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Interview: Frank Scully, Author of Resurrection Garden

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Born and raised in North Dakota, Frank Scully, went on to receive both a Bachelor’s degree in History, with Phi Beta Kappa Honors, as well as a Juris Doctor degree in Law, from the University of North Dakota.  Mr. Scully then went on to serve as a Judge Advocate General Corps Officer in the U. S. Army in the U. S., Vietnam, and Thailand, for more than five years.

After which time, Frank Scully went on to attend the prestigious Thunderbird School where he received a Masters in Business Administration, complete with honors.  Mr. Scully has owned his own small business as well as working as an executive with large aerospace and defense manufacturers.

Through ups and downs, Frank Scully has never given up and has been:  “Blessed with an understanding wife who gave him twin sons, he has remained through it all a dreamer whose passion is writing stories that will entertain readers.”

Resurrection Garden is Frank Scully’s first mystery book of the five books he has contracted for with MuseItUp Publishing.

Please tell us a bit about your book: Resurrection Garden — characters, plot, etc.

Resurrection Garden is a mystery set against the backdrop of the settling of the North Dakota prairie at the beginning of the 20th century. Railroads and the telegraph were changing transportation and communication. The pace of life was speeding up. The land was filling up with settlers. Opportunity grew out of the newly plowed ground. Deputy Sheriff Jake Turner, a man with a past he would like to leave behind, discovers the body of a murdered man in a thawing snowdrift. While investigating the roots of the crime, Jake uncovers threads leading toward his best friend, who is the brother of the woman he is falling love with. Jake is almost killed and an orphaned boy who has attached himself to Jake is kidnapped and almost killed. Jake is convinced the people behind the murder will kill again to cover their tracks but solving the crime might destroy his dreams. The characters and story are true to their time and place. Interwoven into the fictional are aspects of real life culled from newspapers and letters from the era.

If you could meet, in person, any of your characters, who would it be and why?

Jake Turner, my protagonist, is a complex man. Even though I created him and his back story, he did some things in the story that surprised me as I was writing it.

If you could fictionalize yourself and put yourself in any situation, how would it play out? Could you give us a scene/scenario of such an occurrence?

I have done a highly fictionalized version of a contracts manager such as myself in one of my books that will be released later this year. Empty Time is a thriller crime novel with a modern day high concept setting. Today’s corporate titans are much like feudal lords and barons of medieval times. They fight and scheme their way up a ladder of prestige, privilege, wealth and power. The major difference is the lack of a belief in a coherent code of conduct or moral precepts. Chivalry is dead. Working on a global scale beyond governments and borders, these new aristocrats are almost untouchable. To take over a large leading-edge technology corporation three top executives are willing to commit murder and fraud to manipulate the stock market and the international currency exchange market. To divert attention and provide a patsy they set up their senior contracts manager to take the blame before he is to be killed. He survives and discovers through the sacrifice of another that in order for life to have meaning he must be willing to give it up for something. To save the people he loves he must put his life on the line to turn the tables on his former colleagues.

However, any similarity I might share with Jim Lang, the hero of this story, other than job title, is probably more wishful thinking on my part than anything else.

Do you have any particular habits that you do while writing? Places you write the best, foods, drinks, etc that help set your “writing mood”?

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  • Susanne Drazic

    Enjoyed the interview. Learned a few new things about the author.