Interview with Scott Carter, author of Barrett Fuller's Secret

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Interview with Scott Carter, author of Barrett Fuller's Secret

Posted on March 4 by Scott Carter
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Today on the blog we're talking to Scott Carter, author of Barrett Fuller's Secret!

Caitlyn: Tell us about your book.

Scott: Barrett Fuller is a best-selling children’s author, who writes under a pseudonym because he is a pig of a man.  His life changes when he receives a letter demanding that he live up to the morals he espouses in his books or be outed as the morally corrupt man behind the pseudonym.

Caitlyn: Tell us a little about the overarching theme of your work, and why you felt compelled to explore it.

Scott: There are many themes in this book, but the idea of facing the truth in one’s life may be the most overarching.  Many people spend an extraordinary amount of time projecting how they want to be perceived while hiding from the truth of their lives.  And that interests me because on some level, everyone does this.  The very nature of secrets is to avoid judgement, so I loved the irony of a character whose financial and artistic success was dependent upon hiding the truth.

Caitlyn: What was your first publication?

Scott: I wrote fiction and non-fiction for campus papers while at the university of Toronto, but professionally, my first publication was a short story entitled, “Catharsis”, which the literary journal Lichen published shortly after I graduated university.  It was an invaluable introduction to the relationship between an editor and an author, and the credibility helped me publish the next short story I wrote, which made publishing the one after that more smooth and so on, so I’m still grateful to Lichen for that first opportunity.

Caitlyn: In your own work, which character are you most attached to and why?

Scott: The protagonist of this novel, Barrett Fuller, is one of my favourites.  I see his struggles all the time in my generation.  The obsession with excess at the expense of relationships.  And there’s no doubt that type of indulgence is fun, but what’s the price?  There’s clearly this tipping point where people reach an age when the excess loses its shine and the absence of meaningful relationships starts to affect them more than they ever expected.  That headspace and navigating the choices we make as people fascinates me. 

But I’m also attached to him because he’s irreverent.  He says what’s on his mind without much of a filter and my mother was like that.  She spoke to me like I was an adult from the time I was a kid, and there’s great humour in that, so there’s a little bit of her in Barrett.

Caitlyn: What's the best advice you've ever received as a writer?

Scott: “Write to learn, don’t learn to write.”  These words of wisdom were passed on to me by a senior editor while I was an intern in the industry, and they’ve held true for me every phase of this journey.  Immersing yourself in your work and putting in your ten-thousand hours will develop your craft more than a store full of ‘How to’ books.


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Scott Carter

Scott Carter is an author and screenwriter. His first short film debuted at the Exploding Cinema Film Festival in Los Angeles. Since then his films have played in festivals across North America and his script The Unspoken Promise was written for Bravo! Television. His first novel was the critically acclaimed Blind Luck. Carter is a Toronto native who still lives in the city.