Scotty Cade left Corporate America and twenty-five years of Marketing and Public Relations behind to buy an Inn & Restaurant on the island of Martha’s Vineyard with his partner of over twenty years.
He started writing stories as soon as he could read, but just five years ago for publication. When not at the Inn, you can find him on the bow of his boat writing gay romance novels with his Shetland sheepdog Mavis at his side. Being from the south and a lover of commitment and fidelity, all of his characters find their way to long healthy relationships, however long it takes them to get there. He believes that in the end, the boy should always get the boy.
Before we get started I would like to thank you for allowing me to be Divine Magazine’s September Author of the month. It means a great deal to me to be able to share a part of my life and my work. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Tell us a bit about yourself. How would describe yourself?
Oh jeez! I hate this part. Okay, let me see. I’ve been told by more than the people who love me that I’m loyal to a fault. I’ve always been a caretaker and always try to do the right thing. On the flip side of the coin, I’m a guy with a touch of OCD, who likes all of his ducks in a row or he can’t function. I want my to-do list checked off item by item until I’m done. I always start a job, task, or book with the end in sight and work feverishly at it until it’s done.
How do you start your day?
Coffee of course! Lots. My day starts about 6am with coffee in bed while I do my promotional work on social media. I write a couple of posts, see what I missed overnight and catch up on what’s happening with my European friends who are five hours ahead. Then its off to the gym and then during the summer, I try to get three days a writing a week, but sometimes that’s just not possible. However, I have the same routine in the winter, but I do get to write seven days a week. Heaven!
Are you a morning or a night person?
Definitely a morning person. I have the most energy then and get the most done. Because I’m so high strung, I go go go all day and by sixish, I hit a brick wall. I have a cocktail and try to shut the brain off and by nine, I’m toast. Glamorous life huh?
If you could do anything else in the world besides writing, what would that be?
Broadway! LOL! I love to sing and dance and I’m not half bad, but not good enough to make a career out of it. Music has always soothed my soul and dancing never fails to puts me in a good mood. I guess that makes me a wannabe hoofer.
Where would you like to live? Is there a special place you would love to get the chance to move to at some point?
I’ve lived on the beautiful island of Martha’s Vineyard for the last twelve years and we just last month bought a house in Greenville South Carolina, so I’m looking forward to living down South again.
Additionally, we spend quite a bit of time in Cabo San Lucas Mexico on the Sea of Cortez and we love it there. A lot. So that would be one of my choices. Internationally, I think I’d love to spend an extended amount of time in Switzerland or Austria. So beautiful there.
Have you ever thought of quitting and trying your hand at something else? What made you keep writing?
I consider quitting every single day! Not because I don’t love it, but because as writers I think we are constantly questioning if we are good enough. The genre has been flooded with so many wonderful authors and when you read something they wrote and you love it, you think, “Why can’t I write something that good?” But ultimately most writers can’t not write. It’s certainly that way for me. It’s my creative outlet. It keeps me sane and balances me.
If you could start all over, would you still be a writer? What would you do different?
Absolutely! I will always write, but I spent twenty-five years of my career in marketing and public relations and didn’t start writing professionally until seven years ago. So to answer your question, I wish I had started my career in writing sooner. However, my marketing career afforded me the opportunity to retire at forty-five so I think that was a good choice. But I never feel as fulfilled as I do when I’m writing my stories.
What is your writing process?
I start with an idea of course, but my books are totally character driven. I used to do an outline and I can’t tell you how many times I tried to make the characters do what I wanted them to do, but they always have a plan of their own. And you can’t force it. If I try, I end up pressing the backspace key and delete, delete, delete. LOL!
Sometimes for me, a wannabe book title will get the entire ball rolling and viola. A story. For instance, my current work in progress was inspired by an old song I recently heard called “From a Jack to a King.” The title clicked and the story followed very quickly.
What do you find most challenging about writing and publishing?
Writing – Time is the number one challenge. The stories are always there, but finding the time to write them is the hard part. For me, owning a seasonal business means we work 24/7 from May to October. During that time, its hard to find the time to write at all, but the story ideas keep coming so it sometimes gets frustrating. But with that said, we’re off from October to April and that’s when I get most of writing done.
Publishing – Absolutely nothing. My publisher, Dreamspinner Press is incredible. They are so easy to work for and make the entire process from submission to release virtually seamless. They are a very well oiled machine and they run so smoothly you never have to worry about a thing.
What came first: the chicken or the egg? OR in this case: the title or the story?
For me, it’s both. As I mentioned above, sometimes it’s a title that sparks the story, but other times it’s an idea that gets me going. And that idea usually morphs into a full blown story very quickly.
What are you working on now?
I eluded to it a little earlier in the interview but it’s a book inspired by the title of a song. It’s called “From a Jack to a King.”
The story is about a very shy recluse named Jack Whitman, who happens to be very straight and a New York Times Best Selling mystery writer. He makes it big with a series of books about a fictional playboy type private eye named Durk Robbins, who he developed, in part, to help overcome his shyness. Since making it big, Jack hides behind the persona of the character he created.
Anyway Jack loves to gamble and while in Las Vegas, wins an escort, which he assumes is a woman, in a poker game. When the escort shows up at his hotel room, he is in the form of a male porn star named King Slater. But Jack in total shock because King is the spitting image of his character Durk Robbins. Body size, build, hair, eyes, everything. Fascinated with the uncanny resemblance he asks the guy to stay, not for sex, but just because he’s so taken by him. They strike up a friendship and well, you can only imagine what happens next.
What are your plans for the future?
I thought you’d never ask. We just listed our business on Martha’s Vineyard for sale. Hence the house in Greenville, SC. One we get settled, I will try my hand at writing full time. Don’t know how it’s going to go, but I’m gonna give it a shot. I love it so and my fans are such loyal and wonderful friends that stay in touch and support me at every turn. They await each of my releases with anticipation and-and I feel so lucky to have them.
This has been great fun. Thank you again for having me and allowing me to share some of my life with your readers and followers. It means the world to me to be part of this genre and interact with so many wonderful people.
“A Lethal Mistake,” Bissonet & Crus Investigations Book 3
Beau Bissonet and Tollison Cruz are back, along with Bruce, Auggie, and now Bastien, Tollison’s ex-partner. From the initial spark between them in Zurich, Bruce and Bastien’s attraction has flared, and Bastien has come to the Big Easy to explore what lies ahead for them.
It’s Mardi Gras, and New Orleans is alive and festive, teeming with excited tourists and locals alike. The first few parades go off without a hitch. And then a man is targeted, shot, and killed right in the middle of a crowded street. Auggie and Bruce are called in to investigate, but before they even get started, more deaths occur, one at each of the next two parades. Auggie realizes he’s dealing with a serial killer and jumps into action.
The next shot the killer fires affects the tightly knit group of friends in a way none of them could have ever imagined. Beau and Tollison join the investigation and stumble upon some similarities that are too strong to ignore. They begin to unravel the perpetrator’s motives and get ahead of him. Together they come up with a plan to stop the killing and serve justice in the process.