1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
2. Tell me about your travels.
3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
4. What else can you do besides write?
I am a serious organic gardener and heirloom seed saver. That fits in my with my philosophy of compassionate self-reliance and ability to live outside the mainstream, and it allows a little more time for reflection.
5. Who are you reading right now?
6. Pop culture or academia?
I am usually 10 years behind the times, although I do have an addiction to funny memes like Pepper Spray Cop and Disaster Girl. I think they are a great way to bring up serious topics without taking yourself too seriously. My favorite is “Conspiracy Keanu” and I just started making my own memes. Who knows, maybe there’s a fun way to promote books that way.
7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
Usually my own sense of mystery about the world is enough to get me going, and then I see injustice, exploitation, and unhappiness and I want to tackle it. Writers have a bigger mission than just selling books. Not to be self-aggrandizing, but we’re the shamans, the people who put the idea out there and let people turn it over. Of course, people in all fields do that, but we’re the ones mining the dream realm while others dig for gold or copper.
9. Food you could eat everyday.
10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?
11. What kind of music speaks to you?
I am way uncool because I still like most of the stuff I liked 15 or 20 years ago and find a new band every few years. I like quirky, emotional, lyric-driven stuff like The Cure, Paul Westerberg, Elvis Costello, The Eels, Natalie Merchant, Robyn Hitchcock, and Kate Bush, and I think John Lennon was one of the great shamans of the 20th Century.
12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?
I only outline when somebody makes me, and then I generally ignore it. In the modern era, you don’t convince people to buy your book before it’s written, unless you’re running a Kickstarter campaign. I love the journey of discovery that a writer and a reader makes. Even with the same roadmap, we arrive at different places.
13. Celebrity crush.
14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
This could take all day, but I’ll start with Dr. Seuss—perhaps the most gifted English writer ever. I used to go through binges so my main progression probably looks like Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, Kurt Vonnegut, Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, Stephen King, Shirley Jackson, Patricia Highsmith, Ray Bradbury, Ira Levin, William Goldman, Richard Brautigan, James Lee Burke, and on through today where I rarely read more than one or two books by the same author because there are so many trays at the buffet table.
15. Do you still watch cartoons?
Scott Nicholson is author of Creative Spirit and more than 20 other books, as well as children’s books and screenplays and story collections. His thrillers Liquid Fear and Chronic Fear will be released by Amazon on Dec. 20.
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