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Interview with Frank Scully, Author of Empty Time

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Frank Scully received a Bachelor’s degree in History with Phi Beta Kappa Honors and a Juris Doctor degree in Law from the University of North Dakota. He also attended the prestigious Thunderbird School and received a Masters in Business Administration with honors.

He is the author of the Decade Mystery Series, which now includes three books: Resurrection Garden, Dead Man’s Gambit, and Empty Time.

Visit Frank online at www.frankjscully.com and at his blog.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I was born at the tail end of WWII and grew up in a small town in North Dakota. I can remember listening to radio for our evening entertainment – Fibber McGee and Molly, The Shadow and Jack Benny. Then along came our first TV, a small black and white set, which became the focus of our evenings. I went away to college and off to war in Vietnam in the ’60’s and ’70’s. After that, with a law degree and an MBA in hand, I started my professional career. I have worked for major aerospace and defense manufacturers and owned my own small business. I’ve been broke at times and well off at others. Fortunately, I have a wonderful, loving and supportive wife who gave me twin sons and also the encouragement to write.

What made you first decide to become a writer?

The first time I ever thought I would like to be a writer was when I was a freshman in college. I had an English professor who told me I had talent and should work on it. Life, war, and making a living came along and occupied my attention for a long time, but I never stopped dreaming about it. It wasn’t until much later that my wife finally gave me a word processor and told me to sit down and write.

Can you tell us about your latest book?

Empty Time is a mystery thriller set in recent time. It is the story of Jim Lang, a corporate bureaucrat who sold his soul for a salary and the promise of promotion.

Lang’s life sputtered into a workaholic rut on a middle rung of the corporate ladder while his colleagues, using his business plan, became the international business titans he once aspired to be.

Bad memories of busted marriages and broken promises are all that keep him company in his personal hours so he is more than willing to sacrifice that empty time to his job to make the corporation grow. His bosses have one more sacrifice in mind for him. To die for them.

Deceived, betrayed and framed for murder and massive stock fraud, his bosses plan for him to die and disappear. Disappear, he does; die, he doesn’t.

Lang must face and conquer his old fears and guilt, and live up to the potential within. To save the people he loves he must put his life on the line to turn the tables on his former colleagues in an inter-continental, multi-billion dollar, fast paced and lethal game of corporate intrigue and treachery with bloody traps and deadly counter traps.

What inspired you to write it?

I probably have a new idea for a story every day. When this one came I knew I could work with it. I am a history buff as well as a student of business so watching the changes that were happening in corporations was interesting and also alarming. Today’s corporate bosses are much like the feudal lords and barons of medieval times or the Robber Barons of the late 19th century. 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. Ethics are for lip service only. Working on a global scale beyond governments and borders, these new aristocrats are almost untouchable. I wanted to put some of that into my book as backdrop for the story of Jim Lang.

What is one thing you hope readers will take away from this book?

An understanding of “Empty Time” or life without true meaning and how to escape from it.

Where can readers purchase a copy of your book?

Empty Time and my other books, Resurrection Garden and Dead Man’s Gambit are all available at museituppublishing.com and also  Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and other online eBook retailers.

If you could meet any writer (living or dead) who would it be?

I have a hard time picking just one. At this moment if I had to pick just one it would be Martin Cruz Smith. I enjoy his books immensely and would love to have some time to discuss how he goes about crafting his stories. Ask me another day and I would probably pick a different writer.

What is one fact about yourself you wish to share with our readers?

I have a full time day job I have to work at just like they do. Writing is a hobby. One that keeps me sane and happy.

What is up next for you?

I have three more books in the Decade Mystery Series coming out next year from MuseItUp: Blood Sins, Gravedigger’s Open House and Vacation Man.
I am working on a seventh now tentatively called Digital Death. It involves missing persons, outsourcing of work to India, software piracy, international bank skimming, terrorists, spies and, of course, murder. The hero in this one is different. A young orphan who survived the boat exodus from Vietnam in the 70’s has grown up to be a remarkable man.

Is there anything you would like to add?

Just a thank you to everyone for stopping by. I hope you have enjoyed it and will pick up one of my books to check them out. If you do, I would look forward to hearing from you.

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