Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
My name is Brandon Scott and I’m 32 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I’m from a little town in the mountains of North Carolina called Nebo.
Fiona: A little about yourself (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I attended Western Carolina University, where I went for a hybrid program of B.S and M.S of Clinical Psychology, but didn’t finish. I coached middle school baseball for a few years and have acquired quite a guitar collection.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I have a short story book due out by later this fall as well as a collaboration with the ever talented Brian Scutt, also due out this fall.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
The first story I had written was when I was fourteen, or at least started it. I began as a reader so I had a fascination with the language, then one day I read a terrible book and thought I could do better.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Junior year in college when I, on a dare, secured an agent. Now, that was a seriously bizarre circumstance, that was ill equipped for and did not deserve, but it made me give my writing a lot more focus.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
The first novel titled ‘Serum’ no longer exists, but has been broken down into short stories. I consider it my first and the inspiration came from a time while sitting at my Great Aunt’s house I looked out the window at the thin line of pine trees that blocked out the view of the rest of the street, that slopped up hill. I sat, thinking about a man running down the street screaming in agony as he breached the tree line, but what if he was also covered in blood when came into full view. I sat there and wrote up the first few pages of what became a very large volume of work. Sadly, it was set aside for too long that when I picked it up years later the characters voices were so thin and distant that the decision was made to break it down into short stories. I loved working on that book and have fond memories of late nights, pounding the keys.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Although the book ‘Serum’ had an epic amount of characters the central theme was a serum that was being forcibly injected into citizens of the small town. I remember packing up the pages I had written that afternoon at my Great Aunt’s, I paused and scribbled ‘Serum Story’ at the top heading. Later I narrowed it down to ‘Serum’.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
My stories are heavily character and dialogue driven, so if my characters don’t impress you then you’re really going to hate my stories. The biggest challenge is that I do not outline at all… so I’m giving pure free will to characters that are built to be extremely talkative. They say and do things that force me to have to fact check a lot. Along with the territory, I write from a place of emotion rather than action. To make the crowd “feel” something with your work is the hardest task of all and that’s the goal, so for me I feel that strong dialogue pushes richer emotions that allow characters to have the right depth.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
There is a lot of realism in my stories. Sometimes they are taken straight from an event in my life with the added twist of ‘what if’ dumped all over it. The locations are completely real, just hiding under a name I made up, but it is so much easier to write about a street or section of town that you already know rather than spend the creative energy dreaming up complete cities and roads.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Depends. When I plan a book I’ll travel to a place and drive around the area to get a feel for how I can make the audience see what the characters are seeing and experiencing. Sometimes a random trip out of the way home from work will give me an atmosphere that I want to include.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Brian Scutt, who is a talented writer and extraordinary artist. The two books on the horizon and the promo work he’s made for them both has been astounding.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
That no one is beyond forgiveness. That the people around you in your life are the most important people to you and the smaller the circle the better. That time is not your friend and never will be.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
Brain Scutt and his amazing novella, ‘Korean Road’ it is astounding. Everyone gives King and Koontz, who I love, but I’ll say Michael McBride and Jeff Menapace. They both write crisp, but McBride’s subject matter and unrelenting style motivates me and Menapace’s in it to entertain and his books are a lot of fast paced fun.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
I can’t name it, because there is some bad blood, but the organization was full of wonderful people that drove the momentum.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes I do. The feedback on my work has been to overwhelmingly positive to step down from the pursuit.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Not a thing, it is the story that I wanted to tell and I think with my drafting style the story tells itself in the way it wishes to be and who am I to argue?
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I spent an untold amount of time at the library studying Voodoo culture and religion. I learned more than I’ll ever need to know.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I wrote this lead with Colin Farrell (spelling on his last name?) He might be a little old to play the lead now, but his younger self was what I used as my main.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Give the first two drafts to the character. Let them say whatever they wish and take the story any direction they need it to go. Let the third draft be yours to make the changes and adjustments to redirect the course of the book. I write from within the scene. I’m in amongst the characters and that’s where you need to be to get the best from them. The moment you feel like your above them in the scene, let’s say in a room, if you’re above them in the room looking down then shut down the computer and take a break. The best story is going to come from being in the middle of it looking out, not from the outside looking in.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
My primary function is to entertain, so if I get somethings wrong, you’re still going to have a good time.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
‘Hide and Seek’, by Jack Ketchum.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
The first adult novel I ever read was Dean Koontz ‘Intensity’ I was eleven.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Adult cartoons like Rick and Morty/ there are five songs that bring up so many sad memories that I have them on a CD placed in the bookshelf and they have been erased from my hard drive.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I’d like a ‘Dark Dreamers’ interview with Stanley Wiater, because that when you know you’ve made it in the genre.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Hike, golf, and play guitar.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Rick and Morty, The Office was great, and a pivotal movie for me was ‘Garden State’
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Tacos and Spaghetti, I love the color blue, and 80’s rock, 90’s alternative, and currently Deftones, Chevelle, Seether, and Breaking Benjamin are my favorites.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Work on cars. I love that stuff.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
I’d stare at the clock with anger, no, I would start on the east coast and drive west to see how I would get before I killed over.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
“Inside my coffin is one hundred million dollars, feel free to dig me up!”
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Check out Brandon Scott – Author (@minxy4683): https://twitter.com/minxy4683?s=09