Interview with dick murphy-scott

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I think the first thing I ever wrote was about God and the Devil. It was inspired by this scary picture of Satan tempting blonde Christ in the desert. THe red skin and forked hooves really inspired me. The story wasn't well received.
What is your writing process?
I get some beer, find a spot with wifi (where I won't get kicked out) and then do my thing. I write and think. Sometimes I laugh, sometimes I cry. But editing makes my brain hurt, so I end up with interesting crap instead of well-written stories.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I remember reading was Go Dog Go! I loved the dog party in the tree. I always wanted to go to a party like that. I don't think that is a realistic party to aim for. Maybe I'll settle for volleyball on the beach, beer, and a killer hat.
How do you approach cover design?
I just draw stuff. Mostly devil heads.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My favorite book is Wuthering Heights. There is something about being haunted in this story that speaks to me. Heathcliff has Cathy's ghost, and I have White Lady. Then I love the Hobbit, the adventure is magical. Then would be Cat's Cradle. Made me think and laugh. Seemed prophetic. A new favorite is the Fault in Our Stars. The way it tackled the idea of the infinite and referenced Rudolf Otto reminded me of my own beliefs. I had to pick up The Idea of the Holy again. Plus, I cried during the funeral. Finally, The Post Office. It was fun to read and has one of my favorite lines. The part about his boss wearing red for danger is the best. That about sums it up.
What do you read for pleasure?
Right now I'm ready Walk Through Walls. I enjoy reading very cleaver things. I started to read Kafka on the Shore but it's hard for me to follow. I like fiction a little bit better than the real, because it doesn't pretend not to be lies. The real story is always full of inaccuracies and half truths, if not deceptions. When I read Mein Kampf, I read Anne Frank along with it. Gives a more total picture. Fiction tends to stand alone.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a chromebook. That's it, so there is no real choice. With books I just go old school paper.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
None are effective. I do have a twitter account. I use it, but, I'm too drunk to make anything work.
Describe your desk
I have a chromebook and the whole world. Right now I'm at McDonald's. Where there is free wifi, that's my desk.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Santa Cruz, California. Growing up by the beach around a bunch of hippies made me a bit on the liberal side. It also made me want to explore thoughts and not get too dogmatic. It also helped me to accept things about myself that wouldn't be easy to live with in Kansas.
When did you first start writing?
When I was in 6th grade I started short stories. As time went on I started to Journal. Recently, I put the two together and started to write longer stories about myself. Although I depart from the truth often, the stories do reflect things that are going on in my life.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The election influenced me a great deal. My experiences and a lot of BS intertwined to bring out a really weird story. I wish I could focus enough to edit it, because it could be good. Taking Haldol really effects me and turns my mind soft.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have nothing else to do. No real publisher is going to touch me, I love writing, so why not?
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It's a great place to publish. It encourages me to focus and figure out how to put together something. Being able to follow instructions is a skill I need to develop.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to maybe someday be heard. If not for writing, I would contribute nothing and leave no mark behind.
What do your fans mean to you?
They feel like family, like I have someone. Every time someone reads something I write, it feels like there is someone out there who cares about me.
What are you working on next?
Right now, I'm trying to edit something. But I keep putting that off and get drunk instead.
Who are your favorite authors?
Vonnegut, all the Brontes, C.S. Lewis, JRR Tolkien, Charles Dickens, that Greene guy, and Melville. I also love Dr. Seuss.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
If I had a bed I'd just stay in it.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Drinking, finding money, and talking to my friends.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I don't really read ebooks. I'm a used book store type of guy.
Published 2017-12-19.
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Will Work For Beer
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