Interview with Scott Schultze

What do you read for pleasure?
I have always enjoyed science fiction and espionage books. I also enjoy a good Sci-Fi with a biological twist, like the books Robin Cook is good at writing.

Sometimes if you are lucky, you will find a sleeper like Daemon by Daniel Suarez and his second book in the series, Freedom. A bit of tech, Sci-Fi, mystery and espionage all rolled into one.
Describe your desk
Old. It was rebuilt by my father years before he passed. It is heavy and painted with epoxy paint. I sit in an old captains chair that he had in his auto repair shop for many years. Customers would sit in the chair as he would work on their cars and have conversations with them. His customers enjoyed the personal touch. The chair and desk are matched, and he needed to make some parts for each, as there was a lot of deterioration from being in the shop and years of abuse, grease and solvents.

Sitting at this desk reminds me of my Father (Pop) and my mother. If he did a project, she was usually right there beside him. Strong and sturdy, like the two of them and their relationship.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in New Jersey. My family moved to Key Largo Florida when I was eight. I have memories of New Jersey, but the Florida Keys ended up being the biggest influence in my life growing up. As far as influence in my writing? Maybe growing up in the Keys gave me my temperament. I have a very long and slow fuse. You get that way when you live so close to life and the sea, but my influence in writing was my mother. She always gave me a good book to read. She knew what would keep my interest, and it was usually what she was reading.
When did you first start writing?
When I was in the Navy and out to sea, I would write Poems. I couldn't tell you where they are today or what I did with them. Later I got on Facebook. I would get on political threads and poke the bear. Mostly entertainment. I also technical wrote for an automotive thread for do it yourself'ers that had vehicle issues. It paid pretty well for siting in the recliner at night, and was a good extra income before 2010. After that, it died off like everything else did.
What's the story behind your latest book?
A bit of experience mixed with a whole lot of fiction. I want to scare the reader with, "What if's." The book shows what could happen if someone really tried, but they would need to be really crafty,
What are you working on next?
Believe it or not, a children's book.
Who are your favorite authors?
Oh gosh... where do I start?
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family was my reason for living and breathing. What is a man without a family when they have gone? I had to motivate myself into a routine until I met my Boston Lucy. Smart and funny, she was a stray and needed me as much as I needed her. She is my Kayaking buddy and she helped me, find me.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
If I am not at work, Lucy and I are on adventures. If it is a nice day, we go to the lake and kayak. It's fun and seats two, but paddles just fine alone if no one wants to go with Lucy and me.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
A book about my mother and father. It was a bomb, not due to them, but due to how my life changed after the book came out. I pulled it and it is now in a rewrite.
What is your writing process?
Many thoughts running full speed and sideways. After I write a two hundred mile long run on sentence, I go back and sort it out. Never let an idea die, just write it down... Oh, and I was taught to write like I talk, without the Jersey, North Carolina accent. Yeah, it drives the people that grew up here nuts.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Shame on me forgetting the name, but I was in fourth or fifth grade. My mother handed me my first novel. It was about a disease that infected the world as the story followed a doctor, his girlfriend and his daughter from South Florida to New York City and back South again. They had realized the rats were the carriers and the stand out in the book, the kid always sat too close to an old tube type TV and the radiation from that repeated act apparently kept her immune. Of course at that age I would remember that. Creepy and interesting for a kid that young, but I couldn't put it down.

After that, the book I do remember the title of from my pre-teenage years, Alas Babylon by Pat Frank. I had officially grown out of children's book with the cold war, apocalyptic books of the time, as well as some early Carl Sagan .
How do you approach cover design?
I want to scare the reader when they see the cover. I want them to say to themselves, "Oh, that looks scary." Well I have news for you, my test audience that read the book is scared.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Telling a story that has never been told from the eyes telling it. After speaking with a childhood friend that has written a few books and produced movies and documentaries, he gave me the inspiration to tell a story that, to the best of his knowledge has never been told before.
What do your fans mean to you?
When I get some, I will revisit this question. Ha, ha.
Published 2018-09-30.
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Books by This Author

Bioburden
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 75,870. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
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Jim Bradford, a man attached to a surgical services sterilization department, is thrust into a world of heartbreak, deceit and murder after the death of his mother and losing his family. Only until he reaches an emotional rock bottom, does his close friend help him find the answers to what was happening to the world around them, neither one realizing the answers they seek could kill them both.