Interview with Alan Scott

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yikes. I think my first published effort was with Standard Publishing in my early days of youth ministry. I wrote an article about rock music. It was titled something like... "Should Christians Listen To Rock Music?" I was young and probably waaay too legalistic as a Christian. The article probably played well with boxy believers. Not sure there was much impact outside the church walls. Sigh. Can I check this off to inexperience, immaturity, and the devil??!! :)
What is your writing process?
I spend a lot of time on my Sunday morning messages. "I Quit Being A Christian To Follow Jesus" was born out of a 2+ year message series from the book of Luke. About 25 hours each week is poured into study and writing, and from that ideas of a book begin to percolate. So... the process? Write a smokin' sermon. Collect a bunch of smokin' sermons. Put them in a book. Boom. Thar ya go.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I read "The Babe Ruth Story" by Bob Cosidine over and over and over again through my elementary school years. I was enthralled by this larger than life sports hero.
How do you approach cover design?
I ask great artists and designers like Kacy Fabie and Freedom Rodriguez for their help!
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Explicit Gospel - Matt Chandler
Not A Fan - Kyle Idleman
Reason For God - Timothy Keller
Open - Andre Agassi
The Bible - God
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I started with a Kindle Fire, and now have an ipad for my reader.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Amazon.com and Smashwords via Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. For me, word of friend's mouths is very effective.
Describe your desk
It's fairly neat... except on thursdays when I'm writing my sermon.
I have a ceramic 1946 Ford truck as a special gift from my son, Michael.
I keep a stack of papers needing attention ... piled to the left of my desk.
A small desk lamp allows for warm lighting in the early morning hours when I like coffee and God (not necessarily in that order).
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Waynesville, OH. I had a rich childhood in this story-filled small town. So many memories are attached to the "village" of Waynesville and all the real life characters I watched and mimicked growing up. I still can experience sights, sounds, smells, and music from my days growing up in Ohio. I lived there from age 4 til I went off to college at 18.
When did you first start writing?
Mrs. Ireland got me going in Kindergarten at Wayne Local Schools in Waynesville, OH. Everything I learned, I learned from Mrs. Ireland!
What's the story behind your latest book?
The label of Christian is currently maligned as attached to people who are: "homophobic, bubble-dwelling, hard to get along with, right-winged, conservative, jerks." It's a rare word in the Bible given to radically committed people who followed Jesus. If we could follow Jesus with like passion, perhaps the name of "Christian" could regain some steam and meaning again. THAT is what my new book is about and attempts to do.
Published 2014-02-07.
Smashwords Interviews are created by the profiled author, publisher or reader.

Books by This Author

I Quit Being A Christian To Follow Jesus
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 67,360. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Personal Growth, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Inspirational
I Quit Being A Christian To Follow Jesus is a challenging study birthed from the book of Luke. In this timely book, specific passages of scripture and strategies are explored to regain meaning to the much-maligned name of “Christian.”