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Saturday, April 28, 2018

SCOTT MEEHAN, AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR AND PHOTOGRAPHER, JOINS US TODAY!








Today we welcome fellow Creativia author, Scott Meehan, to my blog. 

He is the author of numerous novels, short stories, and a memoir since living a life of adventure as well as career commission in the military, until his retirement from the Army in 2005 and his successful venture into the business world.


SCOTT MEEHAN

I asked Scott to participate in a brief interview, which he was kind enough to do.


Kenna: Hello. Please tell us something about yourself, where you’re based, and how you came to be a writer.

Scott: Hi Kenna. Thank you for this opportunity. I currently teach Computer and Business classes as the Business Department Lead at City College in Altamonte Springs, Florida. I live in Orlando with my wife of 37 years and two Chinese foreign exchange high school students. My son, his wife and two daughters and my daughter, her husband, and two sons, all live nearby in the Orlando area. I retired from the Army in 2005 after twenty-five years and began writing soon after retirement, primarily to write my memoirs and talk about my Army experience.

Kenna: What genre do you generally write and what have you had published to-date? What do you think of eBooks?

Scott: All of my background genre includes military--soldiers, war, their families, etc. I have written a military romance, suspense thriller, sci-fi time travel, and am currently working on a fantasy. To date, I have four books published with Creativia: STONE IN A SLING: A SOLDIER'S JOURNEY (memoirs); LOVE IN THE HOUSE OF WAR (the military romantic suspense); MILLENNIAL GIRL (Futuristic thriller); and DUTY RECALL (Time Travel). More readers purchase my eBooks than my hardcopy. Personally, I like to have a book in my hand. 



Kenna: Have you self-published? If so, what led to you going your own way?

Scott: Yes, everything was self-published before going to Creativia. Now, I only self-publish short stories or novellas. Independence allows a lot of flexibility...but can be more costly.


Kenna: Do you have a favourite of your stories or characters? If any of your books were made into films, who would you have as the leading actor/s?

Scott: My favorite story is LOVE IN THE HOUSE OF WAR. My favorite character is Asha Hawkins, who is eleven and twelve in part two of LOVE IN THE HOUSE OF WAR and then comes of age as a West Point Graduate and first woman Green Beret in MILLENNIAL GIRL. Gal Gadot would make a good Asha in MILLENNIAL GIRL and Lola Flanery would make a good 11-year-old Asha.



Kenna: Which authors did you read when you were younger and did they shape you as a writer?

Scott: I read a lot of Alistair MacLean, Jack Higgins, and Ken Follet. Yes they did...for pure entertainment value with a good story.


Kenna: Do you manage to write every day, and do you plot your stories or just get an idea and run with it?

Scott: No, I do not write every day and I'll get an idea to run with at some of the strangest times.

Kenna: Do you do a lot of editing or research?

Scott: Both.

Kenna: What point of view do you find most to your liking: first person or third person? Have you ever tried second person?

Scott: I prefer first person over third person. I seem to be more emotionally attached that way. I only wrote second person when doing research for my dissertation. My least favorite.

Kenna: What’s your favourite / least favourite aspect of your writing life? Has anything surprised you?

Scott: Coming up with an actual story with character development is my favorite. Marketing is my least favorite.

Kenna: If you could invite three people from any era to dinner, who would you choose and what would you cook (or hide the takeaway containers)?

Scott: Jesus Christ, George Washington, and Abraham Lincoln. I'd find out what they like and then have everything catered.

Kenna: What are you working on at the moment / next?

Scott: I am working on two simultaneous projects. One involves previous characters from two of my books, MILLENNIAL GIRL and DUTY RECALL. Asha Hawkins will meet Major David Allan in another world..."The Quantum Zone," which is an unseen earth between heaven and hell. Both characters (from previous books) are in comas. The "Quantum Zone" may become a series...not sure yet. The title for this one will be THUNDERBIRD.   

The other project is written in first person by a Special Forces soldier who lives among the  Abu Rishah Tribe, trains them to fight Al Qaeda, and falls in love with the daughter of a Sheik.


Kenna: Where can we find out about you and your writing?

Scott: Here are some helpful links: 


BOOK SIGNING

MAY 18, 2018


Book signing event with Major (Ret.) Scott A. Meehan at the Orlando VA Medical Center at Lake Nona, in the cafeteria on May 18, 2018.

 

If you would like to include a self-contained excerpt of your writing, please add it here.

Scott: From LOVE IN THE HOUSE OF WAR:  

The guard with the club lifted his brutal instrument of pain to clobber Ron once again as his body jerked on the floor like a marionette.
          Daoud held his hand up. “That’s enough for now. You two leave.”
          They looked down at Ron with glaring eyes and then over to the commander to make sure that they heard correctly.
          “Go. I’ll call you back soon.”
          Ron lay motionless. Sarah dropped down and stretched across his body sobbing.
          “You have killed my dream,” she managed through clenched teeth. Then, reaching for the knife she had hidden beneath her cotton blouse, she grabbed it and charged with a thrusting motion toward the Taliban commander.
          He saw it coming and blocked her attempt, then wrestled the knife from her hand. After throwing her back to the ground, he walked  toward her with a devious grin. Sarah jumped up to run past him, but he grabbed a handful of her flowing hair and threw her back against the mud wall as she squealed in pain.



If you would like to include a short third-person biography here feel free.

Scott  Scott A. Meehan is a recipient of the Bronze Star and numerous other medals from his twenty-five year service in the US Army. An award winning author and photographer, his writings include a non-fiction memoir, three short stories, and three novels and is currently writing his fourth novel. Meehan has been published twice in Time magazine, The Army Times, National Defense, and several other publications. He holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education-social sciences, a master’s degree in computer resources and information management, and a MBA in business administration. In addition to being a career soldier, both enlisted and commissioned, Scott deployed to the Middle East four times and grew up traveling throughout Latin America as the son of a missionary. Currently, he teaches business and computer classes at City College in Altamonte Springs, Florida. Married for thirty-seven years to a girl he met in the Amazon jungles of Ecuador, he has two adult children, four grandchildren, and resides in Orlando, Florida.


A tip for Kenna's faithful readers -- her NEWEST book, Timothie Hill and the Cloak of Power, will be available on Amazon US and UK for ONLY 99c MAY 30 - 31, 2018.




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