Author interviews

Interview with Scott Kauffman

Scott Kauffman is the author of Revenants: The Odyssey Home, a brilliant novel about a young girl who volunteers at the local VA hospital while trying to get over her brother’s death. By getting herself involved in one of the hospital’s mysteries, she aims to find answers about the mystery, and herself in the process. You can read my review of this amazing book here.

I peppered Scott with a lot of questions and he was kind enough to answer them.

Q & A

1. Can you tell us a little about Revenants: The Odyssey Home?

Revenants is the story of a grief-stricken candy-striper serving in a VA hospital following her brother’s death in Viet Nam who struggles to return home an anonymous veteran of the Great War against the skullduggery of a congressman who not only controls the hospital as part of his small-town fiefdom but knows the name of her veteran. A name if revealed would end his political ambitions and his fifty-year marriage. In its retelling of Odysseus’s journey, Revenants casts a flickering candle upon the charon toll exacted not only from the families of those who fail to return home but of those who do.

2. Revenants has an excellent premise. Where does your inspiration come from?

My late wife’s uncle was killed in an ambush in Viet Nam. He is the only member of an MIA recovery team ever to die in combat and may have been the last American soldier to die in Viet Nam. She too served as a candy-striper.

“Closure, like fiction, history, and religion, is our attempt to impose order and find meaning in the chaos of life.”

3. A WW1 characters in this book chooses penance as the answer instead of choosing a path that could possibly provide closure. What are your thoughts on penance vs. closure?

Closure, like fiction, history, and religion, is our attempt to impose order and find meaning in the chaos of life. Like fiction, however, closure is artificial and also out of reach. Penance is our fall back to closure. Trying to make right what can never be made right.

4. Considering the current political climate (re: Trump’s ambiguity about North Korea) in the United States, what are your thoughts about a possible war?

Unfortunately, the U.S. has really botched Korea. It should have imposed much heavier sanctions years ago. Now it is too late. There is a better than 50% chance of war on the Korean peninsula in the next 6 months. Either the U.S. takes out North Korea’s nuclear potential or North Korea turns South Korea into a giant slave-colony gulag. Casualties in either scenario will be massive.

5. If Revenants: The Odyssey Home were made into a movie, who would you pick for the lead roles?

Maybe Ralph Fiennes (from The English Patient) as the Patient, Meryl Streep as the older Sally Anne, and Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea) as the younger Patient. MacKenzie Foy (Intersteller) as Betsy and Belle Shouse (A Million Ways to Die in the West) as younger Sally Anne.

6. When did you first start writing?

I took some creative writing courses in college but like most 22-year olds I needed a few years life-experience to have something to write about. My first novel, In Deepest Consequences, was started 20 years later and was my attempt to find some meaning in a couple of murder trials from earlier in my career.

7. How do you balance being both an attorney and an author?

I write for 1 1/2 hours in the morning, Monday through Friday, and all day Saturday, Sunday, and holidays.

8. What’s your next book about?

Chips Pushed Forward: Before a grief-stricken bounty hunter can risk the wrath of the Midwest mob that hired him to track down their fifteen-year old runaway, he must come to terms with his culpability for the suicide of his teenage daughter.

About Revenants: The Odyssey Home

28365348ONLY BETSY CAN GET HIM HOME IN TIME; ONLY HE CAN BRING HER BACK BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE.

A grief-stricken candy-striper serving in a VA hospital following her brother’s death in Viet Nam struggles to return home an anonymous veteran of the Great War against the skullduggery of a congressman who not only controls the hospital as part of his small-town fiefdom but knows the name of her veteran. A name if revealed would end his political ambitions and his fifty-year marriage. In its retelling of Odysseus’ journey, Revenants casts a flickering candle upon the charon toll exacted not only from the families of those who fail to return home but of those who do.

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About Scott Kauffman

3234487Scott claims his fiction career began with a in-class book report written in Mrs. Baer’s eighth-grade English class when, due to a conflict of priorities, he failed to read the book. An exercise of imagination was required. Scott snagged a B, better than the C he received on his last report when he actually read the book. Thus began his life-long apprenticeship as a teller of tales and, some would snidely suggest, as a lawyer as well, but they would be cynics, a race Oscar Wilde warned us knew the price of everything and the value of nothing. Scott is the author of the legal-suspense novel, In Deepest Consequences, and a recipient of the 2011 Mighty River Short Story Contest and the 2010 Hackney Literary Award. His short fiction has been appeared in Big Muddy, Adelaide Magazine, and Lascaux Review. He is now at work on two novel manuscripts and a collection of short stories. He is an attorney in Irvine, California, where his practice focuses upon white-collar crime and tax litigation with his clients providing him endless story fodder. He graduated summa cum laude from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and in the upper ten percent of his class from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, where he was a member of the Environmental Law Review and received the American Jurisprudence Award in Conflict of Laws.

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Do check out Revenants if you haven’t already!

What did you think of the interview? Let me know in the comments!

~ Shruti

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3 thoughts on “Interview with Scott Kauffman

  1. I’ve put this book into my TBR list already (you praising that book with such zeal had MUCH affect on me)! 😁
    With all the money I’m getting from my relatives this Diwali, I can easily buy 3 or 4 books😄
    BTW, happy Diwali!

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