Monday, October 18, 2010

Q & A with Scott Nicholson AND giveaway


If you haven't read my review of Speed Dating with the Dead then head over and check it out! I was able to interview Scott, and so with out further delay:

BCM:
What got you into attending the supernatural conferences?

SN: I'd always been interested in the supernatural, from both a folkloric and spiritual perspective. As a reporter, I went on a ghost hunt with a local paranormal team and became fascinated by the psychology and whatever science there might be in the activity. Instead of forming a group, I decided it would be more fun to bring 100 ghost hunters together in a haunted novel, going in as a social experiment as much as a parapsychology research effort.

BCM: You mention on your site that Speed Dating with the Dead was based on a conference you went to, what happened that spurred this awesome book?

SN: Ghost hunters are a diverse group, and I love hearing perspectives that range from sheer schizophrenia to quantum theory. Of course, I couldn't resist writing the novel Speed Dating with the Dead based on those experiences. The main character Digger Wilson is a slightly cynical guy who blends showmanship with an interest in ghosts, as well as his own flawed past. Group psychology really comes into play during team hunts, especially when strangers are hunting together.

BCM: What got you into writing, was it something you always wanted to do?

SN: I always knew I was going to be a writer when I grew up. I just didn't think it would take me so long to grow up! Actually, I'm still working on that. Though I took a few detours along the way, I was always into some sort of creative endeavor and moving toward this egotistical, all-consuming path called "aspiring writer." I don't think anyone ever gets past "aspiring."

BCM: What would you tell a budding writer?

SN: If you're a real writer, it doesn't make one bit of difference what I tell you. I could give you a list of everything you should do and only half of it would be useful, and neither of us would know which half. You make your own path in this game, you build your own ladders and rainbows, and there are no blueprints. Go for it and never look back.

BCM: What are the benefits of doing electronic books vs hard copies?

SN: There are too many to list if you are either a reader or a writer. Readers presumably get cheap, instant content in an unlimited supply and of endless diversity. Writers get a direct market with readers, instant connections, and a large percentage of the selling price as income. There's no overhead, so those prices should stay low and the money primarily swapped between the reader and the writer and not a thousand different corporations and gatekeepers. On the downside, ebooks don't work too well when you're soaking in the bathtub.


Scott Nicholson is author of 12 novels, including the thrillers Speed Dating with the Dead, Drummer Boy, Forever Never Ends, The Skull Ring, As I Die Lying, Burial to Follow ,and They Hunger. His revised novels for the U.K. Kindle are Creative Spirit, Troubled, and Solom. He’s also written four comic series, six screenplays, and more than 60 short stories. His story collections include Ashes, The First, Murdermouth: Zombie Bits, and Flowers.

Scott is also hosting an awesome giveaway!


To be eligible for the Kindle DX, simply post a comment below with contact info. Feel free to debate and discuss the topic, but you will only be entered once per blog. Visit all the blogs on the tour and increase your odds. I’m also giving away a Kindle 3 through the tour newsletter and a Pandora’s Box of free e-books to a follower of “hauntedcomputer” on Twitter. Thanks for playing. Complete details at http://www.hauntedcomputer.com/blogtour.htm

86 comments:

  1. please enter me
    raluk.93 at gmail (dot) com

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  2. Count me in too please!

    vicky.vak8(at)gmail.com

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  3. Fantastic! I'd love to be entered to win. ....Tiffypoot @ (aol.com)

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  4. eReaders are perfect in the bath tub, just pull out a zip lock bag. Nice thing is you don't have to worry about flipping pages, simply click a button.

    randymir@gmail.com

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  5. on and on, around the web we go. Where we stop, only Scott knows. :)

    calseeor (at) gmail (dot) com

    PS: There are some sound effects on this page that I couldn't find to shut off. Sounds like thunder as well as the wind sound from when an avatar flys in Second Life.

