I’m thrilled to welcome Scott back to the blog today. I’ve reviewed a few of his books before, and I highly recommend them. This time around, he’s giving us a little peek into his thoughts on writing, life, and his brand-new release, Lander. I’ll be posting my review next week, so stay tuned.
Let’s get right to it. How and why did you chose your genre?
I would argue that it chose me. I write sci fi, fantasy, and magical realism, all with queer characters. I got hooked on sci fi and fantasy at a young age, when I was in third grade and read The Lord of the Rings. My mother was a member of the sci fi book club, and she had shelves of sci fi and fantasy books. Within a couple years, I blew my way through McCaffrey, Clarke, Asimov, and a bunch of other books and authors.
In fifth grade, I wrote and illustrated (in crayon) my first sci fi short story – basically the Jetsons redux. And in high school, I started my first novel.
So when I got serious about writing again in 2014, it was a no brainer that I would write sci fi and fantasy.
That makes sense! I often say the same. So what story is choosing you next? Tell us a little about any upcoming projects.
I have a number of irons in the fire. 🙂
The first one is The River City Chronicles – a magical realism serial tale that will be coming out in English and Italian in book form in a couple months – my first self-published work.
Next, The Rising Tide, book two of my Liminal Sky series, will be out in October from DSP Publications.
Mischief Corner Books plans to release three volumes of the Marionettes in the Mist serial sometime this year. And I will probably also release an anthology of stories that were originally published in various places, and that have come back to me over the last year or so.
Finally, I am writing the third and final books in Liminal Sky and the Oberon Cycle this year for release in 2019.
Oh, my goodness, those all sound amazing. I can’t wait. Aside from the obvious with a series, are there any common themes you see in your work? I have my guesses, but we’ll see.
Not necessarily across all my works. But each of my books tends to evolve into a theme. The Stark Divide ended up being about forgiveness, while the sequel, The Rising Tide, is all about redemption.
Skythane is about accepting who you are, and Lander seems to have ended up being about accepting love, no matter how it began.
It sounds like there are a lot of themes about accepting, welcoming, and embracing who we are, which is really cool (and matches what I’ve seen in your work).
Time for some word sprints! Cats or dogs?
I gotta say I grew up in a totally dog family, but I ended up on Team Cat—there’s just something about their casual aloofness and soft fur that just makes me want to please them.
What’s your favorite movie?
There are two, and given that I’m a sci fi and fantasy nut, they might be a bit of a surprise: Romy and Michelle because it makes me laugh hysterically, and it’s set in Tucson; and Strictly Ballroom—I adore Baz Luhrmann films, and this is the quintessential one.
Oh, my gosh. I love Romy and Michelle.
In school, were you more academic, artsy, or athletic?
I was a total geek—I still am—I remember dumbing myself down to fit into High School, but now I let my geek flag fly, and it has actually made me a lot of great friends.
Wow, I can relate to that too.
Thank you for stopping by, and feel free to come back any time!
About the Book
Date: 13 February 2018
Length: 90k words
Categories: romance, sci fi, fantasy, wingfic
Sometimes the world needs saving twice. Xander and Jameson thought they’d fulfilled their destiny when they brought the worlds of Oberon and Titania back together, but their short-lived moment of triumph is over. Reunification has thrown the world into chaos. A great storm ravaged Xander’s kingdom of Gaelan, leaving the winged skythane people struggling to survive. Their old enemy, Obercorp, is biding its time, waiting to strike. And to the north, a dangerous new adversary gathers strength, while an unexpected ally awaits them. In the midst of it all, Xander’s ex Alix returns, and Xander and Jameson discover that their love for each other may have been drug-induced. Are they truly destined for each other, or is what they feel artificial? And can they face an even greater challenge when their world needs them most?
Jameson savored the kiss, his arms around Xander, the way they fit together just right. They were finally together, and Titania and Oberon were one again.
Erro, Quince had called this new world. Like the skythane god of the sun, the one Errian and the Erriani were named for.
For the moment, everything was right in his life, and he never wanted it to end.
A cold drop of water on his cheek brought him out of his reverie. He glanced up. Storm clouds were piled high, swiftly overtaking them. Rain began to pour out of the sky like a waterfall, and thunder echoed in the clouds as the valley went dark, sunlight smothered by the onrushing clouds. Nearby trees thrashed about in the wind, their purple leaves fluttering in distress.
“What the hell?” Xander said as the winds picked up and ruffled the feathers of his wings. He stared up at the black tempest.
About the Author
Scott was indoctrinated into fantasy and sci fi by his mother at the tender age of nine. He devoured her library, but as he grew up, he wondered where all the people like him were. He decided that if there weren’t gay characters in his favorite genres, he would remake them to his own ends. A Rainbow Award winning author, he runs Queer Sci Fi and QueeRomance Ink with his husband Mark, sites that celebrate fiction reflecting queer reality.