April 09 , 2020
Meet Scott Stevens
Scott Stevens is an international best-selling and award-winning author from Tampa, Florida. He was a sportswriter before becoming a novelist and has garnered over 125 million readers online and in print. Not too bad if you ask us! You can follow him at ScottStevensAuthor.com.
Three Books of Suspense by Scott Stevens
Interview with Scott Stevens
by Joe Walters
Q: Scott Stevens, thanks for chatting with me! I've been keeping an eye on everything that's been going on with you over on Twitter, and I just couldn't wait to get talking about your work. It looks like you've had some exciting new developments recently with the Deadly Roses publication and even a review from WWE legend Tony Garea. How cool is that?!
Thanks for chatting with me, Joe! Yeah, Deadly Roses has been very well received so far. This thriller is bit different from my previous books as it also includes a domestic violence angle. I'm glad everyone likes it so far. Just this weekend, it got endorsements from actor John Martino of The Godfather fame and a video endorsement from "The Voice" Justin Michaels! As you mentioned, Tony Garea posted about how much he liked On the Run as well. I can't wait to see what he thinks of Deadly Roses.
Q: I know you were a sportswriter for a while before this, so obviously you've been a fan of words for a long time now. But when did you start writing fiction? And what is it about the craft that keeps you crawling back for more?
Yes, I did the sportswriting thing for a long time. I was talking to one of my editors one day about an idea I had and how I thought it would make a great movie. He suggested I make a novel out of it. Of course, at this point, I hadn't written anything longer than sports editorials or game wrap-ups, so the thought was a bit overwhelming--but very intriguing, too. It took a long time, but On Ice was finally finished and released, and I was very surprised that people actually liked it. Not bad for a first release!
I love writing fiction because I control every aspect of the story. I create the characters, their flaws, the settings, and the entire storyline. It's cool because if I don't like how something is working out, I have the option to just scrap a scene or character and start again. You can't do that with sports or with nonfiction. Creating the entire thing from scratch is a lot of fun.
Q: So, let's talk about that oeuvre of yours, shall we? In your latest book (Deadly Roses), a love triangle takes a turn for the worst. In the one before that (On the Run), we get ourselves into some wrong-place, wrong-time drug cartel danger. And in Twister Town, a tornado sweeps across an unsuspecting town. Needless to say, they've all got their own special issues brewing. So since they're all so different, how do you go about choosing which projects to take on? Are there any underlying themes or situations that run through all of your works regardless of the premises?
Thrills, with plenty of action and adventure. My focus is on current day thrillers involving drugs, money, and murder. Realistic thrillers where the reader can feel like they are part of the event. So I'd say that's my primary underlying thread throughout my work: realistic thrills.
As far as picking the story...it's really just what I see in everyday life, or maybe on the news. I might see something on the news and think how things could have gone differently or what happened leading up to that point. Things like that. For example, Twister Town isn't about drugs or murder, but it does have the realistic feel of what it's like to go through such a terrible event. It's based on a real town I visited once in the midwest. I really did see people not paying attention when the tornado sirens went off, and it blew my mind.
Q: I'm a big fan of the love triangle set-up you've got going on in Deadly Roses. What do you think it is about love triangles that make readers and viewers keep on coming back to them?
Love triangles never end well. I've never seen a movie or heard of a book where a love triangle ended with happily ever after. People know it's going to end badly, and lots of those people want to know the result. In most cases, someone gets hurt or even dies. It's not just the final result though that hooks people--it's what takes place to lead up to the ending. In Deadly Roses, there are several action scenes that bring the reader to the final result. That's another big part of it: "The chase."
Q: Do you have a favorite (spoiler-free) scene in Deadly Roses that you could tell us about?
Wow, there are a few. I love the story because it takes place in New York City. I grew up there, so I was able to take mental trips back to my youth while writing it. I can't give too much detail, but I can say that the scene on the subway and the one in the Lincoln Tunnel were a couple of my favorites. Both scenes could really happen in those settings, so I have a feeling it'll feel even more realistic for the reader. But I love that final scene too. I like to have a surprise ending, so I put a lot of thought into it. It really tested my ability to come up with something surprising and still have it be plausible. The reviews say I did a good job with it, so I'm glad to hear it worked out as I hoped.
Q: You’re a WWE fan, right? So let’s put that passion to the test—if all of your characters met in a royal-rumble style, steel-cage death match, who would walk away victorious and why?
What a fun question! It could come down to a "Fatal 4-Way" match inside the cage for sure. I'm thinking the fighters would be John Kinkaid from On Ice, Snake Santiago from Deadly Roses, and both Rosa Rodriguez and Hector from On the Run.
First out? It's Hector. He's tough, but he couldn't compete with the savagery the other three would bring into the cage.
Next, I'm thinking Rosa would give Snake a severe beating. Snake might feel confident because he's hit a few women in the past, but he'd fall short to the ruthless Rosa.
That would leave John Kinkaid and Rosa as the last two standing. It'd be an entertaining finish with Kinkaid's military background and Rosa's willingness to do whatever it takes to come out on top. She might be battered and beaten by the end of it, but I'm confident she'd be the last person standing when the bell rings.
Q: And perhaps most importantly--what have you been watching during quarantine that we should check out?
Truthfully, I've always been a stay-at-home kind of guy anyway, so I've got a few answers for you. We just watched the entire series of Suits and then Deadwood. Both were great, but Deadwood was too short. I would have loved to see that one go for a few more seasons. But Better Call Saul is a current show we love to watch each week.
Q: What are you working on now? Anything we should keep an eye out for?
Currently I have Joe Abel's biography finished and waiting for publication. His story offers great insight to what it's like to be just a step below the big time. It has a lot of behind the scenes stuff and never-before-told stories. It was a lot of fun to write, and WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley even wrote the Foreword for it. I can't wait until that one comes out because wrestling fans are going to love it.
I also have biographies in the works for WWE legend B. Brian Blair and former G.L.O.W. superstar Sunny the California Girl. After those are completed, I'm going to shift my focus back to the fiction thrillers because I love doing them. Hoping to have another one ready for release sometime next year. I love creating new stories and characters, so I'll never stop writing my beloved thrillers.
Thanks for checking out my interview with Scott Stevens! I had a great time talking with this best-seller, and I can't wait for you to check out the great stuff he's been doing over here.