Scotland Vandal started writing stories at an early age. He enjoys writing drama, science fiction and fantasy themed genres. On a dare by a friend, Scotland decided to write sci-fi and paranormal erotica while also studying for a degree. Learn more about Scotland Vandal in his most recent interview with Bare Back Magazine.
NATASHA: Hi Scotland! Thank you for the interview. Can you tell our readers about yourself and how you got started as a writer?
SCOTLAND VANDAL: Since I was young, I liked to read fantasy and science fiction books, my favorite being The Shannara Chronicles and The Vampire Chronicles, by Terry Brooks and Anne Rice. I started writing when I was younger but only started thinking I could have a future in writing when I was in High School. Teachers would take extra time to tell me how much they liked the way that I wrote but obviously, it wasn’t about adult themed writing.
NATASHA: How would you describe your style of writing and what genre(s) do you write?
SCOTLAND VANDAL: I prefer to write drama, science fiction, and fantasy themed genres. I build upon my real-world experiences and blend it with my imagination.
NATASHA: How many books have you written so far?
SCOTLAND VANDAL: Officially, I’ve written only one and have it published but I’ve been writing on two screenplays and taking additional notes for other novella ideas.
NATASHA: When it comes to writing, do you have a certain routine or writing process that allows the ideas to flow better? Where do you get your ideas for your stories?
SCOTLAND VANDAL: There are times when I like to surround myself with people when I write and other times when I prefer a dark room with no one around. I also see scenes and situations when I hear music which, most of the time, inspires me to write something out.
NATASHA: Let’s talk about “Blood on The Cedar: Erotic Vampire Tale” The title is very intriguing, and I love the book cover. Can you talk about how you came up with the title and a little about the story?
SCOTLAND VANDAL: I’ve been told by many people that I should write my ideas out and when it came to past girlfriends, they told me that I should be an erotic writer. I always just did it for fun and to capture their attention. A coworker and friend of mine saw some of the writing that I was doing and more or less dared me to write something out. I figured why the hell not and I needed a break from the school work I was doing for a degree.
As far as the title, I came up with it with so many cedar trees around me and a river nearby named for them. As much as I am drawn to the darkness of the imagination, I am drawn just as much to nature.
NATASHA: How would you describe yourself and your personality in one word?
SCOTLAND VANDAL: Tempered.
NATASHA: Are you like any of the characters that you write about?
SCOTLAND VANDAL: One character from “Blood on the Cedar: Erotic Vampire Tale,” yes, but I won’t say which (there’s only three major characters so it’s not hard to figure out. I do put myself in the shoes of some of my characters which I don’t think can be avoided.
NATASHA: Besides writing, what do you enjoy doing on your spare time to relax?
SCOTLAND VANDAL: Right now, reading articles online and books from my past. I also like reading Greek mythology every so often and learning about story structure. I’ve only recently gotten back into gym activities to help clear my mind from stress.
NATASHA: Can you share with us anything you are currently working on, and/or any new releases? Social media links or websites?
SCOTLAND VANDAL: I don’t follow up much with social media or have any websites. I am currently a student waiting to hear back from a few schools that I have picked to attend for next year so that is my focus. I have several other book ideas to be fleshed out more before I can really talk about them, but they vary from young adult fantasy to contemporary science fiction.
Amazon is where you will be able to find future books published by Scottland Vandal. Working on two more books.