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Scott Bartlett was born 1987, in St. John’s. He’s been writing fiction since he was fifteen. His second novel, Royal Flush, received the H. R. (Bill) Percy Prize, and his third novel, Taking Stock, received the Lawrence Jackson Award and the Percy Janes First Novel Award.
Praise for Royal Flush:
“Very funny…the satire and parody work on a number of levels. The language is often vivid and evocative and the dialogue in particular is very strong…a fine book [that] fires on all cylinders.” — Ed Kavanagh, author, The Confessions of Nipper Mooney
“Witty, humorous, fun!” — Marija F. Sullivan, author, Sarajevo Walls of Fate
“This novel was extremely well written for this genre…. This writer has told a difficult story well.” — Jury for the H. R. (Bill) Percy Prize
“I stepped into this other world with ease, then started smiling.” — Victoria Twead, author, Chickens, Mules & Two Old Fools
Frequently Asked Questions:
What prompted this monstrosity?
Royal Flush started as a short story I wrote in high school, called “The King of Hearts”. It was about a guy known only as the King, who got thoroughly rejected by a woman. I showed it to some friends. They laughed. That was it.
But a year later, I wrote a sequel, in which the same King was rejected by another woman. I called it “The King of Diamonds.” Shortly after that, I started writing yet another, called “The King of Spades”, but that was interrupted by a fast-approaching deadline for a local competition called the Fresh Fish Award, which called for novel-length manuscripts from unpublished authors. 18 days before the deadline, I decided to turn the stories into a novel. And, abandoning my social life, I did.
What in God’s name hath you wrought?
I don’t know, really. But Royal Flush did win the H. R. (Bill) Percy Prize. And people have reported experiencing amusement while reading it. That’s more than enough for me!
If it’s some kind of synopsis you’re looking for, I can say this: Royal Flush asks the question, can a man who throws his dates in a dungeon succeed romantically?
How often do you spawn this sort of inane drivel?
I get this one a lot.
I’ve written several short stories, and three books. The first was a science fiction novel, which I wrote in high school and quickly decided never to let anyone read. (I may change my mind about that, but only after heavy, heavy editing.) The second was Royal Flush. And I’m currently editing the third. I’m calling that Taking Stock, and it’s about a writer whose inheritance runs out two years after his mother dies. He’s forced to come out of reclusion to find a job. That sounds pretty dour, and it is, but it also has a heavy comedic element. If you can believe it.
From which authors did you steal in order to patch together this literary Frankenstein?
Golly, I didn’t steal from anyone! That said, fans of Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy will feel very at home reading this book. From Adams, I learned that the rules of fiction are practically begging to be broken.
Royal Flush has also been compared to Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, as well as Monty Python. Though I hadn’t experienced either before writing it.
In what other complete wastes of time do you indulge?
Um, I like to play video games. I like to read. And I’m into fitness.