The man, the myth, the mystery, Scott Pixello is an enigma. Despite writing more than 15 books, there are no pictures of him anywhere on social media.
A writer by night, no one knows where he spends his days; probably in a coffee shop sipping on a cup of joe (black, no cream or sugar, of course) and people watching for character traits he can use in his books.
He claims to have a job somewhere, but does he really?
Scott’s dry wit and unflinching sarcasm, are droll and thought-provoking. His facebook page introduction states he’s a Brit, so I’m guessing he lives somewhere in the UK.
Now that I’ve introduced you to Scott, let’s get to know him a little better, or at least try to.
Hello, Scott, welcome to Angel Kiss Publications. Thank you for agreeing to do this interview.
Thank you for having me.
What inspired you to be a writer?
Too many experiences to pinpoint one. The advent of self-publishing meant that you could publish more than one book a year (the traditional model) and have great control over the process. It’s cheaper than therapy.
Is writing your full-time profession?
Ha, ha. Oh, you’ re serious. Er, no. I have a day-job that sucks energy and my will to live and I write at night. It’s not a healthy way to live. I may very well die soon from sleep deprivation.
How long have you been writing?
This interview? Only about 10 minutes. It seems longer.
Have you won any awards?
Cycling Proficiency and 50m backstroke (but I cheated & touched the bottom- not of the pool, of this girl I fancied).
How many books have you written?
22 + a box-set, as Scott Pixello. As the Real Me, seven other non-fiction titles (serious stuff that’s on uni reading lists).
Which genres do you write?
All of them. Except zombie-western-romance-thriller. At least, not yet.
There’s something for everyone in the Pixelloverse. Those needing help with studies (Shakespeare: A Boy’s Tale), anyone expecting or dealing with children (The A-Z of Kids), fans of romance (What Love Can Do), sci-fi (Losers in Space), detective fiction (Shirley Burly),
historical fiction (Jesus: The Wilderness Years or any of the Keith Ramsbottom series, now in six parts), anyone needing a lift (Gothic Girl or Luke, I am Your Father), lovers of animals (Rainbow), fans of short-form humour (Random I, II & III) or anyone who’s too clever for their own good (Smart School), need look no further.
What do you find most challenging writing for these genres?
Putting the right words in the right order. And making my craptop work.
What are you working on now?
Tippety top secret. World exclusive- it is set in mainland Europe & features a spot of time-travel, which I haven’t done before.
Where do you find inspiration for your characters?
alcohol, chocolate & cakes. Or as I call it, breakfast.
What has been your most rewarding experience since publishing your work?
I had one of my non-fic books translated into Chinese, which was quite cool but I just enjoy getting feedback from readers who are often surprised that my books make them think and laugh.
What advice would you give to authors just starting out?
Do this because you enjoy it, not to find fame & fortune, as statistically, that’s very unlikely.
Is there anything else you’d like your readers to know about you?
I can do a passable moonwalk.
What message are you sharing in your books?
Buy. My. Other. Books.
What are your favorite books/authors?
This is all set out in mind-numbing, I mean mind-blowing detail in Random I-III. Right now, I’m revisiting E.M. Forster, Thomas Harris and Matt Haig for reasons that may become apparent later in the year.
When you’re not writing where can we find you?
You can’t find me when I am writing, so you’ve no chance of finding me when I’m not. I’m on a witless protection programme. There are no images of me anywhere on the Net. I am an International Man of Mystery.
A movie producer wants to turn your book into a movie and you get to make a cameo. What would you do in the movie?
Depends which book but I’d probably be big chief script honcho. Either that or I’d do all the stunt double work for the sex scenes.
An elf named 12-25 approaches you. He’s sneezing, wheezing, coughing and there’s a strange tattoo of a snoring dog on his cheek. What do you do?
I would say, ‘Hi dad.’
Where can we find your books?
With 22 books, plus a box-set, there could be a link mountain here. Best to look at the website or just look me up on Google or Amazon.
I’m not sure that there’s such a thing as a typical Pixello book, except there’s probably a certain comedic sensibility, British English spelling and always a character who hates Chris de Burgh. I think that’s the least you should offer your readers.
Thank you, Scott, for spending time with us and sharing your story. We wish you continued success and lots of luck!