Ella Font (EF): This is Ella Font of the InterDimensional News Network. Today we’re visiting with that fantastic classical writer A. Walker Scott about his forthcoming book: No Road Among the Stars. Welcome to the program, Mr. Scott.
A. Walker Scott (AWS): Thank you. Great to be here.
EF: So, what kind of book is No Road Among the Stars?
AWS: It’s a science fiction tale about a young man studying diplomacy.
EF (leans closer): Does it have pictures?
AWS: Uh… Well, the cover art.
EF: You should consider making it a picture book.
AWS: It’s a bit long for that, but I’ll consider the options.
EF: That’s great, Scott. I mean, Mr. Scott. So, when do you expect to release your book so our viewers can enjoy it?
AWS: If all things go well, I’m trying to release it in April or May.
EF: Of what year?
AWS: This year. 2018.
EF (stares at the ceiling for a moment): Wonderful. Most of our viewers will be able to find it in the historical works section of their favorite bookstore or library. Can you tell us about the main character?
AWS: David Asbury is an orphaned undergraduate attending Shel Matkei Academy of Social Sciences on a scholarship from the government of Earth stipulating that he must study diplomacy. He wants to study linguistics. He also wants to be alone. So he ends up in a diplomacy pod a year ahead of time, stuck with nine suitemates from as many worlds.
EF: A loner who’s studying to be a diplomat? Huh. That’s different. Has he met Burke Zacharias or Thomas McCrady?
EF (blushes): Oops, sorry. Wrong timelines. Do you have any common traits with David?
AWS: Yes. I love languages and linguistics. I really enjoy cross-cultural situations, and he does too…whether he will admit it or not. And I’m stubborn and a bit sneaky.
EF: Really? I can see how stubbornness could be handy for a diplomat, but sneaky? Not one I would have considered. Still, with such traits in common, I’m sure you two would make great friends.
AWS: Yeah, I think so, too, if he’d open up some.
EF: What’s your favorite line from the book?
AWS: How can you ask such a thing?
EF (leans back): Well, uh … Yeah, I suppose that might be a little spoilery for your fans in your own timeline. How about some questions from our viewers? First, which Muppet does your main character most closely resemble?
AWS: I’d have to say Skeeter.
EF: I can see that. And finally, if your character actually had pockets, would would he carry in them?
AWS: A netbook, cinnamon Altoids, and…a lint ball left from the piece of paper that he forgot to take out before his jacket was last laundered.
EF: A netbook? How … vintage. Well, that’s all we have time for today. If you haven’t already, check out No Road Among the Stars after it releases in April or May of 2018. This is Ella Font and you’re watching the InterDimensional News Network.