Time Weaver and then that weird but incredible incident when Max sits inside a cafe with Lucinda (see the book to discover more). A few reviewers have offered their opinion which they didn’t want that much science fiction in Life II, but I just couldn’t imagine just having Max shuttle into his new life with no explanation. Also, I just couldn’t imagine finishing off Max’s new life with no small bang that ties returning to the Time Weaver. To me, the science fiction elements are what makes Life II deliciously fun you just read.
Dr Magic Cover March 9As for Seeking Dr. Magic, I think it is important is always that I made the book fun to see, and I attemptedto embark two super egos that both needed being reduce and adapt to reality. A lot of people told me they loved both characters, it’s like a “cat-and-mouse” game, plus they found themselves rooting first character in one chapter, then the other over the following chapter, and back and forth. That’s exactly what I attempted to do. It’s an epic battle without the tired truism that they must fight to the death.
As for which I liked the least about writing my books, I think the thing is my impatience. I have the stories within my head, I want the books to come out the same day. I find it tough to hold back to write and edit, and obtain the covers and acquire them published. I honestly don’t understand how the standard writers would wait eighteen months or two years to get their books published through the original publishing firms. Wow.
6. How can you develop story ideas? Are you a plotter or does one write on-the-fly?
I’m definitely a plotter. I have a journal around when camping, and I write down notes whenever I can. When outside and exercising over the distance, may it be swimming, cycling, or jogging, may be the best. One time I was on the four hour cycle trip with my family close to home also it really was hard, because I had developed about twenty scenes to the same one book within my head together to try and memorize every one of them so I could write every one of them down later when I got home.
I don’t start writing until I have a coherent plot. I may not have access to every chapter plotted out in advance, but I really have each of the scenes plotted out.
7. Do you might have a work-in-progress? If so, let me know a bit more regarding it.
I have two underway.
One is an affection triangle, with adults (but comfortably inside their late 20’s, so more like an adult book) where one of several two women inside the triangle is truly a witch, even though you wouldn’t realize it from considering her. I don’t wish to give away an excessive amount of, but basically this witch leans toward the evil, with bouts of conscience involving, and uses her magic powers to gradually eliminate her competition without the other woman being aware of the special moment. It’ll be described as a clean read, obviously. “Delusional” must be published by August or September 2013
The other is how four wizards arrogantly, but in the belief they may be benevolent gods who is able to vastly improve society, dominate power in your current Earth. They bring their spirit of advanced knowledge and love of games and competition using them, so it’s a fascinating study in culture clash. We see what are the results in the event the “mortals,” by way of a Supreme Liaison named Amanda, herself one of many humans, respond to their new laws and economic reforms. “The Four Kings” should be published by October or November 2013.
8. I met you by way of a Goodreads review group, so I’m guessing you like to read too. What genres would you read?
Really, I provide an eclectic reading preference, it’s not unusual for me to learn four books at the same time, skipping in one to an alternative according to my interest on that day. However, I don't like horror or consistently dystopian novels its keep are few things to cheer for in the book. I also hate preachy books where the author seems more interested in sending a message, instead of entertaining. Certainly, books can impart lessons, however, if the author are capable of doing so through hooking your interest, that’s a good book.
9. Every Indie author always seems to seeking to interact with and attract readers, so I need to ask: where does one go to find something totally new you just read?
It’s impossible to not these days, so many books just begging being read. Through many fellow authors on Goodreads, I can find new indie books you just read. I think the challenge nowadays is excessive choice, in lieu of inadequate. And that’s a great thing.
10. What impacts your choice on what to purchase to see? Cover, book blurb, other reviews, sales/price? Which is most critical for your requirements?
I would repeat the story. If there is speculative fiction occurring in the real world, I think that will grab my interest. Some people refer to it as magic realism, but I like it on the personal level. If it’s a thing that happens to me as I begin my boring life, and yes it’s certainly impossible, and it’s in a book, I would love to learn it. That’s why I loved writing Life II. The main character finds himself surviving his life again, plus it’s his choice. In Seeking Dr. Magic, a detective finds himself using his wits on something which never happened in the world before – seeking an enchanting being who just appears beyond nowhere. That’s why I loved Back to the Future – a teenage boy finds himself returning into time for it to meet his parents being the identical age as him – exactly what a concept!
Fellow authors, you have provide an extraordinary event happening to a common citizen inside the real world, and there is magic or science fiction involved, and there’s an element of (happy) wonder conveyed, send it in my experience – I’ll examine it for you personally!
Wow, that is an offer! I’m sure there will be considered a not enough people taking Scott high on that.
Thanks a lot for your time, Scott. It has been great understanding your novels sound great! For anyone who desires to go check them out, you are able to continue with the links to locate Life II and Dr. Magic