Born and raised at the edge of the high desert in Kingman, Arizona, Michael Allan Scott resides in Scottsdale with his wife, Cynthia and their rescue Doberman, Roxanne. In addition to writing mysteries and speculative fiction, his interests include music, photography, art, scuba diving and auto racing.
What inspires you to write?
No one thing, really. Mostly, the art of living. I’m doing my best to get it right.
Tell us about your writing process.
I dream up a basic story idea and rough out the bones of the plot and characters in notes, then let ‘er rip. I compare it to jazz composition. Once I have the basic structure down, I improvise and let it take me where it will.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don the viewpoint of my characters, as I write I run them through the scene and let them speak through me.
What advice would you give other writers?
Learn the craft of writing, and learn the business of publishing and marketing. Then surround yourself with professionals, from editor and publishers to marketing and sales people.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
After beating my head against the brick walls of traditional publishing for years (trust me, I have the rejection letters to prove it) I took the advice of a fellow author and went the self-pub route.
If you have the passion, do whatever it takes, and keep doing it until you get the desired results.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
There’s sea change underway in publishing. There’s more opportunity for authors than at any time in history. What a great time to be an author.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Paranormal mystery, crime fiction
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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