Hey everyone! We still have a few more voracious reader interviews to share with you, but today, I thought I’d take a break from that and introduce you to an author that you should definitely get to know. Scott Nicholson is one prolific author…and he’s written some fantastic thrillers that should be in everyone’s favorite ebook reader or library. I was so excited to get a chance to interview him because let’s face it…the man is super busy putting out amazing books that will thrill and chill you.
So, when I started thinking about where to begin, in terms of introducing you to him, I had a little bit of a dilemma. I had no idea where to start. Heck, I can’t even tell you what “type” of books Scott writes because he seems to write in a variety of genres.
There are creepy ghost stories and paranormal thrillers to choose from. He’s got some mysteries to explore. He’s even written a cute children’s book called IF I WERE YOUR MONSTER. And he’s got enough short stories and short story volumes to keep you reading for months.
The one thing I think they all have in common is that they are well received and as J.A. Konrath says, many of his books will “scare the pants off you.”
I guess the best place to start is with his bio straight from his website (not sure how recent it is, so the number of books might be higher now):
Author Scott Nicholson has written 12 thrillers, 60 short stories, four comics series, and six screenplays. He’s also a freelance editor and journalist. He lives in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, where he tends an organic garden, successfully eludes stalkers, and generally lives the dream. He’s online at www.hauntedcomputer.com.
Another good way to introduce you to Scott is to kind of give you a taste of one of his books. And one of his most recen selection, LIQUID FEAR, might be the perfect place to start. Take a look at this book description and you’ll get a good idea of just how imaginative this author can be (FYI, this book is now on my Kindle and can’t wait to read it! It sounds awesome):
When Roland Doyle wakes up in an unfamiliar motel room with a strange man’s wallet in his pocket and a woman’s dead body in the bathroom, he fears the worst…and that’s before he finds the vial of pills labeled “take one every 4 hrs or else.”
Or else what? Ten years ago, Dr. Sebastian Briggs’s clinical drug trial for a cutting-edge fear-response drug went horribly wrong — or did it?
It’s true that one trial participant died and five others were left with no memory of what happened to them. But now several interested parties, including a major pharmaceutical company and an ambitious U.S. senator, are willing to back Briggs’s continued research. All he has to do is recall his five surviving “volunteers,” whose addiction to a mysterious drug has left them largely at his disposal.
They will do anything necessary to keep the pills coming and to stave off the creeping phobias, intense sexual impulses, and all-consuming madness that lurk on the edges of their minds.
It’s easy enough for the good doctor to lure the survivors back to the remote Monkey House, where the original trials took place. But when the pills finally run out…the real show begins.
Sounds good, right?
Well, recently, I had a chance to talk to Scott about his books, writing in general, and a lot more. Here’s what he had to say:
1) You are an extremely prolific writer and it might be difficult for a newbie to know where to even begin as far as picking up one of your books (I certainly had difficulty choosing just one book to highlight in this interview). I’ve already mentioned a few of your titles before the interview…but I’m curious, if you could pick only three of your books to share with my readers, which ones would they be? And why would you choose them?
THE RED CHURCH because it may be my best work, AS I DIE LYING because it is my most personal and daring work, and IF I WERE YOUR MONSTER so you won’t stereotype me as a creepy horror writer!
2) The genres you write in span the gammut…from straight up horror to paranormal to sci-fi to mystery. Which genre do you find yourself drifting to more often and why do you think that is?
Like with favorite bands, you tend to shift around with the wind. Right now I am writing a vampire series but most everything else has been thrillers for the past couple of years. Looking at the slate, I have a thriller, a post-apocalyptic novel, and the third supernatural novel in the Littlefield series, unless Amazon wants a third Fear book before then.
3) What is it about horror/paranormal fiction that you think draws readers? Why do you think we like a good scare every now and then in our fiction?
It’s a safe exploration of what really scares us–mortality, loss, and the idea that things aren’t always bubblegum and sunshine. When it comes down to it, sometimes bad things happen to good people or the innocent, and a merciful God shouldn’t allow that, and we look for reasons.
4) Who would you consider to be some of your biggest literary influences? What makes this (these) author(s) so special for you?
Dr. Seuss is sheer creative brilliance. Vonnegut, Twain, Brautigan, Shirley Jackson, Flannery O’Connor, Steinbeck, William Goldman, Ira Levin, anyone who follows their vision and sticks with it.
5) Besides writing, what are some other things you enjoy doing? Hobbies? Passions? Interests?
I’m an organic gardener and heirloom seed saver. It reinforces my writing philosophy of gardening and the bountiful spreading of ideas.
6) What projects might readers hope to see from you coming down the road? Any upcoming projects you’d care o share?
FANGS IN BED will be out soon and the thriller AFTER should be out in April. I don’t really set deadlines, just goals. Why get all stressed for no reason?
7) Finally, if you could offer only one piece of advice to aspiring writers out there, what would you say?
Thanks Scott! I appreciate your time. And readers, if you like great thrillers and creepy supernaturals tales, then you should definitely add Scott Nicholson to your “to-be-read” pile. Like I said, he’s a difficult author to pin down in terms of genre and I daresay he has a little something for everyone.
You can find out more about him and purchase his books by going to his website: www.hauntedcomputer.com. Check it out. You’ll be glad you did.
Now, in a few days, I’ll get another post up and I’ll introduce you to our third Voracious Reader and find out her opinions about all things books! You won’t want to miss it.