About Scott Skipper:
Scott Skipper is an American writer with eight novels to date. His quirky and irreverent style reflects his outlook on life. He operates from the seclusion of his home in the foothills of Southern California where he lives with a wonderful wife and some foolish dogs. When not writing he enjoys reading, genealogy and collecting photographs of local wildlife. Although a seasoned traveler, he finds bliss in his splendid isolation and only rarely ventures into the madding world.
What inspires you to write?
I love to find good source material. History is the best storyteller, but I also enjoy making commentaries on the madness of the world around me.
Tell us about your writing process.
Well, I’m an engineer, so naturally I have to start with a plan. I usually create an outline and a timeline. I have experimented with spreadsheets for the timeline, but have also used a simple list with bullets. I do a great deal of research and keep notes and or links to sources. Frequently a new idea will smack me in the back of the head, and I’ll launch into a side trip.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Oh, yes. I even gave my favorite character, Carrie Player, the star of Alien Affairs, a Facebook page.
What advice would you give other writers?
My standard response is to do your damnedest to give every preposition an object, and don’t sweat a little passive voice. Lately I’ve been adding a warning to keep the story moving. Pace is everything.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I returned to writing after a twenty-five year hiatus because of the advent of self-publishing. I love it and believe it’s the future of literature. 99% of what I read now is self-published.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
As I said above, the future is self-publishing and digital format. I’ve come to dislike reading printed books and agonize when it’s time to read the proofs from Createspace.
What do you use?: Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Historical fiction, satire, science fiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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