I’m Scott Keen, author of Scar of the Downers, a fantasy-adventure that was seven years in the making. I’m a stay-at-home-dad, a college instructor of English, and an author.
1) How do you describe your writing style?
I tend to mark out where I want to go with my story, but leave myself enough wiggle room to allow the story to expand while I’m writing. In the case of my current series, Scar of the Downers, I knew where I wanted to go with the series from the very start.
2) What has been the high point of your writing career?
As of now, just being published. I also see that as the beginning of the “professional” part of my career even though I’ve been writing for a number of years before that.
Now that seems to be a given. One other moment stands out to me and that was back in 2006. The first thing I started writing were screenplays. It’s what I originally got my degree in. So I entered my thesis screenplay into a screenwriting competition and placed in the finals. I think it was the top 30 out of over 3500 entrants. I was pretty excited when that happened.
3) What one thing to do with writing most makes you want to scream?
I would say marketing myself. I don’t like it. It’s not me. I am an introvert at heart and would like to stay that way. It’s why I chose to write and not act. But with that being said, I am willing to put myself out there so that I can continue to write. It’s what needs to be done. I guess you could say that I love to write more than I love to stay hidden.
4) Where do you get your inspiration from?
That’s a good question. I’m not exactly sure. This may sound hokey, but nature has been a great source of inspiration.
5) What are you working on now?
I just finished book two of my series Scar of the Downers and submitted it to my publisher. The working title is called Rise of the Branded. So if all goes well, I am hoping it will be out sometime next year. But we’ll see.
6) Of all the characters you’ve created, which is your favourite… and why?
Durgan Gryndek is my favorite character. He is sort of a reluctant hero. He is torn between two worlds. He wants to keep his family safe, but he is also somewhat troubled by the way the city treats the Downers. It goes against what he knows is right. His main goal, however, is to keep his family safe. And it’s in that sense that I can relate to him the most.
7) The Seventh Question… What question do you wish people would ask you, and what is the answer you’d give?
What was something you cut from the book in the editing process that was very painful?
In the original manuscript, we followed Andevin for several chapters. We got to know him more thoroughly. I think in one of the early manuscripts, he was in four to five chapters. That was painful to cut those chapters out. I can’t say too much without giving it away, but that was difficult to do.
Scott and his Books
If you are interested, you can buy my book on Amazon or Barnes & Noble’s website. You can also visit me at my website www.scottkeenbooks.com or follow me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/scarofthedowners.