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Author Interview–Scott R. Caseley

on January 19, 2013

I’m very pleased to have Scott R. Caseley on the blog! Scott has a young adult new book out, ISOSCELES.

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Blurb: When he finds his best friend Trey Goodsby dead and almost completely submerged in a bathtub filled with bloody water, Sean McIntyre is determined to find out if it was an accident or suicide. If it was suicide, why did he do it? And, did his death accidental or intentional have anything to do with Madeline Edwards, the woman who came between them constantly through their thirteen-year friendship? Isosceles, a coming-of-age mystery romance begins with the death of Trey Goodsby, and explores his relationships with family, friends, his romances, and which of the circumstances he found himself in that led to the tragic event, and the repercussions for those he left behind.

You can buy ISOSCELES on Amazon, the MuseItUp bookstore or Bookstrand

Scott R. Caseley was born in Nashua, New Hampshire. He gained an interest in writing in elementary school in nearby Hudson. Growing up, he carried a small notebook or pen on family trips making observations and frequently turned them into poems or short stories. While attending Franklin Pierce University, he co-wrote and co-directed a student film. After graduating, he wrote and directed a dramatic feature, co-wrote and directed a documentary and conducted interviews for an online magazine. He’s also passionate about acting, and he’s enjoyed performing on stage, in bit parts on film, and is also a trained voice actor. In addition to his creative pursuits, he is passionate about healthy living. He follows a fitness regimen consisting of several activities such as; weight training, walking, swimming, yoga, and hula hooping. He complements this by cooking several nutritious examples of international and American cuisine. Last, but certainly not least he also enjoys just spending time with family and friends until the early morning hours with plenty of laughter and coffee.

Thanks for joining us today, Scott!

Can you tell us a little bit about ISOSCELES?

It’s about a friendship that spans a thirteen-year period between two boys Sean McIntyre and Trey Goodsby and a girl Madeline Edwards. The boys are as different as night and day, this is what draws them to one another, but also cause them to be at odds at times and also why the girl, Madeline Edwards is constantly caught in between the both of them.

What inspired you to write this story?

I was thinking about what friendship really means, and the lengths we go to protect our friendships and whether it is a blind trust or if it is deserved. Then I thought about when people die, many times they are remembered at two extremes, either very positively or very negatively. I asked myself a number of questions. How does one make peace with the flaws or the attributes that we revere which were most apparent about the person who has died? Are our own opinions on a person changed when we discover how they were thought of in life or how they are remembered after their passing? How do you think your friends, your family, etc. see you?

What were the challenges you encountered writing the story? How did you work through the obstacles?

My main obstacle was how to make these three individuals who appear very different from the outset get along, but not just get along, fall into love with each other, not just the romantic love, but platonic love as well. What causes the spark to grow into a friendship or a deep love from early childhood and last many years from there? The challenge was to keep the three unique, but also show how they could reach common ground on certain things, be it consciously to them or otherwise.

What is one piece of advice you would tell a teen who wants to write?

We all have stories within us waiting to burst out from our minds and hearts. They can be told in a great variety of ways. It can be just a sentence, a song, a poem, a short story, screenplay, or novel. Tell the story the way you want to tell it, it’s your story after all. Don’t worry about it sounding perfect right away, just let it out. Writing can be a very fun experience, and if it’s a sad story you have inside, if you let it out, it may make you feel better afterward. Even though you may hate it, the story may be what someone else needs to hear, to laugh, cry, or feel from your words. But, bottom line, believe in yourself, it may take a lifetime, but you’ll get there when you let your story be heard.

What are you working on next?

I have these two characters, a young man and a young woman that first encounter one another in an incident during their first year of college that leads her to high profile embarrassment and him to the hospital. As they both recover from the trauma of the experience, they catch wind of a way that though risky, could very well save her reputation and his life.

Where can readers find you?

My Amazon author page is https://www.amazon.com/author/scottrcaseley, plus I’m available at https://www.facebook.com/ScottRCaseleyWriter. I have a blog/website at www.scottrcaseleyauthor.com. You can follow me @scottrcaseley on Twitter. Or if you’d like to email me, it’s SRCaseley@Gmail.com . Plus, I will be doing a tour with World of Ink (http://www.worldofinknetwork.com) in March and April.

Thank you so much for the interview, Mindy, this was a lot of fun.

Thank you, Scott! Best of luck with your book!

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