About Scott Finazzo:
Scott Finazzo was born and raised in the Midwest. His life is a balance of triumph and tragedy. He is a full time firefighter and has written two disaster books: the national bestseller The Prepper’s Workbook as well as the disaster response book titled Neighborhood Emergency Response Handbook. When he isn’t riding on the fire truck and responding to emergencies he spends his time in search of travel and adventure. His adventures has taken him to various parts of the country and world and include sailing, kayaking, climbing, surfing, SCUBA diving, hiking, and just about any other adventure opportunity that has crossed his path. You can read about one such adventure in his book about he and two friends building sea kayaks and shipping them down to explore the Virgin Islands called Why Do All the Locals Think We’re Crazy?
What inspires you to write?
Life. I’m fascinated by experiences. People, communication, and interaction are a constant source of inspiration and evaluation.
Tell us about your writing process.
Unfortunately my process wouldn’t work for most. I am undisciplined and write only when inspired. I write for fun and a creative outlet. When it starts feeling like an obligation, I find that I stop enjoying the process and the end result isn’t what I had hoped. I am my own worst critic. My process is usually to write until the well runs dry, be it a paragraph or 100 pages, and then walk away for a few days, maybe a week. When I return to re-read, that’s when I either hate myself or pat myself on the back.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I’m just starting to begin fiction writing and try to put myself in the mindset of the characters. In the books that I love reading, I think you get the trust sense of the character when you are in their head.
What advice would you give other writers?
Do it if you love to do it. If you’re just doing it to create income, it will come across that way.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’ve used both traditional publishers as well as self publishing and see advantages to both. Traditional publishers offer the upfront money of an advance. But, more importantly, they offer you the sense of being a real writer because you have a book contract. They do all the leg work of getting your books to retail outlets and even provide you with a publicist to help with promotion. The downside is they make most of the money from your book.
Self publishing offers complete freedom and far better profit/book. You are in control of everything. The downside is, you are in control of EVERYTHING. It’s a blessing as well as a burden.
Personally, I enjoy having the security and assistance of a traditional publisher to offer assistance and feedback. I can just focus on writing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I see self publishing taking over. With e-readers growing like they are, the traditional publishers are less in demand. Authors don’t need them like they once did.
What do you use?: Co-writer, Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: safety, personal narrative, fiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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