Interview with Frank Scully Author of Empty Time
Recently, I had the chance to speak with Frank Scully about his new book, Empty Time. This is an exceptional story that I am sure all of you will love. Take a moment to review our interview, then make sure you head on out and buy his book. Those who saw the last name Scully and were desperately hoping he was related to Dana Scully, I am sad to report they are in no way related.
Joel M. Andre: Hi Frank, thank you for taking the time to sit down with me. Let’s begin this interview by discussing the writers that have inspired your work.
Frank Scully: There are so many. Rex Stout, Dashiell Hammett, Ross, John, and Phillip MacDonald, Mickey Spillane, Robert Parker, Michael Connelly, Walter Mosely, Donald Westlake, and Tony Hillerman all come to mind. But I can’t stop there. There are the English authors I read for many years as well and many of the lesser known authors. If I had to pick one that stands out it would be Rex Stout. I started reading his books so long ago and they got me into mysteries. Archie Goodwin is one of my all-time favorite characters.
JMA: That is a great group of authors. Tony Hillerman was a wonderful man and my mother was a huge fan of his. Now, tell us about what part of the writing process you feel you struggle the most with.
FS: That varies from book to book. Each seems to have its own quirks and difficult parts. Overall the most difficult part for me would be editing. While it is necessary, it is never easy. I’ve worked with several editors on my books and some are easier to work with than others. I’ve finally learned to stand back and look at their editing suggestions with an open mind so that I can recognize what is helpful and what might not be. It has made me a better writer for it. And also made me more critical of books I read when I recognize something that should have been edited out.
JMA: There is always a mixture of people that we work with for sure. Let’s take a moment to look the different honors a book could have. When it comes to your books, what do you think would be the highest honor you could receive for one of your books?
FS: Of course, an Edgar or an Anthony would be wonderful or any of the other major awards for mystery books. But as much as an award would be nice, what I would like to see is my books moving up a list of bestsellers with a lot of positive reader reviews. It is all about having readers enjoy the books.
JMA: That is the goal, to be read. I am sure you won’t have any problems making that happen. Collaborative books have recently increased in popularity over the years. If you could work with someone on a book, who would it be?
FS: Stephen King. He is a master of the craft and I would enjoy learning from him.
JMA: You have good taste. So back to Empty Time, what are you looking for readers to take away from your story?
FS: That empty time exists in our lives. The daily drudgery of making a living can drag us into false loyalties to companies and bosses. Life should have greater meaning.
JMA: That certainly sounds interesting. Now, what genres do you feel show up in your writing?
FS: Absolutely. History, romance, drama, mystery, suspense, action and adventure all mix together in my writing. I can’t imagine a book without all the other elements.
JMA: Let’s talk about the writing process again. Have you ever second guessed yourself?
FS: All the time. From first draft through final, I am second guessing every aspect of my writing from character to plot to dialogue. Only after I have completed final edits do I feel comfortable and stop. Or at least, I am willing to let go and stop the second guessing.
JMA: That is very good approach to the writing process. Now, let’s play a little game. Imagine you are writing your obituary in the future. What will it contain?
FS: Frank Scully kicked the bucket finally. He lived twice as long as he expected and probably four times as long as he deserved, but more importantly, he outlived his enemies. He goes now to meet his parents and leaves behind his beloved wife and twin sons. He was a generous man, especially with free advice which often wasn’t worth the price, and a kind person who always tried to do the right thing. Over the course of his life he was a scholar, a soldier in Vietnam, a lawyer, a businessman and, he hoped, through it all, he was a gentleman and a good husband and father. Perhaps most surprisingly, since he was a man of few words, he was also the author of several books for which he hopes he is fondly remembered by his readers.
JMA: Well, I am certain your readers will remember you. So what are you working on right now?
FS:I have three more books in the Decade Series coming out next year from MuseItUp. Blood Sins, Gravedigger’s Open House and Vacation Man.
I am working on a seventh now tentatively entitled Digital Death. It involves missing persons, outsourcing of work to India, software piracy, international bank skimming, terrorists, spies, and, of course, murder. I wanted to do something different for my main character in this one. A young orphan who survived the boat exodus from Vietnam in the 70’s has grown up to be a remarkable man.
JMA: Well, I hope you remember me when future works come out. I always reading new stuff. Is there anything else you would like to share with your readers?
Publishing has changed dramatically in the last few years. Readers have so many more options today. The quantity of books being published has grown enormously and eBooks now outsell paper. I never imagined this when I started, but it is an exciting time to be a part of the industry. Good luck to every author out there. I hope you find your way to publication and success. Thank you to every reader. I invite you to try my books and hope you enjoy them. Thanks for stopping by and reading the post.
About Frank Scully:
Frank Scully was born and raised in a small town in North Dakota and received a Bachelor’s degree in History with Phi Beta Kappa Honors and a Juris Doctor degree in Law from the University of North Dakota. He then served more than five years as a Judge Advocate General Corps Officer in the U.S. Army in the U.S., Vietnam, and Thailand. After that he attended the prestigious Thunderbird School and received a Masters in Business Administration with honors. In his professional career he has worked as an executive with large aerospace and defense manufacturers and also owned his own small business.
Depending on the vagaries of the universe he has been well off at times and broke, but never broken at other times. Blessed with an understanding wife who gave him twin sons, he has remained through it all a dreamer whose passion is writing stories that will entertain readers.
You can visit Frank’s website at: www.frankjscully.com
About Empty Time:
Jim Lang’s life sputtered into a workaholic rut on a middle rung of the corporate ladder while his colleagues, using his business plan, became the international business titans he once aspired to be.
Bad memories of busted marriages and broken promises are all that keep him company in his personal hours so he is more than willing to sacrifice that empty time to his job to make the corporation grow. His bosses have one more sacrifice in mind for him. To die for them.
Deceived, betrayed and framed for murder and massive stock fraud, his bosses plan for him to die and disappear. Disappear, he does; die, he doesn’t.
Lang must face and conquer his old fears and guilt, and live up to the potential within. To save the people he loves he must put his life on the line to turn the tables on his former colleagues in an inter-continental, multi-billion dollar, fast paced and lethal game of corporate intrigue and treachery with bloody traps and deadly counter traps.