Today I welcome Steve Scaffardi as part of his belated Lad Lit Blog Tour stop and he’s been kind enough to answer a load of questions about his new book, The Flood.
What’s your book about?
My new book is called The Flood, and it’s the second book in the Sex, Love and Dating Disasters comedy series. It’s a lad lit novel, so it takes a look at dating and relationships from a male perspective, in much the same way chick lit does from a female point of view. However, as we all know, men are pretty useless when it comes to romance, so I try to paint that picture in words, in a rather comical way. In The Flood, we see the main character make a drunken bet with his friends that complicates his love life in more ways than one!
Who is the central character and what problem are they trying to solve? Dan Hilles is the central character, and he is the one who makes the drunken bet. After being teased by his three best friends that he is too much of a nice guy when it comes to dating, he boasts that he’d be able to date four girls at the same time, hence the flood of women. However, when Dan ends up dating a dating a stalker, his crazy e-girlfriend, the office ice queen, and the one that got away, things don’t turn out quite as easy as he would have hoped!
What inspired the storyline to your novel?
I fell in love with the characters I had created in my first book The Drought that I really wanted to write about them again. Even though Dan is the main character, you get to know his three best friends – Rob, Jack and Ollie – just as well. I guess I missed them and wanted the story to continue! Luckily for me, quite a few readers felt the same way too.
How long did it take you to write?
My first book took me three months to write, but the second book probably took me (on and off) about two (maybe three!) years. It was a combination of laziness and just finding the time in between the day job! I’m an indie author, so writing is not my full-time profession (yet!). Sometimes real life just gets in the way.
Which do you prefer to do first and why, Character or Plot?
I think you need to have a good idea of the plot, but I am firm believer that you need to know who your characters are before you really start writing. That way, you will know how those characters will react in certain situations or if there is a back story that makes a difference to the scene you’re writing. The more you know about your characters, the better.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
With the first book, I had a pretty good idea where things were going, but with The Flood there were so many twists and turns along the way. I suppose that’s what happens when you write a book over three years! I always knew how I wanted to end the book, but I wasn’t always sure of how I was going to get there. In fact, there is a huge chunk of story line that never made the final cut, because it didn’t quite fit. Maybe it’ll feature in the third book.
What did you research the most while writing this book?
With the genre of book that I write, you don’t need to do too much research. In fact, my research tends to be in the pub with friends listening to their personal tales of dating. Trust me, stand in a bar and listen to a group of guys talk about their love life and you’ll have enough material to fill 10 books!
What did you do before becoming a writer?
I have worked in a pub, been a white van man, worked on a building site, and I spent three years working as a journalist for a local newspaper on the sports desk. These days I work in media sales in the events industry, selling sponsorship to companies like Facebook and Twitter. As I said, I am an indie author, so until I get that big break, I need the day job in the office!
For those who have not discovered your novel, how would you describe it to them to get them interested?
I did stand-up comedy for a year, and my goal then is the same as when I write a book – I want to make people laugh. I think guys read my books and nod their heads as they’re able to relate to a lot of the stories and situations, whereas women probably shake their heads worrying if this is what men really think! But I guess I am always going to be bias towards my own books, so here are some quotes from book bloggers and reviewers on sites like Goodreads: “Oh My Gosh, Laugh Out LOUD funny! My roommate ran in the room asking what was so funny and when I told her, she laughed so hard she could no longer walk!” Goodreads reader
“I was nearly dying of laughter most of the time while reading this book.” My Book File
“The bittersweet escapades of Dan Hilles just makes the reader cry with laughter.” Goodreads reader
“Funniest bar fight scene in the history of literature. I laughed so hard I woke up my snoring girlfriend.” Clint Forgy, author
“There are a couple of scenes on a train which contain some of the funniest writing that I have read in a long time.” Goodreads reader
“Steven Scaffardi has a Mary Poppins’ handbag of hilarity that goes on and on until I had to put the book down from fear of actually splitting my sides!” The Book Magnet
What’s a typical writing day like for you?
When I am writing, my goal is to try and write 1,000 – 1,500 words a day. Throughout the day I’ll be constantly making notes on my iPhone at things that I have seen or pop into my head. I once wrote a whole chapter for The Drought on my iPhone as my wife dragged me around Top Shop on Oxford Circus. Not surprisingly, that chapter was about Dan being dragged around the shops an d explains why men hate shopping! I also like to create a soundtrack or a playlist for the book I’m writing, as music helps me if I’m struggling with ideas.
Who’s your favourite character arc of all time?
One of my favourite characters is Michael Corleone from The Godfather. I love that book! I love how Michael goes from being outside the family business and the journey author Mario Puzo takes Michael (and the reader) on after the attempt is made on his father’s life. All of the qualities and skills Michael has is transferred into this new way of life with such ease. It’s one of the few books I pick up every couple of years and read again.
Are you working on anything new at the moment?
I have started work on the third book in the Sex, Love and Dating Disasters series. The working title is The Pact and it sees Dan and his friends travel to Latvia in search of a girl who dated Dan’s best friend. It’s a little bit different to the first two books, but I’m hoping it will be just as funny. So far the boys end up getting tangled up with a Russian mafia don, two Wham loving corrupt cops, a pimp who is stuck in the 70s, a sleazy hotel boss and his weird wife, and a henchman known as Ray the Local. Watch this space!
What is the theme or take home message of your book?
Probably when you go out on a date, do the complete opposite to everything Dan does! I just hope that when people read my books they walk away smiling and laughing. Comedy is a great thing. If we all spent more time laughing, the world would be a much better place. Wow, that sounded kind of deep, eh?
Thank you for your time.
Steven Scaffardi is the author of the Sex, Love and Dating Disaster series. His first novel, The Drought, is the laugh-out-loud tale of one man’s quest to overcome the throes of a sexual drought. After the stormy break-up with his girlfriend of three years, Dan Hilles is faced with the daunting task of throwing himself back into the life of a single man. With the help of his three best pals, Dan is desperate and determined to get his leg-over with hilarious consequences! The Drought and his new novel The Flood – a comedy about one man trying to juggle four women at the same time – are both available for just 99p on the Kindle at Amazon.
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