AUTHOR: Scott R. Caseley
BOOK TITLE: Isosceles
PUBLISHER: MuseItUp Publishing
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Tell me a little about your book.
Trey Goodsby, a troubled young man of nineteen is found dead by his best friend Sean McIntyre. While Sean looks over his lifeless body, the story goes back in time thirteen years and we see how they met, what trials and tribulations they both go through together as well as separately. We are also introduced to Madeline Edwards, an individual who grew up with them and uncover what if anything she had to do with his death. The story then delves into the effect the death has on Sean and the rest of Trey’s family and friends.
What gave you the idea for this particular story?
In my early twenties, I lost a number of people around my age and I started asking myself questions about mortality and friendship. Why is a person idealized after they pass away? When someone dies unexpectedly, is it normal to wonder if we really knew him or her at all?
Are you a full-time writer or part-time, and how do you organize your writing time?
I try to write 35 to 40 hours a week, especially when I’m writing something long form. I divide up the day between exercise and writing, my two biggest passions. I wake up in the morning, make some mental notes, take a shower, write some notes down, do yoga or walk on the treadmill, write for several hours based on my notes and try to write a couple thousand words, do another exercise, and finish out the day either revising what I wrote, or writing a bit more.
When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?
As a second grader, our class was given an assignment to use our imagination to tell a story. After a first draft, we were able to have it ‘published’ which meant it would be rewritten in our best penmanship, glued into two pieces of fabric for binding and accompanied by our own illustrations of the action. Throughout the year, I wrote about ten more stories, and enjoyed the process so much that I have spent many, many years writing more stories. Though I hope to accomplish many things in my career, nothing can replace the satisfaction of that first ‘publishing’ experience in room 303.
What do you hope readers will take from your writing?
The worst feeling in the world when dealing with a personal crisis is the feeling of isolation.,
I hope people will see that they face their struggles, and difficulties in life, there’s always people out there going through the same things, or something very similar.
Which genres do you write, which do you prefer, and why?
I wrote Young Adult, mystery, and romance. I like young adult best because it really makes the other two work better for the stories I tell. The curiosity we have when were young lends itself to my characters finding the intrigue of an investigation or love of some sort. It also helps when having the characters learn how to be more fearless when either pursuing answers to a mystery, or exploring their first love.
What is the toughest part about being a writer and how do you get past it?
When you’re writing your first draft, you want to just keep going, but the temptation is always there to go back and correct as you go. The past way I have found to curb it so far is to tell myself that at the end of the day, I’ll be able to have a complete thought down on paper than a series of second thoughts. That’s what the next day should be for.
Is there anything in your story based upon a real life event? If so, tell me about it.
I used to play MASH as a kid, go bowling on Saturday nights as a teen, used to go sledding behind my house, so most of those things were based on memories. My friends and I also used to frequent a corner convenience store down the road from my house. Those I’d say are the closest things to my life.
How much is your protagonist like you? How different?
As a kid, I didn’t play sports well, I was more drawn into the world of make believe be it in a book, or a film. I spent a lot of my time alone reading a book underneath a tree. He’s most different from me because I was never as shy as him with my closest friends.
What kind of research did you do for this type of story?
I studied the causes and reasons of suicide quite a bit, as well as learning the different ways that people with depression issues would lash out for attention. I also studied the layouts of certain settings to give them as accurate a description as possible, so that my characters would be in a definite sense of place to have their story told. Mostly though, I figured many of the plot elements like first love, friendship, marriage, divorce, and the trails an tribulations of childhood and adolescence were things I could write about based on what I went through or saw others go through.
What about your book makes it special?
I’d like to think the honesty of my characters. I strove to make everything they said, or held back as well as all the actions they chose to take or abstain from be completely in line with how I felt people in real life with similar traits would handle the same situations. This involved a lot of tweaking, taking out scenes that wouldn’t work because while they may have had some redeeming qualities, they just weren’t true to who my characters were. However, if at the end of the day, if someone reading my book says, ‘I feel like I’m like Sean, Madeline, or Trey,’ then I will feel like I did my job well.
What is your marketing plan?
Right away, after typing the final punctuation mark, I started to think about what people were doing in the publishing world to promote themselves. A lot of them were doing interviews, submitting their work for review, and a thing that I found interesting, writing guest spots on people’s blogs. While the rejection letters were pouring in from publishers, I kept up my confidence by reading other people’s tales of getting rejected and finding their perseverance to continue until they got a bite. Then, finally when I landed my own contract, I started to seek out blogs I could do interviews, original works, and more on. I also contacted a company called The World Of Ink Network to set up a virtual tour to coincide with the release. Both of these led me to land close to fifty appearances on blogs, news websites, and on the radio to promote the book. Plus, I’ve been fortunate enough to also co-host a The Jordan Rich Show in Boston during one of his semiannual Book Club episodes.
Where can people learn more about you and your work?
I have a writer fan page I frequently update at https://www.facebook.com/ScottRCaseleyWriter, you can follow me on Twitter @scottrcaseley, or visit my blog, https://www.scottrcaseleyauthor.com. If you’d like to see all the past interviews, blog entries I’ve written, plus a listing of my reviews, please visit my author page at The World of Ink Network, http://tinyurl.com/c85xoz4
Any tips for new writers hoping to write in the genre of your book?
If you write believable, entertaining, engaging characters, you’ll find the right way to tell your story, and readers will like your book a lot by bonding with your fictional friends.
What’s in the future for you?
I’m currently writing a novel that is a romantic comedy caper adventure spanning across New England using the technique of polyphony I learned about after reading A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan. I’m a very goal-oriented person, and right now, a big goal of mine is to one day write for HBO, Showtime, or Netflix.
SYNOPSIS: When he finds his best friend Trey Goodsby dead and almost completely submerged in a bathtub filled with bloody water, Sean McIntyre is determined to find out if it was an accident or suicide. Did his death accidental or intentional have anything to do with Madeline Edwards, the woman who came between them constantly through their thirteen-year friendship? The tale begins with the death of Trey Goodsby, and explores his relationships with family, friends, his romances, and which of the circumstances he found himself in that led to the tragic event, and the repercussions for those he left behind.