SCOTTY MULLEN: WRITING IS THE HARDEST PART IN EACH BOOK

Horror and Gay&Lesbian genres mixed up in the latest release of Gay Zombie Gym: Membership – Book 1 by Scotty Mullen. Sounds scary, but in fact the readers loved the novel. Currently the book resides in Amazon with average 4.8 stars from 6 reviews, and it’s for just two weeks on the market. Are you curious to know more? Let’s jump into our next chat.

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– What is your latest release Gay Zombie Gym: Membership about?
– The GZG series is about a flabby, socially-awkward college professor who attempts to win back his ex-boyfriend by joining a gym to get a better body. What he doesn’t know is that the gym is tied to an ancient Greek cult whose members achieve their physical fitness goals through devious, supernatural means.

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– How did you decide to write the series?
– I go to a gym in West Hollywood full of guys who are so good-looking and muscularly-fit that it’s almost inhuman. This got me thinking: what if they aren’t human? What if there were an entire breed of zombies who just worked out all day and were so handsome it was scary?
– What was the biggest challenge during the write up process?
– Getting my groove back into writing prose was my biggest challenge. For the past two years I’ve been writing screenplays, which can be very Spartan-like in it’s minimalistic approach to storytelling. It was so much fun to get to write dialogue and descriptions that could be longer than just one sentence.
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– Tell us something more about your main character? Is it close to someone from your real life?
– There are bits and pieces of me in all the characters – even the “mean” ones! I relate to Bryan in that I have also felt very alone and isolated in the gay community from time to time. There can be a lot of pressure to look good. And I had my own social-phobia hang-ups about going to the gym for many years – it can be a very intimidating environment. I played up my own insecurities and fears to add to Bryan’s motive to look as physically attractive as possible.
– How much time did you need to finish the book and to publish it?
– About six weeks.
– Who are you?
– I’m Scotty Mullen. Originally from Kansas, I went to school in Atlanta before moving to Los Angeles. My first screenplay was produced earlier this year from The Asylum (the studio behind SHARKNADO.) The movie – THE COED AND THE ZOMBIE STONER – can currently be found on Amazon and Netflix. It’s the best film about a sorority girl who falls in love with a pot-smoking zombie.
– What are your writing habits?
– I try to write for at least two hours every morning, if not more. As long as I get my two writing hours done before the rest of the day crash-lands into my life, I feel good.
– Do you have some other literary works?
– This is my first published book.
– Are you satisfied by the book sales?
GZG already hit the best-selling list for gay short reads on Kindle, so that’s promising! And I already got some readers in the UK and Germany, so that’s also very encouraging. It’s off to a good start.
– When we will see your next book?
– The next installment in the GZG series will be out in early February – just before Valentine’s Day.
– What are you doing to promote your novel by the best possible way?
– I lucked out that a lot of people like the movie I wrote: THE COED AND THE ZOMBIE STONER. Since GZG is in the same kind of vein, I’m reaching out to those fans first.
– You also had a produced screenplay with the movie The Coed and The Zombie Stoner. Tell us more about it?

– That came about very quickly. I wrote a spec script called DOUBLE D ISLAND – which is a topless take on the Hunger Games. The Asylum – the studio famous for SHARKNADO and Z NATION – read it, liked my comedic style, and hired me to write a movie about a college zombie. I wrote the film last year and the movie came out on 4/20/14 exclusively on Xbox. It then hit DVD and Netflix later. What is so gratifying with that movie is the fans all over the world – from Indonesia to Brazil. It still boggles my mind how people all over the globe are able to be entertained by my words.
– You are living in West Hollywood. Is there something special to be so close to the movie world and how it inspires your literary works?
– Being this close to the movie world makes me realize every day that the dream to get work produced and made is possible. It’s not a fantasy. Every day people get up, have their coffee, and go make movies. It’s a very normal job. And there is something satisfying tangible and comforting about that. It makes you realize you’re not crazy – that making money writing is a true reality.
– If you may ask yourself one question in the interview what it will be? (Don’t forget to answer)
– What’s the hardest part about writing a book?
Actually writing it! Damn, it can be tough! But in the end it’s so rewarding. And I’m so grateful for each and every reader of GZG…thank you!!

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Take a look at his debut book:
Gay Zombie Gym: Membership

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About Ognian Georgiev

Ognian Georgiev is a sport journalist, who is working as an editor at the "Bulgaria Today" daily newspaper. He covered the Summer Olympics in Beijing 2008 and in London 2012. The author specializes in sports politics, investigations and coverage of Olympic sports events. Ognian Georgiev works as a TV broadcaster for Eurosport Bulgaria, Nova Broadcasting group, TV+, F+ and TV7. He is a commentator for fight sports events such as boxing/kickboxing and MMA. In May 2014 Ognian Georgiev released the English version of his book The White Prisoner: Galabin Boevski's secret story.

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