Interview with Scott Bartlett, author of Taking Stock

Publisher: Mirth Publishing

Publication Date: October 15, 2013

Book Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Just as Sheldon Mason is about to end it all, he meets his upstairs neighbour, a drug dealer named Sam. Sam gets him professional help, as well as a job at a local grocery store.

As he struggles to make sense of his life, Sheldon starts to notice something odd about one of his new co-workers, Gilbert Ryan. Gilbert seems to know about Sheldon's mental health issues - in fact, he seems to know secrets about everyone.

And Gilbert sees value in Sheldon...

Interview: Q. Please tell us about the inspiration for your current release.

I’ve always been fascinated by mental illness, and I think there are a lot of misconceptions out there. I also worked in a grocery store for three years, and ended up with a lot of ideas for fiction that takes place in that setting. So in Taking Stock, I combined the two.

Q. How did writing this book affect you?

It was the first time I ever wrote in first person and present tense, which took a while to get used to. The novel took 8 years to complete. As for its reception, the first readers have said they’ve enjoyed it, and that means a lot. Encouragement from readers helps me to carry on writing novels.

Q. Is there anything you haven’t written about that you would like to in the future?

Yes, I haven’t written about where current trends of unbridled corporatism, mass surveillance, and environmental exploitation might take society, so I’m writing about that in my next novel, a dystopia set in the far future called Air Earth.

Q. Which of your characters would you want to be and why?

I wouldn’t want to be any of them so far. Most of them have pretty epic personal problems, which I think is part of what make an interesting character. Not to say I don’t have problems, but I’m used to my set of them, and I like my life. I’ll stay me!

Q. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

Probably computer programming. It’s something I’ve talked about for years, and hope to get started on someday soon.

Q. What are you currently reading?

Amaryllis Night and Day by Russell Hoban.

Q. All of the books you’ve read, which book has impacted you the most?

Gosh, I don’t know that I would be able to choose one. Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King is popping into my mind at the moment.

Q. How do you like to spend your spare time?

Hanging out with my friends and girlfriend, usually playing video or board games, or just chatting. Though I don’t have much spare time – I’m usually either writing or doing something writing-related.

Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thank you so much for all the support. Like every writer, I literally couldn't do this without you. Thank you for trusting me enough to open that first page and expect a good story inside.

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