Friday, November 30, 2012

Scott Thomas - Fellengrey - Author Interview & Giveaway

Author Interview 

1. How did you come up with the title?
The original title, PRIVET, was based on the name of the book’s main character. But the book contains both a short story and a novel, so I changed the title to indicate that it is more than just Privet’s tale. I chose FELLENGREY which is the name of the magical place where the story is based.

2. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The story serves as an entertaining adventure, but it also deals with issues of inhumanity and touches on themes such as loyalty and love and the power of one’s personal calling.

3. How much of the book is realistic?
While set in a fantastical realm, the world I created is very much based on 18th Century Britain. I obsessively researched everything from the style of speaking to the style of clothing and everything about ships and navy life at that time.

4. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
I suppose most authors can go over a work and find particulars that they may have handled differently, but nothing jumps out at me that I think sways from my overall vision for the story.

5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Finding enough time is often a factor, a challenge in terms of writing. This book brought the specific challenge of research. I wanted to be very accurate in my depiction of 18th Century naval ships.

6. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I discovered a passion for the age of sail that had not ever really manifested. I also learned about historical naval characters, historical battles, and what life was like for those who lived at sea in the past. 

7. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Springing from a creative family, writing fiction seemed a natural progression from hand-drawn comic books and telling stories with toys in a sort of puppet show sort of way, and recording my own spooky stories on tape recorders to play back for folks, something inspired by old time radio plays. 

8. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I generally think of Dylan Thomas as my favorite author. I love his powerful, creative, evocative use of language. While at times his fiction is almost surreal it speaks in poignant ways.

9. Tell us your latest news.
I have a short story in the anthology EXOTIC GOTHIC 4 from PS Publishing, and I have a story in an anthology called SPIRITS OF THE NIGHT from Netbound Publishing that will be out soon. My ghostly collection URN AND WILLOW from Dark Regions Press came out a few months ago, and I will be a guest on the live podcast program Scary Scribes at 6 PM EST, November 25, 2012.

10. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I hope that my writing further stimulates a fondness for books and a love of imagination and history.

About the Book

Fellengrey is a nautical adventure set in a fantastical world reminiscent of 18th Century Britain. It follows the sailing life of Lt. Hale Privet as he battles villains, deals with the effects of magic, and finds himself smitten by a lovely lass. Included in the book is an introductory tale about an unfortunate coxswain named Mill Burnshire who finds himself shrunken to the size of a child and trapped on an island that he cannot leave.

Prices/Formats: $14.95 paperback, $29.95 hardcover
Pages: 236
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Raw Dog Screaming Press
Release Date: November 26, 2012
Buy Links: Amazon

About the Author

FELLENGREY is Scott Thomas’s first published novel. His short story collections include URN AND WILLOW, QUILL AND CANDLE, MIDNIGHT IN NEW ENGLAND and WESTERMEAD. He has seen print in numerous anthologies, such as THE YEAR’S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR # 15 and THE SOLARIS BOOK OF NEW FANTASY. His work appears with that of his brother Jeffrey Thomas in PUNKTOWN: SHADES OF GREY and THE SEA OF FLESH AND ASH. Scott and his girlfriend Peggy live in coastal Maine.

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About the Giveaway:
To win a paperback copy of Fellengrey, kindly leave a comment with your email address. Ends 12/2/12.

Congratulations to our winner:
thejessiebelle (at) gmail (dot) com

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  1. Sounds really good!! Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  2. The interview is very interesting. Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me.

  4. Thank you so much for the giveaway and the interview! Fellengrey sounds like an interesting read!

    thejessiebelle (at) gmail (dot) com

  5. You're very welcome, Scott!

    And thanks to all who entered the giveaway.