New York Times Best Selling Author SCOTT SIGLER
Me: When did you first realize that would wanted to be a writer?
Scott: When I was 6 years old, my Dad took me to see the movie KING KONG. I was scared and crying and hiding my eyes the whole time, asking if we could leave. (But since we paid good money for those tickets, no way was my Dad leaving early.) As soon as we got out of the theatre, I wanted to go right back in and see it again. I knew back then I wanted to tell stories that would entertain people.
Me: Did you start out from the beginning wanting to make your work available in podcast? form or was it something that came to you while trying to get published?
Scott: I landed a print deal with an imprint of AOL/TimeWarner, and EARTHCORE was supposed to be out in mass market paperback in May 2002. However, in the post-911 recession, TimeWarner scrapped everything that wasn’t profitable. My imprint wasn’t profitable yet, hence, the whole project was shut down. It took me about three years to get the rights back. By then it was 2005, I discovered podcasting, and thought it was going to be the future of novels, short stories and storytelling.
Me: Do you have any regrets for giving your work away for free? Or do you feel it helped you gain a strong following faster than printed books would have?
Scott: I first heard Cory Doctorow say “piracy isn’t the enemy, obscurity is the enemy”. Giving away high quality versions of my work absolutely had a hand in eventually getting my book deal the way I did, and I don’t have any regrets.
Me: I know it is like picking your favourite child but which of your books/short stories is your favourite/or was the most fun to write?
Scott: The GFL series is the most fun to write, hands down. Or maybe THE CRYPT. Oh, or HUNTER HUNTERSON and SONS. Yeah, it’s impossible to pick. I’ll just say I have the best job in the world and leave it at that.
Me: Were did calling your fans junkies come from?
Scott: From the fans themselves. When EARTHCORE was being podcast back in 2005, I’d get emails saying one episode a week wasn’t enough, and calling it EARTHCRACK. EARTHCRACK spawned Junkies, and the rest is history.
Me: You have always been either ahead of the curve or with the times (audio books podcasting ect) do you think iBooks and Amazons Kindle are the future of publishing? And will they end up causing the book it’s self to become obsolete?
Scott eBooks are not just the future, it’s a future that’s already here. eBooks are changing everything, and faster than I would have imagined. More people are publishing more books and reaching more readers than ever before. And more readers is a good thing. Will it end up causing the end of print publishing? I don’t think print books will go completely away, but I do think they’ll become a premium product.
Me: I have always loved that all of your characters in the pods have their own voices how do you make that happen? and do you wish more audiobooks did that?
Scott: I just try and make each distinguishable from each other, so you don’t have to think much about the reader and can keep your mind in the story. With this amount of output each year, I don’t have a lot of production time, so I just do the best I can and try and keep them all straight in my head. As for other books, I don’t have time these days to listen to a lot of them, but I do think just a little nudge from the reader helps the listener keep their mind in the story.
Me: I love how you use science in your books and back it up and say I researched this first it could happen. Do you find though this makes the books better do you think it makes the process of writing the novel take longer?
Scott: Much, much longer. I have recently written a couple of less-than-reality-based short stories, and they take almost no time at all comparatively. But for me, as a rational thinker, the 99%-reality-based stories just grab me more fully.
Me: You have always done everything you can for your fans do you find it harder to answer every email and do every interview these days being you are so busy?
Scott: It’s impossible actually. I created Dark Øverlord Media with my partner A Kovacs, and she manages most of the scheduling and much of the business side of the business, and still it’s impossible to be as interactive as I used to be. It’s simple math: the more hours in the day I spend writing, the less time I have for everything else.
Right now I’m under contract for two full-length novels a year, basically, so that leaves much less time for other things. The days of saying yes to every single request are long gone, essentially a victim to it’s own success. I write full time, still put out a free podcast episode each Sunday, and publish at least one hardcover and one ebook a year, sometimes two hardcovers a year. I also have to make time for my family and personal life, so something’s got to give.
Me: You have ruled the podcast/podiobooks world became a New York Times best selling author whats next for you? (movies / TV)
Scott We’re working on several fronts: graphic novel in the works, a couple of screenplays circulating, and a whole bunch of video/web series I want to make if and when I am not under dual deadlines. Hopefully in 2012 you’ll see some of the work we’re doing now start to pay off.