Sunday, May 27, 2012

Meet Seldon Scott


I'd like to welcome Scott Seldon, a writer of science fiction, to my blog. He wrote a guest post for us today. Here he will tell us a little bit about how he got started writing, and what his influences are.

Without further ado, here's Scott...


I would have to say writing is in my blood. My grandmother was a historian and a came from a family of journalists. I’m the first one in my family to take writing fiction seriously. Like many writers, I started with fanfiction. There were a lot of unfinished words until I was 15. My first finished story, all of 9 pages, was set in the Star Trek universe but the familiar characters only made a cameo. When Star Trek: The Next Generation began and I heard they were accepting spec scripts, I jumped at the chance. Two rejections later and college took over. I dabbled in screenwriting for a while, completing two screenplays and starting several others.

It is easy for me to cite my main influences because I tend to be obsessive and live and breathe them one at a time. My early influences are YA mysteries and Star Wars. Not only did I devour the films, but the early novels. Some of my early favorites were Brian Daley’s Han Solo books. Then I discovered Isaac Asimov. I devoured the Foundation Trilogy and the two sequels and then went on to discover more and more of his stories. Somewhat in parallel to that, I discovered Star Trek. I watched the reruns of the original series so many times I could name the episode within 30 seconds. That extended to the old Bantam novels and the newer Pocket Books novels. I stuck with Star Trek until I found Babylon 5. Readers of my published stories would probably guess that Firefly has been a big influence, but I didn’t discover it until I’d written my first few novels.

My present course started with a scene. That scene grew into a novel and a universe. That initial story suffers from common first novel issues and is stuck in a drawer somewhere. But it gave birth to the universe and characters I have continued to write in. My main character, Ven Zaran, was a distant ancestor in that first story, now he takes center stage. These first few novels forge him into the the figure his descendants come to idolize. I have a lot of adventures in store for him and I have just begun telling them. While I have been putting my main effort into these stories about Ven Zaran, I have a couple of other universes in mind, different times, places, and a different cast of characters.

Scott Seldon lives with his family in Colorado and works as an IT administrator. Visit his website for the latest updates and to find where his books are sold.

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