Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Scott Alan Wade
Your Name or Pen Name you use: Scott Alan Wade
Title of the book you are promoting: Midland
Link to purchase your Book: http://www.eternalpress.biz/book.php?isbn=9781615729333
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Genre: Young/Adult-Supernatural Romance
Welcome SAW…I, LH have some questions for you 😉
LH: I wanted to be a ballerina, race car driver and a private detective when I was little. What did you want to be when you grew up?
SAW: My career aspirations were pretty diverse ranging from acting to being a doctor. In hindsight I guess I could have had it all if I played a doctor on television. Oh well. Ultimately, I became neither, but I also haven’t as yet grown up…so I guess there is hope.
LH: I didn’t really have a literary influence, I just decided one day to start writing. Who influenced you in your writing career?
SAW: I have always had a very creative mind. You know the kind of mind that solves problems but can also get you in trouble–or at least annoy your spouse or lover. I had started and stopped writing a number of times, but it wasn’t until 2008 when I finally decided to do it—create something from start to finish. It was tough at first. Every writer will tell you that those first few paragraphs on page one are killer! Where your mind knows where you want the story to go but the words just won’t flow onto the page. However, with time it does get a little easier. (Emphasis on the word little, of course.)
My writing was influenced by the many books I’ve read over the years. As a child and teen, I loved the books of Robert Heinlein, Stephen King, and J.R.R. Tolkien. As an adult, books have been even more diverse. All of these influenced my style.
LH: I self published all of my books and was then “discovered” by a publisher. Are you an Indie or published author?
SAW: Midland is my first published novel. Like every other writer, after developing a strong draft I pitched it to a number of agents and gathered the usual pile of rejection letters. By pure happenchance (now there’s a word not often used) I met one of Eternal Press’s acquisition editors at seminar in Las Vegas. Ultimately I pitched the novel and got a very quick response. Nothing feels better then getting some validation through interest of a publisher.
LH: As an Indie Author, I was hesitant about being with a publishing company. If you are an Indie author, would you like to be published by a traditional publisher and if so, why or why not?
SAW: I guess I’m an Indie Author, just like you. In addition, I’m very grateful to Eternal Press for them taking a chance on me. As to the future, I think all authors dream of being called up to the majors–being published by one of the big houses. Kind of a “write it, and they will come” hope. We’ll see. In the meantime, I’m just happy to be published.
LH: This is easy for me…I’d invite Johnny Depp and I would not discuss movies! Who would you invite to dinner, living or dead, and what one topic would you NOT discuss with them?
SAW: I know this will sound kind of weird, but I think it would be a lot of fun to have dinner with Brian Williams from NBC news. He’s smart, well informed, like’s junk food, and hangs out with interesting people like Jon Stewart from the Dailey Show. As for the topics of discussion, I wouldn’t want to talk politics with him—there’s been too much of that of late. What I would talk about are the most interesting people he’s met, talk movies, favorite kind of donuts, etc. You know–the really important stuff!
LH: I personally think that there is way too much sex and violence everywhere in society these days and it’s everywhere but that Hollywood is one of the biggest offenders. Do you think that society as a whole is subjected to too much sex and violence and are you concerned about it? Which form of media do you think is the worst offender?
SAW: All of the sex, violence, bad languages, etc., desensitizes us all. Before you know it you’re swearing, spitting and stepping over dead bodies on the driveway on your way out to pick up the morning paper and not even noticing them. After all, it’s just a dead body, isn’t it?
LH: I’m a huge softy and by no means a beauty queen… lol but, I truly would want world peace in the blink of an eye if I could make it happen…If you could change one thing in the world, in the blink of an eye, what would it be?
SAW: Hmmm—a deep question. Let’s see, I would change people’s willingness to either tolerate or embrace cruelty. Admittedly, that’s a comical answer coming from someone that writes romance/thrillers where terrible things often happen. In my first book Bloodline (as yet unpublished) I came up with many creative ways for people to die–damaged souls tormented and abused doing horrible things. However, that’s not the way I wish the world would be. I would love to see people rising above our ability to tolerate the terrible. Together we could create a world where kindergartners have caring people that read to them, instead of being shot at by psychos. If only…
LH: With the traditional bookstore becoming obsolete and everyone turning to buying books online, I don’t buy the hype that “the cover is everything”. How important do you think book covers are now that almost all shopping is done online?
SAW: Unfortunately, the evolution of technology appears to have caused the publishing industry to focus more on the visual than the written. Just look at apps for tablets and e-readers—it’s all visual links and image displays. As such, it isn’t surprising that new book releases focus on the visual images of the cover as the major means of attracting interest. I was really pleased with the way Midland’s cover art came out. Dawne Dominique did an awesome job with the cover!
