Author of: Shotgun
“Shotgun” has it all. Do you like mystery
and intrigue and political machinations and worldwide conspiracies? It's got
all that. Elves and demons and trolls and an amnesiac pyromancer with antlers?
Check, check, check, check, check. Slightly heavy-handed commentary on the
evils of Corporate America? You can't possibly miss it. Magic shotguns,
semi-sentient poundcakes, talking trees, and shapeshifters? Oh hell yeah. Are
you an English teacher in need of content to stir a rousing debate involving
fate and free will, and whether the heroes actually accomplished something or
just did what the villain expected of them? Here you go!
Roger Brooks, a mild-mannered family man,
is dropped head first into this world when he accidentally takes possession of
the ancient magic the evil Witch hid in his silverware drawer. As he grows into
his new role of plucky hero in a city of sorcery, Roger will have to determine
which of the motley cast of characters he can trust to help him unravel the
Witch's dastardly plot. Can Roger stop her from changing the world forever?
“Shotgun” is an urban fantasy magnum
opus, the first step in the skyrocketing career of an exciting new voice in the
genre. And even if it's not, it's pretty cheap.
introduction, could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I'm Scott Colby. By day I'm the mild-mannered IT guy at a
Boston-area non-profit. At night, I turn
into the second coming of Neil Gaiman. I
your book about?
My book follows the exploits of two
characters suddenly thrust into a hidden supernatural subculture they never
dreamed existed. After stumbling upon an
ancient elven magic that enchants his father's old shotgun, family man Roger
Brooks is whisked away to the elven capital where he's faced with unraveling a
conspiracy while adjusting to his new surroundings. Talora wakes up on a park bench with no
memory of her past and is immediately recruited by the very conspiracy Roger's
dealing with. When the two finally come
together, it all explodes. It's a lot of
fun, and despite that rather ominous description there's a lot of light-hearted
silliness along the way.
why did you begin writing?
I started writing way back in elementary
school. It was a way to pass the time
when I got bored. I started with silly
little stories about my friends and I fighting evil monsters. Things spiraled out of control from there.
do you prefer to write in?
Typically I write fantasy. It's a fun genre to work with. I don't read a heck of a lot of fantasy, so
I'm not entirely sure what made me gravitate to it.
your biggest writing achievement to date?
Finishing "Shotgun." This is its fourth or fifth incarnation, the
first of which I wrote back in high school.
So for me, getting "Shotgun" out there is a huge deal.
inspired you to write your book?
It's always bothered me when stories
delve into the supernatural and the fantastic without explaining why most
people don't know that stuff exists. If
all the vampires in "Buffy" are always causing so much trouble, why
doesn't everyone know about it? So I
decided that I'd create a society of elves that keeps humanity in the dark,
kind of like how Agents J and K operate in "Men in Black."
your favourite author, and what is it about their work that strikes a chord
Iain M. Banks. His Culture novels deal with some pretty
serious stuff, but there's always a bit of post-modern absurdity involved.
are you reading now, and would you recommend it?
I just started 1984. I haven't read it before. Prior to that I read "Odd Thomas"
by Dean Koontz, which I thought was just ok.
your current projects?
I'm trying to put more work into my
website (www.istoleyourlunch.com) and I'm doing a lot with a video game humor
site (www.dpaddbags.com). I'm the editor
of a very ambitious fantasy fiction project (www.baegtobar.com) and I'm about
ten thousand words into a prequel for "Shotgun."
when do you do most of your writing?
I get more done if I'm not in my
apartment. I like to work in coffee
shops and bars. I've started carrying a
notebook and pen with me everywhere, and I typically crank out a paragraph or
two during my lunch break.
you say was the hardest part of writing your book?
Finishing it. There's so much more I want to do with the
characters and the world, and there came I point where I had to just force
myself to end this first one. There's a
lot more to come.
designed your book cover – and was the cover something you deemed important?
Jeremy Mohler (owner and Art Director
over at www.baegtobar.com) did the cover.
He did a heck of a job. I think
it's important to have something that will catch the shopper's eye.
try to go down the route of traditional publishing first – or did you feel that
self-publishing was right for you from the beginning?
I didn't bother with traditional
publishing. All the bookstores around me
are closing. Self-publishing is the way
things should be, and I'm a huge proponent of it. Nowadays it seems like you can't get a foot
through a traditional publisher's door unless you know someone, and to me
that's a load of crap.
whole, how have you found self-publishing?
It's fun to be able to just put your work
out there without the annoyance of finding someone to back it. It's definitely not going to make me rich
anytime soon, but I hope I can build a regular audience that regularly
contributes to my beer fund.
we buy your book from?
"Shotgun" is available
exclusively on Amazon.com. Amazon Prime
members can borrow it for free; I still get paid when that happens, so don't
feel bad about borrowing it.
have a website or blog where we can keep tabs on you?
You can keep up with me at
have any advice for other writers?
Stick with it. It's hard and time-consuming, but finishing a
piece and getting it out there where people can read it is one of the most
rewarding experiences I've had.