Comfortably Awkward is Kenny Scudero's debut self-published novel. He is a twenty-two year old author from
You can visit Kenny’s website at www.kennyscudero.com for more information.
About the Book:
For Albert Ferenzo, life is a series of ironic events that may or may not have a reason behind them. While struggling to find a niche for himself, Albert blames the corporate world for hindering his dream of making money and living a prosperous life. After playing the good guy his entire life, Albert decides that the only way to get ahead in the world is to be the bad guy. Albert questions his own fate as he drives himself to insanity in an effort to find happiness. The destinies of Albert and everyone around him intertwine as he finally realizes what life is all about or at least, he thinks he does in this revolt against normality.
I’ve been writing ever since I can remember. My earliest memory of writing a story was in the third grade. We were assigned to write a page of anything we wanted. It could have been a story or a list of things we liked at the time. I wound up writing a three page story about a boy who finds an emerald. He then wakes up and realizes he was dreaming and finds that the emerald is in his pocket. I never looked back after the emerald story.
Only a few months. I self-published my first book and it became available on January 9th, 2012.
“Comfortably Awkward” is my first and only novel at the moment.
It’s a very personal book because it’s based upon what I was going through in my life. It’s a serious, emotional story but at the same time it’s filled with strange, ironic occurrences. These kinds of things happen to me in real life so it would only make sense for me to write about them.
I’m working on my next fiction novel at the moment and it’s not going to be as quirky and humorous as “Comfortably Awkward” is. It’s going to be more of a post-apocalyptic psychological thriller. I’m also working on a biography for a good friend of mine. He has been through it all between experiencing tragedies all through his life, being a firefighter, losing a best friend on September 11th 2001, and being a high-school football coach. I’m hoping to release both of them by the end of this year or beginning of next year.
I think humorous fiction is my favorite genre. Often, people think that humorous fiction means the book is just a comedy but that’s not true at all. To me, humorous fiction is more about seeing the irony in serious situations. There’s still emotion and great writing involved, but there’s some things in life you just have to laugh at and I think that’s what humorous fiction is.
Creating a new world or a new character is my favorite part. You get to create your own rules and your own characteristics of the people and places in your story. You can write things that are true, kind of true, and not true at all at the same time. I love brainstorming and just thinking of all kinds of ideas I could use for a character or story and it isn’t until I actually begin writing the story when things actually materialize and solidify. Creation is an amazing thing and I love that I am able to create different places and people with words on a piece of paper.
George Orwell. A lot of times I will be reading one of his books and I feel like I could have written that sentence or that paragraph. I feel really connected to many of his words and I think that my ideas are similar to his.
You can check out my website: www.kennyscudero.com where I blog and there’s some stuff about me and my book on there. You can check out my book on Amazon here:
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Thanks so much for being my guest.
I started writing when I was nine-years-old. I used to write short stories on my dad’s notepads. One day he read one and he said to me, “You are a writer.” It stuck. My dad is still my biggest supporter and he is also my mentor in many ways. I went to college at The University of Southern California. My parents though didn’t think that “creative writing” at USC was a major that would likely be lucrative in the long run, so I figured I would be logical and look at writing in the journalistic field. God (the Universe), etc. had a different plan for me. Soon after I graduated from USC I gave birth to my first son. He was six weeks premature and he had some health issues, which caused me to decide that going into a career at that time would not benefit my son. So, I stayed home with him and I wrote my first book. That first book is tucked away in a box somewhere because it’s pretty darn bad, but it gave me the confidence I needed to know that I could start, write, and finish a book. From that point on, it took me twelve years to become a published author and several manuscripts. It has been a wonderful and amazing process, and although many challenges have presented themselves along the way, I have never quit writing. It is my passion!
My other passion is Horses. These amazing animals are very dear to my heart and I have been known to take in “strays.” My daughter and I are very active in the horse world. My daughter is involved in pony club and three day eventing.
I enjoy work with other writers when I can , especially kids. I designed a program for young writers to help them learn how to write short stories and picture books to writing complete novellas for older kids. I have mentored several students now and it’s a joyful experience to see young writers and their creative minds at work. It is something I am working on expanding with some local teachers in my area.
Family and friends are extremely important to me. I am the proud mother of three amazing kids who have always supported me and are just great, awesome human beings (yes, I know I sound like every mother in the world about their kids, but I really mean it). My husband is my best friend and a very patient man, which is a real positive—he is married to a writer after all. We also have three dogs, a kitty, and eight horses.
When not writing, riding, or being a taxi-cab driver for my youngest, I try to find time to do a little yoga, meditate or cooking. I love cookbooks and cooking!
A.K.’s recent release is Daddy’s Home.
You can visit her website at www.michelescott.com/books/ak-alexander.
Along with tracking an evil killer, Holly is dealing with her own internal demons. She is raising her daughter Chloe alone after the death of her husband–a death she feels guilty for.
To complicate her life further, Holly is doing her best to avoid possibly falling in love again with charming veterinarian Brendan O’Neil. As Holly delves deeper into solving the murders, she finds herself being sucked into a game of cat and mouse by “The Family Man,” that may lead her down a dark path too horrible to bear. One that may cost her gravely-her family, her new found love, and even her life.
How long have you been writing?
Since I was a kid, but as a full length fiction author for twenty years.
How long have you been a published author?
What titles do you have available?
I have six titles in The Wine Lover’s Mysteries and eight titles under A.K. Alexander. I also have a non-fiction book, a children’s book, and a contemporary fiction book, as well as a new release out in April. I have a total of 18 titles available. You can find a complete list of books on my website at http://www.michelescott.com.
What made you choose the subject of this book?
I chose it because I was a single parent and this idea would not leave me alone. I felt compelled to write it.
Do you have any new titles coming soon? Will you be venturing into the area of fiction anytime soon?
I do have a new release out in April: THE GREY TIER: A DEAD CELEB MYSTERY
What is your favourite genre and why?
Mystery and thrillers. I enjoy the suspense and to kept a bit on edge.
What, to you, is the most exciting part of the writing process?
Writing dialogue. I love good dialogue. I love the entire process.
If you could co-author a book with anyone, who would you choose and why?
I am co-authoring two books right now. I am doing a thriller with Andrew E. Kaufman who is also an internationally bestselling thriller author. He lives only a mile from me, writes edge of your seat thrillers and is just a super fun and great guy. I am also co-authoring a mystery with a friend of mine who has not published yet but who is a fabulous writer and has a great humorous voice, which is what this story called for. Her name is Barbara Williams and we expect to have the mystery out in the fall of 2012.
Where can readers find you on the web?
Either on my website at http://www.michelescott.com where readers can also connect with me on goodreads, facebook and twitter. Readers can also visit my blog at http://www.adventuresnwriting.blogspot.com
Thanks so much for being my guest.
Thank You for hosting me! I really appreciate it.
My new release is THE GREY TIER; A DEAD CELEB MYSTERY. Here is a little info on it: Sookie Stackhouse Meets The Ghost Whisperer
Introducing Evie Preston: Small-town girl and under-the-radar healer, currently trapped in a po-dunk
interesting characters including the owner himself, a former child star with a hidden past. She also scores a day job doing make-up for a famous and foul-mouthed pop diva. One of the job perks includes house sitting at a Hollywood Hills mansion. But what Evie doesn’t know is the house is also home to some famous celebrity spirits, including that of former Grunge rocker, Lucas Minx.
As if things weren’t complicated enough, Evie finds herself in the middle of a murder mystery and discovers she’s being targeted by some nasty spirits. And to top things off, she’s developed a Texas-sized crush on her hot, but very dead, roommate, Lucas.