Posted by Ognian Georgiev
We are happy to introduce at Land of Books our next guest Scott Allan Morrison, one of the best technology reporter in the past 20 years.
– How did you decide to write the story?
– What was the biggest challenge during the write up process?
– I spent many years at the Financial Times, which places a premium on clear, concise writing (in addition to great ideas and reporting, of course!). There was no room for color, adjectives, even quotes. So when I switched to fiction, it took some time to learn how to let my words flow freely.
– Tell us something more about your main characters Sergio and Malina? Are they close to someone from your real life?
– Sergio and Malina are composites of various people I know in real life, with a little fabrication thrown in.
– How much time did you need to finish the story and to publish it?
– Would you tell the story how your manuscript went to Thomas & Mercer and how you joined forces to work together on the project?
– Who are you?
– News junkie, outdoors lover, traveler, hockey fan.
– What are your writing habits?
– Night owl.
– Are you satisfied by the interest and pre-sales of your book?
– I had no idea what to expect, but the reviews on Amazon suggest readers are really responding to it so I certainly can’t complain.
– What are you doing to promote your book by the best possible way?
– Everything I can think of. Social media, bookstore readings, contributed articles, bugging book reviewers, asking other authors to write blurbs, and shouting from mountaintops.
– When we will see your next novel and would you unveil something more about it?
– It’s a secret. 😉
– You worked for many years as financial reporter. Would you rate the three most important events in the past 25 years in the digital world?
– Oooph, there are too many key moments/events/trends to count, but I’ll go with:
1) The creation of the World Wide Web at CERN and the subsequent browser wars
2) The rise of user-generated content/social media
3) The day Google announced it was going to scan the contents of all our emails and we said, “uh, okay, I guess.”
– Writing is writing, but what are the differences between working daily on newspaper articles and plotting a story for a novel?
– In addition to the differences in writing style, the biggest challenge was summoning the perseverance to tackle such a long-term project. Newspaper articles are written in hours, books not so much.
– If you may ask yourself one question in the interview what it will be?
– Q: What’s your favorite book? A: Gary Larson’s The Far Side Gallery.
Take a look at his book