Is this your first time writing about corvids and/or scarecrows?
“If I Only had an Autogenic Cognitive Decision Matrix” was my first time writing about a scarecrow. It was also my first foray into science fiction. Prior to this story, I’d only written horror-comedy. So I guess it just kinda figures that my sci-fi story would have a little humor and horror rolled in…
Do you nibble as you write? If so what’s your favorite snack food?
I’m a nibbler, and my favorite snack is a gigantic Rice Krispie treat. From a practical standpoint, it tends to be a bit of a hassle. I have a touch-screen laptop. Coating my fingers with melty, gooey marshmallow makes for a helluva messy screen. Even so, it’s totally worth it.
Do you have any odd habits or childhood stories?
When I was seven or eight years old, the older neighborhood boys Kevin and Brad convinced me that Brad was a hypnotist. He’d ‘hypnotize’ me by having me hang my head down and press on the sides of my neck really hard.
I’d pass out. When I’d come to, they’d tell me I’d been hypnotized and did crazy fun things.
So that summer was happily spent repeatedly depriving my brain of oxygen. Ah, youth…
What is your best marketing tip?
Quality over quantity, especially with social media. A few “social media influencers” are worth more than a bunch of followers. Cultivate relationships with a few key people that have a lot of influence. If they become an advocate for your work, you’ll see more success than if you have 10,000 unengaged followers.
What genre is your next project? What is it about?
I’m working on the third book of my Monsters in the Midwest series. It’s a horror-comedy series that centers on a group of friends in a small, northern Wisconsin town. One becomes a vampire (book one), the next becomes a werewolf (book 2), and the third becomes a zombie (book 3). In the third book, Stanley decides that the only hope he has to be cured of his zombieness is to find the aliens that abducted him in high school. He’s helped along the way by his vampire and werewolf pals. I don’t want to share any spoilers, but there will be plenty of laughs, a few scares, at least one shoot-out with an ancient order of monsters hunters and ‘special ops’ commandos, a love story or two, more supernatural characters, and aliens.
Scott Burtness lives in the Midwest with his wonderful wife, Liz, and their boxer-pitt mix, Frank. He enjoys beer, bowling, karaoke, horror, and rooting for the underdog. After not nearly enough consideration, he decided to write about the things he enjoys. You’re welcome.
Amazon Author Central: http://www.amazon.com/Scott-Burtness/e/B00HZO7REG
Wisconsin Vamp (Monsters in the Midwest, Book 1): http://www.amazon.com/Wisconsin-Monsters-Midwest-Scott-Burtness-ebook/dp/B00HXO0WQI
Northwoods Wolfman (Monsters in the Midwest Book 2): http://www.amazon.com/Northwoods-Wolfman-Monsters-Midwest-Book-ebook/dp/B00X2VB5E4