Saturday, 29 December 2012

Author Interview - Michael Allan Scott

If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future? Future!
If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose? Depends on whose cooking . . .:-)
If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you? 1. A large boat 2. Lots of fuel (for the boat) 3. Lots of water (too practical?)
What is one book everyone should read? This is tough!  When it comes to fiction, hmm . . . so many great books . . . For it’s pure imagination – The Jesus Incident, Frank Herbert & Bill Ransom.
If you were a superhero what would your name be? Ghost Rider (Writer?  You get the idea . . .)
If you could have any superpower what would you choose? Fly!
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Chocolate-chip Cookie Dough
If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose? L. Ron Hubbard
What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Steak & eggs
Night owl, or early bird? Both, but prefer night owl.
One food you would never eat? Haggis and/or Menudo
Pet Peeves? Slow people in the fast lane
Skittles or M&Ms? M&Ms
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book. A different look at a mystery’s twists.
Any other books in the works? The second in the Lance Underphal Mystery series, Flight of the Tarantula Hawk is in the edit process for a 2013 release.  And I’m about a quarter of the way into the third, Grey Daze.
Goals for future projects? Expand into other genres and non-genre writing.  I’m drawn to storytelling in all types and sizes.
What inspired you to want to become a writer? Loved to read and I mostly knew I was a writer since before I can remember.  Just suppressed the impulse until it forced its way out.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published. It’s like watching a garden grow.  And the best is yet to come.
If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world.. which would it be? I do this every time I write. :-)
What is your dream cast for your book? John Travolta as Lance Underpahl—he’d have to stretch, but he’d be good.
What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen? I read a ton of SciFi.  Among my faves was Dune, by Frank Herbert.
Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters? Vein Melter, Herbie Hancock
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors? If it’s what you truly love, don’t give up.  No matter what.
If you could choose only one time period and place to live, when and where would you live and why? Here and Now!  It’s starting to get exciting.
If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be and why? Poseidon.  I love the sea.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Commute between Martha’s Vineyard and the Bahamas.
What is your favorite Quote? There are few persons, even among the calmest thinkers, who have not occasionally been startled into a vague yet thrilling half credence in the supernatural, by coincidences of so seemingly marvellous a character that, as mere coincidences, the intellect has been unable to receive them.– Edgar Allan Poe.
When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”? A story-teller.
If a movie was made about your life, who would you want to play the lead role and why? Steve McQueen or Clint Eastwood – the strong silent type, with a wry sense of humor.
How did you know you should become an author? Cause everyone told me not to.
Who are your favorite authors of all time? Too many to list here, but here’s a couple:  In the mystery genre, James Lee Burke; and in speculative fiction, K.W. Jeter.
Can you see yourself in any of your characters? Some of me in ALL of them.
What’s the craziest writing idea you’ve had? Write with light, no words.
What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?Do what you love and to hell with the rest of it.
Hidden talent? So well hidden, not even I know about it :-)
Favorite Food? Just one would get too boring . . .
Favorite Candy? Sees dark chocolates
What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year? Been too busy to pay attention  . . . oops!
What was your favorite children’s book? The Wizard of Oz series.
Nickname? None that I care to repeat.
How do you react to a bad review? What review?
If you were a bird, which one would you be? Great Horned Owl.
If you were a super hero what would your kryptonite be? Sugar.
If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why? Probably a short story – Poe’s, The Murders in the Rue Morgue – my first murder mystery.
You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy? A scuba diving vacation in Bonaire.
Which authors have influence you most how?  Poe & Frank L. Buam – they showed me tragedy, beauty, mystery, horror and wonder
What do you do in your free time? Free time, really?
If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be? WTF
Give us a glimpse into a typical day in your day starting when you wake up till you lie down again. Too boring for words.  Even my dog sleeps through it.
What’s your favorite season/weather? Spring & Fall, equally magical.
What is your guilty pleasure? Not guilty!
What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit? And I don’t embarrass easily—maybe one of my grandkids shows, like Sponge Bob Square Pants . . . Nah.
Favorite music? Jazz Fusion
In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with? This sounds suspiciously like work.
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Genre – Mystery & Thrillers
Rating – R
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Books Sold - 6 Nov 2011 to 31 May 2012

Some of you have asked me for my total number of books sold to evaluate KDP Select so here it is. Bear in mind, that results will vary based on genre and author. Good luck and remember, Keep Moving Forward.

Total - 120,836

1. Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped Out
Amazon Kindle - 42,559
Paperback -
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2. Frequent Traveller
Amazon Kindle - 35277
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3. Dora's Essentials - Books, Blogs & Smiles 1
Amazon Kindle - 462
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4. Mirror Me Martha (Short Story)
Amazon Kindle - 281
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5. Drive On Hope (Short Story)
Amazon Kindle - 190
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6. Blog-A-Licious Directory 2012
Amazon Kindle - 1
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7. Pandora's Reading Room 1
Amazon Kindle -
Paperback - N/A

8. The Cat That Barked (Short Story)
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9. Dora's Essentials - Examining Anxiety
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10. Dora's Essentials - Books, Blogs & Smiles 2
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11. Elevenses from Around the World
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12. Genetically Modified Foods vs. Sustainability
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Blog-A-Licius - Sherbet Blossom



Dealightfully Frugal

Blog-A-Licious - The Few, The Proud, The Wife


My Soul Slippers

Blog-A-Licous - Textbook Mommy

Blog-A-Licious - Blue Frogs Legs

Blog-A-Licious - Pretty All True

Pretty All True

Blog-A-Licious - tbaoo



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Blog-A-Licious - The Invisible Art

Blog-A-Licious - Rediscovering Domesticity

Rediscovering Domesticity

Blog-A-Licious - Quiver Full

Blog-A-Licious - Cori's Big Mouth

Blog-A-Licious - Great Fun


Blog-A-Licious - Busy Wife

Blog-A-Licious - Steps To Happiness

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Blog-A-Licious - Toby & Max

Blog-A-Licious - Amelie

Raising Amelie

Blog-A-Licious - Peas In A Pod

Blog-A-Licious - Riley

Blognostics - Poetry


My Awards - September 2010

My Awards - September 2010
Awarded By Jo Frances

My Awards - May 2011

My Awards - May 2011
Awarded By Alejandro Guzman

My Awards - May 2011

My Awards - May 2011
Awarded by Kriti Mukherjee

My Awards - April 2011

My Awards - April 2011
Awarded By Roy Durham

My Awards - June 2011

My Awards - June 2011
Awarded By Sulekha Rawat

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