Interview with Scott V. Duff

How do you approach cover design?
By imagining my protagonist in his most powerful position and in his most dangerous place.
What do you read for pleasure?
Science fiction and fantasy, voraciously.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My laptop, where I've got the Kindle App, the Nook App, and Adobe Digital installed.
Describe your desk
A horrendous mess! But I know where everything is! (Sorta)
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in central Alabama, mostly, but we lived all around the South early on. I'm not sure how well that took, though. I'm a bleeding heart liberal in an area of conservatives. It has taught me quite a bit about tolerance, which is something I endeavor to instill in my characters. I have many, many examples of intolerance to draw from. It also made me read voraciously as a teen, so I guess that's the most influence on my writing.
When did you first start writing?
As a teen and some in college. Then press forward a number of years where I didn't do anything of the kind. So I guess the true answer is about four years ago when I started writing "Brothers," my first full-length novel.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My first book (and latest) is called "Brothers: the Legacy of the Twice-Dead God." It's the first of a series of urban fantasy books that deal with Seth McClure, a seventeen year old, sheltered, and idealistic young man who gets catapulted into a world full of magic and faery that he didn't even know existed. He meets a brother he didn't know he had, which entices him to search for his parents. His parents have been missing for nearly a year, but hold the answers to questions that his brother Kieran's arrival causes. Like, why doesn't Seth know that magic exists in the world? And, how many more brothers and sisters he might have? And about a hundred others. The quest to find his parents leads him into a world of wizards and elves and changes his life forever.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
As a first time publisher, I don't have a proven direction yet. I plan on building sites on Facebook and Google+ using artwork designed by my cover developer, as well as add a signature to all my e-mail. I've got a lot of platform-building to do.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Sharing my imagination and getting someone else to want to delve into a world that can't exist.
What are you working on next?
Got two things going: proofing and editing the second book in the series and writing the fourth. I've got the first three written and just need to edit them. The fourth is still just thoughts on how to connect some of the factors I left open in the first three.
Who are your favorite authors?
Jim Butcher, Kim Harrison, Caitlin Kittredge, Ilona Andrews, Kevin Hearne, and a few others in the urban fantasy genre.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Usually the phone.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, mostly, followed closely by editing. One day soon, I'm gonna go outside and see if the sun's still up in the sky.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I usually pick a site then start looking at authors I like. Then I start looking at the "also boughts" until I find one I haven't read and like the description.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, unfortunately. I cringe at the thought of it. It's not one I plan to go back to. Ever.
What is your writing process?
Stream of consciousness, followed by much editing. I tend to think of things in terms of comic books and panels.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Don't really remember what was first, probably the Hardy Boys, or maybe Johnny Tremaine. The Hardy boys taught me to look for the "gun on the mantle" and encouraged me to go further.
Published 2014-04-09.
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Books by This Author

Enemies: Legacy of the Twice-Dead God
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 325,070. Language: American English. Published: February 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Seth has an "instant family" now. He has to build his world with that in mind, not an easy task considering something is trying to destroy the whole universe. It finally comes down to to fighting the "Enemy of Life" to save himself and his family. Are Seth and his brothers up to the task?
Sons: Legacy of the Twice-Dead God
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 478,130. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(5.00 from 1 review)
Seth has a lot to learn. As the new Lord of Faery, he has his Realm and the Fae to learn. Then there's to other Fae, Seelie and Unseelie. And he has to discover why virtually everyone is out to kill him, including members of his own government. Then there's all that magic to learn and there are so many different types! And what does the Twice-Dead God want with him?
Brothers: Legacy of the Twice-Dead God
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 289,770. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
(4.00 from 1 review)
After meeting a strange man in the forest of Northern Alabama, seventeen-year-old Seth McClure decides it's time to find his parents. The millennia old spell hidden in his mind, placed there by his father and shown to him by this stranger was only part of his decision. There was also being made the doorway to a demon and the Elven team of assassins.