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  6. Ebooks are to the publishing industry what iPods are to the music industry. Any one see a music store on every corner like it was a few years ago. Now people will embrace the whole down load your entertainment to a device and instantly enjoy it. Scott one of the leaders in this and has great advice for new writers.

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  7. I've always wanted to attend a paranormal conference or a ghost hunt, but if it's going to turn out like the one in Speed Dating with the Dead, I think I'll pass. :P

    -Neal

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  8. Thanks for the chance to win.
    bkhabel at gmail dot com

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  9. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Oh, and like the advice to aspiring writers...right on! :)

    kt1969 at comcast dot net

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  10. Hi Scott
    Thanks
    Candy
    dragonfly1976@gmail.com

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  11. nice interview!
    anamlgrl@yahoo.com

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  12. I would love to go on ghost hunt. I don't believe, but it would be cool to hang around those who do.

    sstogner1@triad.rr.com

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  13. OK - another book I need to download and read! My to be read stack is growing ever larger!

    dulcibelle [at] earthlink [dot] net

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  14. I never read in the bathtub anyway. I cringe when I see someone putting damp fingerprints in a book.

    bluefrog62@yahoo.com

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  15. I like what you said about making your own path. So true!
    bmcbroom@gmail.com

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  16. Interesting interview.

    Wakincade AT gmail DOT com

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  17. I love ebooks and just added five new stories to my reader over the weekend.

    Please enter me in the contest.


    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

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  18. Fantastic!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com
    @coriwestphal

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  19. Great contest!


    monacart32 at hotmail dot com

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  20. I liked what Randy said about ereaders in the tub. Just put it in a ziploc bag. It would be nice to be able to just click for the next page and not need both hands.

    candace_redinger at yahoo dot com

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  21. Interesting interview. And and ebook in the tub? No, doesn't work for me. lol

    Count me in the giveaway!

    LaQuiet(at)gmail(dot)com

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  22. I'm not the soak-in-the-bath type of girl, so that doesn't hinder me. I'm also not the ghost hunting type, just too skeptical. But I will be reading Scott's Ashes on Halloween in the spirit of the holiday.

    I did experience one of the best Kindle features this weekend though, at my son's marching band competition, out in the bright sun. With 10 minutes or so in between each band, I got in quite a bit of reading, super easy on my Kindle. But when I checked my smart phone, I had to take off my sunglasses and shade the screen.

    lorraine_lanning[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  23. Good interview. Still waiting for the proliferation of e-books in my neck of the woods. Attended an e-book/audiobook seminar a couple of weeks ago--only one other person showed. Yikes.

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  24. ebooks don't work well in the shower either. when i was a kid and didn't want to put my book down, I'd bring the book in the shower with me and hold it above my head while reading. hey, it made perfect sense when i was a kid.

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  25. Great post. Thanks for the chance to win!

    ashleysbookshelf[at]gmail[dot]com

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  26. Another great stop!

    i.pearson@comcast.net

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  27. Great interview. Thanks for sharing.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  28. BCM: What would you tell a budding writer?

    SN: If you're a real writer, it doesn't make one bit of difference what I tell you. I could give you a list of everything you should do and only half of it would be useful, and neither of us would know which half. You make your own path in this game, you build your own ladders and rainbows, and there are no blueprints. Go for it and never look back.

    Wonderful response! That almost goes for any profession (especially teaching), but having a willing mentor is always a great idea, there are so many things that people have figured out that it would be nice to take the easy, less painful way. I try learn lots from my mistakes but I appreciate hearing what others have experienced and avoided.

    Ashes for Halloween - sounds like a goal!

    Jeff White whitejw@ameritech.net

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  29. and we meet again... YES I AM stalking you on your blog tour Scott!
    emily_erickson@yahoo.com

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  30. Great advice...there are a thousand paths to a destination.

    jamesemr (at) gmail (dot) com

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  31. I never read in the bathtub!

    kissinoak at frontier dot com

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  32. Another great place to visit!

    chey127 at hotmail dot com

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  33. boy, i'm glad i don't have to worry about speed dating (with living or dead)!
    spvaughan@yahoo.com

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  34. you'll have to invest in some kind of waterproof device for your kindle scott so you can enjoy your reading in the tub in style. nice interview here.
    All the best,
    Julie
    pjtansey@hotmail.com

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  35. I enjoyed the interview and look forward to more.

