A Conversation with Kyle Scott, author of ‘The Federalist Papers’

Kyle Scott, PhD, teaches American politics and constitutional law at Duke University. He has published three books and dozens of articles on issues ranging from political parties to Plato. His commentary on contemporary politics has appeared in Forbes, Reuters.com, Christian Science Monitor, Foxnews.com, and dozens of local outlets including the Philadelphia Inquirer and Baltimore Sun.

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1. Can you please tell us a little about The Federalist Papers: A Reader’s Guide?

The book provides a critical guide for those readers looking to understand our nation’s founding, the constitution, and what it means for us today. Rather than providing a simple review or summary, the book asks: What do the Federalist Papers say? What does that mean? Why does it matter?

The-Federalist-Papers2. What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Getting started.

3. Do you have a favorite excerpt from the book? If so, could you please share it with us?

Not in particular. The book developed organically so it all works together and taken out of context and excerpt would be lost.

4. What do you hope readers will take away after reading the book?

The Founders took big thoughts seriously and we should to.

5. What was your writing process while writing this book?

I usually would write for a few hours in the morning then again late in the evening. Tuesday’s and Thursday’s were usually reserved for prep and research. Though when inspiration hits you have to be ready to write—wherever, whenever.

6. Who or what was the inspiration for the book?

Ross M Lence. I’ll leave it at that.

7. Have you had a mentor? If so, can you talk about them a little?

See above. And, see above. If you can find anything he has written; read it and memorize it.

8. I have heard it said in order to be a good writer, you have to be a reader as well? Do you find this to be true? And if you are a reader, do you have a favorite genre and/or author?

Yes. I read across genres. Kerouac and Vonnegut get the creative juices flowing.

9. Is there anything else you would like to share?

If you are a writer, please keep doing it. We need you.

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