Scott Kelly

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This #wotawednesday we’ll be talking with novelist/existential lit nerd Scott Kelly. He’ll be talking about his latest work,  Shadow Box, part 2 of the “Keep the Ghost” trilogy .

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Scott Kelly wrote his first novel when he was fifteen, and it was terrible. But because he kept at it and wrote roughly one book per year, people eventually started saying they weren’t anymore so he’d shut up about them. When he was nineteen, he landed a publishing deal for his novel Jimwamba, which was followed by his self-published works [sic], The Blue, Keep the Ghost, and Shadow Box.

The guy rode a new wave of e-book distribution and gained large audiences across social writing websites like Wattpad and Bookrix, where about a million readers clicked some sort of ‘thumbs up’ icon nearly fifty thousand times for him, validating his very existence in this postmodern era. Among the cool things that happened during this phase include having childhood idol and New York Times best-selling author Christopher Pike become a fan, having a group of Bosnian high-school students adapt one of his stories into a short film, having real teenagers across the world try his fictional (and ill-advised) game, and giving a lot of books away for free.

Now he mostly operates on Amazon, because money. Between Amazon and its useless cousin Goodreads, he’s got over a thousand positive reviews. Also, his mom thinks he’s pretty good. Despite this, he writes disturbing books, and is worried about all of his fans. The novels are gritty page-turners, all written in the first-person present tense and structured around some existential quandary that bothers its author, who is a literature nerd. They also tend to be mysterious and/or suspenseful. If they aren’t, he kills the main character’s love interest on the last page to punish the book for wasting your time.

He’s thirty-three now and lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Erin. Aside from writing, his other hobbies include having a full-time job.