Scott Lucy has been a member of the Writers’ League since the summer. He lives in Austin, TX.
Scribe: In what genre(s) do you write?
Scott Lucy: Dirty realism, with a ton of David & Goliath inquiry. I have an adventure novel manuscript. The question this work asks is, what do you lose when you leave everything behind? An ex-marine selling golf wear out of Mexico City travels further from his U.S. home–into Guatemala City–to close on a prospective business deal. But everything goes off the rails and he’s stuck, as in, can’t get out of Dodge. When I’m stuck, I work on short stories. They’re the beast I believe can be tamed with a light heart.
Scribe: What authors would you like to have coffee or a beer with and which beverage?
SL: I’d let Gabriel Garcia Marquez choose. A beer with Graham Greene, espresso with Chekhov. Each man is a poet, and that’s the highest praise I can think of, without trying to sound like I know them personally. I would like to discuss being a Catholic with Greene, what it was like to live with Marquez’s grandmother, and with Chekhov, I think we’d probably talk about women.
Scribe: If you were stranded on a deserted island, what book would you want to have with you to keep you sane?
SL: If I could have two, I’d take Pablo Neruda’s Twenty Love Poems And A Song of Despair, and William Blake’s Complete Works. I’d like to crack the code on him. To answer properly, I’d want to have a copy of The Bible.
Scribe: What have you learned from your association with the Writers’ League?
SL: There are very serious writers here, and plenty of classes are being offered. An element I would like to explore is common space. In New York City I worked at The Writer’s Room, where mothers, fathers, people with roommates came to get their writing done in a loft space. No talking allowed. I’m looking for this sort of arrangement here. The plan is to investigate.
Scribe: Where do you see your writing taking you (or you taking it) in the future?
SL: This morning I’ve been to Somalia. Yesterday I was in Rochester, NY. These journeys of the mind are boundless–but as far as the non-virtual aspect, I’m hopeful writing helps me connect with vulnerable, smart, passionate people, and not just writers.
Scribe: Is there anything else about you that you would like to share with the world? An opportunity for blatant self-promotion!
SL: I have a best friend named Brando. He sleeps with me every night. We met here in Austin, and he’s a Boston Terrier.