Brian Scutt is a Navy veteran who spent five years on a Ohio Class nuclear submarine before returning to the civilian life. Now he is a family man, author and graphic artist living in the Adirondack foothills. He has published short stories and a critically acclaimed novella. His current projects are adapting the novella into a screenplay, and working on a new novel.
Please welcome Brian Scutt to Roadie Notes………
1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
Like most people I wrote a few short stories as a child, I was published in one literary journal for children. I think I was twelve. I didn’t try again until 2016, at 36 when I wrote a short story for a class. It was suggested to me to self publish the story, which I did on Amazon. Despite being super short, only eight pages, it received enough positive reviews to inspire me to give it a go at this thing.
2. How many books have you written?
So far only one novella that is self published, Korean Road
3. Anything you won’t write about?
I’ll get back to you when I find it….
4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
I’m 37 and have been married to the wonderful Sarah Scutt for fourteen years. We have 4 children. Currently I am writing full-time and my wife and I also run a graphic design business focusing mainly on book cover design and advertising material for other authors.
5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
The only one I have under my belt, Korean Road!
6. Who or what inspired you to write?
I was in college for computer science and took a required class on writing. During the class I realized that people enjoyed what I wrote and the professor took a special interest in my work. It had a major impact on me deciding to move forward and take it seriously.
7. What do you like to do for fun?
Write? Or do you mean other than that? Well, I am a die-hard Buffalo Bills fan. Absolutely nothing gets in the way of a Bills game!
8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
Not yet. I think when I finished KR I had a glass of Cognac.
9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?
My bedroom is the size of a small apartment. I have a dual monitor desk, love seat,
10. Anything you would change about your writing?
I’m still so green at this that I probably couldn’t pinpoint any one thing. So for me continual growth in my craft is the most important. I devour other writers work just to learn what to do and not do to make the worlds I create come alive for the reader.
11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
Fame would be nice, but honestly, just to have people enjoy my work. Being able to support my family with my writing wouldn’t be so bad either!
12. Where do you live?
I live in a small town in New York. It’s in the Tug Hill region and we get all of the seasons. Each in stark contrast to the last. It’s either in the nineties and humid, or six feet of snow touched down in the matter of hours!
We have one dog, a Shar-Pei mix, a crazy cat, and six chickens that never want to stay in their coup or run.
14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
Discovery. Having the small nugget of a story that slowly begins to grow into something substantial.
15. What is coming next for you?
There are so many projects on the table and in the works right now. I was honored with an invitation to write a short story for the upcoming Jack Ketchum memorial anthology that should be coming out this fall. My novella Korean Road is being adapted into a screenplay by a talented screen writer out of LA, Richard Older. Korean Road is also getting further treatment in the form of an expanded novelized version that is in the works. I have a new novel being worked on called Wendigo which will be my take on the “zombie genre”, but with a heavy Native American flair. Also be on the lookout for a co-authored short story in Brandon Scott’s collection coming out at the end of the summer called Night Voices!
16. Where do you get your ideas?
Mostly eavesdropping! The idea for Korean Road came from drinking coffee at a local dinner. An elder gentlemen with a Korean War veteran cap came in and told all the other locals in the place how he was going to hit the road and see his son for the first time in years. Korean Road was born.
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