Interview with Michael Allan Scott
The Lance Underphal mysteries don’t fit comfortably into any one genre. Not noir, but owing a bit to noir, not horror, but owing a bit to the horror genre, they are sometimes police procedurals, other times precog fantasies. Like good jazz, they are a melding of styles, a melding of genres.
With each new novel, I work to expand boundaries, break new ground, establish my work as a viable alternative to the formulaic pabulum currently prevalent in the mystery/thriller/suspense genres.
What formats is the book available in?
All my books are available as both eBooks and paperbacks.
Who are your favourite authors?
There are a ton of great authors I enjoy and admire. When it comes to mystery, James Lee Burke and Michael Connelly come to mind. The two that most influence my writing are Edgar Allan Poe and L. Frank Baum – they showed me adventure, tragedy, beauty, mystery, horror and wonder.
What advice do you have for other writers?
If you can do anything else, do that. If you can’t, learn the craft of writing, and learn the business of publishing and marketing. Then write and keep writing, no matter what.
Where can people find out more about you and your writing?
The website is a good place to start – http://michaelallanscott.com
Why do you think readers are going to enjoy your book?
If the Goodreads reviews of Flight of the Tarantula Hawk can be believed, here’s what’s store for readers:
“The author has an amazing ability to describe each scene so it feels like you're watching a movie. The story itself is a page-turner and just when you think you have it figured out, here comes a twist.”
“The writing is mesmerizing and the execution of each separate theme is good enough to keep you thinking about the story long after you have finished.”
“I was captivated from page one.”
“This was a killer book! The action was constant . . .”
The second of the Lance Underphal mysteries is available through Amazon.com – Flight of the Tarantula Hawk.
How do you research your books?
I draw from real-life experiences. If I require details beyond the scope of my experience, I use everything—personal interviews, news stories, websites. And for detailed location info, I’ll use Google Earth if it isn’t convenient to go in person.
What is your work in progress? Tell us about it.
Two books, actually. The third in the series, Grey Daze, is with my editor now, and I’m nearly twenty thousand words into Operation: Cut-Throat, which will be the fourth Lance Underphal Mystery.
Operation: Cut-Throat adds elements of black-hat hacking, terrorism and international intrigue to the core elements of my paranormal murder mysteries. I can’t wait to see the ending.
What are you currently reading?
Most of my reading these days is confined to non-fiction for research. That said, there are a couple guilty pleasures: Creole Belle, by James Lee Burke; and The Automatic Detective, by A. Lee Martinez.
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