Where did the inspiration for Scoop
Iíve always been interested in news. I was a broadcast major for awhile. Then I saw the movie Broadcast News and knew this was definitely not what I wanted to do for a living.
I think that I also see how much comedy can come from the news business. Anchor blunders are some of the funniest bloopers youíll ever see. Itís really amazing more doesnít go wrong in a newscast.
But beyond the comedy, I also wanted to explore our perception of the world through the eyes of our local news.
Is Scoop the beginning of a series?
Yes, itís the first book, but the series can be read in any order. Each book in the Occupational Hazards Series can stand alone.
Is any part of Scoop factual?
Not really, except what I researched about the industry. I made most of the story up, and the parts that are true Iíve cleverly disguised.
Do you prefer to write contemporary fiction?
Yeah. I think thatís my sweet spot.
What are some of the challenges you face as an author?
I think that the perception of an authorís life is sitting near a large bay window overlooking an ocean/mountain/river, sipping some warm drink in a black turtleneck with a pencil stuck behind the ear. Some people think of it as serene. Itís truly not. But most of the battle is internal, in the mind. Or it is encompassed within timeÖworking against a deadline when the story is not flowing smoothly. There are so many things to keep track of when youíre creating the novelÖthe characters, the plot, the setting, the paceÖit all has to wrap up neatly in the end, which is why thereís such a thing as first draft, second draft, forty-eighth draft.
And, like everything else, life can get complicated, and sometimes itís hard to be creative when chaos is erupting.
How long did Scoop take you to complete?
About six months to write the first draft.
How much research did Scoop take?
Quite a bit. I talked to several people in the industry, and drew upon my own college experience. I really wanted to capture the ďcultureĒ of the industry, to find out what kinds of people work there and why. It was fun research. People like talking about their jobs, and I love listening.
Do you have a favorite character? Why?
In Scoop, I think my favorite is Ray. Heís a complicated person. To him, his faith is simple yet complex, and heís trying to balance that within the boundaries of love and work and personal conviction.
But Gilda is an awful lot of fun, too.