    Thanks,
    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

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  36. Love my Kindle and am enjoying the Scott Nicholson tales:-)

    skeltons3 at hotmail dot com

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  37. It's getting closet to Halloween. Give me a Scott Nicholson book and a flashlight!

    dwdorow@gmail.com
    ThrillersRus.blogspot.com

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  38. I'll not need a a waterproof kindle, I never read in the bathtub .

    dekad1(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  39. Thought I'd check on Scott's progress - will hold back the deserved rave review - read him yourself. Since I live in a VERY haunted city (& I am The Haunted City Writer) I HAVE been on ghost hunts - creepy, 'specially when the EMF meters start blinkin' & buzzin'. Very good interview.

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  40. I saw a new program the other night talking about a school that issued all of it's students Kindles with their text books already downloaded on them. No more 100 lb. book bags for those students.

    Would've loved to have had one on my trip to CT today. I had to settle for the paper copy of "The Drummer Boy." Oh well, still a great read.

    Scott, too!

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  41. I'm so afraid that I'll drop a book in the tub.
    kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com

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  42. Just arrived in Switzerland. I'm telling you having a Kindle reader on the plane made the 10 hour trip go twice as fast. I can also report that the global version of the Kindle reader does work in Europe. You can download books from Amazon.com without paying an extra fee. GREAT!
    I read Speed Dating with the Dead and it's a fun, creepy book, just perfect for this time of the year. Now for that coffee. Nurturing my jetlag.
    Christa
    cpolkinhorn@msn.com

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  43. this is cool!

    regards,

    maidenhealer@hotmail.com

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  44. Thanks Scott--count me in for the Kindle!
    Paul
    mrlucky@charter.net

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  45. I love ebooks :)

    inannajourney at gmail.com

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  46. I would LOVE a Kindle DX. Thanks for the opportunity to win one! :)

    P.S. Click on my name for my contact info. ;)

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  47. This is one of your books that I haven't read yet- it's on my tbr list though :). I used to think I would like to go on a ghost hunt but not so sure now- I think I would lack the patience.

    waitmantwillie at hotmail dot com

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  48. I'm longing for an ereader so I can download some of these awesome books I've been reading about and actually read them!

    Margay1122(at)aol(dot)com

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  49. If you host more paranormal conferences, maybe I'll eventually get to attend one. varbonoff22 at cox dot net

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  50. Another good interview, Scott.

    dalelmurphy(at)gravesidetales(dot)com

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  51. I'm looking forward to winning the kindle.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  52. Interesting stuff.
    teawench at gmail dot com

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  53. Thanks, once again.

    byonge@lonepinetv.com

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  54. Thanks agian...too.
    dorcontest at gmail dot com

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  55. Nice Reading about you again.Don't take Bath do Not read will taking one yjust take shower I know you Realy wanted to know that.What ever I do so want a Kindle Here is hoping I get one someday.
    sasluvbooks(at)yahoo.com

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  56. I would love to be entered!
    littlebearries@yahoo.com

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  57. hmmm, bet I can guess whose comment got deleted... MONSTER!!!
    lol
    Gail in Florida
    cowgirl3000 AT gmail DOT com

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  58. what is it with that dude anyways.

    hancoci_s at msn dot com

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  59. great interview... thanks for sharing!

    stephanie(dot)pridgen(at)gmail(dot)com

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  60. I've been finding my own path, but boy have I zig-zagged. However, I recently got 5 stars from Midwest Book Review so it feels like I'm at least heading in the right direction.

    Twitter: MachineTrooper
    http://twofistedblogger.blogspot.com

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  61. I would love to read the Kindle in the tub! ;)


    purposedrivenlife4you at gmail dot com

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  62. Put the e-reader in a baggie and you can even read e-books in the tub!

