Thursday, January 17, 2013

Author Interview and Giveaway: "Royal Flush," by Scott Bartlett (Plus a Free Audiobook!)

What is your book, Royal Flush, about?

It’s about a profoundly stupid man who finds himself king of a vast kingdom. In fact, that's his name -- the King. It’s best not to look too deeply into this.

His royal advisor encourages him to find a wife, so that an heir might be produced. Despite initial reluctance, the King starts to yearn for love. The book is divided into four parts, and in each one he screws up spectacularly with a different woman.

How did you get the idea for this book?

Other than a fraught love life?

The seed of the book came to me in high school, while walking from the school bus to my house -- this was seven years ago or so. It was a scene in which a man demands a woman remove his heart with a scalpel, as she has broken it. She refuses, of course. I decided it would be comedic melodrama, and fun to write.

That became the climax of a short story I titled “The King of Hearts.” The next year, I followed it up with two sequels -- “The King of Diamonds” and “The King of Spades” --and when a local contest deadline rolled around, I decided to turn them all into a novel. And yes, I know four kings don’t make a royal flush. Anyway, I’ve been editing the book ever since.

Is this your first book? If not, what else have you written?

It’s my second of three. The first was a science fiction novel I wrote in high school and never gave a name. In fact, I haven’t done anything with it beyond the first draft -- I may, one day.

The third is about a writer who works in a grocery store, called Taking Stock. I recently completed the fifth draft, and I hope to release it halfway through 2013.

When did you start writing? Do you have any advice for beginning writers?

Know that you’ll have to do an inordinate quantity of work, and when you’re finished doing that, another inordinate quantity will await you. And that still might not make you successful. Also know that you won’t be willing to do all the work -- know that plenty of days, just sitting down to do the work will be a struggle. Life and insecurity will get in your way. You have to learn how to keep both at bay.

If you’re anything like me, anyway.

Why did you decide to write a book in this genre?

Because it allowed me to make up my own world and my own nonsensical rules to go with it. That worked out really well, because at the time I knew pretty much zip about the real world.

Do you plan a sequel or future books?

This question is particularly interesting for me to answer. I don’t believe I’ve discussed this publicly before.

I am planning a direct sequel. But Royal Flush is also related to the book I’m working on now (Taking Stock), in that the main character in the latter is writing the former throughout the book. And his writing it has consequences for the plot, of course. I get a real kick out of myself, by the way. I don’t know if that’s coming through or not.

Do you have a website? How can we order this book?

I do! My book’s website is


But that’s not all -- I’ve also recently finished recording Part One of Royal Flush as an audiobook, and I’m giving it away for free to anyone who signs up for my new monthly newsletter, which I’ve elected to call “News in a Letter.” So everyone should sign up!


Author Scott Bartlett has generously offered to give a copy of Royal Flush (your choice of eBook/electronic format) to one lucky winner! To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway will end at 11:59 PM EST on Thursday, January 31, 2013.

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Disclosure: No products or compensation were provided. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link.


  1. I learned that cold showers can be good stress and helps with depression.

  2. LOL--i learned that his site is called batshite! LOL i love it!

  3. I learned he calls his site batshite!

  4. Gosh, have I really put all that on the internet? Lol.

    Why is everyone saying what they've learned? Is this part of the giveaway? Hi, everyone, by the way!

    Thanks again for the interview, Susan--I enjoyed it!

    1. Yep, that's the deal, Scott! They have to visit your site and comment about something they find there to enter. So, all these awesome people have visited your website. Cheers!

    2. Well that's a great idea! And they certainly seem awesome to me :)

  5. The blog is called BATSHITE - THE MAD RAVINGS OF THE SANE. - Judith R.

  6. what an incredible name for a website batshite! Certainly very catchy and gets everyone's attention. Good choice I'd say.

  7. I learned that he's Canadian! Thanks so much for the opportunity! :)

  8. I learned that cold showers helps avoid stress and depression.

    My Email Id :

  9. I learned that cold showers can be a stress reliever.

  10. He received a grant from the NLAC to write his third novel, called Taking Stock.

  11. what a book


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