Felinity Interview – Steven J. Guscott
Hi and welcome to Team Grimbold! Felinity is set to be the first publication under the Kristell Inkling imprint, and we’re thrilled to have you on board. Tell us about yourself. (Please include links to blogs/sites/Twitter/published works etc)
HI! I’m Steven, aka Steven J. Guscott – every writer needs an author name, right? I’m twenty-six and live in Scotland, and at the beginning of 2010 I discovered an unhealthy obsession with writing. I love creating fantasy/sci fi stories. I’ve only written a few, but have quite a number still to write (understatement). I’m excited to be working with Grimbold Publishing and sharing some of my writing with you. My first full length story, ‘The Book of Prophecy,’ is due to be published in august. I hope you like, ‘The Caterpillar of Catastrophe and The Catatonically Drunk Cat,’ enough to check out my other writing. I also have a facebook page that I update every now and then with writing related news. Feel free to ‘like’ the F.B link below to keep up to date. As for outside of writing I enjoy spending time with my family, rock climbing, and have an unhealthy obsession with Frank Herbert’s, Dune.
Book of Prophecy Link
What inspired your story for Felinity?
I like word play. I started by thinking of Feline and came up with a main character called, ‘Fee the Lion,’ but scraped that idea quickly as it didn’t feel right. I then thought of words that had ‘cat’ in them and came up with the idea of having a catatonically drunk cat and a caterpillar. I then started writing and the story evolved of its own accord and the title became what it is.
How do you feel about having an illustration accompany your story?
I love this!! I love art work, and doodle badly myself as it’s another creative outlet. So having someone’s talent accompany my story is a wonderful gift.
What writing projects are you working on at the moment?
If I told you that i’d have to bill you… Okay, silliness aside; I’m just finishing up the sequel to, The Book of Prophecy.
The most important question – Cats or dogs?
Neither. I prefer wolves and lions and of the two, lions.
- On a scale of 1-10, how weird are you and why? – I’m all of the numbers. I believe in being adaptable so when I want I can choose to be a 1, or a 7, or even a 10. My answer clearly shows I’m actually a 10…
- Tell us a joke – Question: ‘What do you get hanging from banana trees?’ You answer: ‘Banana’s.’ I say: ‘No! Sore arms, silly.’ And if you know the answer and say: ‘sore arms.’ I then answer: ‘No! Banana’s… Aaahahahahaha…’ ‘sigh…’
- You’ve won the lottery. What do you buy first? – My parents an awesome house.
- What inspires you? – Everything- ‘…every experience carries its lesson,’ Dune.
- You’re prime minister for the day, what’s the first thing you’d do? – realise something has gone very very wrong and resign quickly.
- How do you fit a giraffe in a fridge? – use the time machine I clearly have from question 8, go forward into the future far enough to find either a ‘shrink-ray’ or a ‘make-biggerer ray,’ or both. Then use the appropriate technology accordingly.
- Would you rather fit (is that fight?) a horse sized duck or 100 duck sized horses? Why is either trying to fight me? What did I do to provoke them? There appears to be more to this story than meets the eye. Did I use the ‘shrink-ray’ to make the 100 horses duck size? Or was it the ‘make biggerer ray’ that turned the duck horse sized? Why would I do such a thing? Was it actually to see how I would answer this question? Did I then make them angry to see which one I’d rather fight? I guess I can’t know until I follow through with my plan to find the answer…
- How would you explain Facebook to someone from the 19th century? – Clearly I can time travel so take them to the ‘now’ and show them. It would be too hard to explain, and still very difficult to do so this way.
..I’d rather fight a 100 duck sized horses.