LH: I can remember wanting to write as a kid. I got a really late start! Have you always wanted to write and when did you start?
SAW: As I mentioned above, I’d always wanted to do creative writing. Even though I’d done a ton of writing for business, I hadn’t done much creative writing. The first time I tried some creative work, I wrote it out longhand. Wait—does anyone use that term? You know, writing pen to paper. Anyway, I wrote out longhand a hundred pages of a vampire novel in 1991. Looking back, the plot was not well thought out. Regardless, it went nowhere while I was immersed in my day job. It wasn’t until 2008 that I finally started writing in earnest.
LH: I love to see if I can see myself in a character. What interests you most about a story?
SAW: I like a story that pulls you in. You can tell when you are really immersed in the story when you don’t want to put the book down. You find yourself still reading as the clock ticks past midnight even though you have to wake-up for work in only a few hours. As to specific elements of a story, I like character interactions steeped in emotion. In Midland, one of the lead characters (Brandon) has to deal with an angst-ridden adolescent sister. He loves her, but she’s not very lovable. I think their at-times tense relationship provides an interesting side story. Candidly, I included it as a means of providing insight to Brandon–the type of man he is, why he does the things he does. It helps provide depth to the love story of Brandon and Sam.
LH: For me, I just get hit with this whole movie in my head and start writing. How do you come up with your stories?
SAW: Sometimes the stories come from dreams. Other times, they come from random thoughts–ideas that coalesce from fragments into story lines Sometimes I’ll wake up from a particularly vivid dream that has a story line that is interesting. That’s the value of having a dream journal nearby where you can capture these thoughts before they disappear a midst our daily toil.
LH: I can’t tell you or I’d have to…lol Are you working on anything now?
SAW: Sometimes I wish there were more hours in the day. Midland and its release has been my focus for the last month or so. However, the focus now is Midland’s sequel. It’ll continue the love-story of Sam and Brandon as it follows their lives several years in the future. Once again there’ll be thrills and chills as the pillaging zombie hordes of Las Vegas lurk nearby. Most importantly, we’ll see what happens when young love matures.
LH: I’m working on #6…3 are published and the other 3 are due out this year… How many books have you written? How many have been published?
SAW: I’ve written two books, though the first (Bloodline) I’ve split into two books because of its length. I also have a really good idea for a ghost story tentatively titled Dead Man’s Hand. It’s set in a Las Vegas hotel casino and I think it has a story that no one had done as of yet (so no spoilers!). In addition to these, I also have a story tentatively titled The Senator’s Daughter. It’s a thriller with a really nasty serial killer plus some political intrigue. Its story is driven by the question of how much our job defines our self worth and what happens when that job is taken away. In the case of the Senator’s Daughter, really terrible things happen…but with an interesting twist.
LH: I write for fun I don’t even dream of riches…Do you write for fun or money?
SAW: I write for fun- for the creativity of writing itself. Of course, truck loads of money would be nice. (Ohhhhh….truck loads of money!). Pardon me while I wipe away the drool. Okay, I’m back to my normal self now and I pinky promise that even if immersed in riches I still won’t change. Well,…there could be an unnecessarily expensive car involved, but other than that…
LH: Some of my family members had a bit of a problem with me writing my first book “A Beautiful Liar” because the character Maggie West is basically me…to a point 😉 They had a problem with the genre and me “putting it all out there” so to speak so I took a pen name. They eventually came around as I have never cared who knows who I am what I’ve done or what they think of me. I’ve never wanted to be famous, just infamous! What has been your biggest problem when it comes to family or friends when writing?
SAW: Everyone has been supportive of my writing, but I’ve also had some interesting reactions. Some folks have asked–why do it? After all, I have a good job and life. However, if you have that creative streak I think you do yourself a disservice if you lock it away. You need to take it out and play with it every once and a while. See where it takes you even if it goes no further than another saved document on your computer.
LH: I have never experienced writers block…I have experienced writers “don’t want to”… Have you ever experienced writers block and if so, how did you overcome it?
SAW: No writers block so far. Instead I’ve had whole months where my day job schedule just didn’t support any writing. Even with that, I still try to do something several times a week—even if it’s doing an interview like this. Of course, I’ve also got to acknowledge that I do have a lazy streak which is always trying to bubble to the surface. The one that makes you ask: “Hmmm, I could go to the gym, but I’ve worked so hard lately that I really owe it to myself to go home, sit on the couch and eat_____ (insert favorite food here).” It’s a constant battle.
LH: I get asked all the time “Do you have any advice for new writers?”… Do you?
SAW: Keep it real. (Wow, I sound so hip!) . Seriously, it’s important to remember that the journey is the real reward—not just getting your book published. Take pride in the manuscript you’ve written, but know that it’s just a step along the way. After you’ve written the best work you can, you need to get feedback. Start with friends or use writers’ groups, but get some feedback. Of course, part of that feedback will be negative–I have a pretty good pile of rejection letters. However, remember that every author (no exceptions) has that same pile. Only from practice and feedback can you grow as a writer.
