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Interview: Kenny Scudero, Author of Comfortably Awkward

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Comfortably Awkward is Kenny Scudero’s debut self-published novel. He is a 22-year old author from New York City who looks forward to a bright future in writing. Kenny recently graduated from St. John’s University where he majored in Sport Management. At St. John’s, Kenny was Sports Editor for the University newspaper. After graduating from St. John’s, Kenny had trouble finding a job and wrote Comfortably Awkward based off that frustration. He is currently working on his second novel.

Readers can learn more about Kenny Scudero and his work by visiting the following links:

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Amazon | Amazon Kindle Store 

Could you please tell us a bit about your book? The story? The characters?

I wrote this book during my unsuccessful job search after graduating from college. I had huge expectations and nothing really panned out so I got to writing. Eventually, I was able to come up with a story about this kid Albert Ferenzo who was a great student and a great person. He always did the right thing but he felt like he was getting nowhere by being one of the good guys. Albert starts to hate the corporate world because he can’t get into it and he sees them as robots and followers. Meanwhile, Albert encounters very funny and ironic people and situations as he is on a mission to do things himself and become successful. He ultimately wants to find happiness and pursue his dreams without having to be a soldier of corporate America.

How did you come up with the title and how much say did you have on the cover design?

I didn’t come up with a title until I finished writing the book. I wanted to pick a title that described the feel of the book. Comfortably Awkward seemed perfect because it’s not only a play on words but it also describes how we have to be in life. Almost every day, we face strange awkward situations. If you can’t learn to be comfortable in those situations, the world will eat you alive. The cover design was completely my idea. I described what I wanted it to be and my designing team created the exact picture I had in my mind.

Do you have a favorite line or excerpt that you would like to share from your book?

“Memories lost in time, as I like to call them. They occurred at some point in time at a location that currently exists somewhere and even though you can visit the place where something memorable happened, you can’t go back and relive or change anything. As much as you want them back, they are just memories- nothing more, nothing less.”

What are some of your favorite ways to promote your work?

I’m fairly new to book marketing but I love to blog. It’s something I’ve done for a really long time. You get to write about anything you want and it gives the readers a feel for who you are. I also like to do signed book giveaways. There’s nothing better than giving your fans free stuff to make them happy.

What is a typical writing day like for you?

Some days, I can sit down and write for hours at a time without getting up from my seat. I’ll write a whole chapter and even though I’ll edit and tweak it later, it’s usually quality work. I think the best writing comes when you’re able to drown everyone and everything out and just focus on what you’re doing. Other days, I’ll just map stuff out and if I’m not able to get into my groove, I’ll put it off for the next day. But once I know where I want to go with my book, I can write all day.

What are some ways that you like to relax?

I’m a movie and music fanatic. If I need some time to wind down, I’ll put on a movie and escape from reality for a couple of hours. I also like to walk around New York City while listening to my music.

What author/s do you think are overlooked in the writing/reading world today?

I think today, people are too focused on autobiographies and “how-to” books. Whatever happened to a great story with great writing? Authors like Hunter S. Thompson, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and George Orwell are all favorites of mine.

What author would you most like to meet and why?

Hunter S. Thompson. He died several years ago but his style of writing was so influential to me. He definitely had a unique way of telling a story and many times when I read his work, I feel like I am the main character. I think that’s what a great book does. It puts you in that character’s shoes.

Do you have any upcoming projects that you would like to share with readers?

I’m actually writing a book for a close friend of mine at the moment. It’s about his life as a firefighter and a football coach, while also witnessing the tragic events of September 11th first-hand. I’m also working on my next novel. I have a couple of awesome ideas but I’m not sure what direction I’m going to go in yet.

What is something about yourself that would come as a surprise to many people?

Sixteen years ago, as a seven-year-old, I was part of a doo-wop group along with three other kids. We performed in front of 10,000 people at the Westbury Music Fair and made several appearances before retiring to concentrate on third grade.

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