Robert Scott Announces Complimentary E-book, TWO FRIENDS, TOO OLD
Robert Scott and Fresh Ink Group announce the unlimited free e-book downloads of his first novel, Two Friends, Too Old, through Amazon.com August 8-11, 2013. "Frank" is a 65-year-old enjoying his golden years until he finds old friend Clay savagely beating his own dog, the first symptom of a dangerous spiral into creeping dementia and unprovoked bursts of horrific violence. Frank's wife, Lucille, adapts to aging with quiet grace, unaware of any threat Clay might pose to her family. Dirt-poor farmer Will strives for simple dignity in coping with his own wife's terminal illness-until he crosses paths with Clay at his very worst. Pharmacist Matt knows risky psychotropic drugs might help Clay, but Frank figures Clay will resist, so he makes potentially tragic choices about what to do and how much to say.
The Two Friends characters are each conflicted by multiple motives, author Scott explains. "If one motive is good and the other is bad, is that character a good person or a bad person?" The story is grounded in friendship, even as it explores the darker edges of aging and growing dangerously selfish. It looks at how fate shapes our lives, and the consequences of lies, even told for the best of reasons.
"I was planning to write a light short story about two old friends spending a day with one granddaughter," Scott explains, "but then the story turned dark, and I began to develop characters around that theme." Indeed, Frank desperately wants to prevent what seems inevitable, but as sweet little Shelley gets caught in the middle, her grandfather's options narrow and everybody runs out of time.
At 67, Robert Scott had to squeeze writing his first novel into an active outdoors lifestyle. Living in North Central Washington State, he spends much of his time adventurously, including skiing back-country and paddling rivers as far as Oregon, British Columbia, the Arctic, and even Cambodia. After a long law career immersed in telling "the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth" plus writing law-review articles and non-fiction for an on-line magazine, he enjoyed "unshackling myself from facts to venture into the realm of fiction."