Monday, November 28, 2011

Russell Scott - Time Donors Wanted - Author Interview

My thanks to Russell Scott for stopping by Tribute Books Reviews & Giveaways for an author interview about his book, Time Donors Wanted.

Author Interview

1. How did you come up with the title?
The original title of the screenplay, which I wrote first, was simply Time Donors. It was a play on the idea of sperm donors, but reproduction wasn't what the characters in the book were looking for. It wasn't love that they were looking for either, or necessarily even sex. The story is about wanting so badly to have someone to simply want us back that we're willing to look where ever we have to to find it.

2. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The book is mainly about modern loneliness and how it can overcome us, even in the middle of a marriage. Leaving us hurt, bruised, and looking for someone or several someones to fill in the holes in our lives.

3. How much of the book is realistic?
I'm afraid the book is all too realistic. As divorce rates go down, and more and more people are fighting to keep their marriages intact, for a lot of reasons. For some there comes a desperation, a feeling of isolation as it were. Some want their marriages to be protected but they are not getting what they need from their partners. As both partners get busier and busier trying to survive and prosper as a family but they lose what it is that binds them.

4. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
I've changed everything in the book a dozen times, and every time I reread it I want to reword or reshape. There comes a time when you have to say okay this is it I'm done. I'm a painter as well and I love a saying attributed to Emile Grupe that the the key task of the instructor is to stop the student before they ruin the painting.

5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The hardest part of writing the book is always what's referred to as murdering your darlings. Sometimes you write great stuff that takes your story exactly nowhere, or even worse in the wrong direction. It doesn't matter if it's a great line or a great bit, if it doesn't advance the story you need to consider axing it. That's hard to do sometimes, it's harder to see if an editor points it out to you. But swallow, take a deep breath, and honestly consider any criticism you receive. Once you reread it you will know.

6. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I can't even start. I learned how to write a book for one thing. A good novel is tough. It has a different discipline than the columns, short stories, screenplays I'd worked on in the past. I'm starting my third novel now and it is so much harder to start now than it was then, because I know what kind of commitment writing a novel requires.

7. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
As a child I was dyslexic. I still am. My mother was quite young when I was born (16 years old) so she didn't know that she was suppose to believe it when the teachers told you your child was "delayed." Kentucky in 1960 wasn't a well spring for special education or understanding about earning disabilities. My mother decided that the way to deal with a spatial learning problem was to learn to "see" in three dimensions. So I began art lessons. I developed my own way of seeing how letters fit and flowed. I became an insatiable reader. I became an ardent note taker and chronicler of the things I went on to do. As a physician, as a navy diver, and as a radiation oncologist and biophysicist. These things have carried me through my life.

8. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Oh my gosh, that's a hard one. Vonnegut, Faulkner, Twain all shape how I feel about literature and how I write. Hemingway certainly effects the way I shape a plot or phrase. But the yardstick I use to measure my writing is Shakespeare the sound as it is read. My wife and I used to pass the time on long road trips in the car by reading Shakespeare aloud to one another (the passenger reading to the driver, of course). When my read the words aloud they have to have a flow that allows the words and sentences to be read together as a whole and come our sounding as if they fit together, that is the quest you fight to achieve.

9. Tell us your latest news.
Latest news - My second novel, The Hard Times, is finished and in final editing and cover design right now. It is about a physician that finds himself in the middle of a diamond smuggling plot, in which the key to the success of the plot is the doctor's death. This was written really as an action adventure, but like Time Donors Wanted it has a much more complex emotional subtext, in this one I think the underlying theme is, how men love. Not a simplistic or sexually oriented brushstroke, but a complete portrait of how men feel about themselves, their wives and lovers, their friends, and most strongly their families.

10. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I hope I haven't been too boring, please feel free to contact me and let me know how you feel about the book. You can get me on Twitter @RussellScott3, Facebook as Russell Scott, or at my publisher's website www.IsoLibris.com.

About the Book
Time Donors Wanted

Book Details:
Genre: Adventure/Murder/Mystery

Publisher: IsoLibris
Publication Date: November 2011
Pages: 238
Format: Paperback, ebook
Price: $16.50 paperback, $7.99 ebook
Buy Link:
Amazon, Kindle

Synopsis:
“If you could have a one time affair with someone you’ve never seen before and would never see again and there was no way that anyone could ever find out, would you?”

If you can answer no without having to think about the question for even a moment then you probably won’t have a lot in common with the characters portrayed in Time Donors Wanted. If you’re not so sure, then you may want to at least have a peek and see what happens to some folks that took that chance and said yes.

Jarvis Sloan was an Internet success story. He’d left a thriving private practice as a psychiatrist specializing in sexual medicine in San Diego to form LifeSolutions Seminars, an on-line counseling site for unhappy people looking for an alternative to classical counseling. Ironically, it isn’t just Jarvis’s patients that are suffering. His own marriage is a hollow shell. He loves his wife Sharon, when he isn’t hating her, and he loves his sons unconditionally.

Jarvis convinces himself that there’s only one way to deal with his growing frustration, affairs. But the affairs pose a risk to his family he’s not willing to take. To minimize the risk Jarvis takes a step in an unexpected direction. A site devoted to pairing people to meet one another’s sexual needs on a one-time basis.

Jarvis with the help of Brooke Werner, a brilliant young computer engineer, establishes a registry inside LifeSolutions, which allows members to enter a high-security area, in which they can locate anonymous sexual partners for a single meeting, no commitments, no attachments, no threat to either party’s marriage. To ensure confidentiality, all information about both parties is erased from the embedded server every seventy-two hours. Making any connections made inside the server impossible to trace.

Little did Jarvis suspect, when he created the TimeDonors sub-site, that at the height of its success, it would inextricably link his own life to seven others in a web of death and betrayal. Over a two-month period, all eight of them would have their worlds irreversibly changed. More than half of them wouldn’t survive, and one woman would be forced to find reserves of courage she never knew she had.

About the Author
Russell Scott

Russell Scott is one of the three names I write under. My full name is Russell Scott Anderson M.D. I’m a Radiation Oncologist who serves as the Medical Director of a Cancer Center in Mississippi. I’m a former Navy diver who worked in operations in the Middle East, Central America, and in support of the Navy’s EOD community, SEALS, the US Army’s Green Berets, the Secret Service, and the New York Police Department at various times during my service.

Russell Scott is a novelist who writes for an adult audience. Time Donors Wanted is the first novel to be published. I have also written as a screenwriter as R. S. Anderson and written the family oriented literary columns Una Voce and the Uncommon Thread in the JOURNAL of the Mississippi State Medical Association as Scott Anderson M.D. for the past four years.

Time Donors Wanted started as a screenplay, I had written the feature film Teary Sockets as part of a writing team and we had put together a production company, obtained funding, hired a crew and were filming the first half of the film in Los Angeles when I was contracted by the Williams Brothers, who were in talks with Tyler Perry at the time, to write their family’s story, Still Standing Tall. I convinced them to give me six weeks to write it from the time we finished filming. So after three months of filming in L.A. and Mississippi, I sat down for six weeks and wrote my first solo screenplay, and they bought it. Pumped up by my success, I wrote Time Donors and got commitments for partial funding, but then the financial picture in the United States melted down and the hedge funds that were doing a lot of film funding suddenly disappeared from the landscape.

I thought that the story line was too good to remain unrealized, so I spent the next year learning how to write a novel. I hope you like it.


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