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  63. Entering, thanks!

    bunkercomplexATgmailDOTcom

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  64. Great tour! Thanks for the chance.

    dlodden at frontiernet dot net

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  65. I am glad to see that ebooks are not just benefitting the reader. I had not thought about how much more profit could be seen by the author without all the overhead from publishing paper and hardback novels. I quite like that the cost is lower and storage space is not an issue with the ebooks.

    kellysydow at yahoo dot com

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  66. Hey Scott,

    I have a copy of Speed Dating with the Dead and all I need now is a Kindle to read it on.

    Well, okay I could read it on my Kindle for PC program, but i think it would be much nicer to read it on a Kindle of my one -- one that can move around the house or go with me to work and stuff.

    Thanks for the chance to win,
    Greg "The Undead Rat" Fisher

    theundeadrat (@) gmail (.) com

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  67. Great interview! I really like your advice for aspiring writers. I'm getting ready to embark on NaNoWriMo so that's good advice for me!

    truebookaddictATgmailDOTcom

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  68. lol...I think I read too much in the shower for an ebook...as you pointed out, its not a great idea.

    jlynettes @ hotmail . com

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  69. I am playing catchup again on the blog tour. This is a really good interview! And I love this site - I will definitely be back to this one...

    dreamer dot ima at gmail dot com

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  70. I disagree about always being an “aspiring writer,” in the context you put forth, but I get what you’re saying.

    To me, an “aspiring writer” is someone who wants to be a writer but never actually writes anything and/or only writes here and there. Whether published or not, a writer is someone who writes regularly. Same as with an artist being someone who regularly creates art, and a chef is someone who regularly creates with food.

    But thus is the downside of this business, isn’t it? It’s hard to go from aspiring writer to actual writer when one lets life gets in the way and, eventually, lets life become their excuse for not actually following a creative path. Thus is the tale of woe for many writers out there.

    Writing is a game of doing, and doing is a way of life.

    Otherwise you’re just dreaming.

    Coscomentertainment [at] gmail [dot] com

    www.canisterx.com

    POSSESSION OF THE DEAD and ZOMBIE FIGHT NIGHT available for the Amazon Kindle. Grab your copies here!

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  71. Doing my weekend round in keeping up with the tour!

    Jesse
    conrad.jd (at) gmail (dot) com

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  72. Hopefully this is within 7 days! I thought the comment had to be made the SAME day and I got started late on the tour. Maybe this one will count, maybe it won't. :(

    Write2Bev@gmail.com

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  73. great interview. thanks again

    stephanie(.)pridgen(@)gmail(.)com

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  75. Don't know if comment took.....


    Thanks again...

    MY EMAIL

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  76. I just discovered your books thanks to my Swiss author friend who told me about them. I just finished The Red Church and couldn't put it down. I can't wait to read your others. And I'm looking forward to getting a glimpse of your feminine side through October Girl.

    I'd love to win a kindle too! Please enter me, dmb@summitpartnersllc.com

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  77. sailorwind@gmail.com

    sailorwind at gmail dot com

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  78. I'd love to win!
    leeannafatovic@bellsouth.net

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  79. Who knew supernatural conferences existed, man I'm learning new things as this tour advances.
    hmhenderson AT yahoo dOT com

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  80. Thanks for entering, everyone, entries here capped at 81.

    @dmb thank Christa for me!

    Glad to see all the new people on the tour! Don't forget to sign up for the newsletter and tell your friends about my books to increase your chances of winning.

    Scott

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  81. BTW Monster is a friend of mine--we've been doing that for years--but the bloggers who don't know him think he's attacking me! I asked him to join the tour as a sort of hillbilly court jester--it's all part of the fun.

    Scott

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  82. Hi Scott..
    I am enjoying following your blog tour..
    Best of luck to you with your books..
    :)

    baby_blackroze@yahoo.com

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  83. hi, scott, i'm almost caught up spvaughan@yahoo.com

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