D. Scot is a graduate of The Ohio State University and a former newspaper reporter, having worked on daily and weekly newspapers in three States. He is presently an At Home dad in NW Ohio. When not engaged in his children’s activities, D. Scot is most likely to be involved with bringing to life fiction of varying lengths and genres.
D. Scot has been published in ‘Nebula Rift’, and ‘The Write Place At The Write Time’.
Toledo Writers Questionnaire
What do you write?
Fantasy, Sci-Fi short fiction. I am working on a fantasy novel, with one in the hopper and the idea for what I hope becomes a fantasy/western novel.
What motivates you to write?
If I did not write, how could I communicate with all the voices and videos running around in my head? Hey, it worked for Edgar Rice Burroughs.
What do you hope to achieve in writing?
Publication and contracts for more publication…in multiple media.
What do you think about the Toledo Writers Group?
Honest, supportive critiques. It is to our members’ great benefit that everyone brings a different understanding to the art of writing. One can bring a work to a meeting thinking it is good and leave knowing how to make it outstanding.
What writers do you read/admire?
So many from different periods of my life: Ray Bradbury, Zane Grey, Louis L’Amour, Lee Child, E. R. Burroughs, E.R. Eddison, C.J. Cherryh, Lois McMaster Bujold, Piers Anthony, Daniel Silva, Poe, Shakespeare and about 40 others.
What are your outside activities?
I recently found I like being on the water. I am currently working to ensure that I can not only start a Warrior Dash, but also cross the finish line with an upright and forwardly mobile attitude.
Best advice for a new writer?
Read. Write and develop a critical eye. Don’t be afraid to approach a stranger and ask for a critique. But avoid doing this on a public bus. Choose a writers group instead.
There are so many out there that can be Googled. I would read the writer’s notes at the end of novels written by Piers Anthony, Clive Cussler, Stuart Woods and Jim Butcher.