I had the pleasure of meeting Scott when I attended When Words Collide this year. Scott is a funny, charming, engaging dude that had a great time with his experience at the event, and was gracious enough to let me interview him for my podcast. In fact, he is the first episode. I feel like I should be apologizing to him. This podcast was my first one, and sadly, Scott probably suffered from being a guinea pig to my mad experimentation. That said, he is a very talented writer and very gracious for doing this.
His book Wisconsin Vamp is the topic at hand. Wisconsin Vamp is a horror comedy about Herb, a nerdy wisconsin boy who somehow finds himself becoming a vampire. Slowly but surely, his place in his home time, and his life changes around him…as does the body count. Burtness manages to make me care about Herb, who is a legitimate monster. In spite of his fading humanity, Herb never leaves his roots behind, even as things fall apart with his friend Dallas.
Dallas was probably my favorite character in the book. He was the charming, lovable jerk who you liked in spite of yourself. Small town hijinx, vampiric horror, and the greatest bowling showdown you’ve ever seen is right in those pages. It’s not the grandest epic you’ll read, but I can say it was one of the most fun reads I’ve had. Fans of Terry Pratchett or A. Lee Martinez will enjoy Wisconsin Vamp. I encourage you to give it a try.
Scott also is working on a charity for the month of October, so before you listen to the podcast, read below to see what you can do to help the red cross.
Joshua Pantalleresco: What is Books for Blood and why did you start this amazing cause?
JP: Very cool. So what are you working on right now?
SB: I’m currently working on Book 3 of the Monsters in the Midwest series. The working title is, “the third book.” No spoilers, but book 3 will pick up where book 2 ended and follow Stanley.
JP: Indeed. Finally, what does the W in your name stand for in your twitter handle? Will I derp myself if it just means writer?
SB: Wayne. *waa waa* Sorry that was so anticlimactic, but “SWBauthor” is just Scott Wayne Burtness author.
The podcast is below. Enjoy. I promise I will figure out this player thing by the next one. In the meantime, click the link below.