Interview with Henry David Scott

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh, yes ~
It was during the time in my life when I had to go on long, out of town, sales trips. I used to record on an old tape player my stories so that my little boy wouldn't cry and miss me so much. Then one night, as he was falling asleep, he told me to "just write it down dad... just write it". That's all it took for me to continue my lifelong calling as a creative writer! As I wrote his story "The Mossback Dragon", it actually brought tears to my eyes.
I should have this one formatted for Spring 2016. You can check some of the artwork on my FB page: Henry House Publishing
What is your writing process?
My fingers aren't fast enough to catch up with my swirling brain on fire, so to speak! I rapidly throw down the action, then try and organize. Usually it opens up a fountain of ideas for new chapters and characters. After I've got all the chapters / story board down, I'll get into the character development. Then rewrite a few thousand times adding more mystery or something for the "aha" moment at the end. Then I beg for a good editor!
How do you approach cover design?
I'm a photographer at heart and love digital photo art / design which you'll see as a signature throughout all of my books. I think art is important to the reader, drawing him or her into the vibe of the story. I try to mirror the main theme for cover design. Although, too big or crowded of a picture can lead to washing out the title of the book. With "Have A FedExcellent Day" I hired a digital genius from a company called eBook Launch. It gave me the eye catching drama I needed. And I got to use my photo of my own furry family member!
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Wow, that's a tough one... ya gotta love 'em all!
"The Hobbit" and all of the JRR Tolkien books along with "Harry Potter", JK Rowling ~ it's like eye candy in the character development category with mystery and fantasy!
But I still love the classics - James Joyce amazing work with analogies, metaphors in "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man". The foreshadowing of Ernest Hemingway still amazes me!
Jack London, "To Build A Fire"
Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" - still a need read in todays society!

I love good symbolism, character development, and the "wow" factor!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use an iPad since it's what I create with...
though sometimes I'll borrow my daughter's Kindle if I'm in a rush for carpool ~ don't tell her!
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I'm still in the process of learning this! I'm basically trying to build a social platform with FB, Twitter, Google+, etc. A friend of mine said I should probably do a podcast when I'm ready. My younger son told me to set up a YouTube channel and read some of my stories! There's a lot of books out there, so I try to make mine affordable ~ even after months and months of hard work. This should eventually bring in more sales and possibly a featured book!
Describe your desk
What desk?
You can't see it! It's a solid oak antique from the late 50's. I've got stacks of story ideas, a few golf balls with severe shanker slashes, flies I've tied for my new fly rod, and an old Afuente, Hemingway Short Story cigar box where my favorite pens are stashed!
I usually write in the back room arm chair with my laptop over looking my garden... "mmm, another tomato!"
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Topeka, KS where kick the can was the neighborhood game after minute steaks from mom!
I had a backyard neighborhood creek to stomp around in, fields to run through, and arrow heads to dig up in the back yard! I was fortunate enough to have a father who took his boys to the golf course, then downtown to eat the best Mexican food I've ever had... a little hispanic family-house serving gratitude and laughter. It was the best! In my late teens, I discovered Kansas City! Being only an hours drive away, my friends, brother, and I would dive into all the little jazz clubs... 18th & Vine! I remember one sign at the blues festival reading "leave your guns and knives at the door"! We didn't go in.
I've definitely had a wonderful, well rounded experience - seeing the beauty as well as the darkness of life, yet always believing that there's good in all that God has created, and persevering in those wholesome beliefs!
When did you first start writing?
Actually, I think it was in 4th grade where I had Mrs. English, of all names, read my story for it's adjectives and creativity! It was a rush to have her see what I was up to, always wanting to read my short stories... I was so embarrassed!
Professionally, the year 2000, when I got my first copyright and offer from Charlesbridge on "The Mossback Dragon".
What's the story behind your latest book?
It was 2006 and being in real estate / home renovations, I was going broke. The housing crises had hit hard!
I went through training with FedEx and one of their impressed contractors scooped me up - not knowing that I drove better backwards than forwards! But it was a job to pay the mortgage and I was thankful! My new book "Have A FedExcellent Day" is a reflection of what I, and other drivers go through on a regular basis with canine encounters! It's a hilarious collection, a thrill ride, and sometimes even a nightmare of short stories.
I hope you enjoy hopping on the truck!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Freedom to create and inspire! Illumination!
I've gone the other route...
An author has to meet an agenda or marketing strategy for the large publishing house and their 3+ year forecast.
The way it's set up ~ you can't get published without an agent / but an agent won't take you, let alone talk to you, if you're not already published! I call it the circle of death.
Indie authoring frees the spirit and the whole industry for publishing!
Mark Coker's got it right! If you have a dream / a story to be told... go for it!
Published 2015-11-28.
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Books by This Author

The Little Moon Kite
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,300. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Children’s books » Health & Daily Living / Diseases, Illnesses & Injuries
Peter's kite string unravelled rapidly towards the haloed moon. He lunged for Jenny's hat tumbling across the sand and noticed she didn't have any hair on her head. But that didn't matter... she's beautiful. Jenny exclaimed with laughter, "Time goes by in a blink of an eye, so we must fly our kites high!"
Have A FedExcellent Day!
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,430. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Hop on the truck, and step into the real life story of a FedEx Driver Gone MAD! This collection of Hilarious short stories will get your heart pumping! Go on a Thrill Ride as you experience Crazy, Terrifying Dog Encounters... even a kickboxing rooster to boot! Experience how three muffin eating mutts save the day. Encounter a real wolf attack ~ it's a doggy, dog world & always a FedExcellent DAY!