LH: I would not change one thing in my life as I would not be me if I did… If you could go back in time and change one thing in your life, what would it be?
SAW: I am, shall we say, follically-challenged. I wish I hadn’t blow-dried my hair so much in the 1970s! Oh, well. On the plus side, though, it doesn’t take me long to get ready in the morning.
LH: If I could go back in time and tell someone something, I’d go back and tell the founding fathers they were doing a few things wrong…If you could go back in time and tell someone something, who would you tell and what would you tell them?
SAW: Historical hindsight is always 20-20, isn’t it? There are so many things that could be corrected…so many things that if done could have saved lives. Unfortunately, this quickly descends into a Star Trek episode. You know, where you change one thing but don’t anticipate the ripple effects to the rest of the timeline. That said, how could someone turn away from the possibility of preventing genocide through the taking of Hitler’s life? Fortunately, we don’t get to be God.
LH: I would freak out if someone contacted me and said they wanted to make one of my books or my series of book into a movie as I am really very shy in person and I’d probably go into hiding. I don’t think I could handle it. How would you handle it? Who would be the first person you told?
SAW: I think it would be really cool if one (or more) of my books were made into a movie. Of course, the way it works is you relinquish control of your story to others. So the greatest ego issue is giving up control on something that has been so personal to you for so long. As to who I would tell, it would be practically everyone I know.
Thank you for that fun and informative interview SAW…Now… for the fun stuff!
Favorite Beverage? Champagne cocktail—champagne with a sugar cube soaked in bitters.
Exercise or Bubble Bath? Neither. Not much of a bubble-bath person though who doesn’t with fondness remember Mr. Bubble. As to exercise, even when I was into hard core karate, I didn’t much enjoy the workouts. Unfortunately, exercise is a necessary pain.
Favorite Color? Blue…except for cars then yellow or red.
Take out or Dine in? Dine in–but at restaurants that don’t have pictures of food on the menu. Sorry Denny’s.
Camping or Hotel? Hotel–but at one that is nicer than one that will ‘leave the light on for you.
Sports or Chocolate? Both. Football, martial arts, lacrosse, etc., for sports. Milk chocolate over dark chocolate.
Dogs or Cats? Both, but I prefer dogs. I took in a stray cat one night and my allergies haven’t forgiven me since.
Favorite Food? A good Italian meal, though a steak is also great.
Favorite Song? My musical tastes change constantly. Check out Tiger Blood by Final Last Words on Facebook. They’re a band from Chico California that my son works with. Tiger Blood is a really good acoustical rock piece.
Favorite Movie? Lord of the Rings, Iron Man, and cheesy 1950s Sci-Fi.
Favorite Car? Audi A7. (I don’t have one though).
Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable). Both. Sex with chocolate can be fun but you have to plan some time for clean-up.
Now for the essay part of the interview 😉
If you could go anywhere for a week, with anyone you wanted and no one would ever find out about it…where would you go, what would you do and who would you take?
SAW: Instead, let me free-form for a moment….(written Sunday May 5)
As the sun’s last rays touched the horizon, the beach was cast in orange and yellow colors that brought to mind the glow of birthday candles or those Orange Julius drinks you had as a kid. Hands held tightly together, the young couple walked across the sand, skirting a clump of sea weed that had washed ashore. No words were spoken—none were needed. This was a moment where silence said as much as the most moving prose or poem.
Finally stopping, they locked eyes but only for a second as the kiss wouldn’t wait. Long and languid, the kiss was both passionate and loving, the kind that only deep and heartfelt affection can produce.
Strawberries, he thought. Her lips taste like strawberries.
Their embrace finally ended as day gave way to night plunging the beach into a deep twilight that erased colors leaving only gray and black.
“Brrrr. It’s getting cold out here,” she said as she sidled in close to him enjoying the warmth of his body and the lingering scent of his cologne.
“Just another moment,” he replied and again their lips met.
With the beach plunged into an inky dark, the young lovers finally turned and headed back towards the lights of the parking lot and the warmth of their waiting car.
“It’s been a perfect evening,” he said. “You know, even that gorgeous sunset doesn’t come close to your beauty. You…you are everything to me. I love you!”
“I love you too.” Although no one could see it in the dim light, her smile was radiant–she was truly and totally happy.
He’s the one, she thought. I just know it. I want to be with him…grow old with him.
Clinging together tightly, their two bodies compelled by love to walk as one, they climbed the last dune as they walked towards their car. It was a magical happy moment.
If only they heard the footsteps that approached from behind.
Sorry. After all, I do write killer romances. 😉
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