Welcome to WOLF NOTES, where interview questions stray from the rest of the pack. It’s nice to know the usual stuff like where an author gets their inspiration and why they write, but sometimes we need a little fun in our lives.
Wolf: Scott Fowler is visiting us today. Tell a something about yourself.
Scott: Ever since I could remember I wanted to be a writer. Over my forty odd years on this Earth, I’ve written quite a bit and continue to do so when my home and work life allow. I reside in Jessup, MD with my wife and son.
Wolf: If you could be any animal in the universe, what would it be and why?
Scott: I always thought wolves were cool. Especially those lone wolves that roam the forest by themselves.
Wolf: I just so happen to like wolves as well. What is the strangest food you’ve ever eaten?
Scott: I usually eat pretty normal Americana food. I supposed the alligator steak I once ate is about the strangest. Should we count all the flies and spiders we end up eating every night as we sleep?
Wolf: No. Definitely not. If you had to pick a weapon, what would it be and why?
Scott: Nothing works better than a good sword at your side, ancient, powerful, and sturdy. A well-made sword can be beautiful and practical.
Wolf: I agree. What is the nicest thing you’ve ever done to your characters?
Scott: I’m generally not very nice to my characters. I see truth in the troubles one goes through rather than in one’s accomplishments. I supposed giving a lonely teenager a loving relationship was the nicest thing I’ve ever done to a character.
Wolf: Aww. What is the meanest thing you’ve ever done to your characters?
Scott: Too many mean things to choose from, actually. I suppose luring a college student to the basement of his professor so he could be decapitated was pretty high up there. I once trapped a man in a world of solid ice where he was stuck in a tiny space trying to survive. That story will be in my forthcoming book.
Wolf: Gives me chills. You’ve just been turned into a plant. Describe yourself.
Scott: I’m small bush, rotting, with long roots under the surface spreading out in every direction, searching for moisture that isn’t there.
Wolf: Do you consider yourself a cat person, or a dog person?
Scott: Since I’m allergic to cats, that pretty much makes me a dog person.
Wolf: Sorry. While walking in the woods you come across…
Scott: An abandoned cemetery from decades (perhaps even centuries) gone. The ground is now more swamp than solid making the tombstones half-sunken in the ground and cockeyed this way and that. It’s dusk. The sun’s about to disappear under the horizon. At this point, your imagination will conjure up images of what happens in this graveyard at night. And you don’t want to be there.
Wolf: True statement. If you could have a super power, what would it be?
Scott: I’ve always liked Spider-man’s ability to climb walls. Then again, I’ve always liked the sensuality of the vampire. Bram Stoker had Dracula climbing walls so maybe the powers of a classic gothic vampire (no sparkling) would be good.
Wolf: Speaking of gothic, there is a door at the end of a dark, damp corridor. You hear rumbling. What do you do?
Scott: For God’s sake, don’t open the door!
Wolf: What five items would you want to have in a post-cataclysmic world?
Scott: A good sword, a good book, pen and paper, good music, and my family by my side.
Wolf: Which of your characters is your favorite?
Scott: Kenny Myer from Back Looks The Abyss has a special place in my heart. He came from very deep within me and has the most of who I am as part of him than of any of my other characters. I believe it’s very difficult for a writer to create characters that don’t have some aspect of themselves incorporated with them. Some, obviously, incorporate more than others.
Wolf: So true. Describe a meal you would be served while visiting another world.
Scott: Since I am primarily a horror writer, this could go in any number of frightening directions. I supposed being served another human being would be a “meal.”
Wolf: Ick. What is your favorite body of water and why? (river, ocean, waterfall, puddle, bottle…)
Scott: I’ve always found the ocean to be a fountain of good stories, out in the middle of nowhere, fighting nature or each other just to survive. There’s much above and below the surface that lends itself to great story telling.
Wolf: Who influences you the most in your writing?
Scott: It’s hard to write horror without some sort of influence by Stephen King. He’s had such a huge impact on the genre, it can’t be ignored. I’ve read King since I was child and particularly love his short fiction. Of course, I’ve been influenced by other writers. I gain a huge amount of inspiration from anthology television shows like The Twilight Zone, Night Gallery, and Tales From the Darkside.
Wolf: Glad you could stop by. Connect with Scott Fowler through his website: https://scottwfowler6.wixsite.com/fowlerfunnyfarm
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