Friday, October 29, 2010
Five Semi-Random Questions with SCOTT PHILLIPS
Scott Phillips, author of The Ice Harvest, The Walkaway, and Cottonwood, is a man whose deceptively sweet nature masks a twisted soul. I mean that in the best possible way. He'll be at Noircon next week, but took a few minutes to answer five semi-random questions about his life and his newest book.
1. What sport did you play in high school?
None. I did not play any sport. I was a nerd.
2. What kind of car do you drive right now?
A sleek 2005 Hyundai Accent.
3. Do you currently have any pets?
I do not. The last one died and I didn’t replace it. It was a cat. A really obnoxious cat.
4. What’s your favorite place you ever lived?
Bordeaux, 2006. I was there for a couple of months, as writer in residence in the Department of Gironde. I had to go talk to libraries and schools, and be interviewed frequently by my friend Christophe Dupuis, a bookseller and scholar. It was great. I wish they’d ask me again. It helped that I spoke French, so they didn’t have to hire an interpreter.
5. Briefly describe your new book and how readers can get it.
RUT is the story of a small town in Colorado, 40 years from now, as it spirals toward extinction. It’s the story of a place and a time where nothing really works any more, and I hope it’s a funny book about decline and fall. It is available from Concord Free Press. Readers are asked to donate to charity in exchange for receiving a free book, and report their donations at www.concordfreepress.com. At the moment, Concord Free Press is the only place the book is available.