Bill Schutt joins me today and we have a fascinating conversation all about his journey from college professor to non-fiction to novelist. Bill has written some of the most intriguing books I’ve read in recent memory and I know you’ll find something in this episode to challenge you and make you laugh.
Bill Schutt (@draculae and billschutt.com) is a vertebrate zoologist, college professor and author. His first book, “Dark Banquet: Blood and the Curious Lives of Blood-Feeding Creatures” garnered rave reviews from the likes of E.O. Wilson and the New York Times. The Library Journal and Amazon.com both named Dark Banquet one of the “Best books of 2008”. Additionally, Barnes and Noble selected Dark Banquet for its 2008 “Discover Great New Writers” program.
Bill’s first novel, “Hell’s Gate”, co-authored with J.R. Finch, was published by William Morrow/HarperCollins in 2016 (The paperback is available everywhere books are sold). Hell’s Gate is the first in a historical-science thriller series featuring R.J. MacCready, the Indiana Jones of zoology who, after the unlikely discovery of a Japanese submarine marooned in the Brazilian interior in 1944, is sent on a mission to determine what the enemy is plotting, uncover the fate of missing Army Rangers, and contend with mysterious natural forces in the forest that are brutally killing Axis, Allies, and locals alike. Hell’s Gate received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus Reviews and counts James Cameron, Alice Cooper, Clive Cussler, and James Rollins as fans.
Schutt and J.R. Finch recently finished “The Himalayan Codex” (the 2nd “R.J. MacReady Thriller”), which comes out on June 06, 2017.
Bill’s latest non-fiction book is “Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History” (Algonquin) examines the phenomenon of cannibalism in nature and among humans. With great reviews pouring in (including The New York Times and a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly), “Cannibalism” is also available in the UK as “Eat Me: A Natural and Unnatural History of Cannibalism” (Profile Books). Like Dark Banquet, both versions are illustrated by Patricia J. Wynne, renowned artist and Schutt’s long-time friend and AMNH colleague.
Bill lives in New York with his wife and son.
Readers can learn more about Bill Schutt at his website www.billschutt.com and Facebook page (Bill Schutt, author). They can also contact him via email at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter (@draculae).
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