SCOTT FROST tells us Where Stories Come From

Written by Scott Frost



Scott Frost

 

 

Run The Risk, CoverAs someone who writes crime fiction it seems a natural question to ask – the creative process being as much a mystery as the books themselves.  Having never been a journalist the notion that a story can come out of a headline or research is an alien idea, not a bad one by any means, just one that is beyond my field of experience. Trying to base fiction on fact feels like putting the horse before the cart. And the old idea that you write what you know is probably one that came from a harassed teacher spending too many days staring into the faces of students who expected to actually learn something.  One doesn’t have to go any further than a bathroom mirror to realize that relying on the sum of your own knowledge would rarely get you past page five, and that would be on a good day.

   

            Or at least that is what I thought until I began thinking about NEVER FEAR.  OK that’s not entirely true, but it is a little bit true.  While it didn’t exactly come from something I know, it did come from memory – one very specific one in this case – that happily had little to do with the events and characters that unfold in the book.

 

            I was eight years old, give or take, watching an old black and white movie on television one summer afternoon at my grandmother’s house in upstate New York.  It was a monster movie, to be specific a low budget, badly made B-movie entitled War of the Colossal Beast.

 

            I was happily sitting on the couch, eating popcorn, (though I may have added that part over time) when the monster, a creation that looked oddly like a cycloped Walter Mathau grown to gigantic proportions, began attacking the Griffith Park Observatory.  As the city fought back, the screen cut to a lone police dispatcher desperately calling on all available units to respond to the monster.  The dispatcher was my father.  I stared in disbelief for a moment, then jumped off the couch and started screaming, ‘that’s dad,’ and then he was gone.  Eight seconds of screen time at most that turned into forty years of memory and, eventually, the opening scene of the book where Alex sees her father, an actor, who disappeared from her life when she was a child, in a film.

 

            Late in his career my father played George Castanza’s father-in-law to be on Seinfeld. In one memorable moment he rode around Central Park in a horse drawn carriage driven by Kramer who had just fed the horse a very large can of beans.  I can’t wait to find out where this memory will end up someday in my writing.  So write what you know, or at least remember, because you never know where a book is hiding.

 

© 2006 Scott Frost 

Buy Online


 


A big thriller coming to the UK in January 2007 from Headline is ‘Never Fear’ by Scott Frost followed by his debut thriller ‘Run the Risk’ in August – so Shots Ezine decided to find out a little about this very interesting writer.

order abortion pill online abortion pill buy abortion pills online
i dream my husband cheated on me why do wife cheat how many women cheat on husbands
online open why women cheat on men
dilatation and curettage abortions pictures surgical abortion stories
instant chlamydia test buy gonorrhea treatment online chlamydia symptoms in women
android text monitoring app best free spy app spyware android phone
why married men cheat reasons people cheat My husband cheated on me
my husband cheated open women cheat on their husbands
i want an affair click my wife cheated on me with my father
why do men have affairs affair dating sites cheaters
discount prescription osgtool.com walgreen online coupons
temovate tube link furosemide 40mg
walgreens photo deals gallaghermalpractice.com walgreens photo codes
free discount prescription card viagra coupon drug coupons
bystolic coupon mckesson forest laboratories patient assistance
gedeones odontologia geodon pfizer
motilium et grossesse motilium enceinte motilium enceinte
levitra 10mg a1softec.com levitra
discount coupon for cialis datum-digital.com cialis coupon card
back alley abortions abortion clinics in brooklyn abortion laws
dexamethasone suppression test web-dev.dk dexamethasone mechanism of action in cancer
cialis 20mg cheap cialis cheap cialis
prescriptions coupons cialis.com coupon cialis free sample coupons
how much does abortion pill cost continentalnord.com natural abortion pill
when can you get an abortion pill against abortion pill abortion pill
clomid proviron clomid tapasztalatok clomid testosterone
best site for coupons free coupons website coupon sites
amoxicillin antibiyotik fiyat amoxicillin al 1000 amoxicillin antibiyotik fiyat
clomid cycle clomid cycle clomid testosterone
i want to have an abortion aloeveraindia.com safest abortion method
vermox sirup vermox sirup vermox prodej
cheap abortion pill albayraq-uae.com how much is an abortion pill
amoxicillin dermani haqqinda amoxicillin amoxicillin 500 mg
lilly cialis coupon cialis discount coupon cialis discount coupon
cialis 5 mg cialis tablet cialis nedir
prescription drug cards cialis free coupon free prescription cards discount
abortion clinic atlanta abortion clinics in colorado springs abortions nyc

Scott Frost



Home
Book Reviews
Features
Interviews
News
Columns
Authors
Competitions
Blog
Shop
About Us
Contact Us

Privacy Policy | Contact Shots Editor

THIS WEBSITE IS © SHOTS COLLECTIVE. NOT TO BE REPRODUCED ELECTRONICALLY EITHER WHOLLY OR IN PART WITHOUT PRIOR PERMISSION OF THE EDITOR.