Inside Scott Heim's Mind

Gay Author Lets It All Out

MM: Like so many other people, you have a blog – by the way, thank you for posting that Sparks’ clip “I Predict.” Aside from educating the blogosphere about obscure new-wave ‘80s vids, How has the blog format been useful to you?

SH: It’s a good way to correspond with people and also show a side to me that people wouldn’t understand just from reading my books. I feel like I’m a really funny person, but I can’t write funny material. I’m more interested in writing about the darker side of life, so it allows me to branch out in my writing in ways I haven’t done before.

There’s instant gratification about seeing your thoughts published instantly and world wide. Writing a novel is such a long process and is the opposite of that instant gratification you get with blog writing.

MM: There’s a trailer for your book on YouTube, which I think is a clever way for authors to pimp their work. Was that something you thought of and filmed yourself?

SH: The world of publishing has changed so much in the ten years since my last book came out. MySpace is such a great place for new bands to put their songs up and to gain exposure, and not a lot of authors have explored this. I wanted to do something for YouTube or MySpace that was indicative of the book, but I didn’t have much experience making films. Joseph [Gordon-Levitt] suggested I make it myself. And it turned out that iFilm is a really easy program. I have seen some trailers from other authors that, frankly, were horrible. Like dramatizations of scenes.

MM: Oh, God. Like a karaoke video!

SH: Yeah, really bad. I wanted to evoke a mood of what the book was.

MM: Tell us about this Thursday’s book party at the LGBT Center.

SH: Writing a book is such a non-social event, so it’s weird to have a party, especially when the book’s not celebrating something. But it will be really great to see friends and meet people who worked on the book whom I haven’t gotten a chance to meet.

Also, it’s an open bar so everyone will drink to their hearts content. I hope they don’t run out of booze.
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Come celebrate with Scott Heim Thursday night at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center (208 W. 13th St. at 7th Ave.). An open-bar reception starts at 6 p.m., and the author reads a selection from We Disappear at 7. The $10 donation at the door benefits the center.