Today’s interview spotlight is on Michael Allan Scott. 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 hundred-pound Doberman, Otto. In addition to writing mysteries and speculative fiction, his interests include music, photography, art, scuba diving and auto racing.
His book The Dark Side of Sunset Pointe – A Lance Underphal Mystery is a paranormal mystery that reads like a thrill ride with twists and turns you won’t see coming. You can view the book trailer here.
KT: So tell us Michael, how did you end up writing in this genre?
MAS: When I started writing fiction, I was drawn to science fiction, dark fantasy and horror, yet I love reading a good mystery. In researching which genres within my wheelhouse had the best commercial potential, mystery/suspense/thriller was the clear winner.
KT: If one of your books was being made into a movie, which celebrities would you want to cast for it?
MAS: Of course, I’m expecting they will all be made into movies. In fact, the writing style is more visual than typical novels, custom-built for movie adaptation. That said, for the first book, Dark Side of Sunset Pointe, I envision Jack Nicholson or John Travolta as Lance Underphal and Ryan Gosling or Brad Pitt as Detective Frank Salmon.
KT: Ooh, all good actors and dreamy to watch on the big screen. Nice choices. Moving right along, if you could actually spend a day living the life of one of your characters, which one would it be and why?
MAS: Hmmm … it would have to be Sonja, the protagonist’s dead wife. She’s got the best of both worlds—spiritual and material, with none of the drawbacks.
KT: That would be exciting. Now of all your writing projects thus far, which one are you most proud of?
MAS: The one I’m finishing up now, Grey Daze, the third Lance Underphal mystery in the series.
KT: When did you finally feel like you had really made it as an author?
MAS: April 13, 2013 when my first book, Dark Side of Sunset Pointe, hit #2 in the Kindle Best Sellers Top 100, and #1 in the Best Sellers – Mysteries. Yeah, baby!
KT: I’d like to take a minute to say congratulations on that and all your successes. I can’t help but wondering if you always wanted to be a writer. What job did you dream of having as a kid?
MAS: When I was really little I wanted to be a cowboy or an Indian (oops, Native American.) Then when I heard “She Loves You” I wanted to be a Beatle.
KT: I know right, who is cooler then a Beatle? Since we are talking about fun subjects, if you could have a super-power what would it be and why?
MAS: The Genii who has the power to grant wishes. I’d get a lot more done in less time.
KT: That is one I haven’t heard before, most people pick flying. LOL. How about giving us a little known fact about you?
MAS: It’s been rumored I do yoga in the nude.
KT: You sure have a good sense of humor throwing that one out there! If you could give any piece of advice to your younger self, what would it be?
MAS: Do it NOW! Don’t wait!
KT: So true. Doesn’t it often seem to be the folly of youth that we always put things off for another day that may never come. While we are on the subject, what was the best advice you were ever given?
MAS: Never disparage yourself or minimize your strength or power.
KT: Wise words indeed. As we wrap things up here, do you care to tell us anything about your next project?
MAS: The next project is still a mystery to me. I’ll burn that bridge when I cross it.
KT: That is one way to keep us all in suspense. 🙂
To learn more about Michael Allan Scott and his work, check out the links below.
Dark Side of Sunset Pointe – book trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbGeaIs_Kuw
Amazon Author Central: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00AB4ETQ6