Wednesday, August 21, 2013

5 Questions with Scott Nicholson

I've followed Scott Nicholson's writing career for the past decade or so, following some of the great advice for writers on his website and reading his novels. He's the bestselling author of more than twenty books; he certainly heeds the advice of 'butt in chair'! Anyway, much thanks to Scott for answering my five questions.

1 – What’s your latest book about?

McFall is a supernatural serial that will be released in six episodes by Amazon's 47North imprint (beginning Sept. 3). After it's done, it will be released as a paperback and audiobook. It draws on characters from both The Red Church and Drummer Boy.

2 – Who’s your favorite author and/or what’s your favorite book?

It depends, but generally Stephen King is good for whatever you're looking for. Right now I am re-reading one of my favorite books ever, This Perfect Day by Ira Levin, a dystopian adventure tale. I've also been reading Dennis Lehane and Bentley Little lately.

3 – What’s your favorite aspect of writing?

Daytime sex. All the rest is just noise.

4 – Any good anecdotes about being a writer?

My favorite was when a guy came up to me at a book signing and asked, "Are these your books?" After I answered, he slunk out the front door. A few minutes later, he came back in the store, tossed a ten-dollar bill on the table, and fled out again without even taking a book. I am not sure what that was all about, but it was the most I ever earned at a signing. Plus I got the idea to never do signings again and instead run them like a freak show. "Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, come see the freaky horror writer. Only five bucks!"

5 – What was the most helpful writing advice you’ve ever received?

Bentley Little told me "Keep your head down and write." Of course, that was back when publishers might actually promote your work. Now you pretty much have to run a business. That's fortunate, though, because I enjoy all aspects of the game.