Episode 47: Writer pens novella on break from writing novel: Scott Alexander Hess and the story of Skyscraper

Skyscraper, A Novel by Scott Alexander HessWelcome to this special episode of Behind the Prose. Special, because I bet you didn’t think it was coming! More special, because it features former guest, literary historical fiction writer and fellow New School Creative Writing MFA Grad Scott Alexander Hess. This time, I talk to him about how he wrote his latest novella, Skyscraper, while he was in the middle of writing a novel. In this episode, besides hearing me butcher the name of his publisher, Lethe Press, you’ll learn why I disappeared and why Behind the Prose is back!

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Scott Alexander Hess earned his MFA in creative writing from The New School. He blogs for The Huffington Post and his writing has appeared in Genre Magazine, The Fix, and elsewhere. Hess co-wrote Tom in America, an award winning short film starring Sally Kirkland and Burt Young. Skyscraper is his fourth novel and was named a Lambda Literary Award 2016 Finalist.  The Butcher’s Sons, his third novel, was named one of Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2015. His work has been translated into German. Scott teaches fiction writing at Gotham Writers in Manhattan. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Hess now lives in Manhattan, New York with his partner.