Q&A With Writer Frank Scozzari

From Afar

Frank ScozzariFrank Scozzari’s Amazon profile describes him as an “American novelist and screenwriter,” who is a “four-time Pushcart Prize nominee. His short stories have been widely anthologized and featured in literary theater.” Scozzari’ most recent book is “From Afar”, the story of a man looking for love. I contacted him via Twitter and asked for a Q&A interview. Meet Frank Scozzari.

Q.  In one sentence tell readers who Frank Scozzari is.

A. Just another guy with a pen and paper.

Q. Short story vs novel, what are the differences in terms of writing?

A. The challenge with short fiction is the limited time (in terms of word count) to develop the character and plot… to say what it is you would like to say. And of course, a novel is a much more formidable undertaking.

Q. As a writer are you a pantser or a planner?

A. I’d have to say I’m more of a planner. Generally I won’t sit down to write a story until I have it written in my mind, from start to finish. Sometimes the story will take a different course in the writing of it, but generally follows the planned theme.

From AfarQ. I just bought “From Afar.” Haven’t read it yet. Like the reviews. What comment about the book from a reviewer pleased you most?

A. “…brilliantly done. I say this because I kept thinking and thinking and thinking about the story, long after I finished it.”

Q. When you began your writing career, what was your greatest fear?

A. Really, there was no fear when I first started writing. I was writing for myself, not anyone else. If someone wanted to read it, that was great. If not, I’d still write.

Q. What have you learned about yourself in the course of your writing?

A. Sometimes I must sit down and force myself to write. It’s the only way the words begin to flow.

Q. What is the take away for readers from the stories – short or long – that you write?

A. I enjoy reading literature and writing literature. Which means the takeaway I am hoping to achieve is something deeper than the story itself.

Q. What do you want readers to know about you as a person that inspires you as a writer?

A. I simply enjoy life and I am captivated by the experience of life. It is life that inspires me and drives me to try and capture moments/experiences on paper.

Q. As an adventurer with a lot of miles behind and ahead of you, when do you find time for writing and all the ancillary work that goes with it: editing, revising, submitting for publication?

A. I try to write whenever I can, whether I’m in the mood or not. Jack London once said: “You can’t wait or inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” When traveling, it’s best to bring along a pen and notepad.

Q. How did you get your short fiction published by more than 60 academic institutions, including New Mexico Highlands University, a college in my hometown of Las Vegas, NM?

A. It’s the simple process of submit-reject, submit-reject. Eventually, someone will find an interest in your work.

Q. What advice do you have for writers about the business and joy of writing?

A. Write what you love.


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