Q&A and Giveaway with Scott Nicholson!

Today’s featured author is Scott Nicholson, author of  Transparent Lovers! Read below to discover more about Scott and his writing… and enter the giveaway for his screenplay, Creative Spirit!

Scott Nicholson is giving away five copies of his screenplay Creative Spirit, based on his 2004 paperback The Manor. Just leave a comment on this post for entry!

He’s also giving away 15 percent of his ebook sales in September, and you can find the events at http://hauntedcomputer.blogspot.comor the Inner Circle newsletter.

Enter the giveaway after the Q&A!

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Thank you for spending some time with us Frugal eReaders! Can you please tell us a little about yourself?

I’m just the kid who never grew up.  I live a quiet life in the Blue Ridge Mountains, tending the garden, cutting firewood, gathering eggs, and typing a little bit. I’m very grateful to have this lifestyle and the time to make up more stories.

When did you first know that you wanted to write? What inspired you to start?

I was always grabbing crayons and scrap paper and doodling, and then I started making up my comics with the little stories and word balloons, and I just never quit. I always say Dr. Seuss was my first inspiration because those are the earliest books I remember.

How would you describe the style of your writing?

I aim to be accessible but with a little attention to craft. I love words and believe they have a lot of value and impact, so I will thumb through the dictionary and thesaurus to find the right word. I want my readers to have the best possible experience, to have fun and stretch their imaginations and examine their beliefs.

The book I most recently read was Transparent Lovers. It somewhat reminded me of Beetlejuice – a movie I have always loved. :) Where did the inspiration for this story come from? How did you come up with the premise?

The main idea was the twist of the dead detective to solve his own murder, with a ticking clock. In a rewrite, I added the vindictive ex-wife who seeks revenge from beyond the grave. So it was an idea that took a while to develop. The afterlife caseworker is a bit like what happened in Beetlejuice, but it’s hard to imagine an afterlife without a bureaucracy.

What were the challenges of writing Transparent Lovers? What was your favorite part of writing it?

I think the addition of several new elements during rewrite made me examine the whole story and worked to stitch all the swatches into place without the threads showing. I was able to work out some real-life stuff in it, too–most of us know what a vindictive ex is like.

You’ve had many bestsellers available on the Kindle, both novellas and full novels, including titles Liquid Fear and The Red Church. How are these similar or different to Transparent Lovers?

I write in multiple genres, so it all feels like “Scott” to me. Most of what I write are thrillers, some more serious than others. I used to want to be Stephen King and Ray Bradbury and Kurt Vonnegut and Shirley Jackson and Dr. Seuss and Ernest Hemingway, but now I think it’s okay to be me. So I just trust the story that is trying to tell itself. The universe has all these stories yet to be told and I am one of the lucky guys who gets to type them out.

What is your creative process for determining the final title and cover for your novels?

I often have a title early on, and I usually don’t do the cover until it’s done, because I want to capture the mood of the story. I’ve been doing most of my own covers lately because I believe I should know and reflect the mood better than anyone—not that I am a star graphic designer or anything.

Any advice to those who hold the dream of becoming an author?

Read a lot and write a lot. It’s really that simple. If you can write a sentence, you can write a novel. Make a lifetime commitment to the craft, and simply never take “No” for an answer. The universe will make room if you do what you love.

Are you working on anything new that you’d like to share??

I am finishing up the vampire book Bad Blood with J.R. Rain and H.T. Night, and I just turned in Chronic Fear to Amazon for Dec. 20 release. I will have a post-apocalyptic novel out for Christmas as well, and an older title I’m trying to get a rights reversion on. I have several projects already lined up for early 2011. This is lots of fun. Thanks, Elizabeth, for hosting me at your wonderful site.

Thank you so much for taking the time to let us learn more about you and your book! I wish you the best!

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Private investigator Richard Steele must solve his most difficult case ever—his own murder—while caught between women on both sides of the grave. His lover Lee is tangled up in the mess he left behind, and his dead ex-wife Diana has been waiting on the other side for her chance at revenge. 

In a race against time as his spirit slips away, Richard confronts his many, many failings and faces a power beyond his understanding–love. His only weapon is faith, and he’s running out of bullets.

It’s going to be a hell of a final showdown.

DRM-free. About 22,000 words, equivalent of about 110 book pages. Includes the bonus ghost story “She Climbs a Winding Stair.”

 

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“Always surprises and always entertains.” – Jonathan Maberry, Patient Zero

“He has entered a literary shadowland between Ray Bradbury and Neil Gaiman.” – Sharyn McCrumb

Click here to read more about and purchase Transparent Lovers from Amazon for $0.99

Connect with Scott:

Website: http://www.hauntedcomputer.com
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How to enter the Creative Spirit Giveaway:

First, a bit about the screenplay:

Original screenplay adaptation of the author’s 2004 novel THE MANOR. When artists gather at a remote mountain retreat, their energy feeds the fire of a slumbering spirit. DRM-free.

After paranormal researcher Anna Galloway is diagnosed with metastatic cancer, she has a recurring dream in which she sees her own ghost. The setting of her dream is the historic Korban Manor, which is now an artist’s retreat in the remote Appalachian Mountains. Drawn both by the ghost stories surrounding the manor and her own sense of destiny, Anna signs up for the retreat.

Sculptor Mason Jackson has come to Korban Manor to make a final, all-or-nothing attempt at success before giving up his dreams. When he becomes obsessed with carving Ephram Korban’s form out of wood, he questions his motivation but is swept up in a creative frenzy unlike any he has ever known.

Sylva Hartley is an old mountain witchwoman who is connected to Ephram Korban both before and after his death. Her knowledge of Appalachian folk spells and potions has bound her to the manor in a deeper and darker way. Sylva harbors a family secret that refuses to stay slumbering in its grave.

The manor itself has secrets, with fires that blaze constantly in the hearths, portraits of Korban in every room, and deceptive mirrors on the walls. The house’s brooding atmosphere affects the creative visions of the visiting artists. A mysterious woman in white calls to Anna from the forest, while Mason is driven by the whispers of an unseen critic. With an October blue moon looming, both the living and the dead learn the true power of their dreams.

It’s a power that Korban craves for himself, because he walks a shadowy land where passions burn cold and even the ghosts are haunted. And Mason and Anna are dying to join him.

Leave a comment on this post to enter!

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Comments

  1. Carmee Ross says:

    “Creative Spirit” looks to be a great fiction read…hope to win it! Best wishes to writer, Scott Nicholson! Thank you, Elizabeth for introducing him on your site.

  2. Carmee Ross says:

    “Liked” for another chance to win this title.

  3. D. D. Scott says:

    Great interview, Scott and Elizabeth!

    Thanks bunches!!!

    Cheers to u both!!!

  4. Krissie says:

    Hope I win a copy Thanx..

  5. Ruby Davis says:

    Now this is the kind of story that I love…..hope to win it.
    Interesting interview…….

  6. Thank you, Scott & Elizabeth. I’m marking December 20th on my calendar. Can’t wait to read Chronic Fear!

  7. Georgie Lee says:

    I enjoyed the interview. Transparent Lovers sounds like a fun story.

  8. Lesa says:

    I have purchased several of Scott Nicholson’s books! Would be thrilled to get a copy of the screen play! :)

  9. Jennifer says:

    This looks like a great story! Would love to read a copy!

  10. Annette Breier says:

    Again another awesome give away. Thank you and Scott and food luck everyone. This is a teriffic prize!!

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