Author Interview: Scott Nicholson
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How would you describe yourself?
I’m your basic plugged-in hillbilly, sitting up in a Blue Ridge Mountain hollow watching the world through the Internet. That’s interrupted by trips to the garden.
How would you describe what you write?
I write thrillers of various sorts, usually psychological, supernatural, or mystery thrillers. I also write some fantasy and children’s books, as well as screenplays and comics.
What inspired you to start writing your first book?
I wrote a bad Kurt Vonnegut rip-off in high school, and after a semi-pro music career, I started a novel about a serial killer that I kept rewriting while I was working on other novels. Basically I just wanted to write a fantasized autobiography, and I released it as AS I DIE LYING.
Do you prefer chocolate or vanilla?
Usually chocolate, unless it’s pumpkin or pecan pie.
What authors influence your writing?
Many, from Dr. Seuss to Stephen King. Everybody I read makes me think about my own writing and how I can get better.
What one writing tip do you have for new authors?
Never give up and be true to your vision.
Did you self or traditionally publish, and why did you choose that route?
I’ve published many different ways, from traditional press to small press to self-publishing and now have a couple of books from Amazon’s publishing imprint. All I want to do is reach readers, in whichever manner works the best.
Do you have a blog, and how has it helped with your promotional efforts?
Yes, I blog once or twice a week at http://hauntedcomputer.blogspot.com. I don’t know if it has much promotional value, since I don’t really try to drive a herd there, but it does have a fun community.
What one thing are you OCD about, in general?
I don’t like greasy fingerprints on my screen, so I don’t know if I will be able to make the transition to touch tablets.
What is the most creative way you have promoted any of your books?
I’ve have done many crazy things, but probably the craziest was when I gave away three of my teeth to promote my vampire novel They Hunger (now called The Gorge).
What would you do differently if you had to start over?
Hmm, I don’t know. I am very grateful for this journey, which is in many ways a spiritual journey. I like the way it has turned out and I value every single person who takes the time to read my books.
Where do you hope to see yourself in the next five years?
I am pretty much content but determined, with the goal of writing several books a year and seeing what ideas come up. I’m also excited about finding translators for my books and meeting people around the world as the digital market expands.
What was the best thing before sliced bread?
Plain old bread!
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